Friday, April 16, 2010

Tie Dyeing Party

Last weekend we had a birthday party for my daughter. One of the things they did was dye t-shirts.

Camilla did her shirt in a spiral (top left). The other girls shirts all turned out quite different, but they all turned out great. They all fun, and they all have shirts they will be proud to wear.

I was trying to get mine done quickly, so I scrunched it up from the bottom and added a few rubber bands to create simple stripes. Camilla’s grandma did some internet research on tie-dyeing folds and came prepared with a plan. She folded hers to create a “V” design before tying.

I collected the dye runoff from the shirts in one container to dye some fabric in neutral colors. Can you believe that the dye for this started as a very neutral gray color? Somehow the colors separated while reacting with the fabric to create purple and turquoise. I will probably overdye the two lighter versions of this fabric another time.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Whisper Challenge Slide Show

All of the quilts from the 2009 Whisper Challenge can now be viewed on the blog for The Northern California & Nevada Region of SAQA:

It's good to be able to see all of the quilts together.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Blue & White Resist Lines

The paint is dry, the glue resist came out easy with a good long soak and a cycle through the washer, and I have begun quilting my latest project.

A couple of people pointed out that I won't have "white" resist lines, since I started with blue & white fabric. Yes, you're right. I have blue mottled resist lines that look like my base fabric. I added some interest to the brown areas by sprinkling salt while the paint was still wet.