Dyeing for Dinosaurs

In only 9 weeks, Little E’s brother will arrive. It’s time for this Nana to get busy! Daughter #1 bought these prints on Etsy to set the theme for the baby room. You can view the listing here.IMG_4765

She bought a plain white crib skirt and asked me to dye it to match these prints. I will also make a baby quilt with hand dyed fabrics.

So yesterday, I hauled out my dyeing supplies and rolled up my sleeves. I haven’t done any of this in the last couple years but it really is fun. I should have done this before the weather cooled off. Anyway, I stirred up my eyes and soda ash solutions and mixed my potions. 

 I use Procion dyes from Dharma Trading Company. They are fiber reactive dyes so you have to use soda ash as well.  Sometimes, I add soda ash solution to the dye bath but this time, I soaked the fabric in the soda ash solution first. The colors I used were Mink Brown, Deep Orange, and Oxblood Red. I mix these colors until it looks about right to me. Then dump the dye on the wet fabric and knead it a bit. I was in a hurry and really spent as little time as possible on this batch. I let it sit until I got home from work before I started rinsing and washing.  Normally, I buy Kona PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric to do this. I really only needed to dye the crib skirt. But I had that whole bolt of Ditta on hand from Ikea so I thought I’d try a yard to see how it took the dye. Most fabrics have a permanent press finish that prevents the dye from adhering. Normally when I dye, I do at least 15 yards to make it worth the mess.

Here is how the crib skirt and fabric turned out: 

 I am pretty happy with how the Ikea fabric took the dye. Since I have nearly a whole bolt of it, I may just do some more. These bits could put me in the mood for a little fall project….. But I think I need some more greens…. This next one is my least favorite, I kind of dumped all my leftover dyes on this one!      

I think I have hand dyed fabrics in all the other colors I will need for the quilt. I have purchased some designs for my embroidery machine  to appliqué some dinosaurs on that. This will be a first for me. I am a total rookie with machine embroidery.

Happy Saturday! I hope your day is colorful!

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Finish It Up Friday

I have one little finish this week, my Country Roads quilt from the Humble Quilts QAL!

 I enjoyed every bit of making this sweet little quilt. Lori does a great job with these and they are so much fun! Remember the binding options I shared? I chose neither!

 I found this in my stash and it has both red and blue in it. I used an older bit of a Thimbleberries fabric for the backing.

 I love the texture that this grid quilting gives.

IMG_4473  Thank you, Lori for another fun QAL!

Linking up with Richard and Tanya Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts

Also linking up with a brand new linky party hosted by my friend, Zenia at A Quilted Passion. Check it out and leaver her some love!

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Throwback Thursday

I’m getting ready to work on a baby quilt made from hand dyed fabrics. It made me think of other baby quilts I had made from my hand dyes. It has been a while! All of these were done before I had my long arm and were quilted on my 1955 Singer 201.

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The print in the next two is from a vintage piece of fabric I found in a thrift shop. My deep purples, lime greens, and bright blues coordinated perfectly.

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I love the look of the morning sun on quilts!

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The above quilts have all been gifted and their little owners are growing up. Some are now in school!

Time flies….

Linking up with A Quarter Inch From The Edge , Krista Quilts for Throwback Thursday

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September Finishes and October Goals

The months are flying by! Here is a review of my goals for September:

1. I want to finish the Lattice Quilt. Done!


2. Finish and Mail my bow tie blocks for the swap. Done!


3. Complete all 7 medallions for Brinton Hall. Done! And Started on the path, although this is going MUCH more slowly since returning from our trip!


4. Start and keep up with the mystery quilt that Lori at Humble Quilts will be hosting. Done! I will show this finish tomorrow. 

 5. I’m going to go farther than just deciding on a pattern for the second sister quilt and say that I will also cut it out! Done! And the top is  ready for the frame!

6. Quilt any QOVs that come in. Done! I had five to do and all five are done.




As far as other accomplishments for the month, I  made progress on my Dowton Abbey quilt. I am up to 16 of 30 blocks.


And I finished two baby boy quilts.

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And I quilted three Comfort Quilt tops.

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Time to start planning for October. Yikes! I don’t like the sound of that.

  1. Finish the Tree quilt for my sister.
  2. I know it is a leader/ender project but I am getting the itch to finish that Downton Abbey quilt.
  3. Time to get going on the baby quilt for our newest grandson due in just 9 weeks!
  4. Get my 6 Brinton Hall Medallions together.

And that is all I am going to plan on at this point. I will be making a trip to help my mom out after her knee replacement surgery so I am not going to be overly ambitious here!

Do you have goals for the next month?

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WIP Wednesday

I have so enjoyed working on my little Country Roads quilt from the HumbleQuilts  QAL. I really appreciate the time and effort Lori puts in to these. Here is my finished top. 

I didn’t have enough of the yellow that I wanted to use so I used something similar in color for the border triangles. I briefly considered adding borders but my eagerness to get to the quilting won out.  

I won a lovely box of Aurifil thread a couple years ago. I love it for hand sewing but my Featherweight isn’t a fan. I decided to try it out in my long arm and it worked great!  

Yep, back to my stand by grid quilting. I did the lines freehand and I didn’t try very hard to hit the borders of the blocks. It is a humble quilt, after all. After doing the lines one way, I took the quilt off the frame and reloaded it to quilt the lines in the other direction. 


The colors are not true in the picture above but the quilting shows up. Now time to decide on a binding. 

I really love this block. I’m thinking I might like to make this in a bigger size.

I also finished the last comfort quilt. 


I have lots to do before work today so I best get on with it. I hope you enjoy this last day of September!

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More This and Thats

Well, I got my laundry done yesterday! But I doubt you stopped by to hear about that. So on to the project progress. I finished quilting the second Comfort Quilt. I have no idea who pieced this top. 


I have the last Comfort Quilt on the frame now. Again, I have no idea who the piecer is. 

I also took the time to raise my frame yesterday. I’m trying to find that perfect height to make it easiest on my neck and shoulders. I asked around and watched a Jamie Whalen video on YouTube about it. It is a bit of a job to do, not something that can be easily changed. It seems really high right now but I am going to live with it for a while.

I finished the tree top last night!  

 I would really like to get this quilted this week, but we shall see. First, I have to get that last Comfort Quilt done!

Have a great day, everyone!

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Design Wall Monday

Good Morning! I’m getting a slow start today. Hopefully a second cup of coffee will help! First up on the quilting agenda, is to finish quilting this Comfort Quilt. 

I’m quilting a freehand swirl/feather pattern and it is a fairly small quilt so it shouldn’t take too long.

I want to get this tree top together today as well. I’m falling out of love with it so I need to hurry and finish. I’ve decided it is big enough for a generous couch quilt. I might use the extra pieces in the back.  

I need to dye some fabric for Daughter #1’s Baby #2 quilt but since it started raining, I may not get to that today. I have purchased an embroidery/appliqué pack to make blocks and I would like to do a test block today.

I purchased this ruler a while back and just took it out of the package this morning. Sewing curves has not been my thing but I think it is time to try. I even have a couple layers cakes set aside for this.  

Today, the last step for the Country Roads QAL hosted by Lori at Humble Quilts came out. So there is that clamoring for my attention as well. Time to decide on which yellow/cheddar I want to use.  

And that sweater that needed mending? Didn’t happen. But I want to wear it to work. It is so hard to find a goid white cardigan. So maybe today?

The kitchen is clean and the laundry started so it is time to sneak down to the sewing room. Happy Monday!

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