Saturday, July 28, 2012
I took a break this week to work on a work-in-progress. I stitched up this scrappy patchwork section with leftovers from my Mendocino dreams quilt earlier in the year and I finally turned it into a proper quilt top. I ended up going with a grape shot cotton to give it a little extra sparkle. It's on it's way out west for a royal quilting treatment from Christina!
Sanna Annukka's work ever since she did the artwork for Keane's second album, Under the Iron Sea. Her designs are so crisp and clean but always have a touch of whimsy. I couldn't resist this laminated cotton print when I spotted it at a Scandinavian gift shop, The Century House, here in Madison. I could only afford a half-yard, so I made the most of it and stitched up a giant tote bag. It's huge, and came together really quickly. Just need to get some plastic canvas to stabilize the bottom and it's good to go!
Pat Bravo's newest collection, Indie for Art Gallery Fabrics. The colors are so vibrant and perfect for Fall, I can't wait to find time to sew with them! I'm thinking they definitely need to become a quilt! Indie will be hitting stores very soon!
Anna this week! Look at all this bunny goodness! She sure knows me, doesn't she?! Thanks so much Anna, your package really made my week! George was very impressed by the "girl bunny" and check out the tape she sent, it even has black bunnies on it!!
last week's fabric dyeing post! I realized after the fact that I hadn't really included a lot of information for you! Above you can see the types of prints that I'm dyeing. They are a white pattern printed on a white background. When it's dyed, the white background takes the dye color, but the white printed pattern stays white (or light!). I use the methods from Malka Dubrawsky's Color Your Cloth. It's a great resource if you're interested in trying out fabric dyeing! I hope that clears a few things up! :)
Next, I have a winner for the Annex Sewing Lounge Giveaway! Random.org choose #192, Tamie! Thanks to all who entered! For everyone who asked about the Jeans needles, I have a bit more of an explanation from Mary:
When choosing my favorite sewing machine needle for sewing and quilting with vintage sheets, my favorite kind is the size 12 Jeans or Denim needle. These needles work so well because of the way fabric is made. Quilt fabric is generally about 75 threads per inch, so a universal sewing machine needle or a sharp works just fine. However, vintage sheets are generally woven with a much denser thread count of up to 200 threads per inch, so they require a stronger needle, especially when joining all those points and corners. Jeans needles are designed to be used with densely woven fabric, such as denim. They have an extra long point and the shaft is stronger. This way the denser fabric can be more easily pierced, and the shaft has the strength to withstand the extra pressure of piercing multiple layers. Batik fabric is also more densely woven by necessity due to the process used to produce it. I like to use size 12 Jeans needles because they are very pointy and strong but are still fine enough not to leave those big holes that size 16 or 18 Jeans needles leave.
Today I love the..
Smell of: Clean apartment
Sound of: Harry Potter 5 audiobook
Taste of: Menchies froyo
Sight of: Sunshine
Feel of: Relaxing on the couch
Good Things about Today:
- Good class this morning at The Sewcial Lounge!
- MENCHIES! :)
- Going to a Laotian restaurant tonight!
- I sewed today!