Create Mixed Media Retreat

Image from Create Mixed Media Retreat

So yesterday afternoon I was looking around on Flickr, minding my own business, when I see an amazing photo upload from Malka Dubrawsky. If you know anything about Malka, you will know that everything she uploads is pretty much amazing!

As I’m reading the caption on the photo, I see something about creating samples for an Improvisational Piecing class. Then I see the word Chicago. My heart starts beating a bit faster. I click on the link. Then I see the word Lisle. Now my heart is beating out of my chest. Lisle probably doesn’t mean much to most people – but it is where I live! My suburb of Chicago!

Yes, it’s true. Malka is going to be teaching 2 classes at the Create Mixed Media Retreat in late August. I was so excited that I could barely focus my eyes to read the website on how to get myself into her class! But I did. And I am. I signed up and will be there with bells on in the front row.

Of course, almost immediately after I paid I had thoughts of What if I make a complete fool of myself there? and What if I make the ugliest thing she has ever seen? I haven’t taken a class in a long time. Maybe 10 years ago I took a ceramics class. I am self taught and I’m sure I don’t do most things by the book. I’ve never taken a sewing class (well, does high school Home Ec count?) But I’m going to put on my brave – and extremely excited – face on an enjoy every minute.

So who is with me? Chicago sewers! Wisconsin, Indiana people! I signed up for the Thursday class from 9am – 4pm. Does anyone want to come, I’d love to meet some new friends!

Color Your Cloth

Color Your Cloth

Wow, it’s been a little while since I posted anything new! Between Labor Day weekend away, the beginning of my daughter’s first year of preschool, and another weekend away to celebrate our anniversary, it hasn’t left a lot of time for sewing.

I am excited to share with you some new fabric I bought last week by Malka Dubrawsky of A Stitch in Dye. Last Christmas I received her book, Color Your Cloth: A Quilter’s Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric, from my mom. I finally had some time to sit down and read it front to back – and I am really excited to get started dyeing my own fabric. Not that I need *another* hobby! Before beginning, I decided to buy some fabric the expert. Malka is selling fabric bundles in her shop and I thought that was the perfect way to get a good variety of colors and designs. Aren’t they fun?

Stitch in Dye Fabric

Malka’s book is very detailed and has a lot of good suggestions on where to start with designs. I will write a follow up post of the process once my supplies come in the mail, but her instructions seemed very straight forward. She has a new bookcoming out sometime in the future too, which is definitely on my wish list!

This week should be a bit calmer and I hope to get more sewing done. My Dream On Quilt top is almost complete!