A Little Patience

Pattern:  Anita’s Arrowhead
Size: 45” x 59″    
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Hand Dyes

Completed May 2012

This quilt was made with Indigo Shibori fabrics that a friend made  (the blues) and hand dyes that I made (the reds).

My friend Wendy Pulsifer made not only the Indigo fabrics from the blocks, but also the border Indigo and the backing was made by Wendy as well!  I had the Indigo  fabrics for a long time before I found the perfect pattern for the quilt.  The pattern, Anita’s Arrowhead  seemed to be perfect once I added a red hand-dye to it (which was an adventure to dye!).

I named this quilt “A Little Patience” because I definitely needed a little patience to work on it.   Between the bias edges of each block, the new quilting technique I used, and the running out of fabric for binding just as I was about to bind it… it screamed for me to be patient!

I want to thank Wendy for encouraging me to finish this particular quilt for the show and the gift of the backing fabric!


Last-Minute Dye-Job

Sometimes, things do not go exactly as you planned.  While I have been working away trying to finish my quilts for the upcoming quilt show, I ran into a problem.  No fabric for my binding for the last quilt I am completing. 

Part of the reason was that I mis-cut the border fabric that I had originally intended to use leaving me with way less fabric than I needed.  I had the bright idea to use this tutorial to bind – since it required smaller cuts of the binding fabric.  I thought I had enough of the accent fabric left from the quilt to complete the look.

As I drag the fabric out, I notice the cuts of the fabric would not be conducive to binding fabric – too many seams – most of them were only 6” x 5” pieces of fabric.  Oh boy.  What do I do?  The accent fabric is a hand dye that I made a while back. I don’t think I can duplicate it because it was fire red dye over dyed with Chinese red.  I then go to my stash of dyes and find out I have NO Chinese Red dye!  OH NO!

I have only until Tuesday to complete this quilt; there is no time to order more dye and get this completed.  I prepare some fabric in my soda ash solution and hope for the best.    I know I can’t duplicate the color because I just dumped the rest of my Fire Red (about a tablespoon and a half) and about a half tablespoon of Fuscia.  At the last minute I decided to add some Golden Yellow (the Chinese Red is an orange-red).  I think I usesd maybe a quarter teaspoon of it.

Here it is fresh out of the dryer!  Trust me – the photo does not do it justice.  It is still a tad bit damp for one and the red is a bit harder to photograph. 

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Arrowheads… Am I Done Yet??

Nope.  I got five more done today (though I only took photos of four for some strange reason and when I went back to take the other one, it got lost in the pile when I counted them and I couldn’t remember which one I did…)


This brings my total up to 40 blocks.  I have 5 more to make.  Once I am done, I will take them and set the best ones into a layout.


Though I changed the UFO I was supposed to work on this month from Arrowheads to my Sunshine Pineapples quilt, I still wanted to work on the Arrowhead blocks.  For me I can only work on a few before I can not stand them any more – just because they have open seams and that makes it very hard for them to match the intersections.

When I last posted that I had completed 5 more done on one of my milestones post, a commenter stated they wanted to see them.  I didn’t realize I had never really taken any photos of any of the completed blocks.  I made 12 more leaving me 10 more to complete to get all the blocks done.

Here are a few of my favorites:


They still need to be trimmed.  I am waiting until they are all completed before I do so.  I also still need to dye sashing/border fabric. 


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!