Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dyeing Silk With Color Hue Dyes

It has been a few years since I used my Color Hue dyes. I had already mixed many of them with water. They worked fine with no loss of color. One of the great things about them is they don’t loose their potency no matter how long you keep them.
They set instantly so there is no waiting period or color transfer to the cotton towel I roll them in to dry before I press them.
Since I didn’t have any silk scarves to try the dyes on I just used a piece of off white silk crepe. This can be a scarf after I serge the edges. I just did an allover spray with some dyes I mixed with strong values. When I did this with friends most of them preferred making pastel colors. 
I was not happy with the way I sprayed the colors on this one so I did a second application. For the second application I folded the fabric in triangle folds and dipped each fold in a different color. This started with a white very lightweight silk. I will serge the edges of this also. 
There are so many possibilities of different ways to use these dyes. And how exciting that they are permanent within such a very short time.
I plan on using more of these soon on silk scarves.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Strips Waiting To Tell Me Their Secret

These strips have been sewn together for a little while.
I used a lot of my really wonderful hand dyed and painted fabrics.
The fabrics that were TOO precious to cut and use…mostly created by me but some I purchased for big bucks.
Yet what enjoyment does one get from fabrics that are folded and put away??? NONE.
I know eventually I will be slicing (and maybe dicing) this strata.
It measures approximately 40 x 80 inches with some longer sections at one end.
Several ideas have come to mind, but I have not fully accepted any of them yet.
Time will tell.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

What Do You Do In Florida When It’s 86 Degrees


You turn on the A/C and you knit an afghan.

It has been quite a while since I have taken time to knit.

All these delicious gorgeous yarns were calling my name.

Each of the 17 afghans I have made in my signature colorful style are so different than any of the others.

Whether it is quilts, dyed fabric, polymer clay, clothing or anything else there is nothing like color to start my creative juices flowing.

Not only color, but texture makes these afghans so appealing. Once I start it’s hard to stop since I want to see what the next yarn is going to look like, and the next, and the next, ……………..

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Friends

My friend Denise brought her sister Deanna and niece Cadence over to meet me Monday morning.
We had a nice visit and enjoyed some time on the lanai.
I really enjoyed getting to know them and hope they’ll be back again sometime.
They are having an exciting vacation here in Florida.

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Very Special Easter With My Florida Family

This is “baby” Andy who is named after Grandpa Andy, Mom Megan and Dad Ben. He is too cute.
Andy and Andy looking up
Baby Andy and Grandpa Andy were studying the dining room chandelier.
How many people have a merry go round in the middle of their dining room table? Baby Andy and Ryder were taking a few spins around on it.
Laney and Ryder were all dressed up for Easter.
BFF Sally and daughter Lauren. I’ve known Lauren since she was less that 2 years old.
Lauren, big brother Ted (hiding behind the Easter tree) and his wife Pam. I’ve known him also since he was about 3.
The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and plentiful and the company was the best.
My apologies to all of the family who didn’t make it into the blog….I missed taking a lot of pictures.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

My Tough Work Week Is Over Finally

I have a tough job when I am in Florida.
It is called Ladies Who Lunch and this was the official Ladies Who Lunch Week so I worked Monday through Thursday!
Monday I met with my Free To Be Surface design group and we each bring out own lunch. A great group..Nancy, Robbie and Beth.
Tuesday my friend Carol Brum Gordhamer and I had lunch at our community clubhouse.
When I had lunch Wednesday with my long time friend Jean we were so busy talking, laughing and reminiscing we never got a current picture..So I am sharing this one from New Years many years ago. Jean is on the left and Ione is on the right. That was the year of the big snowstorm and all 6 of our friends had to spend the night at our house as there was no way to get anywhere. What a fun memory.
Thursday Lynn, Pat and I had lunch at B D Beans, an annual tradition for the 3 of us. Lynn and Pat and their DH’s are the inspiration for our decision to live here in Florida. Lynn was a local friend in WI and Pat and I were high school classmates in Racine.
And since I never remember to post food pictures anymore I had to share my Summer Salad with you. It has artichoke hears, walnuts, shopped tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, coconut and fresh greens. I am a creature of habit and I order it most of the time I eat there.

Friday, April 14, 2017

If Vanna Ever Retires, I Have Found Her Replacement!

When my friend Carol Brum Gordhamer came over this week I remembered to take her picture in front of the quilt.
She sure takes great pictures. You can see she has the motions that would make her a great replacement for Vanna on Wheel Of Fortune.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Year Is 2017 And Today I Am Making My 2017th Ever Blog Post!

I have been busy creating more ice dyes recently.
Each is very different than the others.
By trying many different ways of doing these I come up with a few really great ones, some that are quite good and my share of duds.
I was very pleased with this one. If you look closely you will see both equilateral triangles and hexagons. They changed greatly from the top to the bottom.
This is another piece I am pleased with. I love both the colors and the pattern.
The orientation of this one is quite different than most others. I love everything about it and a piece like this can fit in many spaces where nothing else could. I used a piece with a similar size and shape over one of the fireplaces at the Anderson Arts Center in my recent solo show.
I feels so good to be dyeing again and creating work with the help of serendipity. Each time I finish ironing a piece and look at it I enjoy seeing what has happened. It is really not until they are ironed that the true beauty makes its appearance.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Ice Dye Different

I am always playing and experimenting as I ice dye.
I had a white piece of fabric I screen printed one of my original design thermofax screens on with brown paint.
The contrast was to great to make it something I was pleased with.
It called for some soft southwest colors in my opinion to marry the print with the background.
I am pleased with the results. The coloration is much lighter that my usual work.
Had it been darker the printing would have been lost.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Racine Washington Park High School Class of 1957 Early 60th Reunion

We always have such an enjoyable time at these small reunions we have in Florida each year.
This year we met at Pat and Ron Brodsko’s home where everyone always feels welcome.
I am not going to put names with these photos as I want you to see if your recognize the people in them!
How many of these people do you recognize?
Do you know these two ladies?
It is so much fun to reminisce and to catch up on what has been happening in our lives since we last saw each other which was only a year or two ago.
We had another one almost 6 years ago to the day.
If you weren’t there we missed you and hope you can make the next one.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

More Ice!


More new ice dyeing for your viewing pleasure.
I hope looking at this makes YOU happy.

Monday, April 3, 2017

I’m Back

Dyeing time is here again. It's great to be continuing on this journey.

I am pleased to be creating new work and have finished some new ones.

Radiant Ruby

This is my newest mandala.

Each piece I create is one of a kind and I don’t have a formula. One of the keys is that I manipulate the fabric differently for each and every piece I do. There are also a lot of other variables as I work.

I believe that is one of the reasons why I have been christened “The Queen Of Ice”.

I did something I have never done before when I created this one and I am very pleased with the result.

I have several other ice dyes in various stages of completion.
Several are batching as I write this.

I love the contrast of the strength and softness that happened here.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Changing Up Seldom Inn’s Entrance

I think this is much more welcoming that the previous entrance decor.
A friend had bought this at our community sale last year and decided she didn’t need it and I was pleased with the bargain I got. It had different cushions that were like new but they didn’t go with my colors so I got new cushions that actually cost more than what I paid for the table and two chairs.
I hope you will come and sit a spell when you are outside.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

To Thine Own Self Be True

I see so many beautiful quilts and can appreciate quilts that are so different that what I do. I have no desire to make certain types of quilts. Does that mean I don’t like them? Quite the opposite. I can love and appreciate all the different types of quilts others make.

I know there are many quilters who want to do it all. From the beginning I have leaned toward doing quilts with a geometric style. That does not mean I haven’t tried many different things.
I also have always had a love of color. My use of color has been refined over the years and it is now something I am recognized for. Colors get my creative juices flowing.
My quilts may have changed over the years but many of my friends can still spot a quilt of mine from a distance.

For years I had no desire to dye fabric. I loved the hand dyed fabrics and purchased them from the people who were dyeing fabrics as I did for this one.
Today most of my quilts are made from fabric I dyed or painted.
And of course one of the best types of quilts are FINISHED QUILTS!
I have learned to never say never along this journey. I only took a 1/2 day miniature quilt class so I could tell my students WHY it didn’t make sense to make miniature quilts.
During that class a light bulb went on and I made my first miniature in a technique I developed then and there. I went on to teach my techniques both in my local classes and throughout the USA.
I even made the world's smallest quilts as documented in Quilter’s Newsletter.
Over the years I have learned to never say never, but always keep an open mind and say maybe.  One never knows!
As you look at this post do YOU see anything all my work has in common?