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Showing posts from November, 2013

Quilting Project

I created this quilt as a homage to the first time I went to Hawaii. I stayed in a hotel downtown off the beaten path. It was a perfect room for one person, and the bathroom had the most beautiful small tile I’ve ever seen. It was opalescent green, yellow, blue, and just a hint of red. This blanket/quilt reminds me of that trip. Unfortunately this quilt will also remind me of how much I do not enjoy quilting. Ugh. All the cutting, and measuring of squares and such. This project took me months to finish because it kept ending up back in my closet while I worked on more enjoyable projects. This weekend I told myself I would finish this project, and so I did. I didn’t use bias tape to bind the quilt instead I mitered the corners which I thought gave it a more casual feel. This blanket isn't a standard size, queen, double, or king but more so a throw size.

Piped Placemat

This was a fun afternoon project. I found this fabric in the bargain bin at the local fabric store and thought it might make a cool placemat or a hot pad for the table. I used regular muslin on the back, and between, cotton batting. The piping I made from pre-cut bias tape and regular cording. This placemat sort of reminds me of summer in Florida. Check out the awesome foot I found at a second hand store. It makes easy work of projects like this. 

Groovy Tie dyed T-shirt Project

Summer has really gotten away from me. This year I decided I wanted to tie dye. I read a bit, then shopped a bit, and the final results you can see below. If you have access to laundromat I would highly suggest you use it to avoid having your entire wardrobe a faint shade of pink later on. Either way, I love the results, and when I put on these shirts I will remember what an awesome summer I had. These T’s were going to be turned into rags or given to Goodwill, so I decided to give them one more chance and live as tie dye. I rubber banded the portions I wanted not to receive color. To get the circle I gather the center front portion of the shirt into what looked like a big nipple, and I tied died the nipple part a different color than the outsides of the shirt. I heated a tea kettle and put a cup or two of boiling water in each bowl to dissolve the color. I then added hot tap water to dilute it to my liking. I dipped, very carefully, the sections I wanted colored in the app