Sunday, January 18, 2009

More hand dyes

I usually share some of the fabrics I hand dye with Mary and Mother.  When we were all together in December, my sister Ann expressed an interest in having some too.  Mary let me know this morning that she has just about used all of the last batch I sent her and asked that I send some to Mother's and that she and Mother and Ann would divey them up when they got together the end of February.  So I pulled out a bunch today and cut some fat quarters and half yard pieces to send them.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                           Mary also requested some dupioni silk...I had ordered a bunch of silk to dye in November, but haven't gotten it dyed yet.  But I did have these pieces left from my last silk dyeing session that I'll send.                                                                                       
The rest are cottons.  Here are some pieces that are good for landscapes and sunrises/sunsets


reds....the light was not right...these are vibrant reds and all different shades

purples/violets....again not true color because of the lighting. There is much more variation in the pieces than shows in the photos.

green....I'm low on greens...need to do some more soon.

pinks and burgundy

gold and neutrals

these also are neutrals...too much light in the photo.

  Anyway, it gives you an idea.  I'll be sending these out later this week.  That should give them enough to do a few postcards!

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

A busy week

A very busy week. There is a ton of guild work to be done as we prepare for our quilt show in February. We'll have 290 quilts!  If you're in the area, you should come. Lots of venders too.  I'm still working on quilting show quilts for clients, and mine still aren't quilted either! 

But I did steal a couple hours this week to handpaint and sunprint  some fabric. I used setacolor paints. Usually I use Dye-na-Flow. I really like it a lot better. But I did get some pretty good pieces.  This first one is my clean up rag....not bad for a rag! 

I was going for more of a colorwash here, but I didn't get the paint dilute enough....another reason I like Dye-na-Flow better...

This is a piece of Habotai...too splotchy..again not dilute enough...  I'll have to add more color to this next time I have a paint/dye day.  The setacolor also leaves a heavier hand...not as soft as Dye-na -flow.
For this one I sunprinted washers with a cheesecloth overlay....interesting.

This is a white on white print

I really like this piece

and this one too

Another white on white print fabric...kind of cool

And this is a piece of silk jacquard....really pretty, but again it lost some of it's softness.

What did you do this week?

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

A new kitty addition

To my collection, that is.  I collect kitties of all kinds.  Unlike my live kitties where I'm limited to just 2 by my husband, I have other kitties made out of all kinds of things.  Some of my favorites are the Jim Shore Heartwood Creek cats.  I had 2 of them until yesterday when I received this cute one in the mail from Mary. Thanks Mary, I love it.  And it'll sit on the shelf with the other 2 to keep him company.And if you're interested here are the other 2. This is Elijah.

And this is Felicity.

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On the lift at last

Well, after a bit of drama  Trout is finally up on her new home.  There are still a couple adjustments that have to be made by the builder tomorrow, but that will do it.It'll keep that bottom nice and clean and smooth....that translates to speed!

Needless to say, all is right once again with Don's world.  First race with her is one week from today!

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Trout has arrived!

Well, here it is coming up to our backyard docks.  Isn't it just the cutest little thing?  As you can imagine, Don is thrilled.  What fun this little boat is going to be.  A huge change from OuiOui, but change is good. And the way we sail has changed so this will be perfect.  BTW, Vicki...did you notice Don's shirt?? LOL  Good thing he has a bunch of them...he wears one every day! 

It was a beautiful day...not a cloud in the sky.  Fairly light breeze, but this light little boat doesn't need much.

I'm really glad we decided to get the optional hull color...that flag blue hull is just gorgeous.  First thing tomorrow morning the lift techs come to fit the lift to her, so we can get her up out of the water and keep that bottom nice and dry and smooth....she'll be much faster that way!

 Yup, just another perfect day in Paradise!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A change of direction

I don't call this a New Year's resolution because it was decided a while back, but I have stopped taking new clients for quilting.  And, when I am finished with the backlog of commitments I have on hand, my days of client quilting will come to an end.  Almost...  I will still do an occasional SPECIAL quilt for a long time client.  But those will be few and far between.  Do you realize that I have done nothing for myself other than the hurried class samples in 2 years??  

And yes, I also realize that this is my own fault for not scheduling regular time for my own quilts. But it's hard to do when you're looking at a 6-8 month backlog of client quilts.  I'm tired.  I'm ready to spend my time working on my own quilts and teaching in between....not teaching frantically between mounds of client quilts.

Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed all the client quilting I have done.  Because of that, I have been privileged to work on some amazing quilts.  I have quilted quilts that I would never make which is really fun and challenging.   And, to be perfectly honest....I have quilted a few dogs.  But all in all, quilting for others has been a terrific experience.  I have learned an awful lot...a lot faster than I would have if just quilting my own quilts.  And I won a lot of ribbons from client quilts too. To all my clients, I thank you for the privilege and experience of finishing your artwork.  I believe it has enriched us both.                                                                                                
So, I should have the last of my client commitments finished by early April.   WOW....then all that time for me!  And boy do I have a list of stuff I want to do.  Of course I still have 2 family members quilts to do that I have had for close to a year....They'll be first.

But for now, I'm still working on those client quilts ...and this one is gonna be a beauty!


Thanks for listening and have a great night!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Mary Ann's Quilt

This is a quilt my cousin made and sent me to quilt.  I am embarrassed to say how long I've had it.  She does know that I quilt her tops when I have the time between client quilts...but still.  It's been waiting a long time. Usually I just do an overall for her, but I thought I'd do something special for her this time.I had an instructional video to do for MQR and I had decided to do it on dealing with wide borders, so this top was perfect.

I hope the special quilting makes up for the long wait. Though I do have another one of hers waiting to be done...soon, Mary Ann!

This one will be on it's way to you tomorrow!

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone made it through last night's celebrations without too much pain. Lame as ever, we didn't make it to midnight...LOL!

I spent the day working on a few  projects for a while, and then decided to take the rest of the day off and read by the pool.  Very enjoyable way to spend the day!  Tomorrow it'll be time time get this new year rolling!

May this be your best year ever!