Thursday, January 31, 2013

dye work

Oh yeah, I completed a 3 credit hour independent study last semester with another Fibers major. Fun fun! We went through the dye cabinet and dyed swatches in 6 depths of shade, for every color we had on hand (nearly 40, if I recall). We use Procion MX fiber-reactive dyes. I also dyed a series of mixed color swatches, and Beth did a little of the same with yarn, plus acid dye on wool. I will never see mason jars the same way. I'll post more photos of my work in the following weeks!

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Over winter break, I spent several wonderful days sewing with my mom. We work well together. She might tell you that I am bossy, but I like to call it "keeping us on task". We decided to try a new improvisational piecing technique, and here are the results. I am gonna zoom out so you get a really dramatic reveal. Are you ready?

My mom quilted this from a design I suggested. It's a little hard to see, but it's interlocking rectangles. I'm glad she was the one to turn all those corners and not me... LOVE YOU MOM!!!!

Neat, huh? She did most of the piecing and I did the ironing. That large-scale floral is an Anna Maria Horner print. And that lovely tobacco-colored solid was an esteemed member of my Untouchable Fabric Stash, until we realized it was perfect for this project. I wish you could see it in person! It has a lovely hand and sheen, although it's a plain-weave cotton. Here's a glamor shot of the quilt, just hanging out in a tree like it's no big deal:

I borrowed these photos from my mom's Etsy site, Twiggy & Opal. Thanks mom! She did a nice job with the photography considering it's been overcast for the last several dozen months, it feels like. Now that school is back in, I don't have much time to sew with my mom--or at all, unless it's assigned--but at least I have something to look forward to for Spring Break!