All around blogland I have been seeing this block.  I even had to order the magazine from the Fat Quarter Shop so I could make sure to get it.


I made a test block last night.  I have been wanting to do something with the indigo fabrics I purchased last year, so I cut a small block off of one and tested the block with a hand-dye that I did in class.  Good thing it was a “test” block.  The fabric bled onto the indigo when I sprayed it with starch – also my piecing was not that great.  It still turned out pretty enough that I put a 3-yard hunk of Moda PFD in the bucket of soda ash last night at 9pm.

I figured I would let it soak all night, and after I took the kids to school I would dye it red – Fire Red.

Fast forward to about 12:30 after I was laying in bed trying to go over the amount of red dye that I would need to make three yards of fabric.  I couldn’t stand it any more so I got up and thought I would make a quick batch of dye and let it cure over night – so that when I got back from taking the kids to school I could start washing it out. It wasn’t like I was creating a recipe – just taking pre-mixed dye and mixing it and pouring it over the fabric.

My first mistake was that I didn’t put my bag in my dishpan.  My second mistake was not prepping my surface before I started working.  My third mistake (and now I know  WHY you put your bags in your dishpan prior to filling them) – was not checking my big ziploc bag for leaks.

Yep.  You guessed it.  FIRE RED dye ALL over the counter, down the side of the painted wall, and onto the floor.  Half of my dye was gone – not that I had made a whole bunch of it to begin with – I guess I believe in ULTRA-low water immersion dyeing.

After transferring the dyed fabric and what liquid I had left into a new bag and placing it in the dishpan in case THAT one leaked, I set out to clean the floor and counter.  Out came my handy-dandy clorox-clean-up cleaner with bleach.  LOVE that stuff for when I dye.  Mess cleaned up – except one bit of the wall is now pink.  That is ok.  I can get some touch-up paint from self-help and need to for other parts of the house anyway.  Now I am WIDE AWAKE.  It takes me about two hours to calm down from that.

Later after taking the kids to school, I wash out  the reds, make sure there is no more dye coming out of the fabric. Then I dry it.  There is a big splotch of red/pink/white area.  NOT good.  And I am out of Fire Red dye.  So what do I do?  I go back and put the fabric in the bag, put about 5 cups of soda ash water in there and then over-dye it with what I have left of Chinese red dye.  It is on its final wash, so we shall see how it turns out…

All this because I think I might run out of projects to work on at the bee tomorrow that is an all-day one (from 8:30 am to 10:30pm).

I have Quilter’s ADD and Quilter’s OCD.  Not a good combination, I tell you!