I love the traditional look that quilted cables give to a quilt. Here is a very do-able technique to using a walking foot to add cables to my next quilt. Great tutorial with tons of how-to photos. Via bloominginchintz….
wash finished quilts in dawn dish soap. it's similar to Synthrapol, a detergent dyers use to keep fugitive dyes from redepositing on fabric. use a tablespoon or two per quilt so it doesn't foam up the machine. wash new fabric with it (in HOT water.