Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Crunchy Taggies Baby Toy

A friend shared this method to make a baby taggie toy. I've chosen some fun childrens prints, piece of thin cotton batting, decorative ribbons, and a crunchy chip bag that has been washed. They are layered and stitched to contain the bag and batting by pillow casing them. Leave an unstitched spot on the side to turn right side out. Edge stitch the opening closed and continue around the entire item to make it lay flat. 

Next, test it out on a baby. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Fresh Class Samples

Yes these are fresh class samples for my Fiber Layering classes that I'm teaching this weekend for the Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild in Siren. I've managed to make about 110 kits so there will be many beautiful works of art coming out of the classes. 

What is left of the kits will be used for summer classes that I will teach in Hayward. Have you wanted to take one of my classes? Times and dates will be posted soon.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Finished the Snow Dye Batch

These are the finished fabrics from yesterdays snow dyeing. I started with some previously hand dyed fabrics that I had acquired from a friend that needed more color. Most were pastel pinks, blues and oranges. I call it a success for today.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What do I do when most of the day is shot?

I purchased a $9.88 sleepwear cardigan from Walmart this afternoon after taking my mother to her appointments. My idea was to do a discharge treatment along the bottom. I gathered the bottom of the cardigan with needle and thread and stitched it to a plastic hanger. It was then hung over a wash tub of water and anti-chlor. See photo at the end of this post for the product I used, also purchased from Walmart.

I then put my dripless bleach in a squirt bottle and dripped it in a controlled manner over the water bath. When the discharge was to the color that I liked, I dumped it into the water bath to rinse out and neutralized the bleach.
 Here is is before drying. When dry it will look just as beautiful. I saw this bleach discharge method years back on quilted garment at the quilt show in Paducah. It was like flames along the bottom. Loved it so much.
 I also decided to do some snow dye batches since the snow is starting to melt outside and a friend gave me her left over rit dye concentrates. I beefed up the rit drizzle by adding an addition powder Procion dye. I should be able to finish them up tomorrow.
 The bleach I used for the discharge.

Rit and Procion.