Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Two Friends, One Day


"I see you," Lady Cardinal says.



She is SO pretty and constantly chirping and singing, and extremely flirty. I've seen more than one Cardinal Man lurking around her and flying and flittering about. This year we have cardinals every where and they are making all kinds of noisy havoc in the trees.







Now that is one big frownie face. She surprisingly was not afraid of me. Most of the times when they are in our yard they will go into their shell until we leave, but this one was determined to get where she was going, and where she was going was a big pile of wood in our backyard that we are slowly burning. Video to come soon.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Aviary 2 in granite on a toddler bed quilt



Cannot wait to see how this quilt comes out.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Muslin

I use a 100% all natural cotton muslin on the back of almost all my quilts.

I like this material because it's an all natural product and has no synthetic fibers in it and the cotton for it is grown right here in the US. It comes to me in a natural color that I always describe as oatmeal colored because most of it is a cream, but then there is these little tiny speckles of dark (just like oatmeal).

It feels just like any cotton....until you wash it and then it turns into this buttery soft goodness that I love so much. I use it in all my quilts with the exception of minky dot quilts, but it is in the rag quilts where it really stands out the most I think.

On a rag quilt all the little edges poke out in every seem, so you can see the muslin on the front of the quilt and it rags beautifully. There is nothing like it. I've used regular cotton, broadcloth, even flannel, but nothing in my opinion is better than muslin.


back of rag quilt dyed pale pink






Many people want color on the back instead of the natural (though, leaving it natural is still the most popular in my shop). I had to go buy regular cotton at the store to get the color they wanted. Then I started dyeing it myself with a non-harsh dye. It worked out great. No longer do you have to sacrifice the quality to get a nice color. Now we have both.







I dye in very small batches, almost per quilt, so I never actually get the same color twice. There is always just a shade or two of difference.




Unfortunately, I have yet to be able to achieve the color brown, or anywhere close to it. I end up with a shade of grape purplish everytime. I might in the future try tea-dyeing, but not for now. So I can do every color with the exception of brown for now.










Friday, May 13, 2011

Nice Finds

I found this shop the other day on Etsy when it made the front page. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, everything about this. I wear rain boots all the time......even when it's not raining. See here.

I cannot wait to order me a pair of Slugs from With the Rain.













Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May in the woods

We spent another day altogether in the woods. We rode the four wheeler around, knocked down yet another beaver down, picked around a swamp, caught tadpoles to watch grow their legs, saw a opossum and missed the picture, scurried around the woods, and found many other critters.

tadpoles






moss, just lying around





more orange mushrooms







a very noisy bird



me and my galoshes



a crawfish



one lone bird




Grumpy makes a wish



dragonflies were everywhere


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A few fun onesies

these are so much fun to make. I hand dye them, and then hand embroider them to the shirts.










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