Third Stitching To Dye Finish

The third Stitching To Dye piece went into the second dye bath this weekend. I wanted to make sure it was done for my Art Quilt Group meeting Tuesday night.
To recap, here is the finished quilt before dyeing.

Here it is after dyeing it Sun Yellow.

And here it is after the second dye run with Raspberry dye.

I applied the dye by hand with the quilt in a flat tray so I could get the dye the way I wanted it. I really wanted to make sure some of the yellow showed through.
The big surprise was the way the thread took the dye. Some dyed yellow, some dyed raspberry, and some dyed somewhere in between. It may not show in the picture, but it gave the look of variegated thread.
This is my favorite of the Stitching To Dye quilts so far.
I have a few things I want to finish before I move on to the fourth quilt in this series, but the design is in the works.

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Saturday Stash And Restraint

In case you haven’t heard, Judy is no longer posting the stash report linky on her blog, Patchwork Times. Without a public forum to encourage accountability, I’m a little concerned my stash will multiply at a much higher rate. Anyone else feel the same?

So for the next month, I will post a linky on my blog in case anyone else wants to continue with the stash reports. If it doesn’t catch on, I’ll let it go, but still continue to post my own stash numbers on a less frequent basis. I just happened to have time to post tonight, but in the future the linky will go up on Sunday.

Today was my guild’s fabric sale. In my own defense, this is what a fabric sale at my guild looks like. They continued to add fabric to the tables for another hour or so after I took this picture.

This is what I brought home.

I bought about half the fabric I would normally buy, which I thought showed great restraint on my part.

I picked up one bag of quilt pieces with no pattern included, some already sewn together, like I do at every sale.   I’m a sucker for a good challenge, and those nameless UFOs always provide one.

Positive usage was fun while it lasted. I have no doubt I can get back there before the end of the year.

Fabric In: 24.875 yards

Fabric out: 11.25 yards

Net Fabric ADDED: 13.625 yards

How did you do this week?

Note:  Wordpress is not the most user friendly blogging platform.  Once you link, your link will not immediately show up.  I apologize, I will get it fixed by next week.

1. Kate Life in Pieces

2.  Julie in Ga

3.  Shauna

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Dye Round One

I went on a quilting tear Sunday and dyed the Stitching To Dye #3 piece Sun Yellow.

The last step in this experiment is to over dye it one more color. I’m thinking raspberry.

I also think I’m going to be a chicken and stick the fabric I dyed for the hanging sleeve in the raspberry first, just to make sure it doesn’t turn out the color of dirt.

I’ve had a lot of fun with these experiments. I’m already thinking about the next one.

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Stash Report And Two Of Three

Except for the dyeing, the third Stitching To Dye piece is finished.

This experiment included adding cotton lace to the quilt as a design element. I played around with what I had and couldn’t get it to look good. It looked like I slapped lace on a finished quilt for no good reason. Note to self – incorporate embellishments into the original design rather than treating them like an afterthought.

I’ll have to try that in a future piece instead. Maybe. Not sure I’m a cotton lace kind of girl. I have a hard time imagining any quilt I make having an “add vintage lace to me” vibe.

No fabric in this week, which is a blessing.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 8.875 yards

Fabric out: 11.25 yards

Net Fabric USED: 2.375 yards

Yarn In: 0

Yarn Out: 2 yards

Net Yarn Used: 2 yards

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The First Of Three

I have three projects I want to finish in the next few weeks, and this is the first one done. I finished the embroidery on the first pillowcase.

I planned to switch the colors on the second one – blue ribbon, coral flowers. Not sure now, because I really like the way this one turned out.

Once I embroider the other one I’ll serge the plain end and figure out how I want to finish the edge that’s meant to be crocheted. I have all the supplies to do that little crochet, just not sure I want to. Maybe it goes faster than I think.

I’m linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

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Stash Report And Taxes

No fabric added or used this week.

I’m feeling frustrated lately that it takes so long for me to finish anything. I realize I need more time in the sewing room, which is much easier said than done. Because I have so many deadlines at work I tend not to push myself when it comes to things I enjoy. Creating without deadlines is my guilty pleasure.

All of this got me thinking about how I handle my work deadlines. When I have to finish something (taxes) by a certain date and I don’t enjoy doing it, I tackle that task first before the day can get away from me. I usually start before I need to in case there are unforeseen delays. Then it’s done and I don’t have to think about it anymore or worry about missing the deadline and getting my employer fined, or worse yet, audited.

It’s a system that works well. Can you see where this is going?

So after lunch yesterday I quilted the Stitching to Dye piece, squared it up and cut the facing pieces.

I don’t count fabric out until quilts are finished. This one will be in next week’s totals.

Quilting will never be my favorite part of the process. I just need to learn to treat it like taxes.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 8.875 yards

Fabric out: 10.125 yards

Net Fabric USED: 1.25 yards

Yarn In: 0

Yarn Out: 2 yards

Net Yarn Used: 2 yards

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May Short List

No finishes off the April Short List last month. I made progress on a few things, which should lead to May finishes.

The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project and Art Supply Creative Play. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I adjust the categories as needed to add new interests and drop things that no longer appeal.

Something old – A Safehouse quilt is UFO #11 that was chosen for May’s Get It Done Challenge at Patchwork Times. The top needs quilted.

Something Else Old – The bear blocks. I made some progress last month and don’t want to lose momentum.

Something new – The third Stitching to Dye quilt. I’m quilting the top.

Handwork – I bought a couple pillowcases at the thrift shop for next to nothing. I made a lot of progress on the first one in April. I’m using them to experiment with different threads and stitches.

Art Supply Play – This category covers using or experimenting with the various art/quilting supplies in my stash. Sadly, I have done very little with this category in 2017.

I can see finishing two or three projects this month. I just need to get myself in the sewing room more. Another rainy weekend is forecast and that might help me get a good start.

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