Snow Dyeing from the Spring

I did some snow dyeing earlier in the spring.  I always love the way these turn out.  I actually did two sessions, but I tried to capture my method, so some of these pics are from one session, and some are from the other.

I start off by soaking my pre-washed cotton fabric in a soda ash solution.  For simplicity’s sake, I mix up 1 Cup of sodium carbonate powder (soda ash) in 1 Gallon of warm water.  Some recipes are a little different, but this seems to work just fine and it’s easy.  Soak your fabric for 10-15 minutes in the soda ash. This soda ash solution will keep forever, so the leftovers can just be poured back into your container.

Snow Dyeing, at Craftalife.comHere’s my setup.  I have a larger plastic bin, and a plastic-coated mesh basket.  In between them, I have some small plastic contains, to lift the mesh bin off the bottom.  You want to avoid having your fabric (in the mesh bin) sitting later in the melted snow and dye, or your colors can get muddy. Don’t use metal containers, as they can react with the dyes, and the dye will just rinse off the plastic later.  But the containers must never be used for food again.

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Directions Quilt Finished and Gifted!

I completed the Directions quilt, and am very pleased.  When I started this project, I was very unsure about it, and the whole thing was designed as I went along.  The prints are all from the Comma line by Zen Chic. The solids are Kona cotton, plus some solid charm squares I had of unknown origin.

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Directions Quilt Top Completed

This is the completed quilt top for what I have now named the Directions quilt.

It has grown on me tremendously over time. I was very unsure, and it really grew kind of organically from a small idea.

Stretching Beyond my Comfort Zone

Directions Quilt Layout on the Design Wall - Craftalife.com
I think this is close to the final layout of my HST quilt, up on the design wall. I’m still filling in some of the background in this picture.  I need a name for this thing. Any suggestions?

I did have some off white squares in the mix earlier, but they seemed to be throwing it off, so I replaced them with more blue and gray. It seems very busy looking, and outside my norm. I’ve never done anything like this before. Hence the ‘stretch’ for me.  Here it is earlier in the process:Directions Quilt Layout on the Design Wall - Craftalife.com

I plan to sew it together in 5×5 quadrants. The whole thing is 19 x 14 blocks, and it ended up roughly 74″ x 55″.  I can’t wait to post the final pictures!

Here’s some progress, with some of the quadrants sewn together. You can see all the blues and grays added to the background here. The pieces from the open space are on my sewing table now. I am really liking the way it is turning out!

Directions Quilt Layout on the Design Wall - Craftalife.com

King Size Paint Box Quilt Blocks Finished!

Paint Box Quilt Blocks - Craftalife.com, Block design from Elizabeth Hartman.It was so gratifying to finally finish all of these 64 blocks.  There are 4 blocks in each set (2 positive, 2 negative), with 16 color sets (light and dark). This block design is from Elizabeth Hartman at Oh Fransson! I just redrafted it to a larger size. Now onto squaring the blocks and choosing the sashing. White or charcoal?