28 May 2013

Baby Quilt for Paul's cousin

baby quilt squares

So since my last quilting venture was an enormous king size, I've decided to do mostly smaller quilts from now on.  That one was just too large to manipulate on my machine and ironing board!   I have a few quilting mags, and I'd found a cute little baby quilt pattern in one!  I'm excited because not only is the pattern fairly simple (rotary cut and piecing), but I also get to justify buying the magazine in the first place! ha!

Right now I don't have any solids in my stash so I'm just using a bunch of sweet prints I have been collecting for a while.  Most notably, I'm breaking into my stash of 'forest pals', which is my absolute most favourite print!  SO CUTE!  Since I'm lacking some solids, the quilt is a tad bit busy, but I feel like the turquoise strawberry print gives the eye a little bit of focus.  I'm planning on putting on a white or cream coloured border, and then a green print binding.  I'm also planning to just use a nice flannel on the backing and skip the  batting.  Still loving my husqvarna emerald!

some long pieces cut:
baby quilt pieces

pieced top, still needs a border and binding:
Baby quilt in progress

27 May 2013

OHS Master Spinner year 3

Well, I just came back from year 3 of the OHS Master Spinner's education, and this year will for sure be the most work.  Hard to grasp because the previous years were also quite a bit of work.  I've so busy dyeing fibre and carding so that I could sell up there, and it went well! I only came home with a few rovings and two batt sets.  However, I did spin one of my own, and I also ended up trading most of it or buying supply up there from other students!  haha...  I was able though to figure out a few different ideas, so I'm preparing new stock to open up the etsy shop with.

Since I've been back from haliburton, I've mainly been washing fleece.  I picked up some great cormo from my friend Stella who's with my year, and another cross from my friend Bridget who's also in my year.  I've also been getting going on my year 3 exotic natural dye homework.  I chose logwood and used three afterbaths to alter the ph and colour.  I'm not looking forward to doing all the lightfast and washfast tests though, ***sigh***.

Here's the logwood skeins drying.  from left to right it's logwood, logwood plus acid afterbath, logwood plus alkaline afterbath, and logwood with copper afterbath.
Logwood natural dyes

I enjoy the darkness and deepness since with natural dyes, you usually end up with orange browns or yellows.  I still prefer acid dyes because it's really no worse environmentally and you get much more colour selection, which is my interest!