around the block quilt

front of around the block quiltThis was one of the those quick projects that took me ages to finish.  The colors are not ones I usually work with so I had a difficult time deciding how the blocks should work together.  I shuffled them around so many times.  I kind of hated it and then I loved it.

corner of around the block quilt

The heart of each log cabin block was part of a panel that I cut up and then edged with wonky bands of tone on tone orange, green, blue, and gold.  The orange is a cross hatch print, while the others are silhouettes of leaves.

The extra spaces around the blocks and the binding are a coordinating brown print that I think looks like little bees buzzing around, but is actually tiny airplanes.  I quilted it with gold thread in vertical straight lines.

back of around the block quiltThe back is big, wide bands of the coordinating colors that I used on the front.  aorund the block quilt

I think it makes for a great baby quilt.  I’m happy that in the end I powered through and kept working on this one.  It would have been a shame to let it sit on a shelf unfinished simply because it was bit frustrating in the middle of making it.

It will be listed soon.

 

summer indigo

indigo brushed and dipped with sugar syrup resist

When I started this post I was going to link back to the tote I made with cotton I dyed last year with indigo.  Then I realized I never shared it here, only on instagram.

Luxe Tote in indigo and buckskin

It’s the Luxe Tote pattern.  The handles and corners are buckskin.  The tote went together quickly and I will be making another one at some point, I’m sure.

I also wanted to take another try at indigo dying.  I love the shibori technique of long running stitches pulled tight and knotted.  That was how I created the fabric that was used for the tote.  I did a couple of pieces like that again.

indigo string shibori

I love the random shapes created by the tightening of the stitches.

I used some wooden drawer knobs and rubber bands for these.

indigo round drawer knobs as resist

I can’t decide if I like the front or the back better with this pattern.   I also did a slow dip on a skein of wool.

indigo dyed yarn

I’m anxious to start knitting with this.

I won a copy of Visual Texture on Fabric a couple of years ago.  It’s filled with great DIY ways to create texture on fabrics, many with things you probably already have on hand.

indigo brushed with sugar syrup resist

I used the sugar syrup method for these.  I scattered a lot of syrup at first in an attempt to create layers of color.  The longer the syrup sets, the more it will resist in the dying process.  My syrup was also thin, so it spread a bit leaving shadow lines around the white patterns.  I let the syrup set on the fabric for about an hour the first round and then used an old paint brush to apply the indigo.  Once the indigo oxidized, I rinsed it and scattered more syrup, waited, and rinsed.  I kept going with this process until I was happy with the color.  It was difficult to get that true indigo with the brush application, so I did a quick dip in the vat on a couple of yards.

indigo brush and dip with sugar syrup resist

I love the richness of color that appears after the dip.  I’m looking forward to cutting into these for more totes and maybe even a quilt.

indigo with string shibori resist

her quilt

Way back when in January 2011, lulu and I went shopping for fabric for a quilt for her bed.  She chose a fun mix of pinks with a bit of green mixed in.  We set them aside until we came up with a pattern.

front of swoon

That fall, while I was on the Sewing Summit shop hop I picked up the Swoon pattern and started cutting into the stacks.  By sometime in 2012, I had finished two of the blocks and she had decided she didn’t love pink the way she used to.

She loved blue and green and I was so happy I had not made any more than two of those giant blocks at this point.

swoon sideWe sorted through my stash and came up with a new stack.  I spent some more time cutting, stitching, quilting and finally last fall (just before the Thanksgiving deadline she gave me) her quilt was finished.

swoon on grass

At some point in this whole process, she asked me to hand quilt it.  Since she’s on the short list of people I have a more difficult time saying no to, I agreed.  I machine quilted the sashing with some quick matchstick quilting not only because it looks cool, but also to hold the quilt together nicely while I spent the hours it took to hand quilt the blocks.

swoon back

I took advantage of the left over blocks to fill some space in the back along with a mix of prints.

I also took a huge sigh of relief when I finally finished it and she loved it.