Monday, October 19, 2009

Another chilly night!

Well, I'm still cold.  I have a feeling I'm going to say that a lot over the next 6 months or so.  I'll also be doing laundry more frequently as I now start wearing 2 pairs of socks every where I go.  If your feet are cold, then the rest of you will be too.

I got a little time today to sew on the binding to the quilt for my Secret Sister.  I still need to hand stitch to the back and attach a gazillion (or so) yo-yo's.  Then I can finally mail it off to her.  I hope she enjoys it.  I also managed to work on step 1 of the new mystery quilt Jan is hosting for our bee.  We get step 2 in a couple of weeks and it would be nice not to be behind.

I signed up to make another challenge quilt that will be raffled off next year.  The challenge part of it is that I can only use two colors in it - black and any value of Crayola Wild Strawberry.   I've been looking to find a fabric that has both these colors in it.  I didn't think it would be that hard, but I haven't had any luck.  However, I did find one black and white scroll fabric that I've decided to try and dye the right color.  To that purpose I ordered a practice dye kit from PRO Chemical and Dye and a color chart.  I've been told the process is very simple and the directions sound like it, but I'll let you know after I try it out for myself.

The kit will dye 30 fat eighths (9"x22") of fabric in a gradation of rainbow colors.  Assuming I do it correctly I'll have some very pretty hand-dyed fabric from which to make something.  I still need to buy some PFD fabric to go with the kit so I'll be on hold until I get it.

You see that you can dye fabric in almost any color.  The chart also tells you how much of the dye you need per pound of fabric.

When I ordered the special fabric for Heather's quilt (see last post), I also managed to pick up a few yards of batiks at a really great price.  These fabrics have already been washed and pressed and are awaiting their new homes.  I already know that I am going to owe 10 of the beautiful ladies in my quilt bee fabric for each item I don't finish up on my quilting list.  To date, I haven't completed 5, but I'm hoping to whittle that down to 3 by January 1st.  So ladies, take a look and see if there's anything you like.  It's not too late to put in a request either...

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