Monday, August 1, 2022

More fabric dyeing

I can't remember if its dying or dyeing, with the 'e'.  At any rate, I've done more fabric dyeing and here are the results:

I had left over diluted dye from my previous combinations of fuchsia red, pagoda red, deep orange, deep yellow, amethyst, eggplant, and lemon yellow.  They were all diluted to 1/16th of the original strength in previous dye lots and saved in the refrigerator for about a month.  There were 4 bottles of the mixed colors that looked like 2 very similar shades of orange, a light dusty pink, and a light shade of purple.  This time, I scrunched the pre-treated and wet fabric into shoe box size containers and squirted the dyes on top of the fabric in several combinations.  I pushed the fabric into the liquid and let it sit overnight without stirring the fabric.  There are now 4 different fabrics to have fun with.

The other two pieces were ice dyed.  Each one of those pieces was pre-soaked and dried.  The dry fabric was scrunched into baskets, then covered thinly with ice cubes from our freezer.  I squirted the diluted red dye onto one and then added dye powder in two colors:  bronze and pagoda red.  I let that sit overnight.

In the second basket, I squirted the dilute purple on top of the ice, then added dye powder in two colors:  #150 gray, and midnight blue.

I just love how they all turned out so different and can't wait to use them in a quilt.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Striped fabric and 2 more charity quilts

I got some more striped fabric from a friend in my small quilt group.  And I had some from the charity group stash as well.  So, I made two more striped quilts and added pinwheels in 2 sizes.  I like the modern look of these tops, and hope they find a nice home.


55” x 66”


Striped material – need 72 each 6” squares cut on the bias – I started with 3 yards and cut all on the true bias

White – need 16 each 6-1/2” squares and 32 each 3-3/4 squares – 1 yard

Accent color – need 16 each 6-1/2 squares and 32 each 3-3/4” squares – used scraps to total 1 yard


Make half square triangles out of the white and accent color.

Trim the 6-1/2” ones to 6” square

Trim the 3-3/4” ones to 3-1/4” square

 Sew 4 of each size together to make a pinwheel.  You’ll end up with:

  8 of the large pinwheels (11-1/2” x 11-1/2”)

  16 of the small pinwheels (6” x 6”)

 Lay out the squares on a design board in a pleasing arrangement.  Orient the striped material to give a chevron effect.

Sew the columns together, then sew the rows together, pressing as you go.  You may have to sew in sections rather than in rows.  

Hint:  if you have more or less of the striped material, you can alter the number of the smaller pinwheels to make up the difference.  

Monday, July 18, 2022

Striped fabric - 2 charity quilts

I asked the charity quilt coordinator for some striped fabric and she sent me home with a small pile of them.  They seem to be the perfect fabric to make graphic charity quilts.

Here are two that I turned in recently, both with some hand dyed fabric and some commercial fabric.

Both quilt tops are 65" x 70", and I hope they find a nice home.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Mango Tango - Improv quilt

One of my friends taught a few of us how to make an improv quilt with wedgy stripes and free cut arcs.  It was fun day and a quick little quilt to put together.

I picked the hand dyed fabric that I've been making - orange, purple, and yellow in several shades.  Added to that was a recently purchased black and white print and a fun print that I picked up at the free table for our quilt guild.

After making several of the arc blocks, I trimmed them to 4" square and placed them on my design wall.  Then I put the striped sections next to them and started sewing them together in rows.  Each row had 2 of the arc blocks and 3 of the striped sections.  When they were all sewn together, I trimmed the edges all around.  The border is another hand dyed fabric with touches of eggplant and turquoise.  It was the perfect frame for the bright, vivid pieced section.  To complete the design, I slashed the borders and added narrow pieces of the striped pieces.  

It was quilted in purple thread in narrow straight rows and is faced.

The name "Mango Tango" was suggested.  I think I like it!

Monday, July 4, 2022

Ice Dyeing Fabric

I recently took a class through our local quilt guild that taught me how to ice dye fabric.  It was so much fun!  And not only because of what we learned, but also because it was in person and among friends.  Our teacher was extremely knowledgeable about dying fabric and her insights made it successful for everyone.

Here are the fabrics that I ended up with:


                        Gunmetal Gray
                    Peach and Bronze

Dyed in the "mud" at the bottom of the pan:

I hope you discover new and fun techniques too!

Monday, June 27, 2022

Atmospheric Exposion

This quilt started the same way as a couple of previous ones.  I sketched the design based on some quilts that I had seen on Pinterest.  There were color ways that I wanted to try out: pink, red, orange, and black.  So, I also looked up some color studies on Pinterest.  Here are my sketches and color inspirations.

After the sketch was done and colored in, I transferred the main design lines onto 6" muslin squares.  Each square was collaged with material in the color shown on the sketch.  Then, some stringy pieces of fabric were glued on top of the collaged piece.  When all the squares were done, the top was sewn together to form the base.  Here is a picture of the base.

I pulled out some yarn, threads, rick rack, and lace to match the top.  This was cut and dropped on top of the base until it was more or less covered.  A layer of light pink tulle was pinned to the top.  The whole thing was layered with batting and backing, then quilted with several different colors of thread on the long arm.  

My friends suggested a dark gray binding, and they were right.  It stops the eye at the edges.  My friends also suggested the name of the quilt "Atmospheric Explosion", and one of them made a custom embroidered label.  The label is fabulous!

The quilt is 36" x 42".

I hope you like it.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Fabric Dyeing

I did a bit of fabric dyeing earlier this year.  After taking a low water immersion dyeing class last fall, I inherited some fabric dye powder from a couple of friends.  Ever the engineer, I calculated some dye lots on spreadsheets, and set out to dye the PFD fabric that I had in the closet.  I have to say that the dying process is pretty quick and pretty interesting.  But, the rinsing out and washing is a painful long process.  

I didn't have any goal in mind as far as a quilt goes, but just wanted to use up the dye and fabric on hand.  Here are some of my results:

I mixed some colors and in other cases I diluted the dyes to get a range of one color.

Anyway, I hope you have new and exciting experiences too.