Monday, 26 November 2012

Cool bag for a hot iron

I love teaching sewing classes at school but one of the issues I have at the end of the lesson is what to do with a hot iron.

My friend Kate had this cool bag that when unfolded is an ironing mat and folded is a holder for a hot iron.

I borrowed it from her and made my own one:

Kate's bag is the red one and mine is the black one

Unfolded, it's an ironing mat

sides held closed with velcro
I had a quick look at Spotlight for the heat resistant fabric but it was quite pricey so I bought a cheap ironing mat from Daiso ($2 shop) and that did the trick too!

Thanks for the great idea Kate!

p.s I have my 200th blog post coming up so watch this space for something special!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, 16 November 2012

dyed fabric wallet/rusted fabrics

The other day I did some more fabric rusting with the items I begged from the local bike shop.  I had the cogs for a while but it took a while to get the pieces apart.  (Thanks to our visitor Jan and my hubby for the brute strength)

Rusted bike chain
Tuesday was a public holiday in Singapore (Deepavali) and so the kids had the day off.  My daughter Brooke and I spent the day making a purse from the fabric she dyed last week.

It's nice to see the hand dyed fabrics being made into something rather than looking pretty on my shelf!

Definitely will be doing more of these!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, 5 November 2012

Dyeing is contagious!

On Saturday my daughter Brooke sat her SAT exam.

When she got home from her exam she spied the left over dye from my dyeing session last week and decided that throwing about a bit of dye is the perfect stress reliever! Funny how contagious this dyeing thing is!!!!

Liquid dye on ice

Close up of Liquid dye on ice
Then I dyed a couple more of the Onsies

Today I was busy making a block for a friend  who loves Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I think I quite like this mosiac style block! I hope she likes it!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Fabric, fabric and more fabric

My fabric arrived this week from Hancocks of Paducah and I am excited about starting  new quilt/s.

40 fat 1/4's Mod Century by Jenn Ski
Yesterday it was time to break out the dyes and fill some of the back orders from the British Club.

2 sets of clear brights

2 shibori dyes
Also I had done some bleaching earlier in the week and these were overdyed.
overdyed with red and purple

Needs to be redyed as I wanted it to be more green

3 x Onsies were also on the dyeing list:

All this dyeing was made much easier by the fan that I got for my birthday last week.  The kitchen was only a balmy 29 degrees instead of the usual 40 degrees.  Very pleasant!
Also for my birthday was a book by Pokey Bolton:

Oh what a great week!

Happy Quilting!