Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Simply Gorgeous!


It’s always a surprise to see the results when I do ice dyeing. This was my “masterpiece” from today’s fabric finishes.

It is quite bright, and the pattern can be seen through all the layers. The basic fold creates 16 layers but secondary folds create many additional layers in places.

This one is about 44 inches square.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

One More Finish!

I still am working on the other pieces I showed you but this one is done.


The red squiggles I added are just a part of one of the designs on one of my screens. I think they pull it together.

I believe I put 4 layers of pattern on this one.

I also got all the other pieces rolled and ready for the dye pots.

I won’t be dyeing until I get more rolled or clamped to fill up the pots.

I have a batch of ice dyeing “cooking” in the garage and it should be ready by tomorrow afternoon.

It’s really hard to have patience while the ice dyed fabrics are processing. It’s such a surprise when I open them. The way I do things it is totally unpredictable.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Is It Done Yet?

I have been working on layering pattern on fabrics these last few days.
I consider some of these finished and I know I want to do more with others.
Although the surface design is done on this piece I do now know what else will be done to it.
The birds pulled it all together and gave it movement.
Two different pieces that are each finished.
Three layers worked on over several years!
Three similar strips ready to use.
Needs something but I don’t know what!
I’m not even sure I can save this one, although anything that doesn’t work can usually be cut up and used in piecing!
I have a pretty good idea what I am going to do with this one but haven’t decided on what color to use.
I’m debating whether or not to put these two in a shibori dye pot.
These also could end up in a dye pot.

  • There are other pieces I didn’t photograph but this gives you a pretty good idea of what I’ve been up to.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket, Put Them On Your Blog!

I’ve decorated a variety of eggs for you. 19 to be exact!


Happy Easter!


Photo Fun


Hope you have a Happy and Blessed easter.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Watching Paint Dry!


I have everything ready to start painting. I am working on my kitchen table.


I put the pieces I painted on the kitchen island to dry overnight.


This is a piece of light weight silk. It has been painted previously and I just added some thermofax printing on top of it.


This is a piece of a heavier silk, a shantung. Most of the fabrics I will be showing you are not finished. I will be adding either more layers of paint or overdyeing them.


For this one I started with a piece of cotton print and used the wrong side. I had preciously layer painted it. After adding the screen print I consider this one finished.


After layer painting this silk shantung I added two screen prints. I don’t consider this one finished.


I will continue to work on this.


Printed on the back side of a cotton print, these were the bottom layer in a layered stack of painted fabric.

It will be interesting to see what happens next as I layer more pattern and color on some of these fabrics I shared.

Friday, April 18, 2014

First Friends Lunch



Today I had 3 special friends visit for lunch.

Each one of them was the first person I met at different parts of my life.

You have seen them all on my blog at other times, but this is the first time each of them has met the other two.

From left to right:

Donna Dempsey Lee was my first college roommate

Sally Rue was the first person I met when we moved to Ohio.

Jean Antes was the first person I met when we moved back to Wisconsin.

I can’t believe how fortunate I am to have 3 such lovely special friends that I met my chance.

I can still picture and relate the details about the first time I met each of them.

We had a really nice visit and had so much to share.

I “lost” Donna and Sally for many years but found them again within the past few years.

I never lost Jean even though she moved to Florida about 20 years ago.


Since I couldn’t figure out how to use the self timer on my camera AGAIN and couldn’t figure out how to do a selfie with my phone we couldn’t take a picture of all 4 of us together.

Sally was nice enough to take the picture of me with Donna and Jean.

It was a great day with wonderful friends.

What makes this more exciting for me is they all live less than 15 miles from me in Florida. What are the chances of that happening?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Working On The Simply Sparkly Pattern



I am currently writing the pattern for Simply Sparkly.

It will be available as a FREE pattern from Robert Kaufman in May.


This is just one of the diagrams for the pattern.


This is a part of the piecing instructions.

I will be sure to let you know as soon as the pattern is available. Stay tuned to my blog.

(You do know you can become a follower of my blog by signing up near the top of the right hand column don’t you?)

The finished quilt will be 70 x 70 inches.

It will be one the easiest and one of the most beautiful quilts you’ve ever made.