What’s going on?

I haven’t posted in a while so here are a few updates:

Here is the result of dyeing dryer sheets. I think they are very pretty. This is post Synthrapol and washing and the colors are still nice.

I’ve been working on circle designs based on Principles and Elements of art. I will have some fused samples by tomorrow to take to my OK Quilters meeting.

Also, I’ve been sidetracked with other crafts since my last post. I found out about amigurumi’s, which are little crocheted animals and creatures. This month’s Crochet Me online ‘zine has an article about them. I was taught to crochet by a nun who lived on my block as a kid, so I do still dabble in crocheting.

Another thing that I have been obsessed with learning about are
kanzashi, the flowered headdresses worn by geisha. There are a few online tutorials on how to make them, and given my penchant for things in the third dimension, I will try my hand at them this weekend.

I also have been making things for the ATCards.com forum swaps I signed up for. I am very excited about making ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), and even though I know I won’t get quilted ones back in the swap, I am excited to try this out.

Lastly, here are some things on my design wall. One is a miniature based on my all time favorite painting, Beata Beatrix by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. There’s thread play, some fused Angelina items from my workshop in Chicago, and a painted piece of Lutradur, from the Cloth Paper Scissors “Make it U” workshop.

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Dryer Sheets

I found that Setacolor fabric dye will dye used and re-washed dryer anti-static sheets. I was dyeing some fat eighths and I had leftover dye. I also dyed a “color catcher”, those things from Shout brands that you throw into the wash with things that might bleed onto your laundry. It took the color pretty well. I’ll get some pictures of them up here soon. Funny….it was a beautiful sunny Sunday until I started dyeing outside. That’s when the clouds rolled in. So much for SetaColor sun painting… The dryer sheets were very bright until I washed them in Synthrapol, but they are still definitely dyed. Next time I will use more concentrated dye, mine was a little thin.

In the meantime, I have some new ATCs on my trading card page, as well as all of my dimensional flower projects on my 3-D page. Here is a card made from vintage Kimono fabric.

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…my preciousss….

The Friday Lunch Bunch Round Robin group has a new theme for next year’s round. Precious fabric. You put in your most precious fabric, and make the first block to set the theme. The rest of the fabric goes in the box, and off it goes. Yes, it’s difficult to say goodbye to it. That’s the point. What will I put in? Perhaps my only hand dyed fabric. Each in it’s separate fat-quarter stack, I have never found the project for it. Maybe this is it…
The first round is in Sept. 2006.
Picture courtesy thonering.net

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Back from Chicago’s International Quilt Festival

Wow. What a great time I had at the quilt show in Chicago. I took great classes and met lots of people. I enjoyed the classes offered by Cloth-Paper-Scissors and their “Make-It-U!” section. This was fantastic, an hour long class in something new and exciting for only $5! I only wish I had time to take more classes there. Next year I suppose…

I took a class on using Angelina Fibers from Betty Blais, who is one of the nicest people around. I was “teacher’s pet” which you sign up for before the class, and that means you sign people in, help the teacher, etc, and you get a pin for doing so after the class. Betty was great and I’ll scan what I made in class soon.

I met a nice lady in line waiting for an ATC (Artist Trading Card) class and we decided to trade through the mail. My cards that I made to trade are now up on the trading card section of my site.

Now, the best thing about the whole show? I mean, the thing that made my week? My trading card that I mailed in to Quilting Arts Magazine was on the wall among about 150-200 other trading cards. I was elated, like somehow I had finally “made it”. Now, yes, there were about 200 up there, but the magazine said over 800 were mailed in. I’m posting a pic or two here but I’m sorry there is no way to credit those hanging near mine, they were not listed with names…

Mine is the one with the yellow top left triangle. The image I took of it before I mailed it off is on my website.

It totally made my day, week, month….

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sweet home, Chicago…

I am back home in Chicago for a week and am trying to keep myself busy until the quilt show!!!
Today, I spent 3 hours driving and visiting quilt shops on the south side, where I am from.

First stop, Threadneedle Street in Orland Park. Cute shop, lots of Thimbleberries fabrics, some batiks. Seemed to me like everything in this shop was one color? Anyway, I bought some orange hand dyeds and batiks. Char, the owner, was super nice!

Next stop, Quilfabric.com near Naperville. I drove a bit to the north west side of the city for this one, but it was worth it. The shop is amazing and the selection grand. “known for the batiks” is right. Holy cow. Lots of staff, and lots of selection. They were getting ready for the show, as they are a vendor, which is why it took them a few minutes to notice I was ready to check out.

Next, Susan Marie’s in Palos Heights. It’s a beautiful shop, but the staff pretty much ignored me until I was ready to pay. Light on selection, but this shop is definitely slanted toward the brights. Few thimbleberries here (thank goodness). They made up for the ignoring me by the big sale they had going and my free tote for signing up for the newsletter.

Last, Sew Creative in Tinley Park. Oh, too bad the hometown (or closest to me) is the worst of them all. Mish-mash selection. I found some Lonni Rossi typosheres and asked for a yard cut. She would not cut through the repeat and would only either give me a 2/3 yd or 1 1/3 yd cut! Um, customer is always… Geez, forget it. Seemed like I was troubling her just by being in the store, she was watching tv.

So there. My average purchase per store was $20.

The picture here is by Richard L. Baron. Called “The El Chicago” (C) 1999.

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