Saturday, 18 October 2014


Look what happens when you use up those left over dyes from a workshop...

After clearing up from the CQG workshop last week some of us had small amounts of dye left in our jars. Not wanting to waste anything we swopped jars to take home, intending to use the left over dye later. My jars just sat in the sink waiting to be used and I didn't get round to it. I was just about to wash them out when I decided to toss some white fabric into a tray and sloshed the dye around on the top followed by the salt and soda. I squidged the fabric and didn't mix up the colours and here's the result. It's amazing what turns out when you are not trying...glad I didn't throw it away now!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Sewing Caddy

What to do with my hand dyed fabric? I've wanted to have a go at the quick grid piecing technique for ages and also to make a sewing caddy which a friend had made recently. It opens up nice and wide for easy access to sewing equipment and so I decided to put the two things together. I used a dressmaker's cardboard mat for the grid rather than using the expensive ready gridded iron-on interfacing. It allows you to lay out the cut squares correctly on the interfacing, ready to iron.

1. Lay the iron-on interfacing shiny side up on top of the dressmaker's mat (remembering this size includes seam allowances so finished block will shrink down).
2. Cut fabric squares slightly smaller than the grid size (I used a 2" grid) and lay onto the interfacing using the grid on the mat as a guide. Don't use a rotary cutting mat as this will be ironed on.
3. Iron fabric in place using a silicone mat or greaseproof paper to avoid a sticky iron.

4. Fold interfacing between first row of squares and sew a 1/4" seam. Continue with all the rows across.
5. Snip down to the stitch line between each square and press seams in opposite directions.
6. Fold interfacing in the opposite direction to sew all downward seams.
7. Press and trim edges. Quilt.

The bag was made by adding a zip to opposite sides of the square, then seaming the lower edge across the zip end and the top side seamed in the other direction.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Dyeing Delight

Had a very enjoyable day yesterday at the Contemporary Quilt Group. We had a workshop on using Procion dyes and managed to come home with 11 bags of cotton fabric pieces in a lovely range between two colours. Considering we numbered almost 30 'dyers' we avoided making too much mess!

Now we have to think how to use them in our next month's challenge...

The brighter set are the main fabrics with the paler second set being the fabrics added later to make use of the remaining dye. The gradations are clearer than in the photos.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

APQ vol 24 no 3

I promise this is the last time ...but I'm featured in the 'Inside the Quilter's Studio' section of the AP&Q magazine this month. They say you wait ages for a bus and then two come at once!