I laid out all the fabrics for a look-see.
Should I plan a colour scheme, or randomly use 'em all?
They do look gorgeous together.
Okay, I don't want to make a plan. I think I'll just have fun cutting and piecing as my mood dictates...truly free form!
Good thing I joined the Library Project Quilt Along, or I may not actually get on with it. The LPQAL has
For some reason, it's hard to cut into newly minted fabric. To get over it, I'll
To be continued...
Hey, want to give fabric dyeing a try?You don't need much! Here is a shot of my equipment. The blender is optional.
- a cheap, plastic dishpan holds wash water to keep my gloves clean as I work
- an old towel dries my gloves after washing
- I use a j-cloth (rag) to keep the counter clean as I work
- dye powders (MX Procion fiber reactive dye)
- measuring spoons (dedicated to non-food use)
- dust mask to prevent inhalation of dye powders
- plastic to cover my counter
- containers such as old mayo, mustard, and ketchup bottles to hold dye concentrate once it's mixed
- an inexpensive blender, also dedicated to non-food use (OPTIONAL - you can easily mix dye solutions by hand with a whisk)
a measuring cup, if you don't use a blender with markings on it
- NOT SHOWN - assorted plastic cups, yogurt and margarine containers, buckets, trays, etc. in a variety of sizes to fit your needs. I scavenge practically everything from my kitchen. IMPORTANT: Once something has been used for dye, it is no longer fit to use for food.
- NOT SHOWN - soda ash to activate the dye
Oh, yeah, and fabric to dye. That helps. Ha!
So, find a tutorial (I've linked to a good one in My Favourite Tutorials tab), take a class, or borrow/buy a book and give it a go!
Remember my kool kaleido quilt?It's one step closer to being done!
Here it is, laid out to dry before I finish the binding. I've spritzed (drenched) the black fabric with water to remove markings I'd made during quilting.
I could have waited until the binding was finished to remove the marks, but was afraid they would set when I pressed the binding out from the front of the quilt (like a wing) before wrapping it to the back for the final stitches. It's best to remove marks before applying heat.
It should be dry by tomorrow. I'm excited to finish it and get it outside for some beauty shots! Woo Hoo!!!
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