The tutorials have complete supply lists and instructions.
For fabric prep, I either use PFD (prepared for dyeing) cotton yardage or dyables as is, or I wash plain cotton in Blue Dawn dish detergent as Betty taught me. I don’t bother with the special textile detergent recommended by Dharma. I also use multiple soaks in Blue Dawn post-dyeing to get the excess dye out.
The only exotic items are the Fiber Reactive dye powder and soda ash powder. Dharma sells dye in primary color sets, or you can buy any specific color(s) you like. I bought my Soda Ash from Dharma, but apparently this commonplace chemical is cheaper bought locally. Kitty bought for our recent play date at a pool supply company. Kristen buys it as “washing soda”.
This process works best on plant fibers like cotton; the soda ash is for breaking down the cellulose in the fiber. It can degrade animal fibers like silk or wool.
WEAR YOUR DUST MASK from the time when you open your dye powder till when you cover your container of ice+dye.
Thank you so much for helping with the charity kits that we call “Beach Balls” for short. Use the link to Pellon’s Divide & Conquer free tutorial for help piecing the kits, but……… We have added a little extra.
On the 4 1/2″ corner squares we have drawn two stitching lines. (This is where we get the triangles for the pinwheel quilts ) ******* you must place the shorter line towards the corner that will be trimmed off. Stitch on the drawn lines with 2.0mm or 2.5mm stitch length.
DON’T clip any outside curves; just sweep the seam allowance under with your needle for 1 or 2 stitches at a time. You’ll get lovely smooth curves.
Clip inside curves almost to the turn line. When sweeping under, pull it fairly tight to make it a smooth curve past the clip point.
Points: this video is very similar to the way I do my corners. Except — she omits my cheat of an “eyelash” stitch straight out from the end of the point to fool the eye about the point sharpness. The video shows inside corners as well.
We had an appliqué demo in 2011 as well. Use that as another perspective on the process.
Quilt blocks that are leftover from a project or blocks that were test or practice blocks.
Other names: leftovers, part of an UFO ,WlP, (3.1 (Good Intentions) or PhD(Project half Done), reject, false start , OOPS, re-do, “What was I thinking?” , and Treasures in Reserve.
The Wisdom of Orphan Blocks: “Take something imperfect and unloved and give it a home in a completed quilt!” Tricia Lynn Maloney
Orphan blocks can be used for:
Practice square for hand or machine quilting
Practice square for new technique
Potholder or hot pad
Case for eyeglasses or rotary cutter
Tote bag or pocket or a tote bag
Mated with other blocks for a quilt
Center for a Round Robin quilt or a medallion quilt
Needlecase (tutorial @ patchworkposse.com)
Sewing table, remote or bedside pockets
Block for calendar
Coin or jewelry purse
Sewing machine cover
Gift bag or Decorative box cover
Patchwork Stuffed Dolls or Animals
Online orphan block challenges
Sell, Giveaway and/or Trade