I've been holding on to these photos for awhile and have been itching to share them. My best friend and I do celebrate each other's birthday and Christmas but we rarely celebrate them even close to the actual date. It's a winner of we celebrate in the month. Her birthday was in the beginning of December but we both had a bunch of stuff going on (and these weren't done) so we just got together yesterday so I could take these to her and, more importantly, spend some quality time with my favorite dog. I knew I wasn't going to be able to top the vulture quilt that she made for me but I gave it my best shot.
Anne is a big follower of Valorie Wells and had really gotten into carving stamps for printing. I decided to make her some shibori fabrics specifically to use for printing. The first 2 are 1 yard pieces. The top one was folded in quarters and then tied. I was so excited with how well it turned out. The second was folded and clamped.
The next 2 photos are all fat quarters or half yards. Some are tied and some are clamped. I was going for a wide variety.
I also dyed 4 monochromatic spirals. The first photo is one of the spirals and the second photo is the 4 colors that I dyed. The orange photo is quite a bit brighter than the actual fabric but that's what happens with computer monitors and orange. I hope she has lots of fun with these. I sure had fun making them.
Yesterday I got 4 more cat blocks cut out and I'll get them sewn together today and get the last 4 started. This weekend is supposed to be sewing weekend with my quilt club. I usually work on veterans quilts when I am there so I might pull out one of my kits and work on it this weekend. I miss my quilting peeps.
I also did a lot of ironing yesterday to get a bunch of tea towels ironed and photographed. I've been thinking about what I could do to raise money for my local food pantry. I recently had an opportunity to buy a lot of very high quality tea towels and the idea was born. I'm going to dye all of them and sell them locally with all of the proceeds going to WHEAT (Western Hanover Emergency Action Team). I feel like their resources are going to be pretty stressed the next several months and probably the rest of the year. Before I share these with you I have to tell you that, for the moment, I have NO PLANS TO SELL THESE ON LINE. The logistics of accepting payment and shipping and having to pay taxes and fees on the sales is more trouble than I want to deal with at the moment. I may change my mind later. We'll see.
But here's the first batch. I'm doing some with screen printing and some with shibori techniques. I have lots more colors and designs planned but I'm happy with this start.
I'll see how the interested in these goes and if they sell and then I'll decide what to do next. They are a LOT of fun to make!
In other news, the purple crochet granny square is done! The granny square blankets are soooo much fun to do and I am sooooo glad to be done with the Caron Simply Soft yarn.
I'm very glad that I saved some of the white yarn so I could add a border. I actually ran out of white and had to splice in a short piece of another white yarn to finish the last 10 stitches.
This little bit of purple is all that's left of that yarn.
Next up is this Lion Brand Ice Cream yarn. The color is called Lemon Meringue which makes no sense. The stitch is the blanket stitch that I did on an earlier blanket. It's pretty mindless and I like that. I'm not sure I'm going to like the color patterning but I do like working with this yarn.
I think I talked recently about a quilter's estate that was given to my quilt club recently. She had a roll of batting that I've cut up for veterans quilts and the stash is being shared throughout the group and several people are making veterans quilts with them. She also had a partial quilt on her design wall. Mom took those blocks and made two veterans quilts with them. This is one of them. We are fortunate that Pamela loved Kaffe Fassett prints! Another quilter is quilting the second one but I pieced a leftover piece of wide backing and pieced some batting that's made this one of the most economical quilts ever!
I quilted it with straight lines to complement the architectural print of the tan fabric. The turquoise backing looks nice with the Kaffe fabrics.
I've also been playing around with dyeing some tea towels. These are done by screen printing Jacquard Color Magnet on the fabric before dyeing. The screen areas pick up a lot of excess dye.
I even did some with shibori. I sent several of these to my friend, Carole, and she's using them as prizes for an event to collect placemats for Meals on Wheels. You can check it out on her blog. Doing these got me thinking that I might be able to do something as a fundraiser in my area for our local food pantry so I spent part of yesterday getting some tea towels screen printed, tied or clamped and read for dyeing. I'll have them to share early next week.
The granny square crochet is going very quickly especially while I"m listening to a book that I like. This is all of the partial purple skein. Next I'll add the white.
This weekend I need to do a lot more weed control but I want to spend most of my sewing time working on the cat quilt. Of course, we don't have plans to go anywhere......
I have a great group of former co-worker friends. We have been getting together almost every month since I retired over 9 and a half years ago. Now 3 of the 6 are retired with one schedule for next year. I enjoy coming up with a handmade gift for them each year.
This year I ordered these Grocery Totes from Dharma and screen printed them with different designs using Jacquard Color Magnet. I absolutely love using this stuff. You have to dye the item a light shade so that the printed area gets nice and dark. This technique works best with colors other than yellows and golds. Here are all of the results. I was really happy with them. If I had more time I could have added some painted details but the 88 postcards took most of my time!
Everybody got 2 bags. Some had different designs front and back. It was all about the screens I had and how I could put them together.
One of my friends made a special request for new potholders. Since she makes Chris the most amazing peanut brittle I was happy to oblige! I use this tutorial to make my potholders. These are really popular and I know I've made over 100 of them over the years.
I watched football last night so I was able to finish the binding on the first Groovy quilt. Click over to the Gallery to read more and see the cool tie dyed back.
Yesterday was an abnormal day for me because I spent a lot of it in the kitchen. That's not really my "milieu" but periodically I get in a baking mood and I'm in the mood to try out some new gluten-free vegan desserts. About 80% of GFV dessert recipes are disgusting but you have to give them a try to find the one or two gems. I did find a great bread recipe recently from this book. It's amazing and will do nothing for my desire to lose 5 pounds. (It's only a desire, not a requirement.)
But trying new recipes means finding the 45 different GF flours that the recipes call for. I had most of them but needed 2 new ones. I struck out at both places I went to yesterday so will try on the other side of town today where I'm going to, hopefully, buy a new chair. If you are short you know how difficult it is to find comfortable chairs. My favorite is a Stressless chair that I bought about 20 years ago. I'm hoping to easily replace it with pretty much the same chair without the cracked leather effect.
Aside from making (and eating) bread, the only thing I really accomplished yesterday was to get these shopping totes washed out. These are for gifts for a group of friend that meets each month. Only one of them reads my blog and she already requested potholders instead so it's OK if she sees them. They don't look like much here.
But each one was screen printed with Color Magnet before dyeing. Where the Color Magnet is applied the dyed concentrates. Each pair of bags is different and I'll show them after they are ironed and I've determined that they are actually finished. You can see a tablecloth that I dyed with this method by scrolling down to the Other Projects in my 2015 Gallery.
My primary goal for the weekend is to do no more shopping. After that I want to get Groovy 2 together, finishing binding Groovy 1 and work on the Christmas postcards.
"Groovy" is what I've decided to call these quilts. This one will be Groovy #2 and it went together really quickly yesterday. I'll work on Groovy #1 this weekend. I know I fought using a dark sashing but, of course, it was the right answer.
Next week I need to get a back dyed for this one. I'm thinking a tie dyed spiral because I've decided who is receiving this quilt and a tie dye spiral will be perfect.
There still isn't a lot going on around here but I got my sashing fabrics dyed last week and started cutting them last night. The smaller quilt will have this deep green (Jungle).
The big quilt will have this blue. I'll use bright cornerstones on both quilts. These should go together pretty quickly so I will try to get a back dyed fror the green one this week. I already have the back for the blue one.
The ice dyed fabrics turned out great. I'm going to show you the backing fabrics first. This one I Anne's from the red/blue/purple bin. When I load the backing fabric in the bin I always leave it folded in half so that I will get a mirror image effect. I think it's a little better than just all over mottled.
I put my fabric in the "rainbow " box and I expected a lot of brown but was really lucky to get this.
I had a couple of questions on Friday's post about the process and I thought I'd answer here for everyone.
We soda soaked the fabric before we folded it. For the backing fabrics I arrange them in the bins and then pour over enough soda ash mixture to dampen the fabric. I generally leave my folded, wet fabric overnight to dry out a bit before dyeing so we did all the folding Wednesday and the dyeing Thursday.
For dyeing I layer some ice, then sprinkle lots of dye (you have to wear a mask for this) and then add more ice. Then for a boost I sprinkle soda ash powder on top. I don't know if that actually does anything but I do it anyway.
There are a total of 106 of these squares! I don't think we will have any problem picking winners for our quilts. I expect there will even be some left over for a baby quilt or two.
Now I have to decide on a sashing color. I originally thought black but now I'm thinking gray or a grayish blue might be better.
Of course there were some losers and that's OK. It's just more hand dyed fabric scraps for another project.
Meanwhile, in the sewing room, my batting trimmings bin is overflowing so during the night game last night I started cutting out some fabric for dog beds. I like it when I can divert something from going straight to the landfill.
I was just relaxing and scrolling through Instagram when I saw a simple, but very cool, quilt made with ice dyed mandala blocks. It was really simple like this layout. The mandala pieces seemed to be about 12" square and it was sashed and bordered wiht solid fabric.
I send the link to my friend, Anne, with a "we should make this"
She replies "yes, I'm available this week" and here we are ice dyeing on the last hot day of the year (hopefully).
Of course if I'm going to make a quilt like this it's going to be for my bed so it has to be a queen size. If the blocks are 12" I need 36. But what if I have to cut them down as small as 10"? Better make 49 just in case. But what if some are duds? Better make 60. That should do it.
Anne wants a lap size quilt so she settled on 45.
So we spent a few hours Wednesday folding lots of little fabric bits. She also had some bandannas and added in a few of those. We ended up with well over 100 items to dye.
By Wednesday evening we had 4 bins ready to go. There fabric in the bottom of the bins too. Two of them are quilt backs that we hope will be the backing for our quilts.
Here's one of the bins right after we set it up. The layers are ice, dye powder, more ice and finally a sprinkling of extra soda ash.
By 4 in the afternoon they were about half melted. One bin is blue/red/purple, one is red/orange/yellow, one is blues/yellows and the last is a rainbow. The rainbow one has my quilt back so it might be brown but I'm hoping to see some of the individual colors in the backing. We'll see. It will be good either way.
Today we are taking down the CSQ quilt show and then going with Mom to see the Downton movie. After that I'll come home and wash all these gems out. We'll see the results next week.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.