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Sunday, September 23, 2012

New Dyes - amazing results!


The 2nd Annual Katie's Quilts and Crafts TIE DYE PARTY was a success!!
We use only the highest quality dyes, and do our dyeing the "professional" way, complete with all the high-tech chemicals and whatnot ;c)

In the past I have always used dharma, or  Jacquard procion mx dyes, this is the first time trying the "Grateful Dyes."  I am now a FAN!  This is certainly the best dye session I have ever had.  They are SO bright, and the wait time is much shorter.
Here's some photos:

Here's my package from GRATEFUL DYES!!   Pretty ROYGBV
 Me mixing up the chemical water - soda solution.

All the girls busy making their tie-dyes.
 Heather and Lauren, happy in their colorful mess ;c)
 I find it best to lay down some plastic (a garbage bag ripped open) then lay down a towel, and then do your dyeing on top of that.  The towel will soak up the excess dyes, so your garment doesn't get muddy.  I happen to LOVE my tie-dyed towels and use them daily ;c)
 I use an old drawer to nothing for my dyes
 Washing your dyes in the washer. .  the water is black ;c)
 Some tie-dyed cookies for the party!
 some finished tie-dyes hanging on the line.
 Tiffany and her awesome tie-dyed shirt!
 Amy and her amazing tie-dyed pillowcase!
 Yes she did!  Amy dyed some shoes!
 Another of Amy's tie-dyed pillowcases.
 Baby Miles got a few tie-dyed garments . . awww

 Amy's tie-dyed shirt!
 These next few are Sarah-Elaines tie-dyes:



 And these next ones are Ang's tie-dyes:


Next up:  I cannot WAIT to use these awesome dyes to dye myself some new QUILTING FABRIC!!  
Stay tuned!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Crown Royal Quilt #2

***   Updated Nov 5 2013 ***
Hi everyone, I now have instructions to make this Crown Royal quilt (in 7 different sizes) available as a downloadable PDF booklet on my etsy page. Check it out now! 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/168133712/royal-star-quilt-pattern-pdf-download?

Finished my 2nd Crown Royal Quilt!  This one uses 5 different styles of Crown Royal Bags.
 Here are all the bags all ready to be cut!
 Here are all the Crown squares cut!


 Top Complete!

 Quilted!
 This is the best photo I could get!
Here's a shot of the back of the quilt. . . we had a few extra bags for this quilt so I used them on the back ;c)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Puppy Baby Quilt

My Sister came up with the idea for this quilt.  She liked the MONKEY and OWL Quilts, but wanted one with a puppy theme.  Jamie is all into bassett hounds, and I TRIED to draw/or FIND a bassett hound drawing to copy.  but no luck.   I ended up drawing this little gal, who was inspired by several OTHER photos.  I'm not exactly sure what breed she is.   What do you think?  ;c) 


Finished Puppy Baby Quilt, for one of my sisters BFFs Jamie Jeffrey, who is about to have a baby girl!



My favorite part of this quilt was the quilting on the log.   My sister thought it would be a cute idea to have the puppy sitting on a log.  I cut out the shape, with brown fabric, and it definitely needed SOMETHING.   So I quilted the log in this woodgrain texture.  It added SO MUCH to the log itself, and the overall quilt.

Here's a photo of the BACK of the quilt, featuring the woodgrain quilting:

 For this quilt, I did the same format as the Owl and Monkey quilts.  I used Colored blocks quilted with feathers, and a white McTavishing background.