Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Quilt Bloggers Festival - Entry

Ok, I went back and forth as to enter a quilt in the Quilt Bloggers Festival over at Amy's Creative Side. This will be my first time entering my quilts into any type of competition. To sum it up, it's really quite nerve-wracking! I decided to enter my Modern Maples quilt into the Small Quilt competition.  Head over to the links to see all the action. Voting starts next week! 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Doubling Up

This year I have been o.b.s.e.s.s.e.d. with the Sugar Block of the Month club from Stitchery Dickory Dock. Each month Amy has came out with great patterns. I am so in love that I am making a twin sized quilt from the January block for my sister!

While creating October's block I realized that at the end of the year that would only be 12 blocks and with sashing would amount to a baby quilt or a very small throw after adding a border. This just wouldn't do! I ordered more secondary fabric and cut into my stash. I went back and made doubles and sometimes triples of each block, with the goal of 30 blocks by the end of the year.  Right now there are 24 done.  Whew! 

Every time I lay all these blocks out I fall in love in a little more. Only 6 more to go!

-Patch & Chels

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dress Dyeing

Disclaimer: This post is not about quilting but an adventure in dying clothing and is wordy, be warned!

About 5 years ago I bought a bunch of bridesmaid dresses from J. Crew during a clearance sale, they each cost $20 - $30 each and where originally about $180. A great deal I couldn't resist. These two were both a very pale pink, and ended up looking horrible with my skin tone. Not even sure why I would buy these colors! After doing some research on dying fabrics, this weekend I finally overcame my nerves and dyed them both. Here is the before photo.

The dress on the left is the perfect fit all girls dream about and is all cotton. The dress on the right also fits great but is silk. According to the tutorials silk is harder to dye, so I didn't have high hopes. Rit brand dye had the best reviews, was the oldest, and cheapest. I chose the colors teal and wine, in the liquid format. To dye the fabrics I picked up a couple cheap plastic trash cans, if the dye stained them it wouldn't be a loss. I also used the whole bottle of dye instead of the 1/2 bottle in the directions and only used about 2 gallons for each dye, just enough water for the dresses to move around freely and be covered in liquid. This made the solution stronger and the final result more vibrant. 

I first took the wine colored dress (silk) out of the dye after two hours of soaking and realized the color was not even after the dress was washed. Conclusion: need try to re-dye and keep in the dye longer? It got a new dye bath this time staying in all day and night (24 hours total). Probably not the best for the silk but at this point it was already "ruined" and worth trying to save. Well, it was worth the re-dye. The second time it came out awesome. The dress shrunk up in length, so the slip will need to be hemmed but that is the only issue! The color came out nice and rich and looks great with my skin tone. (Sorry I have no photos of me in the dress, it was too cold out to futz with the timer!)

The teal colored dress (cotton) stayed in the dye overnight, about 18 hours total. Each hour, the dress got moved around to assure the dye was reaching all the fabric. The next morning it got rinsed and washed. The results were amazing. In one night this dress went from never will wear this, to when is my next formal event?!  There are some spots the color didn't take as well. These are only notable when really looking at the fabric. The natural sheen of the fabric makes it hard to tell even in direct sunlight. Conclusion: keep dress in dye for at 18 - 24 hours although the directions say 30 - 60 minutes! The silk sash didn't take the dye well, but I really like the marbling affect. 

You can see in the picture how close the original color is to my skin tone ... eek and I am still sporting a tan from this summer! Overall, this project was a huge success.  I now love both dresses, they are fun colors that work well with my pale complexion. The Rit dye was easy to use, although use gloves because it does stain skin. My left hand has had a wine color tint for a day or two, oops. Now I am wondering what else I can dye?  

- Patch & Chels

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Stash

Ok, it's about time I participated in the stashing of awesomeness! This year I have vowed to keep my stash under control and have done a decent job at cutting back the amount of fabric on hand. Over the year more fabric has been quilted than bought (hello motivation). This week has been an exception, I picked up these FQs at my LQS. Also, more damage was done at Sew Fresh Fabrics going out of business sale ... but those won't arrive for a while. After all, it was on sale. More on that later.

The funny thins is, the older I become the more of a minimalist I have become. Quite frankly, it's getting pretty scarce in my world and I like it! So unlike most quilters, the (small) amount of fabric I do have on hand is actually too much!  Right, I am an anomaly you can start the flogging right after this post. When I go through my stash and dig out boxes I just become overwhelmed, so I have learned it best to leave it all hidden away. 

Now, I need to get quilting on my WIPs so I can cut into these new lovelies. Thanks Molli for hosting this great link up each week ... of course I am linking up to Molli Sparkles :) The button was also added to my sidebar.  Yay, to new blog bling!

-Patch & Chels

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tone it Down! Update ...

First of all... the WINNER of Mondays giveaway goes to ....

Teresa if you could e-mail me your address, I'll get these in the mail!

You all had AMAZINGLY nice things to say, this week has been kinda crazy at school with grades being due ... eek.  Rest assured that I read each and every comment, although I didn't respond (sorry poor manners).  Thank you again for making this blogging journey such an awesome experience!

Now on to regularly recorded blogging ...

It's official the packages have arrived and Michelle (From Bolt to Beauty) and I have sorted them into 28 perfect little bundles of fabric for you all :). Michelle is mailing them today or tomorrow. There wasn't one bad fabric in the bunch and that is saying something. Every time Michelle would reach for a new bag of fabric I kept getting giddy with delight. I have seen most on our Flickr page but seeing them in my hands was just so much better! 

Now I just need to come up with a plan to use them, my mind is racing and it's difficult to settle on just one idea. We are encouraging people to post what they make from their packs in the flickr group so we can see what all these magical squares become! Here are some fabric highlights or fabrics I got exceptionally giddy about ... 

Lately, some of my peeps have been asking about finding low volume fabrics, here is a linked list of some low volumes I am currently loving.

Almost every line of fabric has at least one low volume print, the key is finding them because they don't always draw you in with beautiful prints and colors. Most fabric sites allow you to look by color way, so searching whites and creams brings up most fabric that would be considered low volume. Some sites even let you search low volume! I try to get a selection of both cream and white backgrounds to add to the scrappy look.  Also very pale tan's and gray's add some pizzaz.  

Also look at the goods Michelle gave me for helping organize the swap! I am thinking Christmas gifts from this book. 

****If you missed this round Michelle and I were already talking about doing another swap this winter after the holiday.  We are not sure of the theme yet, but stay tuned!

-Patch & Chels

Monday, October 13, 2014

100th Post Celebration + Giveaway

Hello my blogging friends, today I announce my 100th post on the blog :). (Very Exciting!!!!) I started this blogging adventure back in January and never would have guessed how amazing the whole experience would have been. It blows me away every time I think of the wonderful quilters out there who have become new friends. You all rock! As a little thank you I am hosting my first giveaway today. A little bundle of 6 fat quarters.

In the giveaway pile is a custom FQ bundle, including some of my favorite prints! All you need to do is become apart of Patch and I's blogging world, either by, becoming a member of the site, or following us on Bloglovin'. Then leave a comment below.  The winner will be chosen at random on Thursday of this week. 

-Patch & Chels

Friday, October 10, 2014

Round Trip Quilts

It's time to share Border 2 for Round Trip Quilts! This center came from Sew Mary Quilts. It has an awesome gradient rainbow star to work from! I had to do something with color families to play into what she already started in the middle. Mary sent a small notebook full of ideas for borders, and I feel in love with the idea of an arrow. 

Having never sewn arrows and needing a pattern that would fit perfectly to the 16.25 inch side, I grabbed some graph paper and kept my fingers crossed it would work out. I laid out the parts for four arrows, one for each side. Each arrow has two of the color families from the center block. The proportions worked out well perfectly, each arrow wasn't too long or too short. 

I was stumped on the corner block, so I sent out an Instagram SOS. They gave me the great idea of a four-patch that ties into the already established corner blocks.  

Now I need to write in the notebook sharing my ideas and design for the newest border! Hopefully Mary likes what has been added to her block :) The block is now headed to Christina at Wips & Tuts

-Patch & Chels