Monday, May 21, 2018

SAQA Group Dyeing Day at Jules

The North Texas SAQA Circle met Saturday at Jules' house for a wonderfully messy dyeing day.
Jules' garage is the perfect place for dyeing.  Her garage has two large, deep sinks and ample space for all of us to work.  And a cushy floor.  There were twelve eager dyers.

It was a hot, sunny day, perfect for batching our fabrics.  We did a little bit of everything -- ice dyeing, shibori, baggie dyeing:
I dyed nine yards.  Six of them more or less solid, and three that were random pours of color over the fabric.  These are mine "cooking" in Jules' front yard:
My poured dyes.  The first was folded and squirted with blue and brown:
Chinese Red and Golden Yellow, scrunched in a plastic shoebox:
This was my final piece of the day.  I poured whatever dye I could find over it.  A little green, a little gray, a lot of blue:
My solids turned out pretty well, considering the fact that I placed the fabric in gallon zipper bags, poured the dye in and scrunched it a bit.  This was dyed with Aquamarine:
Wasabi:
Chartreuse.  It split a bit into green, blue and yellow:
 This was Red Violet:
 Chinese Red.  I had dripped some brown dye on the fabric.  Happy Accident?  Maybe:
 Shitake:
It was a lovely day, and I LOVE my results!

Beastro 2018

Friday was the annual "Beastro" party at the Fort Worth Zoo.  It's always a great party!  Food, drinks and live music set in among the zoo animals.  And a few party animals. 

We started by saying "hello" to the flamingos.  We always stop and see the flamingos first.
 We watched the sun go down over the new African Savannah area.
We wandered around sampling food from local restaurants and sipping wine, and then settled down to enjoy the opening band, Memphis Soul.
From there, the evening got a little wilder and my pictures got a little blurry.  I think this is the Jordan Kahn orchestra.
It was a great party!  

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Art With Fabric Blog Hop Starts on Monday!

Alida at Tweety Loves Quilting has organized another edition of the Art with Fabric Blog Hop!  It starts on Monday.  My contribution will be published on Thursday, but you won't want to miss any of the others.

Here is the schedule:

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Wednesday, May 23th, 2018

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018

Fairmount Neighborhood Home Tour

Don't you love to tour other people's homes?  I do!

Rhonda and I decided to join the Fairmount Tour of Historic Homes this past weekend.  It was a blast!

The tour consisted of 5 houses and one grocery store converted to office space.  The styles were very mixed.  Check out these lighting fixtures:
There was some very interesting wallpaper:
Here are a few of my favorites sights from the tour:
We had a fabulous time.  What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fifty is Nifty!

Guess what!?  My Tuning Fork Series is turning 50!  I can't believe it!

This has been a productive week.  I finished piecing a very large mineral series quilt (it is 57" x 80" unquilted) on Tuesday.  So, for the first time in several months, I had an empty design wall.

Of course, I do have a very small pile of unquilted tops.  Just eight or so.  Ranging in size from my SAQA Benefit Auction quilt (12" x 12") to my newly finished Tiger Eye quilt (57" x 80").
I'm currently using them to hide the longarm.  It works very well.

I went into the studio yesterday morning with every intention of loading a few small quilts on the longarm and quilting them.  I estimated I could finish at least three of them in one day.  After all, they are small.

But the blank design wall was very distracting.  All of that glaring white.  I decided I'd just take an hour or so and cover a bit of it up.  Just so I could concentrate on quilting.

And coincidentally, I had a small pile of fabric from the NTAQ scrap bag challenge.  Evil person that I am, I had sorted my scrap bag into eight piles.  At the last meeting I gave each member a pile and told them to make something with the scraps.  Restrictions:  the piece must be at least 12" x 12" and one dark fabric and one light fabric could be added.  I added an espresso brown and a very light teal to my pile.

I started by making some Tuning Fork parts.  Forklets, if you will:
I started placing them on the board.  Hmmm.  Looking good, I think.  I like the green/teal/red violet/gold color palette.
 One I had them arranged, I started sewing vertical rows together:
The left side is pieced together.  I flipped one of the rows when sewing them together.  I decided I liked it that way:
And here is the finished quilt top.  Tuning Fork # 50.  20"w x 30"h.
At this point I made two discoveries.  First of all, it was 4:30.  No quilting would be done that day.

And secondly, I had just created Tuning Fork #50!  Fifty!  I can't believe I've made that many Tuning Fork quilts!  Here is the page from my sketchbook
Of course, Brian and I had to celebrate the 50th incarnation of the Tuning Fork.  It's not everyday someone or something turns 50!

I'm linking this post with Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Confessions of a Fiber Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

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