Monday, March 23, 2015

Tie Dye Quilt Top Finished!

So I think this is my new favourite project!  It certainly adds a bit of summery energy to our tundra-like still-deep-winter conditions around here.  This was a fun weekend project that my daughter Tess (she's 7) and I made together.  Saturday after supper we went to Value Village (a second-hand store like Goodwill) and bought a Queen-sized 100% cotton sheet for $4.99.  Then we stopped at Walmart and bought a tie-dye kit for I think about $22.00.  By Sunday night, we had the result above!
 The squares are 12 inches each finished.  We made 31 squares so that we would have some choice.  I cut the sheet up into blocks around 14-15 inches each to start before the dying.  That left lots of room for the fabric to fray while washing/drying and also allowed me to center a design I liked when trimming to size.
 These were our 20 favourite squares.
 The one on the upper left here is my favourite.
 Our dye colours were lime green, turquoise, red, orange and magenta.  The red faded to more of a pink.
 We used half of our dye kit and did the 31 squares plus 2 pairs of my daughter's socks.
 We twisted and wrapped every which way we could think of.  Instructions for wrapping came with the kit and we tried those and improvised too.  We dampened the fabric with a spray bottle before we started.  I think that was a good move as the dye seemed to blend nicely.  We used the elastics that came with the kit and also lots of little Rainbow Loom elastics.
 Here they are outside with the dye on.  It was freezing out!  But I didn't want to take a chance with the dye in the house.  I am not the neatest person when it comes to creative projects.  There is a plastic bag on top of the snow.  The damp fabric was starting to freeze as we were dying it.  We also put some snow sprinkles on top of some of the dyed bits.  The instructions in the kit say nothing about snow/freezing/etc, but it does say to keep the dyed fabric wrapped in plastic for at least 6 hours to let the dye soak in.  You are not to let the fabric dry out.  I knew that outside nothing would be drying out whatsoever. 
 I covered the dyed fabric with another plastic sheet then weighted it down with snow.  This was total improvisation on our part -- but as you can see from the results it worked!
Here's a square after being dyed, rinsed, washed and dried.  The main problem we had with some squares was that we over-dyed them.  But that was the whole thing with making extra squares -- it allowed us to have some rejects.
So I'm definitely keen to get this finished!  I really want to keep the quilting simple so the tie dye is the star.  And of course I will be doing this again.  It was so fun and I have about a million more ideas for both dying and then arranging the squares.
Have a great week.  Posted by Riel Nason

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Modern Rainbow: Partially Planned Patchworks

 So if you've been by the blog lately, you know I've been on a big stretch of making lots and lots of my Random Rail Fence blocks in different colours.  As you can see in the pics, there are more and more and more to come.
 I'm actually having another exhibit this summer and this one I've titled: Modern Rainbow: Partially Planned Patchworks.  There will be 10 quilts in the series.  These are the quilts I've been showing and the ones I'll be working on for the next while.
 These quilts are much more usable (and actually will be for sale this time) as opposed to the much more textile-artish ones in my Halloween selvage series which exhibited last fall (A 1/4 Inch Scream).  The idea this time is to combine traditional patchwork with modern colour and design.  They are only partially planned as I am letting the random factor of the rail fence strips do some of the designing without any thought by me.  Each quilt will be 60 by 72, so a really nice couch size. 
 If you look carefully at the blocks, you can see I've come up with two more variations of my rail fence block as well, using larger fabric sections.  This further goes to the partially-planned aspect.
 These blocks are just all on my design wall.  They aren't arranged in any way yet.  (And not pressed yet either.) I love all the colours!
So basically I'm working on 6 quilts at once now -- all made with these blocks. :-)  Oh well, it keeps it fun!
Posted by Riel Nason

Friday, March 13, 2015

Giveaway Winner!

Chosen by random draw, the winner of the pretty bundle of fabric generously provided by Mad About Patchwork is:
She said...
Sooooo pretty! Love these colours! And I would love to win this pretty bundle, thanks.
March 9, 2015 at 10:50 AM
Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Mad About Patchwork Blogger Bundle Giveaway

Okay, I'm back!  Two weeks ago I was in New Orleans which was awesome (my second time, love it there!) and last week was the kids' March Break. Starting today things are back to normal -- or at least as normal as they get around here. 
Soooooooo, have you heard of Mad About Patchwork? Yes? Then great.  Perhaps you even already buy your Kona cotton from there like I do. No? Well let me fill you in. 
Mad About Patchwork is a Canadian online fabric and quilty goodness shop (and as of last year, they have a brick and mortar store in rural Ottawa too). They've been in business for 7 years now.  (So they are obviously doing something right) 
Pam, of Mad About Patchwork fame, recently asked me if I'd like to select a Blogger Bundle from the fabrics in her store.  She offered to send me a bundle free and offer another bundle free for a giveaway on my blog.  Let's just say that the browser window that was instantly opened after I read her email was the one to her store to get choosing the fabrics!
What I chose is below.  It is a girly-inspired bundle -- modern, playful and feminine.  The magenta colour in some of the fabrics is the same as the wall colour of my daughter's room.  I picked the butterfly fabric first, which I love, and then looked around to see what I could find to look good with it.  I plan on making my daughter an oversized throw pillow with my bundle when I finally get a chance.
Anyhow, for a chance to win a pretty bundle like this for yourself, just leave a comment on this blog post.  Say anything you want.  Just be sure that you either leave your email address in the comment, or that you know it is linked into your profile.  One entry per person.  Giveaway is open until 6:00pm AST on Thursday, March 12.  Winner will be drawn randomly and announced Friday.  Open worldwide. 
If by any chance you'd like to buy a bundle like this, here it is on the Mad About Patchwork site.  (And while you're there, look around at all the other pretty fabric in stock!) If you're tempted and need a little nudge, I hear that there is a free shipping promotion now until March 14; use QUILTCONEH promotion code for free shipping in Canada (or save $5.95 on international shipping)
Good luck!
Giveaway is now closed.  Winner announced tomorrow!

Friday, March 6, 2015

A Sneak Peek of Pink

A sneak peek of pink (say that 10 times fast!).  So, the next random rail fence quilt I'm making is pink.  I have lots of blocks done so far.  Today is the last day of the kids' March Break.  We've had fun but it will be nice to get back to our regularly scheduled programming on Monday.  And I have a blog giveaway starting on Monday for some pretty fabric!  See you then.
I'm linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday!
Posted by Riel Nason

Friday, February 20, 2015

Turquoise Random Rail Fence Quilt Top Done

 After the yellow version of this quilt (previous post) was done, I knew I had to sew this one together next.
 It also has a focal square to add a little flair.  The blocks are all 12" finished.  The quilt is 60" by 72".
 There are two fabrics in this quilt that don't photograph well -- the ones that look dark.  One has orange dots on it and one has little life preservers on it.  They look great in the quilt "in person" but I find they look weird in the pics.  Oh well.
A tutorial to make the blocks like these is under the tutorials tab.
 So I'm off for vacation for a bit and then it's the kids' March Break.  But when I'm back blogging in early March, I'll have fun little giveaway!  See you then.
Posted by Riel Nason

Monday, February 16, 2015

Winter Sunshine! Yellow Random Rail Fence Patchwork Quilt Top

 Not a lot to say other than it's done and I'm really happy with it.  Hopefully the cheerful, bright yellows will show nicely on the computer.  It looks great "in person" and all the different yellows work well together. 
 I added a focal square this time.  I also added a single unique square when I made a Halloween version of a quilt like this and I think it really adds to it.
 The blocks finish at 12".  The quilt is 60" by 72" which is a perfect size for the couch.
If you'd like to try making blocks like these, there is a tutorial under the tutorials tab on the blog.
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Posted by Riel Nason

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"Sew" Easy Sewn Valentine's Day Cards for School

This is what my 7yo daughter Tess and I worked on last night.  These are her Valentines to give to her classmates at school.  They were easy and fun to make.  I made an example one to show her and I cut out the hearts.  She cut the other fabric, designed, glued, sewed and wrote on them herself.  (And I sewed a few after a while too -- to speed things up :-) ...)
 She made a nice variety of designs.
 She still has to finish some sewing today after school.
This is the example one I made.  Tess wanted that decorative stitch as it is the fanciest stitch her sewing machine has.  I wouldn't have chosen it myself, but after I was kind of thinking it reminded me of a heart monitor line ... kind of appropriate ...
 The supplies were: index cards, glue stick, scissors,fabric scraps, sewing machine, thread and pen.
 Our basic design is just a background fabric strip with 2 or 3 hearts glued on top. 
 These cards have either 2 or 3 sewn lines on each one.  She used pink thread as that is what is always in her sewing machine.  She used her own Hello Kitty Janome sewing machine to sew them.  SEW Easy!  She is very proud of them!
And while we were working on them last night, I made this one as a joke for my husband.  :-) 
Happy Valentine's Day quilty friends.  I'm linking up with SCRAPTASTIC TUESDAY!
Posted by Riel Nason

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Yellow !!! Some Patchwork Sunshine for a Winter's Day

 Yellow this time.  These are all fabrics I had in my stash.  This is pretty much a little bit of every yellow I had.  I like the mix a lot.
These are Random Rail fence blocks again.  The tutorial to make them is under my tutorials tab if you'd like to try too.  When I first thought up how to make these blocks, I never realised how many quilts I'd make with them -- or how many different variations could be done ... (hint, hint, watch for other colours in the future ...)
 I have 5 squares done and need 30 in total.
 More strips ready to go.
Oh yeah, and it's SNOWY here.  :-)
Posted by Riel Nason

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Turquoise Random Railfence Blocks Done

 So, the 30 blocks I need are done.  Here they are on the "design wall" (less elegantly known as piece-of-batting-thumbtacked-to-the-wall).  The blocks aren't ironed or arranged.  That is for another day.
I like them though.  A lot.  There is one fabric that doesn't photograph well as I mentioned last time (the darker-looking one) but it looks nice "in person."
And if anyone could use a little pick-me-up by thinking "Wow -- glad I don't live there!" ;-), here is the view out my window yesterday.  School was cancelled the last two days due to a blizzard.  Ahhhhhhh, winter. 
Posted by Riel Nason
I'm linking up with Fabric Tuesday! (I know it's Thursday already, but oh well)