Friday, January 22, 2016

Happy New Year!

Slacking off to start off the new year, this is my first post of 2016. I am still having some internet access issues, hopefully things will work out in that department.

New Baby quilt
We are expecting a new granddaughter, any day now (she was due yesterday). I finished her quilt last week. I had rotated it in my photo program, but when I uploaded it to the blog it rotated back. Anyone know how to rotate a photo on the blog?

Challenge Fabric
My little quilt guild handed out brown paper bags with fabric in them. Each is different.  My friend, Marcia, got a bag with this and I got another fabric. We traded bags.  I need to get something made from this by next month's meeting.  I have an idea. Hopefully next week I can post some progress photos.

Metal sculpture in St. George, Utah

Yarn Graffiti near Kanab, Utah 

I love finding art! On a sidewalk or out in the wild! Recently I drove to St. George to visit my dad and saw this metal sculpture outside a thrift shop. Very cool! And then sweetie and I were out driving around the Kanab area and I spotted this Yarn Graffiti on a sign post near Jackson Flats Reservoir! I haven't run into any before and was thrilled with this sighting! I know that a lot of the people that tag trees and other objects with yarn call it Yarn Bombing. I find the term implies violence, so I chose to call it Yarn Graffiti, which I feel implies art. One of the Yarn Bombers in one of my Ravelry groups explains that they are trying to take back the term bomb.  Um, well I don't get it. How do you take back a term like bomb? Am I missing something? Does that word have another meaning besides an explosive device meant to injure or destroy, or the verb of detonating an explosive device?  I am not going to argue the point. They are decorating the world with yarn and trying to make people smile.

This is my Off the Wall and Finished Friday post for this week.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Snow Dyeing

 On Monday we had a foot of snow! Great fun! Time for snow dyeing!  I thought I would write up a little demo on how I do my snow dyeing.

I start off with Prepared for Dyeing (PFD) fabric. I have several bolts of Moda's version, but any brand will do. I tear my fabric into either yard or half yard pieces.

Soda Ash Bucket
Next it goes into the soda ash bucket. I let it soak for 10-15 minutes, making sure that it is fully saturated. I use an old wooden spaghetti fork to stir it around and to push it down into the liquid. *NOTE*when ever you use any kitchen tools in the dyeing studio, they can never go home to the kitchen!

Out of the bucket
Using gloves, I wring out the pieces and toss them into a plastic wash tub.

Mixing dyes
While the fabric is soaking, I will mix up dyes if I need more than I already have mixed up. I spread out a dampened mop up cloth to catch any stray powder. ALWAYS wear a mask when handling powder dyes.

Ready to go

Ready for snow
I have been playing with twisting some of my fabrics. In the wash tubs I try to spread out the fabric as much as possible. In the round ice cream buckets I played with some twists and accordion folds.

I then dump a bunch of snow on top of the fabric. In the past I have crammed it full of snow. This time I was testing just making sure that there was a decent layer of snow on the fabric.

I pour the liquid dye over the snow in various patterns. I found out last year that some colors will meld and make brown! LOL! So this year I am trying out dyeing with complimentary colors.

All the dyed snow
I do this in the afternoon and let the snow melt overnight. I guess you could do it in the morning and rinse out in the evening. Whatever works for your schedule.
Melted snow
I love to see what dyes look like after the snow melts! Even though you think you know what you are getting, it is never quite what you expect.
I rinse out all the pieces.  I then toss them into a big bucket of clean water and let them stew for a bit. Then another quick rinse and into the washer.

I wash the batch with Synthrapol. It helps set the dyes.

Brown, terra cotta and a bit of purple
I am trying to dye a background for a flower quilt. I have had several attempts that didn't quite turn out the way I wanted it to. Love this piece, but I am not sure that it is right for my flower.


I may go back and over dye the light area

Pleated twist
I took quick photographs of the finished fabrics out in the snow. Some of the photos look a bit on the blue side.

Another twist
I may go back and over dye the light areas on this piece. I am really happy with the way the twist turned out.

Navy, forest green and yellow

Another folded one
This piece looks great in person. I folded it in half and then accordion folded it. I swirled it into the round bucket.

Another accordion fold,.

My favorites
These last two are much brighter in person. I love the bottom one the best of all this batch.

This is my off the wall and finished Friday post for this week.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Finally finished a project that should have been years ago

Years ago I conned,er um, talked a group of friends into a 12 x12 project. We each chose one word and then every other month I drew one out and everyone was supposed to make a 12 x12 art quilt piece inspired by that word. More friends wanted to join in. Others dropped out. I believe that only about 3 of us completed all of the words. I myself was missing 3 or 4 words. Recently I was thinking that I should go back and complete the set.  The last couple of years I have been in a knitting group with a couple of women in a neighboring town. We meet for coffee and chatting every couple of weeks. 

One of my missed words was Joy. Well, one of my coffee/knitting buddies is named Joy! Both she and Karen spin yarn. Joy has been spinning for a long time and it is a joy to her. Since her birthday is this week I decided to do a 12x12 in her honor. Joy's Joy.

Joy spinning on her wheel
I took photographs of Joy and Karen spinning one meeting. I am looking to get a wheel some day and it was a good excuse to ask questions and compare their wheels. While at the same time getting a photograph to base my quilt on.

It is all about the twist
In spinning, it is all about the twist! So I quilted twist into the background.

My pattern
I printed out the photograph in black and white. Then I traced the outline of the wheel. I fused some fabric and used the outline to cut out the shape of the wheel.

The spinning wheel
I used stitching lines to enhance the shape of the wheel.

Joy's Joy
I used a bit of my own yarn that I had spun on a spindle to put on the bobbin. I left a tail of fiber and then quilted Joy into the background. Karen's husband is a wonderful woodworker and made a hanging stick to go along with it. Joy was so surprised when she saw this!

I know that I still need to do Frog and Road.  I need to double check my list and see what others I am missing.

I am linking to Off the wall, TGIFF, and Finished Friday.

I am almost completely moved into the new studio space.  Still purging the stuff that is not going to fit in this small space. I am offering a coupon code good for 10% off any order of $10 or more. BBLOG10 The code is good on anything in my Etsy shop. Below are links to some of the sections for your convenience. Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Sometimes you just have to take it as a win.

The days seem to be flying by this month. All I can claim that I finished this week is doing my entries for the Quilter's Blogger Festival that Amy puts on every year. I have entered my Karin  quilt in the original design category. And my Bark in the Art category.

Earlier in the week I went up North (as the locals say). I got to go to the pumpkin patch with my son and his family!  Then I got to play with my granddaughter and daughter. I also went to a luncheon and then went to my friend's house to play with her silhouette machine.  She cut maple leaves for me earlier this year. I want to do an art piece featuring Aspens.

Fancy pants cutting machine

Aspen leaves
Lisa traced a real aspen leaf and then filled the page with a variety of leaves in different sizes.

Gotta save the scraps!
This will be interesting to see how it turns out.

This is my off the wall and finished Friday post for the week.

Blogger's Quilt Festival 2015 Original Design

For my second entry in Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival I am entering the quilt I designed and made for my cousin's daughter, Karin. I did a similar quilt for her twin sister, Caitlin, featured below.

They are similar in design, and I varied the placement of values.

Blogger's Quilt Festival Autumn 2015 Art Quilt

I am entering the Blogger's Quilt Festival sponsored by Amy of Amy's Creative side. This is my Art Quilt entry.

Friday, October 16, 2015

New sewing space

I am moving my sewing studio to a smaller room.  My old space is filled to the gills, so purging is required to help with the transition. I brought my beloved featherweight with me. I also brought an ironing mat and cutting equipment. What else do you need? Yeah, a closet full of fabric. Well, that will happen, still need to sort and pack.

My temporary sewing station
I did bring along 3 in process projects so that I could sew. First up is my leader project. Long before I ever heard of Bonnie Hunter, I always kept a second project next to my machine to use as "leaders" so as not to waste thread or worry about getting the starting threads all messed up. This evolved into my little box of inch and a half squares. I cut up all my scraps into as large a square or strip that I can get out of the piece. The inch and a half squares go into a little silver box. I run two squares through the machine in between my chain piecing. Then continue on to make little nine-patches.

Silver box and in progress nine-patch
They work up quickly without even trying. I have had this going on for over 10 years now. I always intended to pair these little blocks up with 3-1/2" squares and make double nine-patches.

Double Nine-patches!
It was fun to sew in my new room! Hopefully next time I will remember to take a photograph of the gorgeous view outside my window.

This is my off the wall  and finished Friday (not that I really finished anything, rather STARTED sewing in my new room!)

My purge of the sewing room continues. Coupon code good for 10% any $10 or more purchase.OOOPS! So sorry, I forgot to post the code!  BBLOG10

Thanks for helping me pare down my supplies so that I can fit into my new sewing room!