Rose's Quilting Blog

How to Bring More Life & Light to "YOUR Quilts Easily!

 

 
Good morning everyone,

As I sit in my office writing this to you, it's just on daybreak, the sun is just trying to poke through, the chooks have started to cackle, and the Magpies are happily warbling away in the neighbors very large Gum tree that overhangs into our property, and there is a beautiful vase of golden daffodils sitting on a table in my office, with their very happy faces.

It all makes me feel so very appreciative to have so much abundance of nature and beauty surround me.

I spent my weekend "playing" in dirt and mud to some degree, while working out in our front garden where I have totally stripped out a water feature that wasn't working so well these days, and I'm totally revamping this. It is half done and hopefully this coming weekend I'll get the waterfall part of it built. I'm just waiting for some slate pieces to arrive and the liner to go into the pond.

Today's posting is one that I'm bringing back from a previous website that I used to have, and I know that some of you will have already read this, but there are thousands of people who haven't and I feel that it's a good one that gives a little more insight on just how to make colour work for you within your quilt.

Today I would like to give you some insight in how to bring your “quilt” to life with colour to give your beautiful quilt “light”.

As I like to draw, but not as much as I would dearly like to, due to time and other things that I also do in my life. Geoff and I love going to art galleries whenever we get the chance.
There's always lots of inspiration within the walls of an art gallery. If you actually “open your eyes”, you'll be amazed at just what you're really able to see.

My favourite type of painting is the Impressionist’s, with my favourite being Claude Monet. I had read on several occasions that he ALWAYS places “WHITE” somewhere within his paintings, to give him “LIGHT”.

We visited an exhibition in Melbourne, some time ago now,
that was exhibiting some of “Monet’s” many works, which as we all know and recognise, these are incredible pieces of timeless art, and couple of year's ago while visiting Paris, we went to the Musee D’ Orsay, art gallery, where for most of the time we spent there, approx 5 hours, was in the Impressionists area.This was one of my highlights of our trip to Europe, and I would dearly love to go back to this art gallery.

I spent a very long time studying “Monet’s” paintings,
and yes they all appear to have white within them somewhere, and yes this white does bring light into them.

Now, I am no “Claude Monet” by any means,
but when I look at the “quilts” that I've made, I see that I've also added white throughout the biggest majority of my quilts; maybe this was just something that my subconscious already knew!

If you look at my “Through the Garden Gate”  quilt ,you'll see that I've added quite a bit of white in the lower part of this quilt, as not only was white the colour that was needed for the particular flowers that I had made, but the bottom definitely needed this extra “light” to bring it alive, as the bottom part of this quilt is very heavy looking.

 

 

We can learn a lot from our great artists of times gone by.
It's a shame that they didn't have the quality of paints, brushes, thinners, lights, canvases, etc that we all have today, as they were such great master’s in their time, imagine how much better they would have been in today’s time, as if they needed any improvement!

Most of us are very aware that if you wish to bring a photo up closer
on our computer screens, we just click on the image and roll the mouse in, to see the image closer and in more detail of a particular area. The further you roll your mouse in, the more pixelated, the image becomes. We seem to think that this is a very new and brilliant way to see colours.
It isn’t…….

While looking at the paintings at the Musee D’Orsay, there are several different artists including Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and of course Claude Monet, who had discovered that colours were strongest when placed point to point, alongside each other, of course creating pixels. This is in the approximate era of the 1880’s.

Georges Seurat had studied this for some time, as he thought of “colour” as a science,
and made precise investigations into this. I quote from a paragraph of writing in a book I have, called “Impressionism, 50 Paintings You Should Know”,   page 92…
“Georges Seurat concluded that the brilliance of a painting was the greatest, when pure colours were placed, point by point, alongside each other. He transferred these findings to his paintings”…unquote…

These pictures were painted using tiny, tiny dots and lines….pixels. The image here is a photo that I have taken out of the above mentioned book.

Now if we go back to what I was saying about rolling your mouse in further on your computer,
until the image is no longer recognisable, you'll notice that your image is now starting to pixelate......Bring your mouse in even further, and this is a great way to really see just what colours, that colours are really made from.

Go ahead and give this a try, if you are not already familiar with this technique.
Scan an image of something into your computer, then click on an area with your mouse, and just keep rolling it in until the image is totally pixelated. I find it to be rather amazing. You can easily use this, for working out what colours you need to place within your quilt for a particular effect.

When choosing the colours for my  “Through the Garden Gate” quilt, I had used this technique to get the colours just right, particularly the Clematis buds and the part opened flowers.





You'll actually be amazed at just how many colours are within “white”.

I will leave you with the above information here today, to really think about
“How you can add "White & Light" into your quilts”.

I could write about this forever, but I don't want to overload or bore you with too much information. I'm positive that I'll touch on the subject of colour many times throughout my journey of writing to you, as it's such a diverse subject. Please feel free to leave an awesome comment as well, as this is where I'll be able to connect with you all.

Till we chat again,
Find yourself some time to sew and most of all
have the most “amazing” week.

Rose

Rose Lewis Quilting
www.roselewisquilting.com.au

A Simple Thing Added To “YOUR” Sewing Machine That Can Make A HUGE Difference to “YOUR” Sewing

 

 


Good morning everyone,

and I certainly hope that your day is progressing very nicely.

I know that it's winter in my part of the world, but wow, those frosts that we've had over the last couple of weeks have certainly told us that winter is here....minus 2 degrees Celsius is cold, although many parts of Australia experienced minus 7 degrees. This, in my thoughts, certainly makes good weather and a fabulous excuse for sitting in front of the fire doing lots of sewing.

 There are many shows happening at this time of the year right around Australia that'll give you lot’s of brilliant inspirations, enthusiasm, knowledge and new creative energies.

 We all LOVE going to shows, seeing new products, the amazing quilts that are hanging that have all been made filled with love, excitement, ideas and creativeness. Some will have ribbons on them, some will not, but that doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with these quilts, it’s just that sometimes the judges just don’t have enough ribbons to give to everyone.
That to me would be such a hard job and decision in deciding just which quilts to give the ribbons to, of course there are some big criteria’s that the judges need to abide to when doing their judging and award giving.

 Anyway today I’m going to ask you:

Do you struggle sewing on those borders, doing your quilting, etc from not having enough or the correct support for your quilt when sewing?

 I have a very easy answer for you on this question.

When I’m sewing my quilts, whether they are as small as a sheet of A4 paper, or as big as 3 mts square, or whether they are as light as a few sheets of A4 paper or as heavy as 7 kgs, I like to always work on a very solid and very flat area while sewing.
You need to have your work well supported, where you won’t get any sagging, and you need to have the flat area quite big.
       

When sewing small pieces it's fantastic to be able to have them flat while you're sewing, and not to have the edges drop over the edge of the machine. You can see your work so much better when it's sitting flat and straight while sewing.
Larger quilts need lots more support and once again, you need to be able to easily see what you’re sewing.

Having a really big and solid sewing machine extension table will alleviate many problems that people have while trying to sew or quilt either without a sewing machine extension table or one that is very small and is often quite flimsy within itself.

I myself, have the most brilliant wooden sewing machine extension table that's very solid, but very light, it's absolutely huge being 59.5 cms X 89 cms, easily slides on and off the machine and is also very simple to carry if you need to take it with you anywhere.

Without this sewing machine extension table that I myself personally have,
that my husband made for me approx 10 years ago now, I would definitely find it harder to work with my quilts, both in the creating, the piecing, the sashings, the quilting, adding the binding & hanging sleeve, the huge amount of appliqué & trapunto that I do, and anything else that many of you do as well.


Today I would like to share more information about this sewing machine extension table with you all, so that hopefully many of you can also enjoy one of these for your personal machine. Yes, this sewing machine extension table can also fit “YOUR” personal sewing machine.

So here is a “new” 3 minute video for you to check out,
you also get to see me and to hear my voice for a change and soak in some of my quilting enthusiasm as well. When you've also fallen in love with the idea of you, yourself, having one of these brilliant tables, you can easily and quickly purchase the book & pattern in either an instant downloadable PDF book & pattern, or for those in Australia, you can purchase the paperback book.

It's very simple to make, simpler than you could imagine,
and I've added in many images and precise clear instructions.

So do enjoy this short 3 min video.



The first step to achieving something,
is knowing that you want it,
and I just know that you want one of these.

Have the most brilliant day
and I'll be back again real soon
with something else to help you grow
within "your" personal sewing & quilting journey.

       

Rose
CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THESE BOOKS

Koo-Wee-Rup Quilt Show

 

Good morning everyone,
This is just a really short posting today, as due to a problem with the NBN, I haven't had any internet since the last weekend. My technician has now managed to get me back up and running temporarily, but once it drops out again that could be it for days....

So I'm just wanting to invite you all to come along to the Koo-Wee-Rup Quilt show on Saturday 24th June 2017. There'll be many quilts for you all to see, many stall holders and I'll be one of the Guest Artists for the day. Because it's a one day show it'll be running for longer hours, being 9.30 am until 5.30 pm. so a full day it'll be.

I'll be there with my large quilts, as well as many smaller sample pieces, my paperback books, 3 different titles in total, I'll also have my fabric selector tools with me and will demonstrate how I use these to make fantastic fabric choices. I'll also have other bit's and pieces there as well. So please do come along, have a chat to me and ask me any questions you like and hopefully I'll be able to answer them, remember to pick yourself up a book mark from my table as well....these are always a handy thing to have.

 

So do come and say a cheery Hello and make sure that you introduce yourself. I always love to chat...it's one of the things that I do best !!!!

Also this coming Saturday 17th June is Waverley Patchworkers Quilt in.
This is always a brilliant day to be had, lots of laughter, chatter and always good food. I'm not sure if I'll make it this time round, hoping to but I have another commitment as well.

Remember you can also check these books out right HERE if you choose to.
This NEW revamped Sewing Machine Extension Table book won't show online today, hopefully tomorrow all going well with my internet.

Anyway this is it for today,
I will be back again real soon with something else for you all.

Make sure that your day is absolutely brilliant.

Rose



The Horror of a dye run, & How to easily remove Dye Runs from your quilt.

Good morning to you all,

and once again it's a brilliant morning here, the magpies are warbling in the big gum tree in the neighbors yard, and there are Kookaburras sitting on our back gate laughing away as only kookaburras do, the air is still and not even a touch of a breeze.

It's the first day of winter here and looking out my office window, the sky is grey, which has created an amazing backdrop to all the different shades of the trees, their leaves and the bark itself. There are golds and browns, then the very olive coloured leaves of the olive trees, the greenness of the Gum tree leaves. There's many pots filled with bulbs that are all poking their new tips out through the soil, and starting to stand tall and proud.

Anyway what I'm going to be talking about today is......

something that I often get asked about and have written about several times now, including in my 100 Inspirational tips to help you on your quilting journey book.

I'm wanting to ask you all today,
just what you would do if after you had spent time planning, buying fabric, cutting, sewing, making and quilting and falling in love with your new master piece, and on its first washing it had a couple of ……

Major Dye Runs?

Now what would you actually do?

You possibly wouldn't really know until it actually happened, as many things in life are like that.

This happened to me when I had finished my A Caterpillars Dream quilt......

after having spent 2 years and 8 months of working on the one quilt.I needed to wash the quilt to remove all the blue wash away markings that I had used throughout this quilt during it's making.



The evening before I was to wash this quilt,
I had wet a piece of white cloth, and I went over these most beautiful “Hand Dyed” fabrics just to make sure that the colour was holding and would not run. When I purchase new material, it always goes straight into the laundry, to be washed and treated, before it ever goes anywhere near the sewing room.

I would gently rub this wet piece of fabric over each of the hand dyed pieces....
and then check the white fabric after each rub. It would show clean with no colour on it all. Feeling comfortable with this, I quickly made my way around the whole quilt. When almost at the end of these fabrics, I happened to glance back over the area that I had first started checking, and yes you will have guessed it, to my absolute horror, a very deep pink /red fabric had definitely run.

I now had a rather large pink area on the lemon fabric!!!!!

It was a moment of total disbelief……………..
What was I to do?
Strangely, particularly for me, I was very calm about getting this “dye run” out of my quilt, and knew that there was now nothing that I could do about this until morning came around once again.


I reached into my cupboard and pulled out a very magic potion....
that works like a miracle, and is very is to obtain....
Tell me you say, as you want to know just what is this magic potion. Hmmm... you need to keep reading.
Now first of all, I had to wet this quilt with straight cold water to wash all the blue wash away marking pens out of the fabric, as if I used hot water on these, there was a huge chance that they would turn grey and set forever. So I draped the quilt over the rungs on the clothes line, and with the garden hose, yes the garden hose, I proceeded to wash the blue markings out of the quilt.

Did I just feel you all cringe at the above explanation,…
Hanging a quilt on the clothes line, then using the garden hose?
Well, this is what I do to release the amount of blue wash away markings,  as for this particular quilt I had used approx 20 marking pens. You must support your quilt well though.

While I was busy doing the hosing, Geoff was keeping an eye on the quilt to make sure it was supported well, as with the weight of the water, it was now very heavy.


Geoff then said to me,…….      
“Have you seen this side of the quilt yet”?

When I said no, he spun the line around for me to see.
Where ever I had used this one particular fabric, it decided to RUN, remembering that at this stage I was only using cold water. My very calm and strange answer to this,surprised me, in fact, I can’t believe that I even said what I did.

Calmly I said….. “Don’t worry, it'll be fine”……..
As this product, needs you to place the item into water that is approx 60 to 70 degrees, I had just wet my quilt with very icy cold water as it had been a heavy frost that morning.
So the bath was full of this very hot water, with the magic potion  in it, waiting for the quilt, when I realised that if we placed this now very heavy, wet and very cold quilt in the water, it may not work as the water temperature would drop in the bath.

So I thought, “How can I warm the quilt back up”?……………
Then I had the perfect thought, for me anyway!
I took the tap fittings off the end of the garden hose, and asked Geoff to hold this onto the overflow outlet of the hot water system, (never mind if he burnt his hand) then as the water come out the other end of the hose, I now hosed my quilt with straight hot water, the same temperature that was in our bath waiting for this quilt.

After all this was done, we carried this now very wet, warm and heavy quilt, 7 kgs approx, complete with its dye runs, inside and placed it into the bath.

INCREDIBLE.....within seconds all dye  runs in this quilt were instantly gone.
WOW!

Feeling very pleased with this whole process,
I then carried on to wash this quilt as I normally would.



This you'll have to wait for another time...... 
to find out just how I finish washing my quilts, and how I dry them, as this posting is about removing dye runs, not actually “How to Wash a Quilt”. Besides, you are possibly feeling a little shocked at what you have just read and feeling unable to get your head around how I just treated a quilt that took 2 years and 8 months to complete, that then went on to win 12 ribbons and awards including a “Best of Show”, that then placed the quilt up for judging with 6 other incredible quilts for “Best of Australia”.




This quilt did not take off “Best of Australia” but it did travel then for the year as part of the “Best of Australia” group of quilts.

So “How do you treat a Dye Run”?
Ohhh, you are still waiting to find out just what this magic potion is.
You can easily buy this at most supermarkets, but if not then I suggest to just do a Google search for your country and where you may personally live.

 
“If you use this or a similar product, it will be at your own risk, and I take no responsibility to anything that may happen while or after the use of this product”.
 
I certainly hope that this has enlightened your day, and you now know that there is hope of rescuing that damaged masterpiece that you have tucked away in your cupboard.

Please forward the link of this out to as many quilters and guilds that you know, so possibly someone else will be able to rescue their masterpiece as well.

https://www.roselewisquilting.com.au/blogs/roses-quilting-blog/56100996-how-to-get-rid-of-dye-runs

I will leave you all here today,
and I'll be back again before you know it.
Think I might go and have a cuppa.
Have an awesome few days
Rose
 
Rose Lewis Quilting
 
Once again,
“The information on how I've done the above things is my personal way, and if you use this or a similar product, and do the things that I've done, it will be at your own risk, and I take no responsibility to anything that may happen while or after the use of this product or the things that I've done..”

Lang Lang Quilt Show



 

Good morning,
What a wonderful comforting sort of day it is here today.

... It is raining, cold, and the heater is  going, so it's toasty and warm sitting here...
in my office writing this to you all, and there is the very aromatic smell of biscuits cooking in my oven...Now this is what I call a perfect day, although I do have to go out for the afternoon.

Today's posting is mainly images of the Lang Lang Quilt show
that was on this last weekend just gone.

I would like to say Hello and Thank you to all those beautiful people
whom I spoke with at the show, and a HUGE Welcome to all those who have come on board here with the rest of us, that are looking forward to receiving their regular Inspirational Tips just like the rest of you do.

I am very thrilled, delighted and grateful  at how many people
are now the new, proud and happy owners of my books, particularly my new one,
Using & Understanding Monofilament Thread, including how to set your machine.

"Thank you,
you are all such amazing people"

I do have one apology here though, to the owners of some of these quilts, that due to either the angle or positioning of the quilt, some, I could not take the image "square on", so they are somewhat a little distorted, my absolute apologies to you.

I also haven't named who they belong to, as I didn't have the names but I was advised from the committee that I was allowed to add these images onto my site here as each entrant had signed a disclaimer.

I always like to add the names of the creator of the quilt in,
as I think it's a very respectful and right thing to do, acknowledge the artist for their talents, so I do once again apologise to you, if you're the owner, friend, family, etc of these quilts.
These are just a few of the quilts there. They were all pretty amazing.

 

 ....Now let's look at these images....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              

 

 

 

Hope that you have enjoyed looking at these,
I just LOVE the little dresses, they were brilliant.

For those that are interested, Victorian Quilters are holding their Autumn Gathering this year at Lyrebird quilters in Belgrave on 20th May 2017.

I did a talk with at the Lyrebird Quilters group last year, and what a brilliant group of ladies they are.
It is a beautiful area over there in the  Dandenong's, particulary at this time of the year.
Unfortunately I myself won't be there as I have a previous commitment, but I am sure that those who go will have an amazing day.

Anyway I will leave you all here today,
Have the most brilliant day.

Think I'll go and make a cuppa and have one of those biscuits.

Rose
Rose Lewis Quilting
www.roselewisquilting.com.au

Lang Lang Quilt Show

 

 

Good morning everyone,

I am just wanting to let you know that I'll be at the Lang Lang Quilt show this coming weekend, Sat 6th & Sun 7th May 2017.

You'll find it at:

Lang Lang Memorial Hall 135 McDonald's Track, Lang Lang 3984
I'm sure that there'll be many amazing quilts there to help inspire us all.

..... So please do stop by and have a chat to me. 
You all know how much I Love chatting to people.

 I'll also have my Fabric Selector Tools with me,
so do make sure that you ask me to show you how to use these. They're such a brilliant "tool" to have in your sewing room, your purse, your car, or anywhere else that you like to be with fabric.

Of course I'll have my books with me as well,
and I'll have several different ways and offers to purchase them. To me, having choices is always good and if I happen to sell all that I have, then you'll  still be able to purchase them on the day, and they'll be posted out to you, with a discounted postage price, as I have a third big order on it's way to me. It'll be here in approx a weeks time.

My new, "Hot...yes ...Very Hot off the press",  

"How to Use & Understand Monofilament Thread, Including How to Set Your Machine" book has been incredibly popular. It obviously was a very much needed book, to have been written. In approx 10 days since launching this book, I've already just about sold out of my second shipment of this book.

If you are not going to the show, then remember that you can order your copy of this or my other books right HERE off my site. For those who are International to me, then please do read the extra notes at the bottom of the sales page.

                              

 

                  


 I'll  leave you all here today as this is just a really short posting.


...... Now that is a change for me.....writing a short posting! .....

Anyway,
I'll leave you all here once again today,

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the  Lang Lang Quilt Show.

Have a beautiful day
Rose

www.roselewisquilting.com.au

 



Using & Understanding Monofilament Thread, Including how to set your machine!





Today is Launching Day!


Good morning everyone
and an exciting one at that it is!


Today I am launching another brand new paperback & e-pub book.

Do make sure that you check out the cover on this book, as I think it is absolutely brilliant, not only the look of it, but Wow, wait until you feel it, it is almost velvety like to touch.

I have been using monofilament thread now for over 30 years,

and during that time I've discovered many things, about using this thread, some good and some not so good. Over the years I've learnt how to "dissolve" the issues that so many people fear. I absolutely LOVE using monofilament thread, as I can create so many brilliant results within my applique, ditch stitching, thread painting, and many other areas within my quilt making.


 I've found during teaching,

many classes over time that many people live in fear of this thread and/or say that "their machine doesn't like it". So much so, that I now devote the first hour of any class where we are going to be using monofilament thread, to teaching students how to set their machines, including their tension. I do not start the class until everyone has their machine perfectly set for sewing this thread.

You'll be able to sew your monofilament thread with  Perfect tension 

This 50 page book teachers the same exact steps to teach you, "yourself" to be able to set your tension, stitches and your machine, so that you'll also be able to sew with this amazing thread.

The knowledge that I'm sharing here with you,
within the covers of this book will allow you to have the full understanding, confidence and knowledge to now be able to sew with Monofilament Thread.

You'll also find out which brands I like to use,
that do not melt under the iron. I show and guide you with many images and very simple step by step instructions. 

 You'll no longer go weak at the knees,

with just the thought of using and sewing with monofilament thread or live in absolute fear of it.

 For more information, or to purchase,  just click here.               

                                     

I am also offering a
Two book offer.

You can also purchase this with
one 200 mt spool of
Madeira Monofilament Thread.


This book also comes in an e-pub format e-book

ISBN 9780995404533

 

 

So please do make sure that you check out this beautiful book.

I'll leave you here today
and as usual I'll be back again real soon with something else.

Wishing you the most amazing day

Rose

PS....
Although I have a large quantity of these books in stock, I have another order on their way to me as well. If this first lot sell before you get your order in, then it will show that you can order on back order and as soon as the next shipment arrives, your order will be posted out to you.

 

Would YOU like to quilt, as good as the Big name quilters do? Well you can...easily

 

 

Good morning everyone,
Hope your day is going well.

I feel like we are suddenly saying goodbye to our summer, even though it is now a month into autumn. Only a few days ago I was still wearing dresses and shorts, eating beautiful salads, etc, and now suddenly I am looking for long sleeves once again.

As the days cool, we start looking for different things and food. My kitchen will start having the aromas once again of apples and spices cooking, the heavier slow cooked meats and of course those luscious autumn and winter deserts.

I have been very busy in my garden, and a few days ago, I mass planted several hundred bulbs under some trees. They will look amazing come late winter and early spring.

These cooler days also draws us back into the house more and we all know what that means.....more sewing to be done, which of course may mean more material, threads, patterns, needles, etc to be purchased. What would we do without the need to go shopping?



This brings me today to a question that I am so often asked about.

 

How do you become a really good quilter?

It is a question that has great concern to so many people.


It is actually a really easy answer, but most people try to over think it.

Practise, Practise and then more practise.

The only way to become a much better quilter is by sitting in front of your machine on a regular base, practising. This can be on charity quilts that you have offered to do the quilting on for your guild, which is the same way that many big names quilters originally learnt to quilt on, or you can have some sample sandwiches approx 10 to 12 inches square and every time you start to sew, just spend 15 minutes on these pieces first with “doodling” at first.

You can quilt on these pieces several times by first quilting with a light coloured thread, then next quilt over it again using a mid coloured thread, then maybe a third time using a very dark thread, always ignoring the previous stitching.
This just gives you more sewing time on the one piece of fabric, as it will just be going in the bin later anyway.

Don’t get too caught up on designs originally, these will come after, but at first it is all about working out how to move your fabric and your feet together and speeding up and slowing down when necessary. Just like when you learnt to drive a car, although with quilting you would normally speed up to go around the corners, unlike driving a car. 


Most people say that “stipple” is very hard to learn, I have always taught my students to learn a stipple first. It is not as hard as you think. Often a mindset is the biggest block you will need to overcome when learning anything new. As most people tell you, a stipple, is so hard, so where does this leave your mindset?

Your mind “thinks and believes” it is hard.

Think of a stipple like this...it is just a doodle.
Now I am not talking about very tiny micro stippling that I regularly do, but just a normal size stipple.

Don’t be too hard on yourself when you first start quilting, instead give yourself praise, and if you feel the sewing is not good, then praise yourself for taking the step to have a go. The first step is so often the hardest step of all.

If you keep putting yourself down, and criticizing your own work, then you will find it so much harder to progress, and you will more than likely “give up”. So always praise yourself and give yourself the "pat on the back" that you truly deserve.

As time progresses, so will your quilting.
They say to learn anything new, you need to practice approx for 10,000 hours.

This is a fantastic excuse and reason to be sitting in front of your sewing machine.
Think of all the fabric and threads that you will need to be purchasing?

With regular practice you will begin to gain confidence and will be able to see a huge improvement within your quilting. So I am very sorry to say, there is no magic wand to making your quilting improve, other than continual practicing.

Just relax and don’t get too caught up in the “fear” of it.

Remember you are just working with a piece of fabric and thread.

I will leave you here today with this little quote:

The best preparation for Tomorrow
Is doing your best Today

I will be back in approx another 10 days or so.

I have something “NEW” that I am about to launch,
so please do keep an eye out for this.

In the meantime

Do make sure that you spend some
quality time with someone that
you love.

Have an brilliant day
Rose

How To Remove Dye Runs in Your Quilt

How To Remove Dye Runs in Your Quilt

I am wishing to ask you all today, just what you would do if after you had spent time planning, buying fabric, cutting, sewing and falling in love with your new master piece, and on its first washing it had a couple of 

"Major Dye Runs"

This happened to me when I had finished my “A Caterpillars Dream” quilt, after having spent 2 years and 8 months of working on the one quilt.

I needed to wash the quilt to remove all the blue wash away markings that I had used throughout this quilt.

The evening before I was to wash this quilt, I had wet a piece of white cloth, and I went over these most beautiful “Hand Dyed” fabrics just to make sure that the colour was holding and would not run.

When I purchase new material, it always goes straight into the laundry, to be washed and treated, before it ever goes anywhere near the sewing room.

I would gently rub this wet piece of fabric over each of the hand dyed pieces and then check the white fabric after each rub. It would show clean with no colour on it all.

Feeling comfortable with this, I quickly made my way around the whole quilt. When almost at the end of these fabrics, I happened to glance back over the area that I had first started checking, and yes you will have guessed it, to my absolute horror, a very deep pink /red fabric had definitely run.

I now had a rather large pink area on the lemon fabric.

 It was a moment of total disbelief……………..

 

What was I to do?

After a few minutes of thinking, I had it.

I would ring Mariya Waters and ask her.

I rang Mariya, and I can still very clearly remember our conversation, she was in the middle of cooking their evening meal.

Mariya gave me the name of a product that I could buy at the supermarket.

She also advised me the same thing that I am going to tell you here as a disclaimer:

“If you use this or a similar product, it will be at your own risk, and I take no responsibility to anything that may happen while or after the use of this product”.

On saying the above, I always use this for every quilt that I wash, and I wash my quilts many times.

I find that a lot of people are quite horrified about the fact that I wash my quilts, but I always say, “At the end of the day, it is still a piece of material, and depending on the type of fabrics used and washing instructions, most can be washed”.

I will talk about how I wash my quilts at another time.

Anyway, back to story:

I was at the supermarket, very quickly that evening, and I had to go to three before I found it. The following morning was now here and armed with my product, I was ready to wash this quilt.

Strangely, “particularly for me”, I was very calm about getting this “Dye Run” out of my quilt.

Now first of all, I had to wet this quilt with straight cold water to wash all the “blue wash away marking pens” out of the fabric.

So I draped the quilt over the rungs on the clothes line, and with the garden hose I proceeded to wash the blue markings out of the quilt.

Did I just feel you all cringe at the above explanation,…

Hanging a quilt on the clothes line, then using the garden hose?

Well, this is what I do to release the amount of “blue wash away markings”, as for this particular quilt I had used approx 20 marking pens.

You must support your quilt well though.

While I was busy doing the hosing, Geoff was keeping an eye on the quilt to make sure it was supported well, as with the weight of the water, it was now very heavy.

Geoff then said to me,…….

“Have you seen this side of the quilt yet”?

When I said no, he spun the line around for me to see.

Where ever I had used this one particular fabric, it decided to RUN, remembering that at this stage I was only using cold water.

My very calm and strange answer to this, surprised me, in fact, I can’t believe that I even said what I did.

Calmly I said….. “Don’t worry, it will be fine”……..

As this product, needs you to place the item into water that is approx 60 to 70 degrees, I had just wet my quilt with very icy cold water as it had been a heavy frost that morning.

So the bath was full of this very hot water, with the magic product in it, waiting for the quilt, when I realised that if we placed this now very heavy, wet and very cold quilt in the water, it may not work as the water temperature would drop in the bath.

So I thought, “How can I warm the quilt back up”?……………

Then I had the perfect thought, .......for me anyway!

I took the tap fittings off the end of the garden hose, and asked Geoff to hold this onto the overflow outlet of the Hot Water system, (never mind if he burnt he’s hand) then as the water come out the other end of the hose, I now hosed my quilt with hot water, the same temperature that was in our bath waiting for this quilt.

After all this was done, we carried this now very wet, warm and heavy quilt, 7 kgs approx, complete with its dye runs, inside and placed it into the bath, not too sure just what would happen.

INCREDIBLE….within seconds any dye that was run in this quilt was instantly gone. WOW!

Feeling very pleased with this whole process, I then carried on to wash this quilt as I normally would.

This you will have to wait for another time, to find out just how I finish washing my quilts, and how I dry them, as this posting is about removing “Dye Runs”, not actually “How to Wash a Quilt”.

Besides, you are possibly feeling a little shocked at what you have just read and feeling unable to get your head around how I just treated a quilt that took 2 years and 8 months to complete, that then went on to win 12 ribbons and awards including  “Best of Show”, that then placed the quilt up for judging with 6 other incredible quilts for “Best of Australia”.

This quilt did not take off “Best of Australia” but it did travel then for the year as part of the “Best of Australia” group of quilts.

So “How do you treat a Dye Run”?

In very simple terms:

  • Buy this product. Dylon, S.O.S COLOUR RUN.
  • Place the contents of the box into your laundry tough or bath, or whatever size is needed, using very hot water, AS PER BOX INSTRUCTIONS.
  • Soak for however long it takes to remove dye.
  • Then rinse with clean water.
  • Dry in your personal way.

If all dye is not removed first time,

Then try process once more.

I use both the sachets in the box for each quilt.

As I always wash my fabric when I first bring it home in very hot, straight hot tap water, I am not concerned about my fabric shrinking.
This above quilt was also made using 100% cotton.

Once again,

“The information on how I have done the above things is my personal way, and if you use this or a similar product, and do the things that I have done, it will be at your own risk, and I take no responsibility to anything that may happen while or after the use of this product or the things that I have done..”

I certainly hope that this has enlightened your day, and you now know that there is hope of rescuing that damaged masterpiece that you have tucked away in your cupboard.

Don’t forget to hit the comment button below and leave a comment about your particular “Dye Run”. It’s a great way of sharing your particular story.

(I wrote this posting some time ago, and I have been asked many times if I would put it back up, so if you feel that you have read this once before then you possibly have).

Till we chat again

Have an awesome few days



Rose
Rose Lewis Quilting
www.roselewisquilting.com.au

Please send the link to this page out to your friends and guilds, so that they may also be able to save a quilt that has had a dye run on it.

 


How to Easily clear the "Clutter" in "YOUR" Sewing Room

 

Hi everyone,
Once again I surely hope that your day is going brilliantly well.

I would sincerely like to say a really BIG “Welcome” to all the new people that have signed up with myself and all of us here, since my last blog posting.

I am very grateful and appreciative to all of those who forwarded the e-mail or link to the page to all their friends, guilds and families...So “Thank you” to you all.

I spent Saturday once again preserving fruit, this time plums and hopefully next week I will be doing cling stone peaches. It is nice seeing my preserve cupboards filling back up again. I still also have sauces and jams to do yet as well. I feel a little like a squirrel in all those children's fairy books. Well not really, as I have been doing this type of thing for approx the last 35 years or so. Our figs are also just starting to ripen.

Speaking of cupboards, brings us to today’s topic.

Is your sewing room / area clean and tidy or is it cluttered?

Do you have draws and cupboards overflowing with fabric, rulers scattered around, needles just thrown on a shelf somewhere, and scissors from one end of your room to the other end of the house?

Yes, so many of us, actually have the whole house as the sewing room/area.

Is there fabric hanging from your light shades, tape measures hanging off the curtain tracks, bottles of glue in every imaginable corner, do you need to hire a front end loader to clear a walk way into your sewing room before you even enter it?



Now be honest here with yourself.... “I promise that I won’t tell anyone if you are a “clutter holic”. We can keep it our secret.

For some reason so many quilters love to tell you just how messy and cluttered their sewing room/area is, as if it makes them a better quilter. Now I do not mean to offend anyone here at all, but when your area is normally clutter free and items have a “home” then you will certainly feel better, and things will flow better, particularly your sewing and quilting.

I am not talking about having a mess while you are working, cutting out, drawing up your design, etc, etc. What I am talking about is those that cannot walk into their sewing room/area and put their hand on the object that they are wanting.


When I am busy on something, yes I can get in a mess just like anyone else, but at the end, it is easy for me to be able to put items back into their respective homes. There is a huge difference between a mess while you are working on a project in comparison to clutter.

Are you aware of just how confronting and energy sapping it is to work around clutter?

Most people are not. Clutter of any description can really slow down your production, creativeness, enthusiasm, etc and I don’t just mean physically but mentally as well.

Yes my room can get messy, but everything has a home, so it does not take me long to either pull things out or to pack things away as there is an area for marking pens, fabric that I am working with at the time, threads, scissors, tape measures, needles and pins, etc etc. This allows me to be able to flow through things, as I can always place my hand on the required item, well most times anyway.

 As many of you know, I do not have huge stocks of fabrics in all my cupboards etc, I have what I like to call a palette of fabric, and many of these are the size of a fat quarter. These are all kept in a chest of draws, and most times they are folded neatly and in colour order. I admit that right at the moment I need to pull these draws out and spend approx an hour refolding these and putting them back neatly, back into a colour order.

Over the last couple of months I have been in and out of these fabrics many times, and often like so many of us, in a hurry, so grab what I need and then not put the fabric back in folded again. I am finding that now when I am looking for something in particular, I cannot find it quickly as it has become messy, creating clutter. This is just two draws, but it can really slow me down.

There are many hours lost when you have to stop all the time to search for something....wish it was this easy to find my glasses as I have a habit of taking these on and off all the time, as I only need them for certain things, so then I have to go look for them.

How do you store “YOUR” fabric?

Is it just thrown into cupboards, shelves, boxes, under the spare bed, in the garage or in many different places, or do you have some sort of order to it.

Do you keep every little tiny piece of scrap fabric that you are too afraid of throwing out?

These things create lots of clutter.

Sometimes people just don’t know where or how to start to organise their sewing areas as they look at it, and think it is just too hard.

Well I can tell you, that if you were to get rid of all the unwanted clutter your sewing will improve more than you may realise. You will also become more productive.
People often say to me “They don’t know where to start”.

I always tell them to just start with a small draw first, then when that one is done, a few days later or the following week, do another draw, and so on. Quite often once you have done one or two draws, then you start becoming motivated and really enthused about this clutter clearing and you actually start ploughing through it.

Clearing clutter of any description seems to really energise people and it is like a fresh start.  Many people will find it to be quite liberating once they start and then once they are finished the whole room, etc they feel quite empowered.

Now don’t get me wrong here, I am not suggesting that you throw out all the items that you want, but by starting the process you may be surprised at even the amount of scribbled notes and papers with measurements you may have “dotted” down for the quilt that you finished two years earlier, etc that have collected within your area. Paper clutter seems to just grow in all sorts of nooks and crannies.

Maybe just getting a few containers and boxes of all sorts of sizes and shapes will help make a difference. These do not have to be expensive, old ice-cream containers will certainly do the job.

Of course there are many people out there who are already organised within their sewing room and areas.



For those of you who are more interested in “clearing your clutter”
Karen Kingston has some really good articles and books on the effects of “clutter”. Please note, I am not affiliated with Karen, just enjoy her books and articles.

Once you have finished reading this today, can I suggest that you walk into your sewing room/area with fresh eyes and “really” see just what IS in your sewing area.

Just think of it this way, you may even end up with some empty shelves that you may just have to fill back up with something new ????  Not clutter though.

Do enjoy as you may be surprised at just what “treasures” you find on your clutter clearing journey.

Please also share this with your friends, family and guilds.
Just send them this link here 
http://www.roselewisquilting.com.au/blogs/roses-quilting-blog/how-to-easily-clear-the-clutter-in-your-sewing-room

That would be greatly appreciated, Thank you.

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Hope you enjoyed this today.
I will be back in approx another 7 to 10 days
with something else for your enjoyment.

In the meantime,
Make sure that you find some time just for you,
Yes You, yourself ,as you are very important.