Quilters are masters of “bits and pieces” thinking. My favorite quilts are usually the ones made from scraps from other projects, pieced together to make something new and whole and wonderful. Sometimes it feels like I do the same with time — taking scraps of minutes here and there and piecing them together. This has been one of those weeks.
On Tuesday I did a low water immersion dye demonstration for the Cut Ups Quilt Guild, which meets on the opposite side of the county where I live. For me, it’s a rare treat to have a booking where the travel is so simple.
On Monday, I packed up materials, including a few pieces I dyed that day to let batch overnight so I could rinse and reveal during the demo. The car was warm from the sun when I loaded it, but it was late in the day and cooling off quickly. So I put the fabric in a small cooler with a jar of hot water and covered it all with towels. There was frost on the windshield the next morning, so the colors were maybe a tad less vibrant than they could have been if I had batched inside where it was warm and loaded in the morning.
After the program and a lovely potluck lunch, I poked my way home, stopping at some spots along the Wolf River that I don’t get to all that often. It was a glorious day for playing hooky.
I picked up some windfall leaves here and there to press for winter ecoprint projects.
When I got home, the pieces I had dyed in the demo were pretty chilly. I put them in a plastic bin and floated the bin in warm water in the laundry tub, covering the tub with old towels to hold in the warmth. The next day when I rinsed out the soda ash, the colors looked OK but again, maybe not as vibrant as they would have been if I had kept them warmer. After rinsing, I left them to soak in cold water while I collected and pressed more leaves.
Thursday was Blue’s day to be spayed, so I took her to the vet and did my weekly errands in town, got things put away, and visited with a neighbor. Then I had just about an hour to do two hot water washes of that fabric before going back to town to bring home our poor pup, who is back in the cone to keep her from licking and on the leash to slow her down while she heals.
As soon as I can, I’ll get Bill to help shoot a short video of me using the wringer washer for the hot water washes on the quilting fabric I dye. It’s surprisingly easy to work an old-fashioned washer into my bits and pieces of time. It’s a bit harder to find time for Bill to shoot video, but that’s what we’ll have to do. There isn’t room to set up a tripod in the basement utility room, and my hands are pretty busy during the parts of the process you want to see. During the other parts (agitation), I’m doing filing and other not-exciting bits and pieces tasks in the other part of the basement. You definitely don’t want to see that.
In the meantime, the dog is healing quickly (and the vet did a lovely job of stitching her incision). And it’s a breezy fall day, so I’ll pick up more windfall leaves to press this afternoon after I finish a few more domestic chores. I hope you’ve pieced together some time to enjoy people you met, places you visited, and things you did this week!