The portable design wall that is – I wanted to get the baskets up to see what I had and if more needed to be made. I thought I was happy with the scrappy patchwork but I am not happy with the light squares that are in most of them. It was one of those things that look ok until you take a photo and look at it on the computer screen. I don’t like the design the white squares create next to the baskets.
But I am not going to rip them apart – instead I am going to make a strong tea bath for them and dye all of the four patches – all of the four patches that have a light square or two in them I mean (which is most of them) – will come down off the wall and go in a strong tea dye. That will make them at least a medium color beige and won’t change the color of the others all that much. Then rinse, dry and press and back up to the wall they will go. This will not change the pattern I have on the wall – just the color. Have you ever done a tea dye before? How do you do yours? I make mine with about a gallon of steaming hot water and 6 -8 tea bags . I experiment with it until it looks dark enough –black tea – hate it to drink but Mike likes it so there is usually a box hanging around the pantry. I drink green tea or herbals.
Two rows of hexies are just about added to the bottom of the hexie quilt – one more row to do before I start the sides. Besides the tea dye I will work on hexies today for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy. (I will link to her blog as soon as I get up in the morning, I write the night before and schedule) Also linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework .
I have been asked what other quilts are in the works – I know I haven’t show some in awhile. So here is my list of my 4 WIP – (works in progress – they are not UFO’s because I know what they are I just haven’t worked on some of them in awhile lol) – and this is it – no others started or waiting in line other than the two I am working — on the baskets and the hexies. None hanging in the closet or stashed away in boxes besides these. I do have 5 tops waiting in line to be quilted though.
Melanie’s Bird Brain quilt – I need to get back to work on this one soon – it is intended to be a couch size quilt and I only have about 7 blocks done so need to get busy.
Midnight Garden – a wool applique project – a wall hanging size. 9 blocks – one finished a second started and it has sat in the box for near a year now!
Love Entwined – now this one I suppose technically could be called a UFO as it has been untouched for several years – but I do intend to the finish the center block – but when – started this about June 2013. Seriously a long time ago I started this quilt with good intentions and really like it and then after I started it I just lost interest in it which surprised me. Like I say I do want to finish the center to make a wall hanging out of it at least or maybe make this a center of a medallion quilt – but most likely it will be a wall hanging.
Granny’s Gone Crazy – 1/2 inch hexies – will probably be a table topper – doubtful it well grow too much more.
Of course I have about 3 more quilts in my head that I want to get started on – one I got the pattern for last week, another I have the pattern for but waiting for a new fabric line to come out in the fall and I’m actually buying some when it is not on sale – unbelievable but true. And I say 3 because I know there is another in my mind some place that I just can’t think of at the moment.