Monday, July 4, 2022

Ice Dyeing Fabric

I recently took a class through our local quilt guild that taught me how to ice dye fabric.  It was so much fun!  And not only because of what we learned, but also because it was in person and among friends.  Our teacher was extremely knowledgeable about dying fabric and her insights made it successful for everyone.

Here are the fabrics that I ended up with:


                        Gunmetal Gray
                    Peach and Bronze

Dyed in the "mud" at the bottom of the pan:

I hope you discover new and fun techniques too!

Monday, June 27, 2022

Atmospheric Exposion

This quilt started the same way as a couple of previous ones.  I sketched the design based on some quilts that I had seen on Pinterest.  There were color ways that I wanted to try out: pink, red, orange, and black.  So, I also looked up some color studies on Pinterest.  Here are my sketches and color inspirations.

After the sketch was done and colored in, I transferred the main design lines onto 6" muslin squares.  Each square was collaged with material in the color shown on the sketch.  Then, some stringy pieces of fabric were glued on top of the collaged piece.  When all the squares were done, the top was sewn together to form the base.  Here is a picture of the base.

I pulled out some yarn, threads, rick rack, and lace to match the top.  This was cut and dropped on top of the base until it was more or less covered.  A layer of light pink tulle was pinned to the top.  The whole thing was layered with batting and backing, then quilted with several different colors of thread on the long arm.  

My friends suggested a dark gray binding, and they were right.  It stops the eye at the edges.  My friends also suggested the name of the quilt "Atmospheric Explosion", and one of them made a custom embroidered label.  The label is fabulous!

The quilt is 36" x 42".

I hope you like it.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Fabric Dyeing

I did a bit of fabric dyeing earlier this year.  After taking a low water immersion dyeing class last fall, I inherited some fabric dye powder from a couple of friends.  Ever the engineer, I calculated some dye lots on spreadsheets, and set out to dye the PFD fabric that I had in the closet.  I have to say that the dying process is pretty quick and pretty interesting.  But, the rinsing out and washing is a painful long process.  

I didn't have any goal in mind as far as a quilt goes, but just wanted to use up the dye and fabric on hand.  Here are some of my results:

I mixed some colors and in other cases I diluted the dyes to get a range of one color.

Anyway, I hope you have new and exciting experiences too.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Shadow Selfie - Peace

I made another collaged quilt background with a shadow selfie.  My husband said that I needed more current shadow selfies  So, he went out for a walk with me and took this photo of me giving the 'Peace' sign.

I made this quilt the same way as the previous shadow selfie.  I sketched and colored in a design.  Each square was transfered to a 6" piece of muslin.  Fabric was sewn and glued to make the collage.  Then the blocks were sewn together.  Using left-over snippets from the background pieces, and a pile of antique ribbon and bias binding, yarn, and threads, I piled them on top of the completed background.  One layer of black tulle was then placed over the top and it was quilted with several colors of thread.  The final step was to put 2 layers of black tulle underneath the shadow selfie picture and sew around it twice with black thread.

It is 36" W x 42" H.  I think it's timely, with wanting PEACE in the world!  Too much war!

Anyway, I hope you like it.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Improv New York Beauty - Final

The improv New York Beauty quilt is finally done! 

It was quilted by Tami Levins in Vancouver, WA and I just finished the binding.  It's 70" x 70" and I love it!

I hope you like it too!

Monday, March 21, 2022

Arielle's Nest

My youngest granddaughter, Arielle Taylor, loves to draw pictures, and she knows that I like nests.  So, she colored this nice picture for me.  I thought it would make a great addition to my nest series of art quilts.  

I traced her picture, had it blown up at Rose City Blueprint, and traced it onto prepared for dying fabric.  I used Inktense Pencils to color it to match her drawing.  It was quilted on my domestic sewing machine. 

I can't wait to give it to her!

It's 17" W x 18" L.

I hope you like it too!

Monday, March 14, 2022


I hadn't made a self-portrait and wanted to make one this year.

I used a picture that was taken of me on a cruise through the Panama Canal.  The picture was imported into Photoshop, turned into black and white, posterized, and finally printed as a pencil sketch.  I traced the picture, had it blown up at Rose City Blueprint, and traced it onto the fabric with permanent marker.  Like many other quilts, I changed my mind at that point and decided to go ahead and paint it with fabric paint.  I only used white and black paint that I mixed into 7 shades.  I printed the posterized version of the picture and used it as a guide to paint the portrait.  Then I cut it out and fused it to the background.  It was thread highlighted, touched up with ink pencils, and colored pencils.   After all of that was done, I layered it with Thermore batting and backing and it was quilted.  The only fabric is the dress and the background.  I may touch it up a little bit more around the eyes.  Who knows?

The quilt ended up at 21" W x 23" L.

I hope you like it!