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Friday, February 14th, 2014


After a few glitches, I finally have Paige’s quilt ready for sandwiching and quilting. Two more to go and I wonder if I can fit them in to my busy schedule. I know I am going to get slammed with moving household stuff at some time in the near future, whether we find a new place or end up renting for a while. I am scheduled to give a talk at the Oregon SAQA conference on my creative process or something like that. I know there are many in the group who would be as qualified as me to do this and so I am feeling a bit intimidated.

I am also taking the year long online Master Class with Elizabeth Barton. I skipped the first month for a couple of reasons. I was pretty busy with house stuff, and it was on value which I have done with her in another online class and in a workshop here in Portland.

This month’s assignment is to show movement in your work. Sketches were due on the 10th and we are to have it done in the cloth (no stitches) by the 20th. Here are my sketches — a difficult task for me, as I like to work in my head and then just start cutting and designing with fabric.

This one is flames. She suggested that the darker values should be in the front it it is flames, but it could be a plant. I tried inverting the values. I like that version better, I think.



Next was forest stream. I like this a lot because I do like to do simplified tree landscapes.


And this is the one she liked best and I love it too. I want to make it really large so getting it done by the 20th could be problematic. I would like to do it in silk with lots of black, setting off the colors.


So that is what we are up to. Now, I must get myself together to go out to a Valentine thing at Trinity with Mr. C. I haven’t posted a photo of our lovable Scooter so here he is to wish you a happy heart day!



Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

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Winner of The Printed Fabric Bee

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014


I did the drawing for the fabric collection. I posted a new photo because Pokey Bolton’s fabric is now revealed. I had 50 comments on my blog and 39 comments on the FaceBook page. The random number generator selected the number 51 which just happens to be a good friend of mine, Gale Dupell, who is part of my STASH group. I will be able to deliver it to her. She has had some serious medical problems and this will be a nice treat for her – very serendipitous. Thank you all for coming to the blog and playing along.

Abstract Painting with Snow Dyeing

Saturday, February 8th, 2014


I decided to make the most of the unusual Portland weather — snow and more snow — and do some snow dyeing. With snow dyeing, there is no control, only serendipitous results. I love all of the results that I got.

I have a lot of the wire basket storage containers that are currently empty. I used four in the downstairs tub. Two upside down and two on top, lined with plastic. This setup would allow the melting snow to drain into the tub.

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I soaked fabric in soda ash, wrung it out and placed it in the containers. I have cotton in the left hand bins and silk — mainly chiffon scarves in the right hand bin.

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I piled snow into tubs and brought it into the bathroom and covered the fabric.

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I had some procion dye concentrates in squirt bottles that I have had for a while. I decided to see if they had any life left and squirted several colors over the silk bin.

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This is what it looked like later in the day.

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For the cotton bin, I donned my respirator and sprinkled dyed powder on to the snow.

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It looked like this later in the day.

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I covered the bins with plastic and left them for 24 hours.

Today, I rinsed them in cold water and put them through a hot wash with synthropol. You can see one of the cotton pieces up at the top. Here is another.


And the third piece of cotton. Hard to believe that this was in the same bin!


I had two cotton scarves that I put in that batch. I got totally different results on these, too. The scarf is so big that I folded it and photographed the two sides.



Here are the two sides of the other one.



I also had a piece of cheesecloth in the mix.


Here is a detail.


The red dye concentrate took over in the bin of silk scarves. A little purple showed up, but I basically got a rosy pink. I am planning to do another big pink quilt and will use some of this for that, so it is all good. (Big pink is the tall building in Portland that looks pink most of the time.)


Tonight we are getting freezing rain so, I don’t think there will be anymore snow dyeing, but I am happy that I got a chance to try it.

Missed My Blogiversary

Thursday, February 6th, 2014


Nine years ago on February 3, I did my first blog post. Usually, I like to have a party and give my readers a chance to win something in a drawing, but since I have The Printed Fabric Bee going on, I am going to wait for my 2000th post, which is coming up, soon.
If you want a chance for the printed fabric, leave a comment on the previous post!

We had snow today! This is a photo I took early on. We got more than this and are expecting more tomorrow so I am going to try my hand at snow dyeing.


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I have been putzing around most of the week with errands and SDA work, but today, I got back to work on the quilt for Paige. I am using hot pink and white blocks to go with the disappearing nine patch blocks. In fact, I am almost done with the piecing. I can start working on borders tomorrow. I have to use the floor as my design area!

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Tuesday night was the opening of the Simply Red show. Here are some photos I took with my Moonstruck piece.


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This is an overview of the upstairs gallery. It is a lovely space out in Hillsboro.

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