On the third day of vacation I bring you purples! This is a collection of fabric scraps that all contain purple. I use the term scraps loosely because most of these are pretty big chunks.
I suppose that the piece on the bottom could be used for fabric but it's actually an ice dyed kitchen towel! No need to stick this in your stash, it's ready to use.
Enter below. The winner will be announced May 30.
On the second day of our blog vacation giveaway we have a stash of red, orange and yellow hand dyed fabrics from my scrap bin PLUS 2.5 yards of Mistyfuse. Yesterday I shared Iris Karp's video on Mistyfuse. Today I want to share a great Design Challenge that Sue Pelland is hosting. Mistyfuse is one of the sponsors of the challenge.
To enter to win today's prize just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below. Everyone gets 1 entry but if you are a newsletter subscriber, Facebook follower or customer you get additional chances to win.
Winners will be announced May 30.
I'm taking a little blog break and that means that you get a chance to win some great fabric and other prizes. Come back every day because there's a new giveaway every day through Saturday. That's 6 opportunities!
I collect a massive amount of hand dyed scraps so the first 3 days we are going to raid my scrap bin. These aren't tiny scraps. Some are strips, some are chunks and some are as big as fat quarters. Today we are starting with a collection of blue and green fabrics.
In addition the winner will receive a 2.5 yard package of my favorite fusible web, Mistyfuse. Just in case you aren't familiar with Mistyfuse and why it's such a great product, check out this video from Iris Karp, the creator of Mistyfuse.
Now all you have to do is enter! Facebook followers, Newsletter subscribers and customers get extra entries. Winners will be announced May 30
Don't forget to be here first thing Monday, and every day next week, for 6 days of giveaways!
But before that let's end the week on an inspired note with 2 new pieces from customers.
Susan used the Coming Home gradient for her Convergence quilt. Normally this pattern uses 2 fabrics but with the gradient she was able to use just one piece of Coming Home for all of the fabric in the center of this quilt.
Patricia Caldwell continues to be very inspired by the area around her home in Arizona. This piece is called Red Rocks Sunrise and features a collage tree made from hundreds of bits of batik and hand dyed fabrics. The background fabrics are Sassafras and Blue Sky gradients. You can see more photos of this piece in process on Patricia's Facebook page.
Have a great weekend!
I am so fortunately to live near one of the best museums in the country and I don't have to go to a big city to visit it. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts doesn't often rank in a top 25 list of best museums but it won't be long before it actually gets the recognition that I believe it deserves. It is often cited as the only museum on the East Coast to get a particular exhibit and that is the case for the current Yves Saint Laurent exhibit.
The VMFA does costume exhibits pretty regularly and I was excited to see this one. If you are interested in fashion in any way and you can get to Richmond VA this summer, this particular one is not to be missed.
One thing I loved about this exhibit is the amount of information presented on the designer, himself. This exhibit shows the value of nurturing talent early. YSL started his career at a young age making paper doll fashions from magazines and his own drawings. He was in his teens when he did these and his natural talent is clear.
This is part of a book illustration that he also did at a young age.
Another very cool part of the exhibit are these design boards. (I'm sure they call them something else). There are several of these for every collection showing a drawing of the garment, fabric swatches, notes and the garment number for the show.
They had 2 from every year that he presented collections. It was fun to walk them in chronological order to see how the color palettes and silhouettes changed. I also spent a lot of time looking at particular garments and then coming back to the boards to see how that garment fit into the collection for that year.
There is a section on how the garments come together including information on how prints are designed, selected and used.
Samples of lino blocks for printing fabrics.
Collections of hat forms that are art on their own.
A cool display on embroidery and showing how they used the toile and paper to show how a garment will be embellished.
And lots of very large jewelry!
There are 102 garments in the exhibit and I particularly loved this section with garments presented in color themes.
Each color section has a back display of swatch pages presented in a gradient.
He designed a number of dresses as homages to different artists or art movements. I think that Mondrian dress has to be one of his most famous.
The first time I looked at this one I didn't even catch that it was a body silhouette. I just thought the lines were cool.
If I could have 1 garment from the collection it would be this coat.
I wonder what Chris would say if I made us matching outfits in purple crushed velvet?
While Laura was sewing one day this week I made a little progress on my beaded curtain wall. I've added 3 more beads (orange, red and gold) and started putting in some of the white background. I know I need to work on the background as I go or I might get bored with it if all I have to do is white. So I'll do a little more white before I allow myself to do more beads.
For perspective, this photo represents about 1/4 of the space I'm going to cover.
While in Albuquerque I found these from a street vendor at the Gorge Bridge near Taos. I think they will work great as part of my beaded curtain.
Last weekend was sewing weekend with Country School Quilters and the project I'm working on there is the postage stamp quilt, my oldest UFO.
This is how one corner looked like last month. The chopped off black diamonds as the edge (per the pattern) annoyed me.
So I added a border of 9-patches. I got the 9-patches made in April and got the border sewn on this month.
Now my edges have complete "X" and diamond shapes and all's right in my symmetrical world.
Next up is a 2" black border, then a border of 2 rows of postage stamps and then a 4" black border. The last border is dependent on finding a black fabric that will match what I have close enough. I ordered 4 blacks from eQuilter yesterday to try to match up. Hopefully one of them will come close to this black fabric that I bought 19 years ago.
I'll be back to work on this one again in June.
Let's start with the big news.
Next week is giveaway week!
We all need vacations and that includes taking a blog vacation. I've decided that I'm taking a blog vacation next week but instead of leaving it empty I'm having one of my giveaway weeks. That means there are 6 prizes, one each Monday - Saturday. be sure to check in and enter every day. There's going to be fabric and glass and some products from my favorite fusible web company, Mistyfuse!
Now on to shop news. I've been doing a lot of custom dyeing lately so I only have 2 new fabrics but they are 2 of the most popular ones.
Color Wheel Warm is part of the Color Wheel Basics collection of fabrics. These are all based on the 10-step Munsell Color Wheel. There are 2 gradients and 10 Shades Packs and they are all on sale every day.
Sassafras is, hands down, the most popular gradient and today it's back in stock!
***Shipping note: Fabrics ordered May 21 - 29 will be shipped May 30. Custom orders (including Shades Packs) will be shipped June 5.
I finished the Rainbow Quilt weeks ago but hadn't done the label yet. I have to deliver the quilt this weekend so it was time to get it done. Normally, that should not be a big deal but a few years ago I started doing Zentangle labels so they take a little longer. Here's how I made the one for Ashley's Rainbow Quilt.
Ashley is my nephew's new wife and I decided that this quilt would be hers. Every time I think about the Rainbow Quilt I think about the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Since my nephew graduated in a music program I thought to put the music theme in the label. He played trombone so I found the sheet music for the trombone for Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
I start my labels by printing the text on paper and then drawing around it. I do a lot in pencil before I totally commit to the design.
I played around with some ideas for the bass clef and settled, more or less, on this.
Time to put pen to paper.
It's been way too many years since I learned to read and play music so if there's anything wrong with this please don't tell me. This is supposed to be the part that goes "and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true"
I just continue to add elements until it feels done.
A few ribbons and dots and I was done. I printed it on fabric and now it's stitched on the quilt and ready for delivery.
The day after we got back from New Mexico my friend, Laura, arrived here from England via NYC with her daughter. Laura is going to hang out with me for a few weeks before heading back home. We love spending time together because she loves to sew while she's here. We both put on our audiobooks and move on to do whatever we want. We do stop periodically to chat and eat. Here's some of what we've been doing.
While she was in NYC, Laura bought this really pretty water bottle. Coincidentally it also holds a whole bottle of wine and keeps things cool for 24 hours. The bottle is beautiful and she wanted to make a cover for it. The print reminded us of Shibori so that's where we searched for the fabric.
Doesn't that complement the bottle really well? It's padded to provide more protection.She used this Instructables tutorial.
She cleverly modified it to add a locking strap.
The she made a short strap.
And a long strap. She's good to take this bottle anywhere.
Meanwhile the most exciting thing in my studio this week is the arrival of this cart. You know I bought a wet saw (for glasswork) a few weeks ago. It's just a little too heavy and awkward for me to move it in and out on my own. I decided that I needed a car that I could wheel in and out. But I also needed a way to easily wash it down and trap all of the ground glass so that I don't end op with piles of ground glass in the grass. I remember how the drain in the glass studio at VisArts was set up so I decided to do something similar.
I started by drilling 1 1/4" hole in both shelves of the cart.
Then I had a large bin and a bucket and drilled holes in them.
This is how it works. As water pours from the top shelf (where the saw will sit) it will drain into the bucket. Most of the glass bits fall to the bottom of the bucket. As the water level rises it seeps from the holes near the top and that water runs into the big bin. Any glass bits that run out of the bucket will settle in the bin so that the water running out of the bin is safe to let flow into the bottom shelf and out the hole (drain) in that shelf. When I'm done I can let the bucket and bin settle more and the pour water off the top and let the bottom evaporate outside and dispose of the sludge/glass dust safely later.
I know this doesn't look like much but I'm really excited about it. I can bow easily roll my saw inside and out.
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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