Monday, June 4, 2012

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working on quilt pattern ideas

19 comments:

  1. the first one feels so free spirited - i´d go with it!

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  2. my, my, you're meticulous. I really like how the second one looks (so wild and free). I really need to learn to quilt properly.

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    1. "meticulous" is such a nice way of putting it caroline :) i sometimes think i get a little out of control - ha!

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  3. You have sooooo much more patience than me; this quilt is going to be so beautiful. (you inspired me - I'm trying to figure out where to buy mordant in town so that I can naturally dye fabric to make a new quilt!)

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    1. dyi mordant :)

      ALUM MORDANT: Add 1 small teacup of alum and, if available, 2 level tablespoons of cream of tartar to 5 litres of water (quarter of a large water bucket). Dissolve the chemicals in warm water and leave cotton to soak for 24 hours.

      METAL MORDANTS: You can make mordants from iron, chrome or tin by boiling some of these metals with water. To make iron mordant, for example, boil 5 litres of water with 2 cups of vinegar and 1 cup of rusty nails for one hour. Leave it to stand for 24 hours and then pour off the water. This water is the mordant.

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    2. that is so insanely helpful...except the part I'm being a total knob about: um, where do I get alum? or iron? like, just some aluminum foil?

      You are amazing, btw. this is happening tonight, after I go for a scavenger hunt around my neighbourhood looking through everyone's recycling...

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  4. they're all rad, but i love the third especially. what a smart way to use graph paper!

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    1. i was working with the 3rd plan but had some trouble with the variation in color (due to the tiedye). i'm beginning to wonder if despite all my planning, the drawings/patterns really only work with a flat color. hmm...

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  5. that looks so nice :) keep up the good work!

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  6. I love that middle one with the tight cluster in the center, and the feathering out at the edges. It's so fun to see your process on paper. It makes it so much more tangible.

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    1. the graph paper design looks way more pulled together than the fabric squares all over the floor. if only you could see the mess.

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  7. I like the third, and you've inspired me to make a quilt like this too. I can't wait to see how yours turns out!

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    1. ooo, let me know how it turns out!

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  8. I quite like the second one, it reminds me of the way electrons works (more or less. I'm working on a quilt too, but is not patchwork, mainly boring stitching all along!

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  9. Hey lady, Hows your quilt coming? Dying to see..

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    1. hey jen! update coming soon. a lot of sewing at this point. it always amazes me how much work remains despite the numerous hours i put in :)

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