• Dye,  Pieced,  Process Pledge,  Quilts

    Jewelweed Quilt and a Hand Dyed Disaster

    A couple years ago, my mother in law gave me a beautiful stack of fat eighths fabric for my birthday. She had gotten it at the Lancaster Quilt Show. I had had an idea for a quilt block rolling around in my head, and so I brought the fabrics with me on a sewing retreat and began cranking out blocks.  I called it Jewelweed, because that is a pretty flower, and I liked that the blocks were kind of jewel like, with all the butterflies around them like they were flowers. I used up EVERY LAST BIT of the butterfly fabric making this. I don’t think I have any scraps…

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    Color Wheel

    My fabric dyeing class just ended, which means I’m going to have to buy my own dye and set up my own dye studio because I love dying fabric! I went on my the Dharma Trading Website – the dye website to end all dye websites – and filled my shopping cart with three containers of Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes. You can make a whole rainbow with just turquoise, yellow, and fuchsia. Then I was feeling cheap and didn’t check out. I feel like I have a decent understanding of Color Theory, but there’s something magical about seeing it in action. It really works! Below is my first sloppy color…

  • Dye,  Quilts

    What’s Cluttering Up My Desk

    Whenever I haven’t been outside in the garden and freaking out about our changing climate, I have been doing some sewing.  So until we are flooded out, burned up and then crushed under rising wheat prices – Happy stuff!! – and linking up to more happy stuff at Freshly Pieced! This is from my most recent fabric dying class (though the yellow fabric is from a different batch) – we dumped dye on 4 different fat quarters and then layered them in a bag and squeezed so the colors all blended together. And, if you’re wondering, it’s even easier than it sounds. Dyeing is so easy! It is just the effect…

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    Dyeing to Make Puns

    I’m in a fabric dying class. It started, um, yesterday, and lasts for 8 weeks. It is very pun filled, like anything involving dyeing. I’m pretty ok with this. Ricky Gervais says that the pun is the lowest form of humor, but what does he know about jokes? So, anyway, in the first class, we folded up cotton all different ways and squirted dye on it. This morning I was DYE-ING to rinse out my experiments. But the weather was sunny for the first time since – last summer? I can’t remember. So I was also dying to start digging a plot for a garden in our backyard. I managed…

  • Dye,  Other Stuff I Made,  Product Placement/Reviews,  Quilts

    To Dye For

    Back in December I got a whole bolt (20 yards!) of Kona Prepared for Dying Cotton and a couple packs of fabric dye on super duper clearance plus an extra coupon from Jo-Ann Fabric on-line.  The boyfriend got the postal note on the door and biked over to the post office. The box was enormous, but he balanced it on the handle bars and pedaled home. Imagine his dismay when he beleagueredly showedme the package and I said, “I want to die!” but I swear I meant, “I want to dye!” So anyway, puns. The impulse bolt has sat under my desk for several months, and the cats have really enjoyed…