Saturday, August 30, 2008

Doings and Quilts

Up way too early again this morning,(around 2 am) so doing laundry and finishing up the handwork on the second quilt. Will get them washed today too.Yeh!! Looking for a box and how to wrap them too.

Gustov arriving in the ozarks, and staying for a couple days. We are to get upwards to 7 inches of rain. The hard rain has not arrived yet, so may be off line from time to time when it does..


How nice the rains have dropped the temps here in the 60s-feels wonderful, still humidity-but much nicer finally and we do need the rain.

The quilts just came out of the wash-look wonderful-all my pencil and chalk lines came out. Now in the dryer-which is my biggest concern. Since I did a big no no-did not sample first-as this batting is nonprocessed organic cotton-I am worried about the amount of shrinkage. I have them on the delicate cycle and medium heat. I had washed them on the delicate cycle too which has a line dry feature, so these were more wet than usual.

I think I will check back in 10 minutes and see how they are, and may then drop to low heat. I am thinking also not to dry them all the way-but to finish them off hanging. I have one of those fold up wooden things to dry clothes on. Later-

Update on the Update

I am a happy camper-the quilts turned out gorgeous coming out of the dryer. My best work so far. I left them damp and will finish up with hang drying. I measured them before and after. so far shrunk 1/4" both ways-so don't think that is too bad

Happy Dancing-Twins Quilts-finally Quilted

I am taking a short break and then off to make binding-and bind

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Picture of my Apple Project

Just finished up with this big bowl of apple slices(I sprinkled them with raw cane organic sugar and Splenda, a bag of dehydrated apples sprinkled with cinnamon came out of the dehydrator, and I need to wrap up these pies for Glenn Glenn is our neighbor-sharing the harvest.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Catching Up

I have been busy still hand quilting the second baby quilt for the twins this past week. I have put a deadline for myself-to be finshed this month for sure.
The rock shower and bathroom project are calling me, where did the summer go? Since I retired-the days are just flying by way too fast.
This weekend a friend of ours stopped by with a huge box of granny smith type apples. This morning we will pick a few more of a different variety that he has-as will make a nicer pie.
So I have been freezing for pies, dehydrating, and making apple brandy too. Along with really enjoying the Olympics this year-and I got to watch my favorite Brett Favre play for his new team the Jets on the NFL channel last night-thank you NFL for broadcasting the game-I figured living here in Missouri I would not get to watch him play much-hopefully they will broadcast more games.
I am off to hand quilt a bit before picking apples-have a great week everyone

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Friday, August 8, 2008

I won a book-how fun is this???

How fun is this?? I am one of those that never wins anything-

From Needle n' thread the author has been holding drawings to give away some cool items in her stash This week it was-- "The book featured this week is called Blue Ribbon Quilts by Linda Causee and Rita Weiss. If you like quilting, methinks you might like the book! They're both brand-spanking new."

and in my mail box this morning "The first name I drew was Kathy in the Ozarks"

So needless to say-I am doing the happy dance this morning

I completed one of the borders on baby quilt

I completed one of the short borders this week.

I decided to follow the lines of the print as not to distract from it by adding another design on top of it. I also had thought of doing little squares instead of little diamonds-and I decided on this-to be a more enjoyable experience.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Update on my Rust Dye Project

I took a little video at the start of this project, so you can see what I did.

It is soooo hot here with the 86% plus humidity brings us up to 112 degrees heat index so far, and we are not even at the hottest part of the day yet-so I stopped this project around 3 this afternoon, and rinsed the pieces in salt water (1 tablespoon salt per gallon of water) and I am washing them now.

The pieces I really wanted to work-the flower fabric over the iron gate did not work, I don't think the gate was rusty enough and the fabric kept drying out on me. However the pieces under my work shop worked out really well, in the shade more and the items I used were more rusty so that is a key.

Tomorrow morning I will decide which pieces I want to re rust dye. One little bonus, I just used a couple plain white cotton or unbleached muslins and not thinking about it, (they were the last to go into the bucket of salt water)-they were the only pieces that picked up rust dye from the water-gave a nice look to them. I am wanting to do some kind of a dye project for the two windows in Larrys new room (his fun room) and this project today was to decide if I wanted to rust dye curtain panels or not. I will need to think on that as I think what would work out better is to find some really rusty wire or something like that to tie around the panels to create a pattern.

As soon as this video uploads I will work on uploading some pictures too. Please tell me what you think-well it has been over an hour and my video still did not upload so will try again later.

rust dye pictures

after another two hours my video still won't load-you can connect to my multiply under my blog list and see it there.

Rust Dye-a Closer View

For some reason my writings about these pictures are not showing up.

The white pieces are all from recycled white shirts-100% cotton. The black rose piece was curtain material.
The white pieces will be a great start for landscape pieces. and the black rose one is very neat-need to thing about this one.

I started-dyeing with rust

I was going to gather supplies this morning, while it is the coolest that it is gonna be, and then go over to my neighbor friend Sandy and rust dye tomorrow.
However, everything is heavy and just easier to run around outside and find rusty stuff. When you live on an old place in the woods-and your hubbys hobby is collecting old stuff and fixing it-well you get the picture-rust is everywhere-lol
I gathered up my pail and vinegar, and odds and ends of fabrics from my stash-cottons and a piece of leather to try also. some muslin but mostly printed cottons from recyclebles. I was getting ready to take pictures and my camera is out of juice-so when charged up and I have to go and re-dampen all the fabric later-I will load some pics.
I found an old rusty gate, some chain hanging on machine, some old farm stuff-etc.etc-so should be fun.

The method I used:

gather up fabrics and I am using one piece of leather scrap too
go around to where the rusty stuff is outside
saturate the fabrics in vinegar then squeeze most out
wrap around rusty stuff or lay on top-however you want to
I will go back thru out the day and keep fabrics moist with more vinegar
With the straight vinegar this process should take 24 hours-especially with
the extreme humidity and high temps we are have now.

will update later with pics too

I am working on the borders-finally

I had a few ideas for quilting the borders: making little squares instead of diamonds, making daiseys all over-or this-outlining the design already here.
I like this option better-more fun to quilt (I am tired of the straight lines and all the marking) and it also is subtle and gives a little interest.

As soon as it gets light this morning I am going to scrounge around outside for all things rusty. I want to "play" with rust dye. Will keep you posted on my attempts


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