Prewash? Not Prewash?

Do you prewash your fabric?

    Some quilters prewash and some never prewash. Those that prewash say they do not like surprises after washing the finished quilt the first time.  Dyes in cotton fabrics may bleed.  Red, purple and other intense colors usually are the problem colors.  Colors can transfer onto patches in a finished quilt.     

How to do a fabric bleed test?  

Take a small piece of fabric in question, using the same water temperature and soap you will be washing your finished quilt.  Let it soak about 30 minutes.  If the water becomes discolored by bleeding, the dyes could possibility damage the fabric.  If water is clear, remove the piece of fabric WITHOUT rinsing, place it on a white paper towel.  A stained towel could mean the dye will transfer to adjacent fabrics when the quilt is washed.  One last step is to rinse soap from the fabric.  Dry your test patch and do the bleed test again. Bleeding again indicates you should not use this fabric in any quilt.  

Color Catchers is what Linda uses.  Retayne, Synthropol and Rit Dye Fixative, like Color catchers, are prewash products that keeps the dyes from bleeding.  

Go natural by using Baking Soda (1/2 C during wash cycle), or try cold water with a color brightening detergent or adding 1/2 C vinegar to rinse cycle will help fabric keep its color brightness.  Soak new DARK color fabric (fabric that has never been washed) in a mixture of of 1/2 Cup vinegar and 2 teaspoons of salt for 30 minutes to set the dyes.   Regardless, be sure to read the instructions, hints and tips before using either of these. 

Pat Sloan presentation at Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild

Linda with Pat Salon

Linda with Pat Sloan

Linda with Pat Sloan, quilt designer and book author, radio/podcast show host and fabric designer.  Her presentation included a display of some quilts, methods and designs.  The next morning she held a class to a large group of members.

Quilt Shows 2018 and 2019


“2018 Then & Now Quilt  and Fiber Art Show”

September 21 and 22
(Friday - 10 am to 5 pm)

(Saturday - 10 am to 4 pm)

New Location

The Village Shopping Center

Concord First Assembly Suite 8

(located at 280 Concord Parkway N

Concord, NC - next to Big Lots) 

6 miles north of Charlotte Motor Speedway on Route 29

Admission $6 per day - $5 w/flyer

Quilts, Prizes, Vendors, Eatery

Hickory Catawba Valley Quilters Guild October 12-13

Quilts of the Valley   Autumn Expressions
Location: The Hickory Metro Convention Center, Off 1-40/ Exit 125--1960 13th Ave. SE, Hickory
Hours: Fri & Sat 9 – 5   Admission: $5 or $7 for entire event
Sponsored by: Catawba Valley Quilters Guild, Hickory
Handicap Accessible, 200+ Quilts on Display , Vendors, Demonstrations, Bed Turnings, Lily Boutique Gift Shop, Raffle Quilt.  


Asheville Quilt Show September 28-30

Location: 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732 WNC Agricultural center in the Davis Event Center pavilion
Directions: I-26, Exit 40, Airport Road, Gate 5 across from AVL airport Special exhibits, Demonstrations, Vendors, Gift Shop, Silent auction,
Opportunity Quilt, Kids Sewing Station, Group and Multi-day tickets available Admission $7 – Free parking, Handicap accessible 

Greensboro Gate City Quilt Guild Show October 12-13

Location: Congregational United Church of Christ, 400 N. Radiance Dr, Greensboro, 27403
Hours: Fri & Sat 9:30 - 5    Admission: $6
Be prepared to travel through a Galaxy of Stars?quilts that are absolutely heavenly. This year we have lots of raffles?one for a Judy Niemeyer Bali Wedding Star quilt, another for a sewing machine donated by Sew Happy (McKinney Sew and Vac) and lots of raffle baskets. Of course, there will be sought after vendors, a Boutique of crafted items, quilt appraisals, chair massages ( and a Silent Auction to benefit Mary?s House (a shelter for abused women and their children). Ample parking 

New Bern Twin Rivers Quilters Guild Show October 26-27

   Seasons for Quilts
Website: Email: (252) 342-2107
Location: New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 S. Front St., New Bern, 28562
Hours: Fri 9-5, Sat 9-4:30  Admission: $10 per day/person or $15 for both days
Sponsored by: Twin Rivers Quilters Guild, New Bern,
Come out to view over 300 quilts, a gorgeous raffle quilt, multiple vendors, the famous Twice Around Treasures booth which has moved upstairs for the added space, the exclusive TRQG Boutique and even take a quilt home at the Quilts for Sale booth.   

2018 Forsyth Piecers Quilt Guild Quilt Show: November 2-3, 2018

“Winston Salem Quilts!”

Friday, November 2, from 9 am to 5 pm

Saturday, November 3,  from 9 am to 4 pm

Admission $5 one day pass and $7 2-day pass. Children under 12 are free.

The show will feature quilts, vendors, demonstrations of quilting products and quilting techniques, door prizes, 2 raffle quilts, a boutique with handmade gifts, Granny’s Attic with fabrics, magazines and books, a silent auction, and Quilts on a Stick for sale. Travel to Winston-Salem for our quilt show and enjoy exploring our historic city. Click here for Travel information.Click here for details rules, guidelines, and information about the quilt show.If you have any questions email Adele Aiken and Patti Mansson at  

Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild Show May 3-4 2019

Winston Salem Fairgrounds

Home of the Dixie Classic

Neil Boldon Home and Garden Building

408 27th St NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Quilts, Vendors, Free Parking, Food, Granny's Novelties,  Raffle Quilt.

More information contact either co-chair

Alan Nichols

Jean Ann Huntley

2018 Summer Recipe

Old Fashioned Egg Custard Pie

One of Alan's favorite recipes growing up.


1 unbaked pie shell 

4 whole eggs 

1/2 cup sugar 

1/4 teaspoon salt 

1 tablespoon vanilla 

2-1/2 cups milk 

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg  

INSTRUCTIONS  Bake pie shell at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. Set aside.  Mix eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, milk and nutmeg. Combine well. Pour into pie shell. 

Bake at 475 degrees F for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F for 45 to 55 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out clean. Do not overcook. 

Alan's Travels

Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show, Franklin NC

Alan helped "Smoke This" BBQ Team, Hickory  NC, cook ribs for vending in Franklin NC.

Mini Loader

I, Alan,  have been fortunate to have had so many opportunities in my life.  I operated a large endloader when I worked at a WV Coal Mine.  Moving mulch at the house with NR Tree Service tree trimming companies' mini loader.

Greenwood SC, Festival of Discovery BBQ Competition, picture shows part of the customer line.

Alan helped Steve, Dennis and Scott (Smoke This BBQ Team) cook Ribs for their vending efforts.  Sold between 1,000 - 2,000 pounds of ribs in addition of Chicken, Pulled Pork, Wings and Brisket.

Chef Clay White and Alan

Cooking Ribs for the Sugar Mountain NC BBQ Bootcamp

Instructing students on Competition Ribs and Competition Brisket.  I cooked 3/4 pound hamburgers Fri evening and Sat morning red eye gravy.  Pictured with Clay White, , a personal chef, that cooks for some well known TV personalities.   In 2012, CNN listed North Carolina BBQ Society as one of ten  International Cooking Schools and the only in USA.

Carolina Smokin John

John Young, Winston Salem, cooked a whole hog and I help serve it.  We fed about 100 people on 4th of July. Click on Picture to right for Carolina Smokin John Facebook. 

Last year I went to Dominican Republic to cook for the Ambassador's 4th of July party of over 1200 people.  Clay White and I cooked 6 whole hogs and 200 chickens.