Monday, September 29, 2008
Wendy and I have signed up to take two dyeing classes from Carol Soderlund next April. They'll be held at Nancy Crow's barn. The first week we'll be dying silk, the second cotton. I'll also spend some time with my brother, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, just 40 minutes or so from the barn. I can't wait!
Bethany was our host and she taught us all how to discharge dye:
I was very pleased with my efforts. These first two shots are of a piece I had hand dyed several months ago, using red violet, green and navy blue dye. I had used most of it in a project, and had two strips, roughly 9" x 30", left. I used both diluted bleach to spray a stencil and Soft Scrub with bleach stamped onto the fabric -- I was very pleased to see that the bleach removed the blue, and left traces of the red-violet and green:
A closer look. You can see the red violet and green:
The second piece is P & B plain black cotton. I sprayed diluted bleach on a piece of bubble wrap and used it to transfer the bleach to the fabric:
There were lots of different brands of black fabric being bleached. Some discharged to yellow, some to rusty brown, some orange. The P & B black turned a lovely red-orange:
We had birthday cake for lunch -- both Susan and I have birthdays this week. Fun day!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
This is "Doorway." It is pieced with commercial batiks and my hand dyed fabric, and embellished with a tube of mulberry paper and silk and a piece of distressed embossed aluminum:
I didn't get any closeups of the quilting, but it is done in a "wonky crosshatch" pattern.
This is "New Spring." I probably had posted pictures of this quilt before, but I reworked the embellishment. It was pieced with hand painted, hand dyed, and stamped fabric as well as a few commercial batiks, rubbed with shiva paint sticks and embellished with embossed brass pieces:
This is a very simple piece called "Mulch." I seem to be very interested in blocks of color these days. This was pieced using only two pieces of my hand dyed fabric, and quilted in what I call the "dead tree" pattern. I really like the green/gold/brown/red violet piece I dyed:
This week I am relaxing. So far I've played bridge, shopped, had lunch with friends and gotten my hair cut. Today I'm cleaning house. Tomorrow I have nothing planned -- I'm hoping that the motivation to work returns!
Monday, September 22, 2008
This is "The Happy Quilt." I started it at a friend's house. I had brought along a stack of batiks (in my favorite palette of orange, yellow and pink) with no clear idea about what I was going to piece. I paired the batiks and cut out freeform curvy ninepatches. It was a lot of fun to make the blocks and to put this quilt together. It won second place in the Art category.
A closeup of the quilting:
All in all, a frantically busy weekend (my two major obsession collided -- the quilt show and the bridge sectional tournament were on the same weekend and took place in the same building!), but oh so fun! And so rewarding!
Wendy, Susan, Jay, Nancy, Ann, Rhonda, Bethany and I all added parts, I quilted it, and Beth embellished it. I love her thready embroidery:
We entered it in the TVQG show in the group quilt section. It really belonged in the art section, but that category required a single maker. It looked very out of place among the other very traditional group quilts.
Now we need to figure out which one of us gets to keep it!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Pop sent me a few pictures. I haven't found our camera yet -- it was in Brian's briefcase and I think he took it to work this morning.
Brian and I walking on Nauset Beach:
Bruce near Highland Light:
Saturday, September 6, 2008
And one of my orchids is blooming! A small dendrobium:
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
A closeup of the center motif. I quilted ferny feathers in the pink/orange/yellow and a medium meander in the black:
Thank goodness it's finished. Well, except for the binding....
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
This is a small rose quilt I bought on Etsy. It was made by one of my favorite quilt artists, Fannie Narte. I have it hanging in my studio for inspiration.
Now back to work! Lots of quilting to do before the TVQG show!