aztec gold ~ courtesy of vicki welsh hand dyed fabrics

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hello everyone ~  here is a finished project; the third in the series of what i can only describe as dream fabrics made by vicki welsh.  this piece is the gradient, “sundance!”  {love that name}.  of course, you will find more gorgeous combos on her etsy shop! {if you haven’t already picked out a couple?!} i let the good times …

hawaiian waterfall ~

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hey friends ~  part two with gradients made by vicki welsh!  this delicioso, gorgeous, hand-dyed fabric is called ‘key west.’  and like the long-ago {1970’s?} calgon commercial ~ all i can say is: “key west… take me away” ~ please! okay, so i’m not going to key west!  but i do {still} get carried away by the beautiful fabrics this talented lady …

summertime bliss with vicki welsh ~ giveaway!

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hi there everyone ~ have you ever had the pleasure of touching, creating, and quilting with hand-dyed fabrics?  i have ~ and it’s pure bliss! it was an easy “yes!” when vicki welsh asked if was interested in playing with her fabrics!  they are simply one of the must-haves in my fabric stash ~ no matter whether you want to do piecing, …

First Time Playing with Decolourant

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This is a new product for me to try, ever.  It’s called DeColourant; I’ve seen it on other blogs, and in magazines… so I thought it would be fun to experiment with.  And it is!  However, at $8.50 for this tiny bottle, it’s a pricey little item. So what does it do?  It removes color, simply, and ‘cleanly’ as in, …

Pretty Pictures

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Merry Christmas!  I thought these pretty colors were very festive and am excited to share some new pics I’ve taken. These pictures represent some practicing I’ve been doing with my new camera, the Canon Rebel T3i.  My original quilt, “Northern Lights” has been really fun to use as the subject.  If you click on the link above, you can see …

A Summer To Dye For

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It has been an awesome summer season in so many ways.  Even though it has been dry and hot, the upside is that it’s been a perfect summer to experiment with dyeing fabric! And I enjoyed doing just that this past weekend…  And for taking that fabric, and adding a layer of paintstik rubbings.  This is the base fabric for …

A Wild Zenspiration Tulip

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 My first “Zenspirations-styled” free motion quilted piece is done.  “A Wild Tulip” was a bit of a wild ride! “A Wild Tulip” — 8″x17″ approximately. Challenging? Yes!  Fun?  Mostly!  Learning?  Most Definitely! I started out with 50 weight Masterpiece ELS cotton in my top and bobbin.  I would do that differently next time, and did change my threads, mid-way through …

Jamaican Me Crazy With Stampin’!

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What Can I Say?  Summer is ending SO fast.  It was only 44 degrees at 6:30 am, and this afternoon, a fabric-stampin’ perfect at 70-75 degrees and I’m the John Wayne of fabric stamping… ‘hell-bent for leather’—so to speak!  Very excited with the colors and the pattern on this one!  Kind of “Jamaican” inspired. It was a piece of hand …

CREATE!

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 Oh Summer Days!  How I love to get outside and start playing with dyeing, stamping, and fabric paints!  And so anxious to give my newly cut linoleum blocks a stamping session!  Using the ‘easy cut’ linoleum is the only way.  I tried the other ‘battleship gray’ type, and oh my… it was too hard to cut.  Lesson learned. I ordered …

And… the Winners Are…

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Wow!   Thanks for knocking my socks off with your comments.   I’d show you a picture of sockless feet… but who really wants to see THAT… so I put them back on…   (aren’t you glad!)  Here’s a picture of my very cool and stylin’ “Duck Socks” —  a birthday gift from my Sis Lisa.   Aren’t they CUTE?!!   (You don’t know how …

New Scarf with Hand Dyed Fabrics

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You perhaps saw the earlier post on fabric dye and Elmer’s Glue.  If not, you can see them here… and here! I was inspired by a new book I purchased a month or so ago, and now just getting around to making a project from it.  The uathor is Malka Dubrawsky  who’s style and color choices I very much admire!  …