Fun with Dying Fabric

Hi Everybody … I thought I’d share a fun experiment my mom and I did a couple of weekends ago.  After quilting this quilt I realized how patterned fabric doesn’t always show the quilting done on the quilt and I was getting antsy to make my own colors.  I am always enamored when I go to knitting stores with the beautiful, vibrant and scrumptious colorways yarn comes in.  This is especially true of Madelinetosh yarn.  Oh, my!  I wish I could find these colors in fabric!

Having absolutely no dying experience in my past and not wanting to jump in with both feet, I decided to go to Hobby Lobby and get an assortment of different dyes, both brands and colors.  I’ve heard the Procion dyes are the best to use, but I would have needed to order these.  I also picked up some Elm Ash while I was there.

My mom and I put on our breathing masks – we were quite a site to be seen on a Saturday night πŸ˜‰ – then our gloves and got to work.  While the colors are a wee bit bright, it was so fun that a batch we intended to make three swatches out of, we ended up making nine!!!

Cherry Valley Designs Hand Dyed Fabric
Cherry Valley Designs Hand Dyed Fabric

Now that I’ve wet my feet definitely stay tuned for more experiments to come!!!  This was so much fun and I’m looking forward to trying the Procion dyes and different types of fabric!

Have you ever hand dyed your own fabrics?  What did you all think if you did?

We’re happy to be linking up with these linky parties today.  Thanks for hosting them!

Esther’s Blog

Enjoy!
Megan
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Finally Finished!

Hi Everybody!  First, I have to start out by saying our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma.  It just looks like total devastation and I can’t even imagine what those families are going through.  Stay safe!

Last week my family and I took a somewhat vacation.  For a few days we spent the week back in Gettysburg and had a wonderful time, but I took no pictures 😦  Then we came home and just relaxed for a while.  All in all it was a good week and I’m really looking forward to this Memorial Day weekend πŸ™‚  Always looking forward to the beginning of summer, such a fun time and just wish we were already back in Gettysburg.

Before we left I had a chance to finish up my mom’s Mother’s Day gift …

Cherry Valley Designs Essential Bed Quilt

… You may remember this as a work in progress from a few weeks ago.

It was absolutely a blast to do and there are so many longarm techniques that I’d never tried, like these feather wreaths …

Cherry Valley Designs Essential Bed Quilt
From the Front
Cherry Valley Designs Essential Bed Quilt
And the Back!

the cable feather border surrounded by piano keys and …

Cherry Valley Designs Essential Bed Quilt
You can best see this from the back

the circles around the nine patch …

Cherry Valley Designs Essential Bed Quilt

All in all it was an awesome quilt to long arm and ended up taking me a whopping 24 hours to complete – definitely a milestone for me, but well worth it! πŸ™‚  Happy Mother’s Day, mom!  You’re the best!

Again, if you’re interested in making this quilt yourself you can find the paper pattern here which we will snail mail to you or the PDF pattern here which will be delivered nearly instantly to your e-mail!

Thanks to the blogs whose linky parties we’re participating in today:

Fresh Poppy Design

Better Off Thread

Until Next Time!
Megan

Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the mom’s out there, Happy Mother’s Day!

I made this delicious monkey bread for my mom.  I wish I could take credit for this recipe, but unfortunately I cannot.  It is absolutely AMAZING!!!  If you’re interested in making it, you can find the recipe here!

Enjoy!
Megan

Life’s A Charm May: Sew Simple Purse

For the longest time I was terrified of making a purse/bag.  I just couldn’t bring myself to take the plunge and when I finally did I thought, “Wow! What’s the big deal?!?”  Since then I have even designed my own bag for our book Everything but Baby and today I’m sharing a purse you can put together using, of course, a charm pack!  It comes together so quickly (as in, this morning!!! … yes, that is why the post is going up a little late).

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

What You’ll Need:

– A regular size (5″ squares) charm pack
– 3/4 yard of contrasting fabric
– 18″ x 58″ Bosal Fusible Foam Interfacing (LOVE this stuff!)
– 2 Sew-in Snaps

Step 1:  Cut 3 charm squares in quarters and 10 charm squares in half.  Then lay your squares out in the order that you want to create the front, back and front pocket of your purse.

You will need two sets that look like this:
Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern
AND
One set that looks like this:
Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern
For example, this is what my back looked like when I tested my pieces before sewing:
Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Step 2:  Next, sew your 3 panels together going across to form rows and then sew the rows together.

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Step 3: After your 3 panels are sewn together, you will want to cut out your contrasting color and Bosal fusible foam.  You will need 1 piece of contrasting color fabric that is 10″ by 19″ and 2 pieces that are 12″ by 19″.  From the Bosal fusible foam, cut 1 piece that is 9 1/2″ by 18″ and 2 pieces that are 11″ by 18″.

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Step 4: Put your contrasting color fabric that is 10″ by 19″ right sides together with your pocket charm piece, lining up the top of the two pieces and sew a 1/2″ straight line down.  Then, flip your contrasting color fabric over so your pieces are wrong sides together.  Iron the contrasting color down to create a fold over and sew a straight line down in the ditch to secure your “border.”

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Step 5: Slide your fusible foam in between the outer pieces of your pocket and press down to fuse.  Next, make a sandwich with the front and back of your purse pieces with your pieced charm pack wrong side to the fusible foam and the contrasting color wrong side together to the other side of your fusible foam.  Press down to fuse.

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Step 6: Next, fold the top two pieces of your pieced charm pack and contrasting color inwards towards one another.  Use a pin to secure and sew 1/4″ seam allowance to create a finished edge around your purse.  Repeat for the back.

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern
Step 7:  Sew down the front pocket to the front of the purse all the way around the edge with the base your pocket lined up with the base of your front.  
Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Step 8:  Put your front and back right sides together and sew a 1/2″ seam allowance down each side, but not the bottom!

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Step 9:  Finally, push your sides in about 1 1/2″ on each side and sew the bottom (this will be very thick so make sure to go slowly).  Turn right side out and push your puckers out on the bottom.  Finish by adding your handle and voila, you have a new purse!  Enjoy!

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

And while we worked away, Mr. Brinkley Cooper enjoyed some time in the sun … Ahhh, the life!

Until next time!
Megan