Lots of fun and frustration was had at my house playing with bleach, vinegar and fabric recently. I got some plexiglass circles and triangles to try some of the techniques from Malka Dubrawsky's Color Your Cloth. I got the book when it first came out in 2009 and have wanted to try this since, but just got the "tools" for Christmas. It isn't as easy as it looks, but I loved her results! So, in an effort to get a similar effect without wasting any more fabric, I discharged some squares and sewed them into half square triangles with their original counterparts to great effect. I LOVE this!!!
The half square triangles, which I have quite an obsession with anyway, became these pillows. This technique naturally lent itself to a layout highlighting the values. Simple outline quilting left these so stinking soft! And by stinking I don't mean that they reek of bleach. The technique of bleaching, counteracting the bleach with vinegar and rinsing, left them smelling pretty good from the get go!
Did I mention how naughty it feels to deliberately bleach Flea Market Fancy? Good naughty. But maybe that's just because it worked!
I'll be teaching these pillows at Mama Said Sew as a two part class on Mondays April 4th and 11th. The class schedule should be announced soon!
And we have a few spots left at our spring retreat with sewtakeahike! Just so you know, I host awesome retreats--so if you're on the fence, let my culinary degree help entice you! Good, good food. Great workshops. Incredible laughter(I'm pretty funny , too!). And in short, an experience you'll want to make an annual event! Hope to see you there!