I checked off a huge box on my to-do list by finishing up the monstrous KING quilt:
Or, to be totally honest, I did do some quilting, but ended up hating every single bit of what I stitched. So when I'm not spending the next two days ripping out what was stitched in 30 minutes, I've decided to tackle some projects outside of the sewing room. Sometimes you just need a break in order to come back to the machine with a fresh attitude!
A major project was this outside patio in front of my wood shop:
No, the patio isn't as perfect as it would be if I'd set all the stones myself, squaring and leveling each one, but it's also DONE, which it certainly wouldn't have been had I taken the next three years to be a perfectionist about it.
Inside the wood shop, I'm really needing to hang shelves, clean up and organize all the tools, and install a dust collection system.
Yes, I did say WOOD shop. I grew up hanging out in my dad's wood shop and watching my grandfather turn bowls. Last winter when I picked up a scroll saw magazine, I remembered how much fun it was to play with a scroll saw and decided to make a big move to bring wood craft back into my life.
I still need to dig out the 9 stepping stones between the shop and the house, and have more stone to set for these side gardens:
When I'm not outside laying stone, moving dirt, swatting mosquitoes, and planting tomatoes, I'm going to play with a series of dyeing experiments.
I finally found an awesome Quilting Arts video with Candy Glendening - Dyeing to Stitch - that shared a simple step-by-step walkthrough of fabric dyeing from a scientific standpoint.
I've been playing with dyeing fabric for a few months, and really enjoy the process, but I've been feeling very frustrated by my inability to produce an exact color, or to reproduce a color after I've created it once.
Candy's instructions come straight out of her experience as a biology professor and she explains simple measuring and mixing steps that can be reproduced to create a gorgeous pallet of colors. Here's a little sample video that teaches you how to dye fabric with several colors at once:
Today it's rainy and gloomy, which makes for a bad day to work outside, but a great day to play with fabric. I'm off to find the perfect shade of red!
Time to shut up and go quilt!