Saturday, June 29, 2013

more marbles on my fabric

I had a second marbling session, here at home, on Thursday. There were some hits and misses. I'm showing a few of my favorite pieces.

This marbling is on blue jean fabric.

This was on some lovely black rustly fabric. Silk? I don't know what it is.

Part of the mystery is whatever fabric is underneath. This was leftover cotton sateen from a Spoonflower order. It's amazing how you can take ugly, failed fabric and make something interesting.

I dyed this lovely green linen in a Teresa Shippy workshop and it was wonderful as is. But I do love it with marbled orbs on it.

Here's a peek at my design wall with some marbled fabric that I made in my first session, at the Fibreye retreat. This is not the kind of quilting that I usually do, but I'm having great fun with it. Some of the recent marbling creations will find their way into this quilt, too.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

What's for Dinner? Ravioli di Verdura

Here is my quilt, "Ravioli de Verdura," which will be part of the What's for Dinner special exhibit. It debuts at Quilt Festival in Houston in October (not sure of dates yet). Yippee! Glad to be part of it. I stenciled the knive, fork and spoon.

Detail of the ravioli, with "tomato sauce" (made from hand-dyed burnout velvet), and artichoke heart wedges. Glass of chardonnay on the side. Yum! This is my favorite thing to order in an Italian restaurant.

Sammy's third birthday party

Today I received photos from my granddaughter's third birthday party. It was last Sunday in central New York. I'm showing just a few of the photos here.

My daughter had quite a spread for family and friends. She made all the cupcakes from scratch. Sammy requested the pink ones.

Opening presents with her friends.

Pla-Doh is in the house!

She opened the package from us earlier. Sandals for summer, both in white and green.

This is the dress I made for her, seen in an earlier post. I hope I get to see her wearing it!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

What's for dinner quilt, plus another sitting dog

I am excited that my quilt entry for the "What's for Dinner" special exhibit got accepted. Mine depicted ravioli, which was very fun to make out of fabric. I don't know if it's okay to show my quilt; I'll ask first. The exhibit will debut at Quilt Festival in Houston; I will let you know if it goes elsewhere.

I have started a new quilt, made with the marbled fabric I posted about recently. It's different from my typical quilts, and I like it! There will be photos when it is further along.

In the meantime, I can show you my latest dog creation. This is my fourth one!

Like the dogs that came before it, I am giving it away. It will probably go in a Christmas-themed basket that will be auctioned off at the Flying Geese Quilt Show in September.

I like these dogs so much, maybe because the face is a little like my dachshund, Ginger.

Monday, June 3, 2013

new dress for sammy

I just finished this dress for Samantha. I will send it off for her third birthday, which is on the 16th of June.

Details of contrast fabric, belt loops and pockets.

Tab on the sleeve.

I used this Olive & S pattern. Both the fabrics and pattern were purchased some time ago. I sewed it last week before she grew out of the pattern sizes! It's a Toddler 3 - hope it will fit her for a while.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

marbled fabrics

I can't believe I haven't posted anything about the retreat I went to at Casa de Maria in mid-May. It was a wonderful, creative time. I taught knitting. I spent the rest of the time playing with fabric: dyeing silk scarves with silk neck tie fragments boiled in vinegar water. Marbling on all sorts of fabric. It was all so much fun!

Some of my marbled fabrics hanging on the line. I tried everything from silk chiffon to linen and all sorts of cottons, some of them already dyed or printed.

Completely different looks another day.

An array of gently washed and ironed fabrics. The ones on the far left are the dyed scarves.

The fabric in the middle was from some disappointing green dyed and rusted fabric that I hated. Marbling it made it rich and wonderful.

I have an idea for a quilt (or two) that I want to do with the marbled fabrics, but I have been too busy with other things to get started. Soon!