Friday, June 26, 2009

So we're moving...

Corey and I have both decided that we really need to use and/or get rid of a lot of the "stuff" we have accumulated over the last few years. I have a lot of things that I really do not have much use for and would really rather not drag across the country with me. As a result, I will be drastically reducing my fabric stash by whatever means necessary. Mostly I will be making quilt tops and then sending them to my parents to make into quilts for me. Mom doesn't mind making quilt sandwiches and tying the layers together; she does not like making the actual quilt tops themselves. This morning most of my fabric stash looked like this:
That is all of the fabric out of the back/storage room. That does not include the 2 totes' worth of fabric that is still under my bed. I am working on getting it all washed and dried and ready to cut and use. Everything in the pile above was sorted by fabric type and use and now look like this:

Cotton knits and things I'm using on Dez and Mike's quilt.


Silks, satins and brocades on the left. Box with huge piece of floral cotton off-frame at top. Stack of poly/cotton blends on left side of fridge, pile of cotton/silk in center of fridge, stack/pile of cotton and cotton prints to right.


Tote of tulle (and burlap rice bag). This will be used in making frilly aprons. Dez requested a frilly apron and by golly she will be getting a frilly apron alright!


Laundry tote of silks and poly-blends, pile of 18+ yards shiny textured fabric Dez will soon have curtains made from, box of leather and fur scraps/remnants.


I also have a big bag of t-shirt type cotton knit. That will be part of what stays in the stash I think. Still haven't decided exactly what will stay with me for sure as I will need to go through all of what I still have under my bed to make decisions regarding the final cut. I know there some silks and

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dye Job or wedding quilt update (5)

I used one box of Rit brand "Wine" color dye today. The fabric below used to be very bright pastel blues and greens. I didn't like it at all, but it was a nice cotton blend so we'll see how it looks once it's done.





Piece of what was VERY white, fine, woven, curtain-type fabric; which should end up being a delightful light pink color.



Dress in dye bucket. Will post before/after shots once I turn it into an apron.



Fabrics as well as some quilt strips hanging to drip. Once everything stops dripping I will throw it all in the washer on a spin cycle and then into the dryer to set the dye more.

Friday, June 19, 2009

wedding quilt update (4) or fun with bleach, tools, and textile inks

I quit the job that was giving me anxiety fits. I now have all the time I could want to sew, mend, stitch, experiment, paint, iron, tear, cut, distress, dye and whatever else I may wish to do in the making of this quilt. I never before thought I could actually be happy about quitting anything. I actually told my supervisor that I felt like I was giving up and I had never actually given up on anything before. C helped me realize that I was not, in fact, giving up. My goals were just a lot bigger than working in a call center serving crappy customers under crappier management. I have enough money for rent until we move plus a little more for bills; it will just be a tight 6-8 weeks unless something comes of the 2-6 job applications I have been putting in daily.

In other news, we took a trip to Blick in Clayton the other day and Ihave since fallen in love with Jacquard textile inks. I can stamp with them, I can paint them on, I can create color washes; I am also told that I can use them for improvised silk-screening. B.A.! I painted and stamped these up last night. The peacocks as well as the little pink blossom have since been steeped in coffee and ironed to make the fabric itself not so bright.



They will be going in through the wash this weekend after we get some more laundry detergent. Right now all we have is Woolite and while it would technically work for all my laundry washing needs, it's a little expensive to use all the time. The little birdie below was made with iron-on crayons initially (from this post). I went over some areas with some Crayola fabric markers, drew on more branches, and stamped on some leaves using parts of these. Everything was then heat set with my much-loved janky dumpster iron I got working as an apartment cleaner at CMU a couple years ago. It does not work for ironing clothing most times because it gets so hot and is so finicky about its controls, but it works great for crafting.



I also did another round of bleaching. I found all my tool tools (tiny embroidery hoop with little bird is still MIA) and used them to block off areas so the bleach spray couldn't reach the fabric. I did this in my bathtub to make clean-up simple. It also concentrated the bleach fumes, though, so if you try this yourself hopefully your bathroom has some sort of ventilation (mine has none) so you don't have to breathe chlorine fumes.

Before:

After:

I liked the effect so much that I ransacked the kitchen drawers for more things that I thought would look neat. I really like the slotted spoon!


I'm also thinking about trying out some fabric marbling as suggested by Susan Purney Mark on her blog. I'm really enjoying all her tips and suggestions regarding stamping lately.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

can't find mah tools!

I went home from work early a couple weeks ago due to an unfortunate accident that could have been prevented altogether had there actually been a supervisor available when there was supposed to be. The short of it is I hate my job even more now and I also cannot find my 3 inch embroidery hoop or the little birdie I was stitching on at the time. Bummer. I still have a 7 inch hoop, but I find it to be too large for my preference and difficult to work with. The days not spent at work recently have been spent with C just hanging out and trying to be sane so not much to report on the crafty/quilty front.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

wedding quilt update (3)

experiment with bleaching
Some are a lot more subtle than others; one didn't bleach at all.
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