Wednesday, 15 December 2010

colour swatches

Today  and yesterday my son Luke has been home sick with a cold and asthma so it seemed like a good time to get some dyeing done while he was blobbed out in front of the tv.  I have been trying to dye a particular colour orange for a while but didnt have the right colour dyes.  They finally arrived on Monday (dont get me started about Speedposts service!!!!) and today it was the right time to try them out.

While the oranges were "curing" I made some colour swatches for the rainbow fabrics that I dyed the other week.  This seems like a good was of keeping track to what I dye.

Well the oranges are washed and dried and are completely the wrong colour .  Hmm I think this learning curve is going to be bigger than expected!

Till next time....

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Progress on the circles quilt

Today I managed to find some time to dive into the sewing room and get some more done on the circles quilt.  Yes I can hear you all saying "its still not finished!"

Today the pieces that I removed last time were "darned" back into place and it was time to start working on the borders.

The idea was to have "floating" bits in the borders however Im not sure if I like it and I'm not too crazy about the black border either!

Maybe I have to think some more about how I am going to do this....

Time now to practice my mandarin lessons

zai jian!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

My Rainbow day

After a week of feeling jetlagged and my head in a fog, it was great to get back into the groove and I got to play with some fabric today.

I started off the day by dyeing 12 fat quarters in the clear rainbow colours.  I had already made some of these and I sold these at the beginning of the week.  Yipee!

Then with the left over dye I made a 2 half yards of rainbow fabric which turned out well. 

I did have a bit of a problem with transfer from my gloves and drips from the bottles that I was using.  Maybe it is time to invest in some better bottles!

While all this dye was curing I did some more work on my "Darned Quilt". 
Well, actually I cut lots of holes in it!

Hopefully I will have some time next week to "darn" the pieces back in.  With Christmas just around the corner it is getting busy with end of year activities so it is getting harder to find time to get into the sewing room.

It is hard to believe that it is nearly the end of the year.  Where has the time gone?

Well thats all from me

Happy Quilting