Quilters Are Passionate About Scraps!
There are dozens of ways to say this. You've all spoken from your hearts.
When I last presented my dilemma with the awful term scrap vomit, and how much I disliked it, I asked for ideas to give these delicious quilts a better name. You all came through. What a list!
Scrap Vortex--(Crazy Mom Quilts)
Scrap-a-Palooza--(Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework)
Happy Scrappy Bits
Scrap Basket Fun
Scrap Basket Fun
Leave it at just 'scrappy'
Blocks on Parade
Scrappy Go Lucky
Left Over Love
As I started responding to each your comments--and didn't finish before bed, it sparked more back channeling through email. More bunny trails to follow, and more ideas even still. I said publicly to Jayne from Twiggy and Opal that I felt using some of my favorite fabrics left in scraps meant I got to enjoy those quilts I'd made, but then given away. I got a second chance at enjoying them. Her reply:
"Second Chance Quilts! Scrap...nope!"
I got goosebumps. She pointed out the obvious that I missed. Yes, they are made from scrap pieces, but we feel so good when we've hit our scrap bin, frugally using up the last pieces. It's like making sure you eat up the leftovers before they go bad. Second chance is much more positive than the term scrap. It fits.
I was given more fun things to share about these quilts, too, but I'll have to save them for the next post. I want to show you some progress first.
The backing fabric needed to be something more subdued than the busy, pieced front, and I could see a mellow blue in my mind. A trip to my local Joann's produced a bolt of Legacy Premium 108" Muslin I could get for 50% off making it $6.50 a yard. What a bargain for 108" backing! Legacy Premium is the highest grade muslin they carry, and it has almost a silky sheen. I prefer it over Roc-Lon, if you've used that.
The Beauty Marks of Hand Dyed Fabric
This product isn't what they call PFD, which is Prepared for Dyeing. Commercial fabrics are treated with sizing and optical whiteners to make them look good. These need to be removed to ensure a good chemical bond with the dyes. I scoured the fabric by machine washing hot, and then started the dye process.
I wish you could have been there while I worked to manipulate the fabric in and out of the dye. As careful as I was, I still had to wipe down splatters on surfaces 6' away. I had it processed before evening, and back home to the washer again.
Understanding How Procion MX Dye Works
I finished with about 2.5 yards of the Legacy, and because my Procion MX dye didn't feel depleted when I had finished, I dyed a yard of Kona, and shibori dyed a narrow width. See how the color lightens as the dye is being used up. The amount of water stayed the same, but the dye particles in the water were taken out by chemically bonding with the fabric fibers. It's somewhat like eating the noodles out of chicken noodle soup, and leaving the broth.
Rain is coming down now in the early morning, and forecast for all day. What a great excuse to stay in and sew! I hope you find some time to feed your creative side today. It does wonders for the spirit.
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.
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