A New Work in Progress

Palette by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics

Wednesday night a rather lovely package of fabric arrive at my door. This fabric line is called Palette, part of the upcoming collection by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics.

I first met Marcia several years ago at International Quilt Festival. She is so genuine and kind and obviously talented. Each year since, my mom and I go to her booth and visit when we are at the show. I’m thrilled to now be working on a quilt for her for Fall Quilt Market. Here’s a start…with the reds.

Lighthouse Quilt Block by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I’m thinking of developing a quilt along with this pattern sometime early Fall. Any interest?

Things will be a bit quiet around here next week while I enjoy the last official week of Summer Vacation with my family. School starts in just over a week ~ 1st Grade, here we come!

I’ve been busy…

Hand dyed following Color Your Cloth

Yep, as I predicted, dyeing fabric is very addicting. I spent the last 5 days taking over my husband’s garage parking spot and dyeing fabric, following the directions in Malka Dubrawsky’s book, Color Your Cloth. The book was *very* easy to follow and I was successful from the first piece of fabric I dyed. It is a pretty time consuming process, especially if you are working around the schedule of a 1 and 3 year old. But boy is it fun.

Hand dyed following Color Your Cloth

I’ve learned quite a bit in the last week. I probably looked like I was creating a bomb or something, with my bleach, vinegar, hot wax, dye, apron, rubber clothes, and face mask. Oh well, everyone needs at least 1 weird neighbor, right? I had a few happy color surprises, a few “ooo, not really liking how that turned out” moments. Watching the colors change from dyeing, bleaching, discharging, overdyeing is quite an adventure.

Hand dyed following Color Your Cloth

These were 2 of my favorites, and actually the first 2 I made. I had the most luck with the circles (made with a tube from some stabalizer), and the stripes (made with a paint brush). I have a feeling I could have a lot of fun with the Tjanting Tool, which is like a pen for drawing wax designs onto the cloth.

Hand dyed following Color Your Cloth

Unfortunately, I’m now out of fabric to dye and my husband was itching to get his garage space back. But I think in the next few weeks I’ll be ordering more. There’s just something very satisfying about knowing you created the fabric design for your project. I can’t wait to get sewing!