Saturday, February 27, 2010

Snow Dyeing

A major topic of discussion on the QuiltArt email list this winter had been using snow to dye fabric. After soaking your PFD fabric in soda ash solution, you put it in a large container and pack it full of snow. Then you pour or squirt dye on top and let it sit for hours until the snow melts. Before the current snow started to fall I soaked my fabric and arranged it in tubs. Bill put the tubs outside the night before the snow started, so the fabric froze in its arrangement and was then covered by the snowfall.
Having the fabric frozen made the dye reach the fibers very unevenly as the fabric thawed and the snow melted. I think the resulting designs in the fabric are wonderful! Now I need to think up domething wonderful to do with the fabric.

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Quilting Challenge

Three Creative Studios is hosting a year long challenge in which they post a word and quilters respond with a small quilt inspired by the word. The word posted in January for quilts to be finished this week was 'puzzle'. Here's my quilt. My first thoughts ran to jigsaw puzzles but pondering on the choices to be made I decided every quilt is a puzzle of colors, shapes, design, lines, threads...

So I took some bits of fabric trimmed from a batik quilt, some shapes of hand dyed fabric, tiny bits of embroidery thread I've been stuffing into a jar instead of the trashcan and layered them under tulle. Then I quilted them into place. Fun! I wonder what the next word will be.

It's not too late to join the challenge.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Make-a-Blanket Day

Members of the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will be participating in the Project Linus "Make-a-Blanket Day" this Saturday, February 20th. Members will gather at the Masonic Lodge in Wellsboro to make quilts for children in need of comfort. The workshop is full; however, if you are not signed up for the workshop but have a Linus quilt to donate to the cause, feel free to stop by (even if you are not a guild member) to drop off your work with the Tioga County Project Linus coordinator, who will be at the workshop. We'd love to see your quilts and you can see what we've accomplished. Stop by any time inbetween 9AM and 3PM.

If you're a guild member who has made Project Linus quilts but can't make it to the workshop in person, we encourage you to post a photo or two on this blog. If you need help with that, just contact Susan or Anya.

Hopefully, we'll share some photos of the completed workshop quilts soon...

Friday, February 12, 2010

More Broken Leg Work

When it snowed Tuesday night, my plans to get to the lake house to join the quilting fun were dashed. It's hard to keep your toes warm in the snow when wearing a cast! I had cut fabric for 12 pillowcases and had it ironed and ready to serge. I had two Linus quilts with binding to stitch down. I was ready to play! Oh well. I worked on them off and on Wednesday and Thursday, but it wasn't nearly as much fun doing it at home by myself!
In case you can't tell, my 11 year old granddaughter picked out the fabric I used in this little quilt. Not exactly my taste, but that's okay!
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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Broken Leg Accomplishments

There are a lot of things you can't do with a cast on your right leg-- even a sunny yellow on like this! While I've sat or reclined for the last two weeks, I've kept my hands busy crocheting. My Godmother Libby Cochran taught me to crochet when I was about 14. My Nana started a wool afghan for me that year which I finished because she died before it was done. Every year I need to crochet something just to keep the muscle memory in place. This came in handy during my current confinement. Nancy used my new Edge Perfect blade to poke holes in 4 pieces of soft cream fleece in my stash. Susan brought me five colorful pieces of fleece, all cut and ready to decorate the edges. So now there are nine finished blankets for the Guild's Project Linus contribution. It sure was nice to have something to do besides watch old movies! Now I'm tired of crocheting and ready to get back to sewing. My left foot is doing okay!