Before I get into the business news I just want to report that I finished the quilting on the Judy Neimeyer quilt yesterday! I think it's going to be called "Non Unas Pluma" (not 1 feather in Latin). The name is because I didn't quilt 1 feather on the whole thing. Why Latin? Because I've been listening to a lot of history lately. I'll have some photos maybe tomorrow. The next step is blocking and dyeing some binding fabric options. I'm getting on that today and I'm looking forward to quilting up some quick quilts this weekend.
Fabric Dyeing Class
Now let's get to business. First up is an opportunity to learn to dyed fabric and have a lot of fun doing it. I'm teaching a 2-day Introduction to Fabric Dyeing class next weekend at Visual Arts Center in Richmond, VA. Only 4 spots open. All day Saturday and half day Sunday and you get 5 yards of fabric to dye. For the adventurous I'll have fabric available to sell if you need more and you can always bring your own.
You will learn all about the chemical used, how to mix dyes and several dyeing techniques all using the low water immersion process. Learn to make a fabric color wheel, shades, different texture techniques and some basics of color mixing. We'll dye in plastic bags so that the fabric will be easy to transport home for wash out and soaking.
Beginner Longarm Class
Are you a renter wanting to start improving your longarm skills or a new owner (of any machine) wanting to move beyond stipple an loops? I'm going to show you a pathway to building your longarm skills by starting with some simple motifs and using them as building blocks for more advanced quilting. Everything is edge to edge but will really kick up your quilting and give you confidence and skill to tackle any quilt. Class will be half classroom drawing out designs and half hands on. I'm teaching that at The Longarm Network in Goochland, VA.
New Crystal Fabrics
The biggest news of the day is that I have 15 new Crystal fabrics. The next issue of Machine Quilters Unlimited is going to have an article by Patricia Caldwell showing how she quilted some of the Crystal mandala fabrics. In preparation for that I wanted to get the store well stocked...plus they are just messy fun to do. I've added 5 new 56" square cotton sateen pieces and 10 new 38" square cotton pieces. Here are a few of my favorites. You can see them all in the shop.
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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.