Shop schedule announcement
Due to an unplanned trip this week and upcoming vacation, I will not be in the dye studio again until September! There's lots of fabric in the shop that can be shipped right away but no custom orders until September.
If you need something this month please get your order in before August 15. After that no orders will ship until September 3.
Fabric of the Week
The fabric of the week this week is the Woodlands Gradient. Woodlands is one of the most popular gradients of all time and this week you can get it 20% off! Sale ends Sunday.
Rene Iannarelli used Woodlands in her art quilt Fall Marsh.
Last week I wanted to dye Shibori and I thought it might be fun to stick with the traditional blue colors for this batch. I couldn't be a total purist so there's a little black and purple added for accents. This variety of blues in the Saikai Stash Pack will be perfect for watery landscapes.
If fat eighths aren't big enough there are also two other half yard Shibori pieces in the shop.
Blog Giveaway Coming!
I mentioned in my month end summary last week that I commit to quilt up to 40 veterans quilts each year. This year our group has been very prolific! It's August and by the end of this week I will be done with my 40 quilts. I also made 7 veterans quilts of my own....so far. These two quilts are numbers 37 and 38.
This one was made by Gwen. She's been making a lot of quilts with 4" squares. You've seen several with 4-patches on point and they all look great. With this one she started with a few leftover 4" squares and she built the maple leaf block around them.
I used my favorite Loose Leaf pantograph on both of today's quilts. I used an orange thread but I wish I had used a bright gold that might have shown up better in the big brown blocks.
This pretty 2-tone quilt might have been pieced by Betsy. It's certainly her style but we have several quilters would piece something like this.
It's the Jacob's Ladder block and that squiggly design on the light fabric completely camouflages the quilting thread!
The backing is a nice butter yellow. At least you can see the quilting on the back!
I want to get 2 more quilted by Friday.
This week's inspiration quilt is from Katie Lewis. I wanted to share her quilt this week since all Crystals are still on sale 25% off! Just use code CRYSTALS25 at checkout. As Katie shows, you don't have to get crazy with quilting on these fabrics. She hand quilted this quilt for baby Levi.She mostly followed the design lines. She said that where she needed to make she used Crayola Ultra Washable Markers and everything came out when she washed the quilt. Her quilting left the quilt very soft and snuggly. You can read more about this quilt and follow Katie's other projects on her blog.
For sharing, Katie received a 20% coupon for the shop that's good for 3 months! If you have made anything with my hand dyed fabric I hope you will consider sharing it in the Customer Gallery. The only rule is that projects have to be complete. It doesn't have to be made totally from hand dyed fabric, just include a recognizable amount.
I've slowly been making progress on my hand sewing projects this summer and I recently finished 4 more moons. I have not grown bored with this project yet.
I had a tough time deciding on a favorite between this one and the orange one. I'm so partial to orange but I picked this one just because of the unique coloring. I think I dyed it purple first and then overdyed yellow.
I hadn't pulled all of the blocks out since May so it was time to put them all up and get even more motivation to keep going. It turns out that I didn't even have all of them up there! I missed 4 of them. I seriously love these blocks.
I now have 49 done and 23 prepped for stitching. Football season starts soon so this and the vintage flower blocks will start to see some serious action starting in September.
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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.