Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Calling All Grandmothers! (or moms with babies)

Have you ever wondered what to do with leftover baby cereal??? Ever had one of those "I wonder what would happen if....." moments after the baby didn't finish it's cereal??? Well, I did. And it just so happened that it came at a very appropriate time. It was "resist swap" in one of the internet groups I swap with. Soooooooooo........................

Introducing - Baby Cereal Resist

I mixed up the cereal with just enough water to be easily spreadable. (sorry, no exact measurement for me this time!) Using the back of a spoon I spread it on a previously dyed FQ that had not mottled as much as I had wanted.

I hung it on my drying rack to dry. One thing I learned......... If you put something outside on the rack to dry..........it will surely rain! And it did. So, I moved it inside and put it in my batching closet which is always about 70 degrees. It dries pretty quickly that way, too!

After it dried, I took it off the rack, cracked the resist, and painted it with black dye w/soda ash mixed in. Then I let that batch for 4 hours (I couldn't wait any longer!). I rinsed out the baby cereal (not difficult just yucky) and then washed it in the washing machine to be sure all the cereal was gone.

I liked that one a lot but I also wanted to do something more monochromatic. This is one I did the same way but used Emerald Green dye mix on it.

Now, I'm sure I'm not the first one to use baby cereal for a resist but since no one had mentioned it to me previously, I just thought I should spread the word!

Happy Resisting!!!


Celia said...

My son and DIL think I'm mad already - what will they think if I start asking for Charlotte's left overs?

Maybe I'll buy my own ...


Judi said...

Great pieces Kelly! Did you thicken the dye you painted over the resist?

Kelly said...

LOL! Well, Celia, I have to admit that I did have to buy some more for Jayden!! Maybe buying your own would be best!

Judi, I didn't thicken the dye at all. I did use a light hand though and didn't rub it in too much. Just a light coating over the cereal.

Gramarme said...

Well, Kelly, you're famous now. All of us "dye-hards" at Quilt University are ooo-ing and ahhh-ing over your baby food resist. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the post.