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February 2014 - Posts

Snow Dyeing Fabric

There was a thread in the QCA forums last winter about snow dyeing. I was intrigued, but had plans to try some other types of resist dyeing techniques. I wrote about those experiences HERE and HERE. Last week, it occurred to me that I should consider snow dyeing with all the white stuff outside. So, I purchased some powder Rit Dye on clearance at Meijer, soda ash at Hobby Lobby, and reviewed a couple of You-Tube videos on the topic. I spent the better part of Saturday trying the technique. Here are the results.

I use muslin at a low cost to try out these dyeing techniques.  After learning the technique, I may choose to purchase fabric and dyes of a higher quality to prepare more fabric. To begin the snow dye process, I soaked the muslin in a Soda Ash solution for 20 minutes. This allows the dye to take to the fabric better. After wringing out the excess solution, the fabric was bunched up and place on a slotted surface over a tub. I made do with a plastic shoe rack from my closet and placed it over two tubs. The entire setup was placed inside the bathtub for ease in rinsing the fabric and cleaning up. I gathered snow from the back deck and placed it on top of the fabric. Powdered dye was sprinkled across the snow, which acts as a resist until melted. The dye colors I used were Fushia, Golden Yellow, and Dark Green. My choices were based upon the selection on the clearance shelf.

Snow Dyeing Setup
Snow Dyeing Setup #1
Snow Dyeing Setup #2
Snow Dyeing Setup #2
Fabric after snow melted
Fabric after snow melted

After the snow melts, the fabric is rinsed until clear. I didn't get the results that I was hoping for. Maybe the fabric pieces were too large, but the dye did not penetrate through the pieces. Large areas of white muslin remained untouched by the dye. I chose to re-dye one of the pieces. Another piece was flipped over part way through the melting and the snow added to the other side to finish melting. Here are the three samples I created.

Re-dyed Fabric #1
Re-dyed Fabric #1
Fabric #2
Fabric #2
Fabric #3
Fabric #3

I probably won't be trying snow dyeing again anytime soon, although there is plenty of snow outside. The technique was time consuming and the results were less than satisfying. I would really like to try Batik dyeing and additional attempts of Shibori dyeing.

Happy Dyeing!

Posted Tue, Feb 25 2014 10:35 PM by Pamela | with no comments

Granddaughter's Outfit

So, I got an extra day off from work on President's Day. And, I used it to stitch together a UFO project, one of those that was put into a shoebox and forgotten about. The outfit is a seersucker capri pant & top, New Look pattern #6473; and I cannot remember when I cut this out. I thought that I had planned to make it for my oldest granddaughter, but now I am thinking that I started it two years ago when my youngest granddaughter was born. Either way, it is at least a two year old project. Luckily, my granddaughter is petite and the cut size will still fit her.

I am not the greatest at clothing construction, which is why I took up quilting. But, when I started having grandchildren, I started making them outfits. It was hard to resist the fabric selections and cute patterns. Sewing small seams, armhole openings, and buttonholes are things I haven't mastered. And all of these were involved in this project.

The rick rack and bows add a sweet touch to the design. I added the bow at the top of the pants, to mark the front from the back - no tags when you make your own clothes. The top was supposed to have three bows across the bodice, but I strategically placed one bow over a blood stain on the fabric that wouldn't come out. The bow covers it nicely and you wouldn't know that it wasn't supposed to be there. Here's a closeup of both pieces.

   

This year is the year of the UFO and I can mark another one off my list. This sweet little outfit will be a gift for my granddaughter's 2nd birthday next month.

Happy Stitching!

Posted Tue, Feb 18 2014 2:16 PM by Pamela | with no comments

NQA February BOM

Now that my Riley Blake challenge quilt is complete, I can focus on other projects. First up was to complete the February BOM for my NQA project. I have been a member of the National Quilting Association since 2008. This year, I have decided to participate in the SewBatik fabric challenge, but will not be able to attend the annual show. So, I decided to join in on the BOM for members only.

This month, NQA certified teacher Barbara Arnold provides the star pattern. The February pattern is  Sawtooth Checker Star. I used two different red fabrics from my stash. Again, the instructions were easy to follow and the diagrams provided additional help. The center of the star is a 16-patch of alternating red and white two-inch squares. Barbara utilized strip piecing for the two colors, then cut them apart into sections. Two of these sections were sewn into a row, then four rows sewn together to make the center. This process was different from other patterns that I have made. I had expected to make four patches and sew them together. However, this sequence of stitching had fewer seams to match through the piecing process and stitched together quickly. The remaining block sections are flying geese units and squares.

Here is the finished block that I stitched up today.

February BOM - NQA
February BOM - NQA

I am liking these blocks. Are you working on a BOM? How are you doing?

Happy Stitching!

Posted Sun, Feb 16 2014 8:53 PM by Pamela | 1 comment(s)