The journal quilt is very simple this week. I wanted to do something with some of the fabrics that I created in the shibori class. These pieces are from 2 fabrics. The more I look at it the better I like it.
That dream is to get this pile of hand dyed fabrics
into this cabinet
that is currently filled with commercial fat quarters.
I don't want to get rid of them all. Just enough to be able to make room for my hand dyed fabrics. I will not just throw them out or give them away indiscriminately. I've done that before. I wanted to give these away to people who are actually currently making quilts so that the fabrics will not have an opportunity to age any longer. That means that most of them are going to My Mom's guild where they are making quilts for a boy's home. They did the girl's home a couple of years ago.
For this kit I started with some music print yardage and then pulled enough black, grey and gold fat quarters until I had enough for 95 tumblers. There's a strip left over in the middle of the fat quarter and I cut those into 2 1/4" strips so they can use them for the binding.
I have another kit all ready to go and I'm working on a 3rd set. I'll get all of these cut before Mom comes to visit on the 31st. I think I've sent her home with at least 3 other kits already. I also did a kit for someone in my guild.
Here's the quilt she made with it. She didn't have an agency to donate it to so she gave it back to me for Mom's guild! I hope all of those boys like tumbler quilts!
I have learned that it's very difficult to put together fabrics for boy's quilts!
I didn't go to Houston this year, primarily because I went to London and one big expensive trip is enough for one year. To make myself feel a little better about missing Houston, I decided to treat myself to a local shibori class. It was a great class and lots of fun. The instructor was Julia Pfaff (pronounced Paf).
I've done several of these technique with low water and direct application dye methods but the class was all full immersion dyeing and it was great to have an opportunity to learn her methods and techniques.
Here are some of my results:
This fat quarter took me about 3 hours to stitch and prepare for dyeing! I wonder if you could ever price fabric done like this so that it would be profitable to sell? I get some similar effects with some of the fabrics I create but I really love this technique and will certainly do more of them for myself.
This was a black fabric that was pole wrapped, discharged in Thiox and then over dyed with blue. I really love it.
This was one of my hand dyed fabrics in a very dark plum color that I discharged in Thiox and then over dyed red. I had hoped to get more red highlights but I an still happy with the result.
This one was folded in half and stitched. It did not take as long to prepare! I dyed it once in purple and then removed some of the binding, added some other binding and over dyed ir red.
We were also given 2 scarves to dye. This one was first dyed a really bright green color and then over dyed a dark green. The silk really doesn't absorb much more dyed after the first dye bath.
This last one was first dyed red then I removed some of the bindings and over dyed it black. This is my favorite piece of the day!
I did confirm what I suspeced about my dye recipes. They will not work in the immersion process. So I suppose I will be starting over to create an immersion recipe book!
Last week I got to deliver Dabney's quilt. When I have a quilt for a new baby I always like to take something for the big sisters and brothers. Dabney has a 3 yars old sister. I decided on a little pillow for her.
I sun printed the fabric with letters and hearts. The pink was also painted and then has salt spread over it to get all of that great texture. I quilted around the name and hearts and added a heart in the pink. The heart is centered in the pink but I should have placed it more to the right. But Kate didn't complain!
When I came up with the idea to make the pillow I headed to the fabric store to get a pillow form. Do you have any idea how expensive pillow forms are? One this size (if I could actually find it) would be about $15.
Instead, I headed to Costco where I bought these 2 large pillows for about $10. I could make a dozen Kate pillows with this!
I really like the down alternative stuffing. It makes a very soft pillow. The only problem I see with it is that it takes up a lot of space until I get around to using all of it.
Today's projects are intended to be relatively simple projects. I've picked 2 blocks and am showing the quilts in several colorways. If you are interested in the Geranium fabric palette you can find all of the information here.