Waxing and Dyes

20150401_19593720150401_200018Between the hacking and coughing today I had a blast playing with my dyes, fabric paints, wax and glue. Although the glue version had to be nixed LOL  First thing I did was the textile paint on the yellow with leaves and sunset greeny with paw prints and then I ran out of paint PFFT!!!!  I wasn’t too worried as I did (operative word .. DID) have green dye.. The package I had of Dylon would do about 2 – 2 1/2 yards of fabric, so I started to hunt around for fabric to add to this.  I did do 3/4 yard of white muslin that I had here for just that purpose  I scrunched it up to tight and / or didn’t mix it up good enough at the beginning so it’s more white than I wanted it to be, but I can always do another batik with green when I buy more.  I did a bit of that on the yellow leaves and the paw prints – i really like the effect it gave me and want to play with that more.  I’ve always loved hand dyeing and this is just the icing on the cake for me. Continue reading

Block 4, Set 5

20150331_065622Happy Dance!! Block 4 of Set 5 is done 😀  It turned out pretty well me thinks!  A few zigs when there should’ve been a zag, but that’s okay – no puckers and I’m good with that!  I can deal with a few flat spots in my arcs.  As far as I’m concerned it adds character and this quilt is going to have a lot of character LOL.

My greens are getting to be slim pickings so I’ll be making some more.  I’ve done some research on resist dyeing with wax and glue.  I’ll be using yellows, oranges and reds I think for the backgrounds and then use various shades of green over it with maybe cats or butterflies or maybe some abstract designs or see what I can find in the house to use as a stamp.  I’m getting geeked just thinking about it.  I need to remember to pick up some puppy training pads for protection for my table.  I used them the last time – they are great as they are waterproof and totally disposable and I can get them at the dollar store . Even better.  So my three days off which start after I finish work tomorrow night will be filled with fabric dyeing and sewing!  WHEEEEEEEEE

Fabric Fondling

I‘ve not sewn a stitch, but I did fondle fabric today 😀 WHOOO HOOOO .. quilterhappydance!! I’ve been feeling the time slip away from me for the ArtIllusion Mystery .. I need to get my quilt top, backing and binding in – preferably 2 weeks ago, but it’ll be going in the next day or so at least 🙂 Today I went shopping in the states with my dad and after the drudgery part was done, I headed over to Joann’s and walked into a sale – good thing as I didn’t have my coupons, nor even looked at them lately .. My sole purpose was to get fabric for the binding, dye, and backing fabric. Mission Accomplished!

HPIM2968.jpgYou should have seen me standing in front of the quilter’s fabrics at Joann’s – hehehehe .. I hadn’t had a chance to look at my quilt or even measure it lately – so I’m wracking my poor work-fried brain to try and remember what brights I had used in my quilt 😦 I could remember oranges and blues and purples and greens .. and I did even seen a few fabrics there that I KNOW are in my stash .. but do you think that I could remember what fabrics I had put in this quilt .. and of course I didn’t have a picture of it on my phone .. so I opted for orange .. and I knew I had a ton of different oranges in my quilt … of course I couldn’t decide so I grabbed 3 different ones 🙂 and they were on sale .. so even better for me! I also grabbed some orange dye for the backing .. you can see part of the backing there – yes it’s a whole piece .. I bought 119″ wide and went from there – gotta love cheating! Oh and course I did all the math for how much I would need for binding and backing while standing in line LOL … That was the easy part!

HPIM2970.jpgNormally on Monday, I would have gone to Kyle’s ball game, but since there’s an issue with the car right now, and we only have 2 bikes and 3 people, I figured I would stay home and just play with my fabrics – washing the binding fabrics and then dyeing my backing .. I forgot how much fun that is 😀 I’m not 100% totally pleased with the way the backing turned out – but it’ll do. And it was a LOT of fun! I am sorry I missed his ball game, but I really did need this creative outlet – just to do some GRACE stuff!

I opted against the bright orange on the left of the previous picture. My choices were between the floral with orange in it and greens and reds and creams .. and the medium orange. It was a hard choice … and normally I wouldn’t have made up my mind until after it was quilted, but this one is being sent away to be quilted for the book, so I don’t have that luxury this time. I went back and forth and back and forth and just couldn’t decide to save my life.

HPIM2972.jpgThen I finally started to think (neat trick,eh?) I started to think, I knew I wanted a binding that pulled all the colours / elements together. So I started to look harder at the one floral one .. that seemed to fit more with the rest of the fabrics that I used for the background and it does have reds, oranges, greens and creams in .. so when I started to think like that, it wasn’t so hard a choice afterall! I really did want to frame this with a darker more subdued fabric.

On a more personal front, the end is near for this 2 – 11PM shift from Hell. I sooo canNOT wait! it’ll be nice to get a life back again! I’ve my shift bid here and am working on it – they’re due by the 23rd and I definitely plan to have it handed it! Just hope my score card stays good enough so that I can get a better shift that will allow me to have some modicum of a life … even if it is just a wee smidge of one 🙂 Happy Happy Joy Joy

I’ve also caved and we are getting a whole new internet, phone and cable tv provider. The super slow speeds that I’ve been contending with lately have put me in no end of a panty twister – and with all I’ve gone thru with this provider, I wasn’t in the mood to put my big girl pants on anymore. And reg and his tv .. it’s as bad as me and my internet – nevermind that we are missing all the Tigers games, and football season is coming up .. last season was bad enough with not getting all the games we wanted to watch – plus with this new service, my phone will actually be cheaper .. It’ll be nice to have a speedy internet connection 🙂 and the games we want to watch – Let’s just hope that it delivers what it says it will .. we’ll find out next Tuesday on our install date. I can just see us now .. Reg will be flicking thru the channels like an addict and trying to pry me away from my keyboard might be problematic ..

Frustrated Challenges

Challenge Friday is what today should be designated – while it wasn’t a bad day – it sure had it’s fair share of crud .. starting with the creepy crud coming back (not like it every left, eh?) But today it decided to show up full force with coughing, sneezing, stuffiness and a lack of voice and minimal energy .. I’m so bloody tired of this thing … I do NOT have the time for the crud right now ..

hpim2285But regardless of how I felt, I did resolve to get “something” ANYTHING done today for cmas gifts. With that goal in mind, I took the easiest task (I really should have known better) of over-dying the backing for the spinner quilt – I’m glad that i checked the dylon site for this one, because this wasn’t a cold water dye – nope – this was a multipurpose dye. I’m pretty sure I’ve used these type before, but do not ever remember having to do this on the stove .. my poor stock pot – hpim2287the only pot big enough (besides my canner) for this – So I printed off the directions for using this dye and followed the directions … Good thing this only had to simmer for 20 minutes .. I was pretty hard pressed to keep it from ‘simmering’ over the top of the pot – and of course with the boiling action, it was filling up the fabric with air and raising it over the surface of the water. That simmering action managed to not let me have the usual hand-dyed look that I love – instead, it’s almost a solid colour .. this is a mixed blessing for me – it’s not longer gray, but it’s certainly not what I was looking forward to – it IS blue .. hard to tell in this photo as it was not taken in daylight.

hpim2289Will I use this particular dye from dylon again – oh HELL no! It warns in the instructions “Results are not  colourfast, so dyed items should be turned inside out and washed separately. “ Now answer me this – when you dye something, it goes through and through the dyed fabric .. so seriously folks, what will turning it inside change?? I so swear to God .. some ppl’s kids pfft. And why would you have a dye that isn’t colour-fast??? It defies explanation and boggles the mind .. and today it didn’t take much to do that to me …

hpim2284Dad finally made it to the PO Box and my quiltpro program was there .. I’m all tickled and happy – even almost looking forward to moving files over again and then finally taking down the old puter .. I put the disk in … wait … wait some more .. wait .. okay .. my system is NOT seeing this disk .. I don’t see my normal little pinhole for emergency ejections on this new mac .. okay reboot 😉 Maybe it’ll spit it out or read it on reboot .. well it did read it and see it .. I’m all happy that it’s there and I’m basically like .. okay .. this’ll work .. I double click the installer and I get an error message .. (OH judaspriest!!!) Bad disk **sigh .. so I pull up my reciept and hpim22841dial the 800 number .. well geeze .. not in service .. wtf?? There’s only 2 numbers there and one’s a fax – Off to the site I go .. AHA .. a non 800 number for me call .. I call and get through .. to voice message .. ya’ll can see where this is going can’t you?? yup .. their hours are Monday – Friday from 9 – 5 CST .. BLOODYHELL it’s 6:30 EST! **sigh .. back burner this until Monday .. DRAT!

hpim2290After reg got home from his game, I gave up – I’d had enough and really couldn’t take any more – his team won btw 😀 that is just wayyy to cool .. but anywho .. so we sit to watch the pistons and I decide I’m going to knit .. that went well! A row that I managed to go ‘backwards’ on the seed stitch, but other than that .. I’m pretty pleased with it .. I’m actually on the foot part of the sock and only 38 more rounds to go until I start with the toe **SMILES

Kyle went out shopping with my dad for Reg and I – My dad also bought him his cmas present .. I’m wishing I had gotten pics .. he picked out some black jeans, 2 polo shirts with that retro look and a hoody! My dad was impressed with the way he handled himself .. so there is hope for him yet. My dad wrecked one of my Cmas presents tho – He was talking to me about their shopping trip and asked if Kyle had given me the tea yet .. I’m like what tea?? Then I say – I think you just wrecked my cmas gift – he’s like, No I didn’t .. well I was right and he did – not my main gift, but still something he would have put in my stocking I’m sure – poor Kyle .. he’s worried about my sleep patterns (yeah I know .. what sleep patterns) and bought me a natural tea that induces relaxation and sleep .. It’s from teaopia and it’s part of their wellness blend .. he talked with the lady there and made sure it wasn’t to sweet or had caffeine .. This has papaya (and I LOVE LOVE LOVE papaya) with some honey and a few other goodies – well kyle took the wrecked surprise in stride and made me a cup of tea right then! It was good too! I think he’ll be making me a cuppa when he’s off for bed for the next bit. Gotta love the kid 😀 His heart is in the right spot

Welp – tomorrow is another day, we’ll get our cmas village set up – oh I did get the nativity scene set up 😀 I could have cracked my dad tho .. reg and kyle just LOVE the tree (and reg usually doesn’t get excited bout this stuff – normally, it’s like, it looks good and that’s it) – my dad goes .. why don’t you put a star on it – I just looked at him .. I’m like .. him of all ppl – could he be that oblvious about the angel?? Wish mum was here to smack him one .. he’s the tact of a bull in a china shop some days .. ah well .. ilovemydad, ilovemydad, ilovemydad … and I honestly can’t remember him saying a word about whether it looked nice or not .. (@@) <- rolling eyes!!

I’m sitting here trying to think if there was anything else, like I could really want anything else at this point?? nope – letting it go

Have a great day / nite! 😀

Healthy-ish

I think I’m feeling better, altho I still have that ick feeling in the back of my sinuses, I do feel more energized (altho nothing like normal) and am plotting cutting Erica’s borders – so this is a good thing.

hpim2263While suffering from the icky feeling and a nasty case of insomnia over the weekend, I knitted up one of the socks – I did the majority of this on DPNs and struggled in the foot section (altho that could havehpim2264 been b/c i was just so bloody whacked). I did grab some 3.25mm DPNs at walmart and you can see the difference it made in my stitches. I’m rather pleased with this and look forward to getting the other one done soon so I can actually wear them 🙂 If I make these again, I won’t make the leg length as long .. I really do prefer a crop sock and this is just almost to high for me -I’m eyeing the maizy socks for my next ones, but need to get some size 1 needles or 2.25mm – I might have some that small in mum’s DPNs but doing these in circulars is actually easier.

hpim2268I’ve decided for Erica’s borders to use up the wrong size blocks – that will make a nice size border of 4″ finished and the dark ‘banding’ will be 1″ finished. I do have all those nummy dyed fabrics and am looking forward to using them. This is the layout I am pretty sure I’ll be using .. as you can see, none of the tiles will end on the blue – well I guess that won’t matter as I’ve not really used a dyed blue in the tiles … but the darker blue fan fabric .. each of these layouts will be in the opposite corner with nothing in the adjacent corners .. this is the layout from this border pic.

hpim2267I still have to over-dye the backing material for the spinner quilt – but this will prove tricky as reg stole my bucket for salt 😐 this backing material is just to large to be using the 1 gallon zip lock bags, so I have to use my bucket .. **sigh I’ll have to see what I else I can dig up for him to use for salt – I really do like this bucket as it’s not flimsy and is a nice sturdy plastic .. hmmm .. kitty litter buckets would work … will have to dig in the basement me thinks .. sounds like a job for Kyle

I’m going shopping with my dad in the AM for family cmas gifts so I’ll see what I can get done tonite while I’m feeling okay .. i’m sniffly and a wee bit chesty, but not bone weary exhausted like I have felt for the past week. Continue reading

2 days? Where??

I‘ve had a lot go on in the past 48 hrs ..hard to believe that it’s just 48 hours (!!) Well yeah it is 48 hours .. Friday and today .. more so Friday than today .. but still .. it’s been busy ..

Well Thursday nite ended without me getting any sleep .. Kyle reminds me in the AM to please call about when he’s expected at hockey on Saturday. So I make that call, then call a mess of vets and talk to my dad, and talk to reg .. in between all these phone calls and whatnot, I’m running up and down the stairs dyeing fabric – I got all the fabric dyed for the backing on the spinner quilt, Erica’s borders and backing and Matthew’s yellow – with all the rinsing and washing and folding laundry and making phone calls, Kyle was home from school .. where did the day go??

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Matthew's yellow

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borders - backing

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spinner gray??

I just love how the yellow came out for Matthew’s quilt .. so bright and cheery 😀 .. I’m very pleased with this one. Now the borders for Erica’s are brighter than I wanted them to be .. I did a double dye for both of these – they started out in separate bags, and then I switched them over – LOVE LOVE LOVE the backing fabric for Erica’s .. just LOVE it .. Did I say how much I love it??? The border is on the left / backing on the right. Now part of the reason why the other one doesn’t look as dark, maybe because the bag opened up on me .. **note to self: DO NOT USE cheapy bags .. get the name brand ones The seal just gave on all the bags, but I had lost a lot of the one before I could catch it – and of course, this was in the sink at the time as I was gently moving the fabric around .. jiminybloodycricket!! Now the backing for the spinner quilt was to be blue, but this is almost 2 yards of fabric if not more and well it needed more dye .. see that dot of colour there?? I just might over-dye with that and see what that changes too 🙂 .. it HAS to be better than gray .. this was supposed to be indigo – a deep dark blue! bah .. I an understand a lighter blue .. but gray??? (@@) <- rolling eyes ..

3rd arm?!?

Heh .. well the entertainment value of the night was Kyle going up to Reg and saying, “how do you put all the hockey equipment on?” I’m telling you, it was just to precious .. of course I ran for my camera .. this is just one pic .. you can view the rest of them in my picasa album – of course the dog got into the act as well.

I guess that the real fun came after this .. In the mail today, I received a gift card from my uncle. When he came down last month, we were discussing my computer while on the way to the cemetery to show him mum’s grave. I didn’t think a thing of it at the time – we chatter about all sorts of stuff .. well at any rate .. I get an email from him asking for my mailing address so he can send me a gift certificate .. I tell him, thanx – not necessary (all the things my mum brought me up to say :)), and send my address anyways .. Like my dad taught me to do regarding gifts

He comes back with another email asking me if I had purchased a new computer yet .. I’m like no – I was waiting till people dumped their older machines after they got new ones for Cmas .. long story short .. because of how hard I’m working and the effort that I’m putting in and surviving against some pretty steep odds .. he figured that I needed a ‘break’ and since my current computer was brand new in 2000, that he would help me out 😀 .. I’m still rather shocked about it. The gift card for best buy showed up on Friday’s mail call – since these don’t have a name on them, I of course was nervous about carrying around a gift card with this sort of money on it .. well off we went and got it .. trying to get dinner was a total fiasco (we ended up grabbing dinner to bring home later) So I have a new Mac!!! How cool is THAT! I’ll do another post on that one so this one doesn’t get to stupidly long .. But how do you like my current desktop??? LOL

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talk about multi-tasking(!!)

Oh and I didn’t get to sleep Friday nite until around 2am .. yeah I really like sleep, eh? in 5 days I managed to rack up a whole 16 hrs sleep ..i have SOOOO gotta stop doing that!

Have fun!

Topped Tiles; Matthew’s Window

I finally got back into the swing of things after finally being able to fall asleep at 3am yesterday after being up for over 36 hours .. oooohhhh I hate it when I do that!! I didn’t oversleep tho, only 9 hours which is good, because normally I would be out for at least 13 .. so that works .. granted it’s 2:27am and I’m still up, but when a muse bites me, I tend to listen .. I don’t even bother arguing with it .. I would have gotten up anyways to listen to it and to finish fussing – ah well ..

hpim2188Erica’s top is done .. no borders yet, but done .. putting the rows together went very very fast! Could be because this is a lap quit – not sofa size, just Erica size 🙂 .. I almost drove myself to distraction with which colour to start with, then I got a grip and just closed my eyes and toss / spun ..

I’m still working on the border, after the reaction to my ‘filler’ border for the tutorial, I rethought it – well the border is interesting to say the least and Carmen is helping .. but alas .. poor Carmen has a dead furnace and is dealing with that .. I do have a few extra options that I’ll put into play if need be .. but regardless – the dark purple that I picked up last weekend at Joann’s will be the darker part of the border .. and I’ve not dyed the rest of the border / backing yet, so no rush on this part.

hpim2197With Erica’s borders curing (so to speak), I moved on to Matthew’s .. I had quite the stack of fabrics pulled for this and I wanted to use them all too! But that just wasn’t going to be feasible! So with working with Photoshop, my digital camera I spent a few hours working things out. These are the hpim2190final choices of what’s made it .. yes there are a few extra greens in there .. well come to find out, I’ve a FQ of that green and while it was ‘interesting’ when I picked it up, I wasn’t in love with it .. but it is PERFECT for this quilt .. but do I have enough .. NOPE .. ½” shy if you can believe that .. Pfft but the butterflies for the windows is just the right touch ..

mattswindow1I redrafted the pattern in quiltpro (no paperpiecing me thinks) and reduce the size of the block .. It’ll work, but is that what I really want to do .. this quilt is only going to be roughly 37 ½ x 42″ .. a good sized wallhanging .. but I really don’t want to go smaller .. Then as I was standing there tossing my options around in my brain, I saw my green batiks from a few weeks ago .. (oh and yes, that orange was supposed to be for me too :'() Now I have 2 FQs of the lighter one and ½ yard of the darker one with orange. So I do have options to keep this block at 6″ finished. I think that the red, green, orange, yellow and black are going to look just striking together .. I still have to dye the yellow and that will be tomorrow’s project 🙂 Tomorrow all the fabrics for this quilt will be ready and I really hope to be cutting on it tomorrow ..

oh jiminycricket .. i think reg wants to head stateside again .. &^$%&&*^&*( pray he forgets .. those shopping days really toss me off my track and whack me out to no stinking end!

On a side note: I’ve pulled my yarns for my earwarmers – babyweight on 4mm needles .. the instructions say 3.5mm circular or DPN .. I have a mess of 3.25mm and 3.75mm DPN, but only 4mm in the circular … even with going thru my mum’s needles .. no 3.5 .. it’s a conspiracy I tell you!! I think the circular’s would be MUCH easier for me to work with as I’ve not used DPN in like 10 years (!) .. maybe just make my tension really tight?? I’ll have to see .. If I had my druther’s I would likely work on the 3.25mm needles – my tension’s usually spot on, but my head is smaller – I wear kids hats – and she doesn’t list a finished size for this one. Crap shoot anyone?? heh ..

Have fun everyone and Good Night 🙂