We are having a heat wave at the moment. It seems to be right across Australia - you would think we were a small country when you see the weather maps that have a high affecting all the states. I watch the international weather forecasts occasionally and there is such a variation in quite small countries, England, for instance. This is a phenomenal heatwave, making all the news.
It was too hot to go out so I was tempted to lie on my bed. Then I got up a little energy and decided to finish off a sample I am trying.
I bought Stitching to Dye in Quilt Art ages ago and just put it on the shelf. A few days ago I got it out and started browsing. There is some beautiful stuff in there!
I also have a copy of Quilting Modern which I have been browsing for a few months now, I have just not had much time to play around with ideas from it.
I decided that this week after the Christmas/New Year break would be a good time to play around and see what I could come up with. It turns out that Stitching to Dye has some activities to try. Of course I didn't do the sampling that is recommended, I just launched into the first exercise.
It involves making a patchwork piece and then quilting it, then dyeing it using Procion MX dyes. As I started doing this when the shops were shut, I rummaged around and found pieces of white and off-white quilting fabrics as well as some cheap cottons I had bought for printing and dyeing. So I cut them up to make a log cabin design. Quilting Modern encouraged me to ignore the usual rules and not worry about measuring exactly, which suited my mood perfectly.
|If you look closely, you will see that some of the fabrics have screen printed patterns on them.|
Both books have various free motion quilting patterns for me to try out too.
So I did that. Being frugal (and the shops still being shut) I unearthed some cotton thread from quite a few years ago (15??) and began to quilt the piece. I don't know if it was the way I was doing the free motion quilting, the cotton or a combination, but the quilting was a nightmare! The thread kept breaking or jumping out of being properly fed into the machine, it would work for a while and then it would miss stitches. The needle fell out - something that seems to happen to me a bit when I am free motion quilting. Very frustrating. I certainly won't win any prizes for the quilting. But I decided not to change the thread as I didn't want the quilting to dye differently. So I persevered. Not great quilting but it IS just a sample.