Last night.

I realized that I’d backed myself into a scheduling corner. (I hadn’t made any allowance for drying time. Rookie mistake, I know!) So I went back to the studio at 10:00 pm and made three pounds of paper.

Some things I learned: very thin sheets can actually dry in eight hours. Our felts are starting to shed in irksome ways. The third post of the night is very, very wet (I knew this going into it, but there was water everywhere) and it is much more challenging to couch sheets without sliding near the top of that one. (Of course, it was also 3:30 in the morning, so … maybe that had something to do with it.)

green sheets

I’m pretty sure none of the factory roaches made it into the vat.

Process / quilt paper

Start with quilting scraps:
quilt scraps

In the beater:

quilt scraps in the beater

Worry that the pulp is going to turn out horrible:

quilt pulp

Think maybe it will be ok after all:

quilt pulp in bucket

Admire the color / texture of the wet sheet:

wet quilt sheet

Wonder what to do with this unexpectedly excellent paper:

finished quilt sheet

(Julia collected quilting scraps from her mother and a couple of other people. I made them into pulp, and she pulled sheets. We’re doing another batch and then we really do need to come up with something to do with the paper because how cool is that?)