"Irish Lass" has been trimmed, rinsed and pinned to the industrial carpet we have in the basement where I blocked it and left it to dry.
|Wet quilt, stretched out to dry.|
Better pics to follow, I promise!
After the first wash/rinse/extra rinse cycle (no soap), she sat in the washing machine for an hour while I ran errands. I'd thrown a couple of colour catchers into the mix because I couldn't be sure the batiks had been pre-washed, and I wanted to prevent colour bleeding into the white.
A little tip. Attend to rinsed quilts immediately. Do. not. run. errands.
The rust batik (lower, right in photo above) had apparently not been previously washed.
While I was out, it had time to lay against the white border fabric and get acquainted, leaving several orange splotches where they touched! EEGAD!
After the second wash/rinse/extra rinse cycle (no soap, two more colour catchers), the splotches rinsed away. Whew.
After I recovered, I tackled customer quilt #2.
|"Drunken Feathers" pantograph suits this quilt.|
Its owner inserted extra blocks into the backing fabric.
|Back of "Friendship Stars"|
I took extra care to center the blocks left to right, and top to bottom as that is how they were positioned by their maker.
Oh, and here's a beauty shot of Margaret's stained glass quilt, fresh off the frame. I'm sure you understand why I want to show the whole quilt this time. Talk about perfect fabric choices!
|"Flirtatious" pantograph and a quiet gold thread add the finishing touches to this glowing quilt.|
When I was a child, my grandmother taught me how to dye eggs using onion skins.
|Here, we didn't even take the sticker off the onion.|
We had only one red onion, so were using every bit of skin it offered.
Now I am the grandmother sharing with my grandchildren. (*sniff*)
|Unwrapping an egg boiled in yellow onion skin.|
While the eggs were boiling, we made stands for them by recycling the cardboard carton they came in.
We planned to set an egg by each plate at the table, adding a special touch to our Easter dinner.
|The more we made, the fancier they became!|
|Pretty eggs, ready to go in the fridge until dinner time.|
If you'd like to try this, here's what to do:
- Wrap bits of onion skin around each egg.
- Wrap a rag snugly around each egg to hold the onion skins in place...we used j-cloths, cut in half.
- Tie with a cord like you would tie a package...though we ran short of cord, so did a single wrap on the last two eggs, and it worked just fine.
- Immerse in cold water, and bring to a boil.
- Boil for about 15 minutes. The water will turn rusty orange, and that's okay.
- Drain the pot and refill with cold tap water - the colder, the better.
- Let the eggs cool in the water until you can safely remove the wraps.
- Unwrap, and enjoy the amazing colours!
- Rub with a tiny bit of cooking oil to make them shiny, if desired.
- Refrigerate, if planning to eat them. Alternately, they could be put in a bowl and displayed...but not eaten!
Needle and Thread Thursday, at My Quilt Infatuation
Whoop Whoop Friday, at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Fabric Frenzy Friday, at Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Show off Saturday, at Sew Can She
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