Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
We are off to Rock River for a week. We are totally full this year since Chrissy is moving into an unfurnished apt at Tech. We have the desk, bed, lazyboy, lamps, dresser, fish tank, and everything else imaginable packed into the truck and on the boat trailer. Hopefully it will be much cooler up north, it's hotter than crap here. We have heard that the lake's temp is unbelievably warm this year. We will see. Have a fabulous week.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Another day of dyeing fabric today with Joetta. The fabrics on the table are from today and the ones on the line are fabrics that I folded, dyed, and/or screen printed last weekend. Those have been washed and dried. Last weekend, I did several techniques. Some of them are screen printed, very fun, I used leaves and grass for the resist and you can even see them in one out of three of the pieces. The other two are just green and blue pieces of cloth, and they would look really great if I didn't know they were supposed to be leaves and grass. One of them I just splattered dye on and that one looks remarkably like someone had splattered dye on it. I also used the sewing machine and tried to use thread as a resist to create a pattern on the fabric. It worked, somewhat, but getting the thread out of the fabric after it had been washed and dried was very hard on the cloth. I punched several holes in the fabric trying to get the thread out and would not be able to re-use this fabric in anything that needed structural integrity. I think the ones that have been folded are the coolest ever. It is called folded shibori, a japanese word meaning (surprisingly, right) folded dyed cloth. That is why all the ones that I did today are folded or wrapped around things, like the vacuum cleaner hose. I hope to be able to get the corrugated effect on the fabric. I used a new roll of contact paper (in the center of the photo) and scrunched and tied fabric on it too. I'll let it dry like that and hope to get the scrunched pattern. The other pieces I folded in triangles, at right angles, squares, or pleats and put different dyes on different areas of the fold and am letting them stew in dye for a couple days before putting them to dry on the line. I love the idea that I don't really have any image of how they will turn out when I am doing them. It's a surprise every time. A wonderful by-product of drying the wet fabric on the line is my new collection of fabulously colored clothespins. You can't even buy these. Aren't they great?
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I am working on the bride and have 7 more leaves to applique and some embroidered stems to finish. I may get a photo tomorrow. I washed and dried more of my dyed fabric today, so that needs a photo too, and tomorrow I am going to go to the weaving studio and maybe felt a little wool. I also sent a new fabric postcard to my swap buddy on the Liberated Quilts group. I mailed one to her on July 29, but it hasn't gotten to Wales yet, so she gets a new one. Of course, I had to have the one postcard that didn't get to it's destination. I hope she enjoys her new one (and the old one too if it ever shows up).
Monday, August 9, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Well, after a year of lurking on the CWBQ blog, I have finally joined and added my first blog contribution tonight. It is so much fun to be able to see and read about everyone's progress on this quilt. I also now understand that I am not the only person "obsessed" with applique, or with this quilt. Who would have believed that I could so much enjoy something that seems so unlike me. A few years ago, I, and those who know me best, would have laughed uproariously if someone had suggested that I would enjoy hand sewing. It just goes to show that you are never to old to learn new things about yourself. The CWBQ blog is listed in the Inspiration box on the right hand side of my blog for those of you who might not be familiar with it. Check it out, you will recognize my post by the photos.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I am choosing colors for the CWBQ (I will be using this acronym often in the next few months). The CWBQ is an applique project, relatively daunting in size and complexity. The pattern, by an Australian woman, is modeled after the Bird of Paradise Quilt made during the time of the Civil War presumably for a marriage, but the groom square is missing, so it is supposed that the marriage didn't occur. No one knows why or who put all the work into the original quilt. The original quilt is in the American Folklore Museum in New York City, a definite stop if I ever get back to New York. I will be using the pattern as a guideline. I'm making my squares slightly larger and want to include a house, groom, vegetables, trees, and a cornucopia, in addition to the flowers, birds and nests, animals, fruit, and bride included in the pattern. I have had this pattern for months, but the time never seemed right to start it, but now is the time. It will take longer than anything I have done before and I'm nervous about being able to maintain momentum, but if I don't start, I won't ever finish, right?
Monday, August 2, 2010
The results of the dye workshop on Sunday. As usual, as much permanent dye on my hands as on the cloth. The cuticles are even worse, and when I asked how long to get it off, after I had it on, of course, Joetta said that it took her long enough to cut her fingernails 3 times, that's at least a few weeks. Oh well, here's some of the fabric...it turned out pretty cool.