Motivation Needed!

I really need to get motivated to start a new quilt. It doesn't need to be a show quilt, but just something fun. Right now life has been busy with other priorities and nothing has grabbed my attention as a subject for a new art quilt. I'd like to use some of my new hand-dyed fabric, but haven't a clue as to what to do. So, I'll keep busy with customer quilts to quilt and fabric to dye. All fun stuff, too.

The above photo shows some of my fabrics stuffed in canning jars. I don't know the technical term for this method - "canned fabrics"? This is the result of this method of dyeing fabric.

If you've ever wondered what the difference is between dyeing PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric and non-PFD fabric, here is the comparison



The fabric above is using PFD fabric.


This one is using non-PFD fabric. Most of the dye washed out even after 72 hours of curing time. :( It's good if you want a pastel fabric though.

Comments

Judi said…
Did you try scouring the none pfd fabric first? Just recently found your blog and enjoy reading it. I am also a handdyer and longarm quilter living down at the lake.
Susan Loftin said…
Judi - It's nice to know you enjoy reading my blog. How is the lake this summer?
When I dye fabric, I pre-wash it and soak it in a soda ash solution. The non-pfd just didn't take the dye as well as you can see in the photos. Both fabrics in the photos were treated the same way and both are 100% cotton.

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