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Happy Easter everyone


Happy Easter to you all. May you all be celebrating in the way that suits you best. I have enough chocolate to last for weeks, so am happy to hibernate for the rest of the time off that I have.

I did get round to finishing a mini quilt as mentioned in my last blog. It turned out quite well and is only about the size of an A4 piece of paper. I have started another one that is more complicated, so slower going. I figure that’s ok. It keeps me sane in between stints of doing my accounting homework.

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I also found some time to dye some fabric, which didn’t turn out quite like I hoped. The idea was to have 8 shades of each colour. When I went to rinse I realised they were pretty much all the same. The amount of dye I put in what should have been the lightest one was enough to do a full saturated colour. So I wasted an awful lot of dye. Should read the instruction first next time.

Anyway, I was rinsing and rinsing to get the excess dye out and getting nowhere as there was so much of it, when I had a brain wave. I’d just stick it all in the washing machine. The already dyed bits wouldn’t affect each other as they were already so saturated no extra dye would stick and if I put in some more white fabric all the excess dye would stick to that. Worked like a charm though, as in all things dye related, not at all like I expected. I imagined with red and blue in the mix I would get a piece of purple fabric, but no, I ended up with a lovely light blue. It’s actually a perfect shade to go with all my other colours, so I am mildly pleased.

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Old purple fingers


With only a quarter of the year left to go, I decided that I would have to dedicate today to making a plan. A rest of the year plan. Instead I have cleaned my house, done my washing, got groceries and dyed some fabric. I even cleaned the filter on my airconditioner. To top it all off one of the gloves leaked while I was dyeing. So now I have no plan and purple fingers.

But…it is only 1.30pm. So there is time for planning yet. Particularly if I resort to bribing myself with chocolate cheesecake.

On a more positive note, after months of being uninspired by my sewing machine I managed to actually finish something.