Bleach Discharge Patchwork


I made this patchwork quilted piece using some of the fabrics I discharged with bleach a few days ago. With all the squares and stripes in this patchwork piece I thought it might like a round home, and I’ve had a few round fabric pillow forms in my supplies for a while. A few trials and I could possibly be getting closer to a round shape that actually looks like I want it to, but its frustrating. Why do round pillows stump me? Random things in sewing stump me. Zipper? No problem… Making a king sized quilt? Not a problem?…. Oh, wait, you said a round pillow? Complete Befuddlement. I’ll get there.
I did a post today over at nonchalant mom on heading back to school. I’d love to hear what routines and strategies are working for you guys. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to keep them on task. I’m sure going to miss them when they head back next week, but I am looking forward to being a little more productive and focused all around.
And quite honestly Ian could stand to read something other than the Lego catalog. Anything.
Hey, this posting every day thing is not too bad!

22 Comments
  • Amy Hodge

    September 3, 2009 at 7:48 am Reply

    I know *exactly* what you mean about round. Urgh. It’s some kind of crazy difficult to make it actually look round! Good luck with that!

  • melissa Crowe

    September 3, 2009 at 8:24 am Reply

    The bleached fabrics paired with their unbleached originals look AWESOME.

  • Val

    September 3, 2009 at 8:26 am Reply

    Just found you and am loving what I see! I quit quilting when I started homeschooling (and was never as talented as you anyhow) but your quilts are just stunning! I am feeling utterly inspired to get something done on them now. I was drooling over the handstitched one for your dd. I have a similar (super super simple) one in the works for my dd for winter… You know… for the past 7 months. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Val (Lives in Tacoma, works in Seattle)

  • betz

    September 3, 2009 at 8:34 am Reply

    I know exactly what you mean about 2nd grade boys and lego catalogs!

  • meg

    September 3, 2009 at 8:45 am Reply

    Right now, I’d trade you legos for Star Wars. Oy.
    Great article at nonchalant mom! It’s only our 2nd day of preschool here, and I’ll take all the helpful hints I can get about getting us off on the right foot. And I’m with you on breakfast! I’m not sure what I would’ve come up with if the boy hadn’t chosen the apple slices behind door #1…. 😉

  • blair/wisecraft

    September 3, 2009 at 8:59 am Reply

    Betz, I’m relieved to hear that, because its all he thinks about and we’re
    all like “please stop!”

  • rachel | buttons magee

    September 3, 2009 at 9:06 am Reply

    These bleached fabrics are so great. This is what I should do with some of the kaffe fassett fabrics that I love, but are just too bright for my house. Can’t wait to see this round pillow!

  • blair/wisecraft

    September 3, 2009 at 9:12 am Reply

    exactly rachel. I love so many florals, Kaffe Fassett prints, and Amy
    Butler, etc, but they just don’t work at our house, so its nice to play
    around with them.

  • Amber Carrillo

    September 3, 2009 at 11:55 am Reply

    We have lego-obsession going on here too…and one of them is in the 6th grade! He constantly wants to go on Lego.com and check out all the creations people build…and I hear you on the catalog too!

  • Amber Carrillo

    September 3, 2009 at 11:55 am Reply

    We have lego-obsession going on here too…and one of them is in the 6th grade! He constantly wants to go on Lego.com and check out all the creations people build…and I hear you on the catalog too!

  • Amber Carrillo

    September 3, 2009 at 11:55 am Reply

    We have lego-obsession going on here too…and one of them is in the 6th grade! He constantly wants to go on Lego.com and check out all the creations people build…and I hear you on the catalog too!

  • Deven

    September 3, 2009 at 12:59 pm Reply

    ;-P Lego catalogue! ROFLOL! Lego’s are BIG in our house. My one year old, Liv finds them daily. Luckily, she brings them to show me.
    Just in case, you don’t know there’s a free lego magazine: http://club1.lego.com/en-US/legomagazine/default.aspx.
    My Kol received his first in yesterday’s mail. He was in HEAVEN!

  • Goddess Leonie | GoddessGuidebook.com

    September 3, 2009 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Oh I ADORE the colours and patterns in this… utterly scrumptious! you are just so talented 🙂

  • katie r

    September 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm Reply

    i love the contrast and colors from the contrast of the normal vs bleached! so pretty!

  • mo

    September 3, 2009 at 8:15 pm Reply

    I know what you mean-I have my share of misshapen lumpy round pillows in my hand made collection. I am not sure how old Ian is but have you tried the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series? My 10 year old and 7 year old think they are hilarious.

  • blair/wisecraft

    September 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm Reply

    Mo, we *love* Diary of a Wimpy Kid, both my 8 and 10 year old do. I wish there were hundreds more of that series!

  • mo

    September 9, 2009 at 10:38 am Reply

    We just got the “Do It Yourself” Diary of a Wimpy Kid where they fill in their own stories and things and we laugh so hard together with it. Have you read the “Peter and the Starcatchers” series? Another big favorite around here. And of course the Percy Jackson series is a big hit here now though I am luke wartm on it.

  • Cynthia

    September 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm Reply

    Lovely! How do you get such evenly spaced quilting
    lines? Do you have something special on your machine?
    Mine is a 30 yr old Kenmore, but I do my best, sigh!

  • Tracy

    September 10, 2009 at 12:30 pm Reply

    dang. yeah, random things stump me too. I’m happy to know that this happens to other people who seem super together with their sewing. 🙂

  • Cay

    September 13, 2009 at 5:06 pm Reply

    Hey, speaking of that king sized quilt, did you ever show us a picture of it all finished? it is finished, right?? It looked so beautiful in small pieces. I’m almost finished piecing my biggest quilt yet, a queen, and am wondering if i have the fortitude to hand quilt it. Would love to be inspired by yours! (Forgive me if you did blog about it and i somehow missed it.)

  • blair/wisecraft

    September 13, 2009 at 6:06 pm Reply

    Thanks Cay. I’ve blogged about that quilt a few times, the posts
    here<and”>http://blairpeter.typepad.com/weblog/2006/05/summer_nest_all.htmlhttp://blairpeter.typepad.com/weblog/2006/05/summer_nest_all.html>and
    most recently
    here <seem”>http://blairpeter.typepad.com/weblog/2009/06/bedroom-redo-09.html>seem
    to show the quilt pretty well. It was a lot of work, I won’t deny. But
    its 3 years later and I still get so much satisfaction when I pull that
    quilt out of storage every summer (in fact, maybe I need to make a heavier
    one for winter!). Good luck with yours!

  • Gabrien

    October 1, 2009 at 9:15 am Reply

    Our biggest “getting ready for school ploy” is that the kids have to be dressed before they get breakfast. It works like a charm for my son (newly 5yrs old) who likes to dawdle but is ultimately ruled by his stomach. They march right in to their rooms and come out fully dressed and ready to sit down for brekkie.

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