Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I'm cleaning and organizing my sewing room. Yesterday, I bought some larger plastic totes to hold my batiks and hand-dyes. I can't believe how much I had squeezed into the smaller containers. After I get back from Sievers, I might weed out my fabric collection and pull out the small pieces I know I'll never use. I could bundle them up and sell them on ebay. I know my scraps will be someone else's treasure.

Friday, June 25, 2010

June Days

Well, I'm almost done with the 7th grade quilt--I'd better call it the 8th grade quilt now! Just one more row of blocks to quilt, then onto the binding. I'm doing all-over meandering. It really does look nice.

Earlier this week, I worked for a friend. It keeps me out of trouble and helps her out. Yesterday, it was off to Noah's Ark with Trevor. We had fun together. Today, finally, was a day for my own agenda. I dyed a little and started ironing all I dyed last week. Still managing to do something quilt-related for at least 5 minutes everyday. Yay! Wait til you see the baby quilt I'm working on for some friends. Really cute! I'll post pics when it's done.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Bucket dyeing results

So here are some pictures from my experiments in bucket dyeing. I love how they turned out. It is so much fun and so easy and you get this really creative, artsy finish. I've been so busy dyeing this week that I'm almost out of white fabric. I guess I'll be visiting the Dharma website to buy more...or maybe after I try and sell a few pieces of what I have already dyed. Today my experiment is using kelly green and cerulean (sp?) blue. I'm hoping to get some teals out of that. You never know until you pull it out of the bucket.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dyeing to try new stuff...

I've been dyeing all week. I'm working on some 8-step gradations for a quilt I'm working on--Trip X 2 that I started in a workshop with Linda Marcou. I've dyed a different color every day so far this week. Here's alpine blue, with a dash of better black added.
Below to the left is a picture of my dyeing "station." A chest freezer makes a great place to set up dye baths. It's in the "messy" part of the basement and the height of the freezer is just right for working on. It's an old freezer, so no one cares if it gets stained.

The last picture shows the start of my bucket dyeing, a technique learned from Chris D. I layer up three hunks of fabric, one-at-a-time, pouring dye and soda ash on each layer. I also used red and yellow on subsequent layers. I can't wait to see how it looks!

I got Trevor's Puget Sound quilt done, finally. He's going to be able to sleep under it tonight. He is overjoyed! I feel good having completed a UFO!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Seal Quilt

So, here is a pic of the seal quilt in the quilting process. You can get an idea of what my set-up is like in the basement--very messy! Cleaning and organizing is on my list of summer to-do's. Anyway, I'm almost done. Just a couple of lines of quilting and the binding. Trev can hardly wait to get it on his bed.
Trevor did inform me that the fabric actually has sea lions on it, not seals. I'm calling it Puget Sound, in memory of our trip there and all the wildlife we saw.

The Seventh Grade Quilt

Here are some pics of the 7th grade quilt. Each student added a sashing strip to one of their blocks, then we laid them all out. It was interesting to have 14 quilters deciding on the best way to lay out the blocks. I think they did a great job balancing the colors.

Once it was laid out, I sewed the rows together and added the borders. I used up pretty much every thread of the layer cake I bought for it. When it's all quilted, I'll post a picture of the completed top and back. I've taken to piecing backs in order to use up all of the fabric I bought for that quilt. It makes it fun and practical.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I need opinions...

We have some friends who are having a baby next month. Of course, I have to give them a quilt. I found this quilt top in my UFO pile. Now here's the catch, we don't know if it's a girl or boy. They're doing it the old-fashioned way. So, here's where the opinions come into play--could this work for either a boy or girl? I think yes, but the yellow fabric does have flowers on it. Let me know what you think. For the back, I think I'm going to use minkee and no batting. It will be soft and cuddly.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Great Time With Old Friends

Last night, I traveled to Mukwonago for the Crazy Quilter's Guild 25th Anniversary. I was a charter member and the first president. That was the first quilt group I ever belonged to. I have to say that the support of those ladies and what I learned from the group was instrumental in keeping me in quilting all these years.

It was great to see some old friends I haven't seen in a long time. There were many new faces at the meeting, too, but like all quilters, they were all friendly and welcoming. I enjoyed catching up with my friends and hope to see them again soon. Gayle--I'm willing to come to your house for a visit!

I did crack up at the picture of me from my year as president. I was a baby then! Only 25 years old and about 25 lbs less.

I was impressed with their show and tell. They did a UFO challenge, signing a contract back in January to finish a UFO by the June meeting. I'm thinking our guild should do that! The range of colors, techniques, patterns, etc., was amazing. I love show and tell. Quilters love ALL quilts, from beginner's first efforts to award-winning pieces. I learned a new acronym--NBS--Never Been Started. I've got a few of those, with the pattern and fabric all set aside to start someday.

Thanks Crazy Quilters for inviting me and I'm looking forward to the 25th Anniversary celebration of their show!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Seal Quilt

Well, tonight, I finally got to quilting on Trevor's seal quilt. I got almost 1/4 of it done. It's nothing exciting--just ditching, utilitarian quilting. After all, it's for an 11-year-old boy. It's meant to keep him warm and happy and not necessarily to win awards. My little man can't wait until I finally get it done!