Saturday, June 18, 2016

Dying to Dye

Beautiful jungle leaf detail quilt
New hobby alert!  So I found this blog whilst trolling for applique ideas, and found this GORGEOUS one that someone had done of a leaf with very subtle shades of green.  Followed it back until I found her blog...and now I have a new hero.  This woman is seriously talented and I love all of her stuff.  And she wrote a post about ice dyeing fabric which I didn't know was a thing.

Basically, you soak white/cotton fabric (accounts vary in what), scrunch up (possibly in artistic ways) and put on a drainable grill over a container.  Pack on different shapes/sizes of ice.  Sprinkle powdered dye over using different colors and amounts.  Let ice melt.  Wash/treat fabric.  Use to quilt ALL the things!

But seriously, it's kind of a mix between batik and tie dye--I'm really eager to attempt it, and have made a timely Joann's trip to pick up some muslin that coincided with their super sale going on--score!  So hopefully there will be more to come on the adventures of ice dyeing...

Got all the things for ice dyeing: Soda ash fixer (pre-wash), synthapol (detergent), powdered dye, plain fabric (Thank you Joann's sales!) and all the safety supplies that go along with it--aprons, masks, etc. First foray will be on the 10th--yay!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sam's Turtle Quilt

I found an idea for a turtle quilt, and Sam's birthday is coming up, so I decided to go for it.  Though it didn't turn out quite like the picture (few things do), it wasn't bad considering that I used fabric that I already had.  I also decided to make it reversible because I found ANOTHER pattern I loved.  I quilted the turtles on individually to the quilt tops, then quilted the whole thing with wavy/water lines.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Logan's Run dress

Sam requested a Logan's Run dress to wear as she is turning 30 this year.  One shiny silver fabric shopping trip later (on sale, cheap, ~$16 including matching thread), we are ready to go.  Lots of measurements and decisions on necklines, hemlines, sleeves, especially in regards to authenticity vs. comfort.  But once those things were decided the whole thing actually went very fast, maybe 2 1/2 hours?  Basic flowy tunic with a belt to pull it in; no pattern used, just basically drawing on previous projects.