Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Rust Dyeing

 My friend Deb H. sent me this wonderful piece of her rust dyed cotton fabric, I've never tried it before but this week at work I found a piece of steel that inspired me to try.

 This steel gear looked like a good piece to print a "Sun" for my "earth" quilt. Next Thursday, June 21 Summer Solstice begins and this looked perfect to make a block. First I soaked my wool in water and vinegar, the vinegar helps get the rust going.

Another great piece for a larger Sun print. After soaking the wool fabric and placing the metal on top I placed large rocks on top to weight it all down. I'll leave it a few days then we'll see how it works out.
I saw on another blog (can't remember the name) a lady rust printed a full size fancy iron gate. It was beautiful. She was quilting it as a whole cloth quilt. Wish I had one!!

 I have my "Strawberry" moon appliqued and hand-quilted, ready someday to be joined together with all the other earth/moon blocks.

 My parents are quite elderly and I've been spending sooo much time helping them, not complaining they we're wonderful parents and always there for us kids, but I needed a moment off.  Last Saturday we decided to take our daughter and grandkids on a boat ride up the river. I packed a picnic and off we went. The weather was beautiful, everything was so green, it felt good on the eyes. (I have been inside way too much).

 The boys love to fish.

 Grandpa teaching them the fine art of fishing.

We stopped for a picnic along the shore where immediately the boys found lots to do.


Anonymous said...

Iam heading to Shipshewana flea market next week, would you like me to look for a rusty iron gate? Let me know, I would be happy to... Deb C

Kathy -MIQuilter said...

Oh my gosh Deb, I would love a gate! Thank you for offering to look for one. Let me know.

Deb H said...

The gears are great shapes. I hope they rust for you. I usually poor the
white vinegar on the fabric in a black trash bag, then let it set for several days in a warm place.

You & India Flint inspired me, I did some dying & steaming out on the deck today. I wished you were here! It is 80 degrees here today!

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