Saturday, August 24, 2019
Last week on Art With a Needle
A reader left a comment the other day about a very old blog post in which I was complaining about my fancy new washing machine that uses very little water and never gives me the feeling that the clothes are squeaky clean. At the time, that post got more than a dozen comments from people who also hate their washing machines. And apparently people are still stumbling over it, and it still strikes a chord. This week's visitor wrote: "My big problem is the water level. After the wash cycle finishes and before the spin cycle starts I have actually found dry spots of clothing sticking up out of the water that had never gotten wet. How could they get clean if they never got wet?" Amen, sister!
Coincidentally, the same day that she left that comment, I had a washing machine experience that I'd never had before. The two-year-old threw up in the car as it was pulling into our street, so we began the day with a bath and two loads of wash, one devoted to the covers from the car seat plus a couple of towels for ballast. I thought the heavy seat covers would perplex the washing machine, which doesn't just wash things to order but has to think about it first. In the past it has not been happy with large items that get off balance as they spin. But these covers definitely had to be washed, now.
I chose the "Bulky / bedding" cycle, called for extra water, and kept my fingers crossed. When I went into the laundry room some time later, it was nearing the end of the wash cycle and to my amazement, I saw the tub full of water! (The door is glass -- lots of fun for little ones to watch the machine at work.) The water actually came to within four inches of the top of the tub and the seat covers were happily sloshing away underneath.
I have never seen more than an inch of water visible in the tub, so this was a breakthrough. I am now wondering whether I could replicate this in the future, such as when I want to dye, or soak after dyeing.
Out of the laundry room and into the studio.... I decided to sew narrow black bindings onto at least two of my four new quilts, and am now stitching them down. I usually think quilts look more like art and less like bedcoverings when they are finished with facings, not bindings, but for these pieces I think the binding will be unobtrusive, the quilt will be flatter, and it's certainly easier.