Saturday was our March VCQ meeting (Virginia Consortium of Quilters). We had a great day in Culpeper with about 75 members attending. I took a class called Fractured View taught by Deb Schupp, which involves building a background of strips and then inserting wedge shaped pieces at various angles. . We had lots of fun and produced some interesting pieces.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
We had a final blast (I hope) of winter last week, our biggest snow of the season. It was about 5-6 inches, but alternated between snow and rain, so that it quickly became slushy. We've had almost no snow for the last 2 years, so I planned ahead to do some snow dyeing by pre-soaking my fabric in a soda ash solution, which serves as a fixative to help the dye adhere to the fibers. I dug out my supplies - pans to catch the melting snow & dye and a stretcher strip frame with plastic screening tacked to it, and mixed up some dye. After arranging the fabric on top of the screen, I collected a few pans of snow and packed it on top of the fabric. Since the snow was so wet, it packed really well. In the past I've had the best results with snow with higher water content. I poured the dye over the snow and let it sit till the next day. I used 3 colors - turquoise first, then purple & fuchsia.