Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dye Candy selvages arrived!

I just received my box of dyed selvages from Chris at Dye Candy. Thank you so much it is gorgeous. It was just like Christmas opening up the box. While watching television I decided to sort the selvages, look who bounded onto the ottoman! Heinrich has been enjoying resting in them since. Chris cuts into the fabric, about 1/4 inch and then rips off the selvages. This keeps the fabric from twisting up on her. Please correct me Chris, if this isn't correct. She sells her dyed fabric from her etsy shop. It is lovely and she does a nice job. I used to dye fabrics about 10 years ago, and it is a process. I used Procion dyes with salt and soda ash to set the color. It seems to me that I ordered a box full of recipes with gradations in it to help get the correct color. You would take the amount of dye and half it each time to get the next lighter gradation. The instructions had all of the color gradations on it with the dye colors to use. A very good exercise in color. I first saw the materials in a quilt magazine that came out four times a year. It was so long ago that I can't remember the name of it.
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

McKenna Ryan Pattern

I bought this pattern two weeks ago when I saw it made up at Millend Textiles in Fargo. It was made with shades of purple and on the third panel there was some printing on the fabric. As I stood at the checkout I thought to myself, I have lots of batiks in the purple tones that would look great in that pattern and I could save myself some money if I used them up. Now I can't remember how it looked. I will have to go back to the store, 150 miles away, and look at it again. This time I am going to put my fabric in a bag and take it along and try and visualize what it will look like. It was absolutely gorgeous. I called yesterday, the salesclerk said that since they put it up on display the fabric literally flew out of the store and no remnants either.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Please Leave a Comment!!!

Please leave a comment along with your email address or your blogsite so I can come and visit you!!! I went to all of the sites yesterday that left a note and really enjoyed seeing what each of you had made. I have to limit my own viewing today as I need to get something done in my house and I have stayed up too late on my computer!!!!

Remember This Monkey!!!!

My friend Sandy made these monkeys a few years ago. At the time I thought they were the ugliest things I had ever seen. Yesterday I saw this fabric at the fat quarter shop and decided to order some. This morning my friend and I went out for breakfast, I mentioned the fabric, and now I have in my possession a new pair of socks and the directions to make the monkey. I think he is so cute!!!! I wonder how long it will last with my pooch around. I will have to set it up high so he doesn't take ownership of it and tear it to pieces. What do you think of my new friend??? Have a great weekend and have fun browsing at the quilt show.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Julia and Julie

It is a great movie! You have got to go, my friend and I went twice. Lots of fun, the music is great and the sets are well done. It is quite long, but you will enjoy it. I learned French a long time ago in college, it is surprising what you retain.

Quilt Guild Project

I joined a quilt guild earlier this fall up in Altona, Manitoba. Last night we received handouts with directions to do English paper piecing. It was a great time and a good chance to meet the other members. Probably my favorite part of the evening was sitting next to Sharon Schmidt and helping myself to some of her wonderful scraps. I took a few, like the cat,the red print and the turquoise pieces shown in the photo. To be nice, I left her a few of my mine that were done. It was the least I could do, after rooting through her container!!!!!!! The other members brought their show and tell pieces, they do very high quality quilting. I am glad I joined.During announcement time, I told everyone about the virtual quilting bee online and give them the web address as well as my own. One can spend lots of time sitting and viewing all of the beautiful designs.
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Close-up of French Roses Fabrics

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Virtual Quilting Bee-Click on the Button to Link

Virtual Quilt Show

There is a virtual quilt show going on. Please go to to view the quilts. There are 600 entries so far. The deadline to put in your entry is this coming Friday. I have gone to view the quilts, a great selection, I saw a few that I really liked that were really modern in nature. I have chosen to enter the quilt that my sister made called French Roses. She passed away about a year and a half ago, we both had purchased the same fabrics to make this small throw sized quilt. I am just finishing mine up now, and am getting ready to send it to be quilted. This was a fun pattern to do and would be particularly good for beginners.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New Jelly Roll Ordered!

I ordered this jellyroll from Hancocks of Paducah. They had a good price on all of the fabric strips. These are so beautiful and will make a great looking project. All are Kona cottons. Anybody got any good ideas on what to make out of them?

I need to go on a fabric diet as well as a food one. Check out Deb has some good utube clips of Il Divo.