Thursday, February 22, 2018

Olympic Dyeing With Cotton–Creating Beauty From Former Dye Dogs!

When I look at this I feel like I am looking through some vegetation and seeing the sun go down. I thing this is a 3-5 times dyed fabric.
This piece of cotton fabric was dyed at least once before.
I am guessing this is the 3rd or 4th time this one has been dyed. It is perfect candidate for my Chasing Rainbows series.
It is great to get some dogs when you are dyeing a they give you the chance to overdye and get some amazing pieces. Almost all my Olympic dyes started as a dog.

Round And Round

I did all the quilting on Olympic quilt number 2 yesterday.
It is one spiral that started in the center and continued as it worked it’s way off the quilt.
I am super pleased with it.
I remember my sister asking me how I could do this so perfectly.
My answer is take your time and follow the foot! (Of course experience is a also an important factor)
I hope you like the quilting as well as I do.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Olympic Quilt/Pillow 3…Another Gold Medal

When I started this I planned on making a small quilt. The center was a piece I layer painted and then thermofax screened. The borders were fabrics I had done layers of pattern on.
silk noil I used in pillow 2 2018
This is the fabric I used for the inner border.
silk noil 2 I used in pillow 2 2018
This is the fabric I used for the outer border.
When I got it to this size I realized the proportions didn’t work to use it as a quilt so I changed course and made it into a quilted pillow.
Olympic quilt pillow 3 before stuffing
You can see the quilting clearly in this picture of the top before it was sewn to the pillow back.
I wanted it to be firm so it would stand upright. I used a full pound of that non clumping polyester stuffing and it really is looking full and comfy.

I love it and I think it is the beginning of changing all the pillows in my great room over time.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

My Olympic Dyeing Medals

I want to share a few more of the best pieces from my recent dyeing personal Olympic event!
This piece of silk noil coordinates with the one I shared yesterday.
I was doing a color test on this piece of vintage 14” wide kimono silk.
I had to scrunch up this piece of silk double georgette to get it all in the picture. It is a large scarf
All of the pictures today are silk fabric.
I love the way silk takes color and these are no exception. All won GOLD medals!

Monday, February 19, 2018

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again - Olympic GOLD

I have been doing some shibori dyeing recently.
Some of these pieces had been real duds and I could have been tempted to cut them up and use them as strips in simple quilts. I didn't give up and got some amazing pieces.
Some have 4-5 layers of pattern, both dye and paint.
I finished 18 pieces and there was only one dud and it will go into the pile to be dyed again for the 4th time.
I got one piece I consider spectacular. I must have started it 25-30 years ago. I believe this was the 4th layer of pattern.
This one earned a GOLD in my personal Olympic dyeing competition!
What will it become?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Florida Ice Opens In Less Than A Month!

                            SAVE THE DATE

These are the new business cards my son Andy made for me for the show. I mentioned yesterday he brought me something he made and these are it.
He designed and printed them.


I am so pleased with what he was able to do and I couldn’t be prouder of his artistic and design talents.

The show opens March 16th with a reception and I hope I will see you there.

The show is open to the public and there is no admission charge.
Parking is free in a large lot at City Hall.
Hope to see you at the reception.
This is one of the quilts that will be in the show.

All of the work in the show will be for sale.

If you can't make it to the reception you can see the show on any of the dates listed on the card.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Beautiful Day Today

Today my friend Carol came over to visit.
We could talk quilts and lots of other stuff for hours.
We grew up 1.8 miles from each other in Wisconsin.
kayandcarolgat clubhouse2262018
My middle child was on his way over to bring me something so we waited quite a while to go to lunch until he got here. It was something he made for me and it was perfect. I am not showing it yet.
So Carol and I went to the clubhouse for lunch and they went riding around in the golf cart. When they were done with the first part of their ride they joined us in the club house for desert. After dessert Carol left for home and I went home.
The “kids” went for another golf cart ride as it was a perfect day. They brought the golf cart back and picked up some things I was sending back with them and found a space in the already full cargo area of our truck.
Love friends and family days.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Olympic Quilt Number 1

I hope you can see the quilting on this photo. If you click on the photo you can see a larger version.
I am thrilled it is finished. I love how the fabrics worked and also that I was able to come up with a quilting design to compliment the quilt.
The machine quilting emphasizes the strong graphic image in this quilt.