Monday, May 26, 2014

Quilting With Something Other Than Fabric - Part 1

In my Fiber Group our challenge for May was to make a block using something other than fabric.  I think they said "non-traditional" stuff.  Well, they probably didn't say "stuff".   But you know what I mean.  Non-traditional stuff.  For the most part.

I was totally on board with that and even knew what I wanted to do before I left the meeting.  It was something I have wanted to do for a long long time.

 And it came from my (very messy as you can see) laundry room no less!  I generally toss in a sheet made of this special stuff that attracts loose dyes from the washer water as  your clothes swish around.  One day, a while back, I thought that it might be interesting to do something with them.  So I began to save them.

I saw that they often had interesting patterns.  The day I washed the rug in my bathroom anteroom (yes, my bathroom has an anteroom!) I got a really deep color!  It was exciting!

I just keep putting the same sheet back in the washer time after time after time until I get a deep color or an interesting pattern.  Yes, I have to admit, I began buying a lot of black, dark blue and bright color things to see if I could affect the color!

Here one that just came out of the wash and I smoothed it out.

Here is one that I ironed smooth.

They ironed easily and didn't stick to the iron or get overheated.  Nice!

I pieced the squares, sliced and diced the pieced squares and sewed things back together a few times.

Here is the finished piece.  Oops!  I forgot to take pictures of the pieced piece, sorry!  The flowers are made from a sheet I bunched up.

Of course you know what the leaves are, right?

Hair things. 

Here is the back of everything.  It is a piece of hand dyed Kona that I forgot to add the soda ash to and it didn't have much color. 

The whole thing was interesting to do.  It was a nice challenge that got me thinking about how  wanted to work with the color catchers.

And  I had the opportunity to learn about something new.



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