Sunday, 23 July 2017

Static Interference Baby Blanket - Welcome Corbyn

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Do you remember the 'Blithe Fabric' blog tour by Katarina Roccella in February? I brought up the rear on the 1st of March when I presented a baby quilt top made in my own design. I am very pleased to report that the blanket got finished when the intended recipient was born. 

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Alright, here it is, the first finished object made from a pattern of my own. The block is called ‘Static Interference’ and can be put together in various ways to make very different repeats. Here I have chosen the arrangement that was the most different from what you might have seen previously. The ornaments remind me of Japanese 'kawaii' computer game characters somehow.




Provided you spent enough time with it the most amazing things tends to feel ordinary after a while. This is what happened here now that the marvel of the fact that I worked with my very first own design has worn off a bit. I guess it is time to revive the excitement. =) 


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The baby blanket was made almost exclusively from Katarina Roccella’s ‘Blithe’ fabrics, paired with other AGF prints. I cut the fabric in a way to maintain little I-spy-with-my-little-eye elements, so you can find little birds, rabbits and deer peeping out here and there.

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The colours on the front somehow made choosing the backing fabric a little difficult. Given the softness of the colours I did not want anything that would be grating or popping. I finally settled for a purple cotton print with silver blossoms and wispy leaves. Generally, I thought it a bit too sombre for a baby quilt but hoped to soften that impression with the rose coloured binding.


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I already gifted the blanket to my friend, who gave birth to her second son two weeks ago. Since I made my very first quilt ever for her first son in 2008, I guess it fair to say that I have come a long way. My own design, yeah! =)


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Puppilalla Original Design, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP, Blithe Fabric, Katarina Roccella, Baby Quilt, Baby Blanket, Modern Quilt, Low Volume Quilt, Static Interference Quilt Block


I fully intend to use the block as my bee block when I turn royalty in August. Who doesn’t like paper piecing, right? I have a colour scheme or two in mind but might have to check the realities of my stash before setting out make the test blocks. It is going to be a different repeat and it is going to be beautiful.


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Monday, 17 July 2017

Stash Bee - July Pumpkins




July Queen Lori asked for mini pumpkins.
I hope my block will fit in with her others.  They were fun to make but I had difficulties to find enough suitable orange scraps. My colours tend to be a bit on the very bright side. The background fabric is not actually white but the tan colour with dots did not photograph all that well. As the block is only 8.5 x 8.5 in size, I feel it would be opportune to make more than one block but my sewing mojo is somewhat down so probably won't.

I have commenced to think about my tutorial for August when I will be Queen. We will be making my 'Static Interference' Block. If only I could decide on my colour scheme. =)


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Stash Bee


Monday, 3 July 2017

What ever happened to...

                                 all the Quilting Bee Blocks I made...


Is that not something we all want to know? I have to say this year's Stash Bee Hive 4 ladies are actually really good at sharing progress pictures of layout options and finished quilt tops. I participated in two bees last year and for the most part (exceptions here) never found out what happened to the blocks I made upon their arrival with their intended recipient. That is a shame because I always want to play fly-on-the-wall to just see what happenes next once all these blocks come together. 

Having said that, let's have a look at some more bee blocks of this and last year of which I do have a status report or progress shot. =)

of last year's pretties... 


Circle of Friends 

May Queen Lisa completed her quilt top last month and it is very clean and modern looking. Just pretty. It looks just like the quilt you would want for Summer.






Trails of Geese

September Queen Jen asked for Trails of Geese that had not yet been found their final layout the last time I checked. She might need a few more blocks unless she makes a mini.






Bear Paws

June Queen Marie of parallel Hive 3 requested 'Bear's Paw' blocks in plaids and finally shared a picture of the finished quilt with us. It even won 3rd place in the "Viewer's Choice" category at her local quilt show.




 

and this year's progress


Liberated Gwen Marston Log Cabins

March Queen Patty shared a group shot of her Gwen Marston Style improv log cabin blocks with us a while ago. At that time she had not yet received all blocks that were due.






Converging Corners

May Queen Bethany has received all of her blocks and reported that she was thrilled with the outcome. I believe the below was the final layout of the quilt top-to-be.






Poststamp / Low Volume Plus Block

January Queen Stephanie did not provide a name with her block request but I think most of you will have seen this block around. It is fun to make. And yes, I have spied my block among the eye dazzling variety below. =)






Missing U block

February Queen Carmit requested an improv log cabin block that I have also come to know under the name 'Missing U' (from Cheryl Arkinson in Sunday Morning Quilts, thanks Lisa =). Carmit has already finished her rainbow quilt. (and another furry friend fleeing the scene of the quilt photo shoot. I think I might start an IG photo stream #furrybottomsinquilting  =)





Now wasn't that fun? I love seeing all of these quilts coming together. It is somehow very inspiring. On to the second half of the bee year it is. I will ascend to Queendom in August and need to start preparing my block choice for next month.


I wonder what happened to the gnomes...






Thursday, 29 June 2017

Dyeing Fabrics with Botanical Dyes - A Workshop

Having taken a two week break from social media and from sewing, I think it is time to get back into the flow of things. So let me share with you what I had been doing Sunday about five weeks ago. =)


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My friend Conny, who knits and sews garments asked me if I wanted to attend a workshop on dying fabrics with botanicals with her. Yeah! Dyeing fabrics, which quilter would not want to? The workshop was given by a Berlin local creative co-op called ‘Driftwood Fashion’ that makes very pretty things and sells them too. So how did it go?


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A classic case of frustrated expectations


On the day, I was so dissatisfied with the experience that I was grumpy for the remainder of the afternoon, although objectively this was hardly justified. The workshop was very lovingly prepared (check the pictures) as in: hot and cold drinks were offered along with biscuits and fresh strawberries, the material was lovingly arranged and the workshop owners were happy for the participants to go all mad around the dye baths to the point were we overrun time wise.


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What annoyed me was that I expected a different sort of workshop with basic knowledge being conferred first to allow a structured approach to the experience later. If you are more of a forget-the-rules-just-go-for-it person this would have been your dream workshop. I just felt cheated for if I had just wanted to splash about with colours I would not have needed a workshop to do so. My frustration stemmed from the feeling of not having learned a single thing. (which is never true of course =)


From the beginning:

The table had been laid with fabric samples of cotton, linen-cotton, silk, cotton jersey, wool and others that had not been pre-treated with a mordant in contrast to further samples that had been submerged in a mordant for more than an hour. The idea was to give us the chance to see how differently the treated fabric absorbed the colour from the fabrics that not been treated before.


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We all got a notebook and slips of paper to mark down the details and colour coded clothes pegs so we would not confuse our dyed samples. On the paper slips you could note down details like type of botanical dye, type of fabric used or whether the fabric had been treated with a mordant or not etc.



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There were plenty of pots and pans and hotplates to warm up the dye baths, rubber gloves the botanicals used to make dyes and mordants and modifiers. Having said that, the dye baths had of course all been pre-prepared.

Dye stuff: Blackwood, Birch, Camomille, Dyer's Woad...

Modifier: Lemon, Vinegar, Iron (?)

Mordant: Alum


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And there then it went kind of pear shaped for me. I would have expected a basic rundown on how to go about dying fabrics.

I would have imagined touching on the following themes:
  •  a short list of common plants used as source of botanical dyes? 
  •  how to collect, store and treat the botanicals you wish to use as dye?
  • which mordants exist?
  • which modifiers exists?
  • in what order to use the dye, mordant, modifiers and why?
  • health and safety precautions (fumes, chemicals, what not to mix and why)
  • how and why fabric absorbs the colours and what are the differences among the different fabrics?
  • what ratios of mordant, fabric, dye plants, water to use to create an effective dye bath?
  • what different dying techniques are commonly used?
  • techniques to make the dyed fabrics colourfast and lightfast?
  • how to care for your fabric in order not to stress it too much during the dying process?

And all this basic information was not in any way conveyed. Instead it was more like. 'Yes, we prepared here a few dyes and here are bowls of modifiers so grab some gloves and just get going.' I guess, had I had all the basic knowledge down already, I might have been able to make informed decisions about what effects I wanted to go for, but as it was, it felt utterly random to me.


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So I have now got a pile of prettily coloured fabric scraps, which I do not currently dare use in any project I care about, as I am not convinced that the pieces are colourfast. And I also feel I have not gleaned much knowledge of dying process per se.


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Still, as far as it went, it was nice to have access to the workshop space and physically haven gotten through the process of dying fabrics. It is a basis I can always build upon. Also I should have checked what I was getting into beforehand. My bad.

Now five weeks later I feel it might not have been such a bad workshop after all.  =)