Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Orange Peels will Fly, Fabric will Dye and More

The latest block made with the Flying Geese and the Orange Peel templates is finished.  I switched to an aqua fabric for the orange peels.
I improvised on the square in a square for the center since I only had a small piece of this red fabric left over. I think it came out great.   I will probably make a couple more of them so there is not "just one" in the quilt.  It does add a lot of work to making just one block. But, it is also a pretty cool design.

This seems to be my week for medical appointments.  I had one Tuesday morning and couldn't attend the quilt guild meeting of the Bama Belles.  I did drop by for a quick hello and to deliver something to my friend Linda.  
I also have an appointment with another doctor on Thursday.  Whoever said "This gettin' old ain't for sissies!" certainly was correct.  I probably won't get my walk in on Thursday, but I somehow managed to get three miles in today.  An audiobook is always helpful to make the walk less boring.

 I also managed to make a batch of soap on Monday. I have been making my own soap for years.  I love being able to control the contents and the fragrance.  That batch of soap was unmolded and cut on Tuesday evening also.

Finally before supper on Tuesday night, I put small pieces of fabric into small dye baths.  According to the class I am taking it is best to leave the dye bath to "batch" for 24 hours.  Since I am not in a hurry to get the fabric, that is what I plan to do.   Thus, on Wednesday night, I will take the fabric out of the dye bath(s) and rinse it out well so I can see my results.  However, at the point I am writing this it is difficult to just leave it.  The key is knowing that the dye will continue to exhaust up to that point and the rinse-out will be much easier.

Needless to say, I hope the dyeing works well and I have lovely fabrics to show you in the next few days.  Right now, I have a Purple spot on my pinkie finger and a bit on my other fingers since I got all excited about the process - but forgot the gloves.
It looks a little like a bruise doesn't it?

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5 comments:

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

VERY cool design - I like the aqua - makes it even cooler - LOL. And - yeah - good idea to remember them gloves - ;))

Linda J said...

And we enjoyed your visit, Gene! I am happy to see your block you were talking about featuring the flying geese and half sections of the orange peels. How cute is that!! of course, you have used my favorite color combo of red and aqua together in it but I would still like what you came up with regardless.

Hope you are having a good day!

Janie said...

You have a fun out look on life and your art. Inspiring and encouraging for me. Thanks for sharing.

Jeanna said...

There is just no end to your muse and her shenanigans. I'm glad you listen to her because we all benefit :)

Barb said...

Getting old is for the birds.

Love your block...especially love the fabrics.