I have learned that I need to let things sit for at least a few hours after I design them before I finish them, because I ALWAYS see things I didn't see earlier. But, since I have very little patience when it comes to sewing, I broke my own rule with my little fall quilt yesterday. (and again today, really...) So, today I made it again, with quite a few changes, how many can you find? I only changed the background fabric because I didn't have enough of the first one, so I changed the binding color also, to keep it from looking too Christmasy. I think I like the original colors better, and the new layout better, what do you think?
I've been playing with my Starr fabrics again. After I finished the main part, I couldn't decide how to do the edges, so I put it on Facebook for suggestions. Thanks to Faith for the idea of the accent strip, it adds a lot!
Before I finished it, I took a nap and had lots of weird dreams. When I did finish it, I forgot the backing, that's a new one....I guess this one's mine! :-) I don't like the shape of the stripe, maybe I'll play with it and see if I can turn it into a kit, what do you think?
Update: I think I have an idea for how to fix it, stay tuned :-)
And the dragonfly kits are going fast, I already have to order more fabric! Click on the picture for more info or to order.
More fun with my new batch of Starr Design fabrics! We've had a very cool and rainy summer, I decided I needed some bright flowers!
I was inspired by my trip to Denali Park to make a Denali card, not sure why I haven't done that before.... As I was picking out fabrics for it, I realized that none of my new 180 colors was just right for the sky....(all a little too dark) so I decided to dye my own. Some Rit dye, a Gladware container, three tries but a mere 25 minutes later, I had fabric ready to use. I used the "low water immersion" dye method, which is very quick and easy! I really wanted to start dyeing more of my own fabric this year,
(with the good fiber reactive dyes) but I haven't had the time or the body to do it...so for now I'll let the people at Starr Fabrics do most of it for me :-)
And, in case you haven't heard, the Summer Dragonfly kit is now available, I'll probably put this in the next several blog posts to get the word out :-) Click on the picture to go to the kit.
It's finally here! There is quite a bit of info on the home page, or on the page for the kit, (click on the picture) so I don't think I will write it all again here :-) Happy Sewing!!
I finally have all of my fabric from Starr Fabrics, a little of everything they make. It's pretty much the quilter's equivalent of a huge new box of crayons :-) I got some yardage of some of them that I already knew I needed in addition to these 6 sets of fat quarters. After we picked this up at the post office, I went to two fabric stores looking for coordinating batiks. I put it all in my husband's chair when we got home, so he asked if he had been replaced :-) I am blessed to have one who supports my insanity, although I have always made more money than I spend, so he can't really complain too much. As long as he doesn't mind sleeping in a quilt studio, that is. :-) This should keep me busy for awhile! I think I have all the parts for the dragonfly kits now, so those should be ready soon!
In case there was any doubt, this morning I proved that I am quite crazy. I took a perfectly good quilt, which I not only got grand champion for at the fair, I even got 100 out of 100 points, and did a bunch of stitching through the whole thing..... I did chicken out a bit and used thread that I knew wouldn't show too much :-) (for those who didn't see the earlier post, I added the treeline in the background)
And it turned out that my package slip yesterday was only HALF of my big order, I'll wait until the rest comes to post a picture of that. I'm already having fun with it though, the first draft of a fall leaf quilt is on my design wall. I have learned to let them sit for awhile, I always see things later that I didn't notice at first. That is so hard for me though, I should leave it for a few days, but I often can only scrape together enough patience to wait a few hours :-) The stitching changes them so much, I'm always anxious to get it on there!
Lately I have been feeling like I'm being pulled in too many directions, just with sewing, not to mention the rest of my life :-) The main parts of my business are making cards, making kits and patterns, teaching classes, and making art quilts. The art quilts are what I like to do the most, but that is what gets put to the back burner the most also, mostly because the other areas are more profitable, unfortunately. My recent trip to Denali Park and seeing Ree Nancarrow's quilts plus this raven one by Karin Franzen has given me the itch to put more time into my own art quilting. It's the middle of my busiest season though, so we'll see.... I took lots of pictures, so plenty of ideas are brewing! The second picture is another one of Ree Nancarrow's, also in the park.
I got the package slip for the monstrous fabric order I have been waiting for, so watch tomorrow for a picture of the coolest fabric package ever! :-) It's torture to wait another day, but I guess I'm glad a bazillion dollars worth of fabric didn't fit in the mailbox....
I'm back from a spectacular trip to Denali National Park. The mountain cooperated and was out most of the time we were down there, which is pretty much unheard of, and especially this summer when we've had record breaking rain. (In the summer the mountain is behind clouds more than 70% of the time) We also saw lots of caribou, moose, and grizzly bears. I will do a post about that soon, but one of the highlights for me was finally seeing art quilter Ree Nancarrow's quilt "Seasons of Denali" in person. It requires riding a bus for several hours into the Eielson Visitor Center in the park, which I hadn't done in over 20 years, before the quilt was there. The quilt is 4 panels, for a total of 8 x 12 feet. The bus was only there for 30 minutes, not nearly long enough to soak it all in. I took lots of close up pictures, so I could at least study it more when I got home! The fabrics are all hand dyed, most of the animals and flowers are painted. So fun to see! Scroll down for some close up photos...
And, I'm holding my breath waiting for my Starr Fabrics order, which includes fabric for the dragonfly kits, they should be out any time now, plus lots more fabric for me to play with!
Here is this year's fair entry, titled "Serenity". After the fair it is going to a friend, who requested water, birch trees, iris', and a Psalm 1 theme. I just realized today that I didn't really put water in it. It occurred to me that if I added a horizon line, it would have water. So I played with it on my Brushes 3 app (free ipad app) to try it out. The first one looked too straight with all those curvy lines, so I tried another one. I will let the recipient decide if she wants it, it would show on the back at this point, but what a cool way to try something with no risk! It would work for quilting designs also.
I don't plan to make a pattern/kit for this one, too much thread sketching. Several fun ones in the works though, click here to see what patterns I do have! I just ordered a terrifying amount of Starr Fabrics, that will be lots of fun when it comes!