Sunday, January 14, 2018

Batik Workshop


I had eleven students at my first Modern Batik Worshop. 
We had a full day of learning, creativity and friendship. Would I do it again? Yes in a minute.

Here are some photos.
Me in the middle.

We had the most beautiful January - California day!

Eight blowers to help the fabric dry quick. It allowed additional dye opportunities in the day.

Lunch - Panera Chinese Chicken Salad and a Potato Bar.

Beautiful silk scarf!

Happily removing wax. Reminder: Next time have more irons available 
and put the big trash container closer.

Happy Campers. A little wine anyone?

There was so much to teach that I didn't even scratch the surface. Another workshop will be in the making. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Modern Batik Workshop

I am getting ready for my first workshop. I have always wanted to do this and honestly this one has come about because of the cost of materials. In college I batiked a lot. I sold batiked onesies and stuffed thing (pillows, dolls, mobiles) at a little shop in Beverly Hills. I could hardly keep them in stock. My renewed interest in dyeing fabric came with sticker shock. So I thought if I could get a group together it could help share the costs. So this Saturday 11 of my closest friends and I are going to CREATE BATIKS.

I have been collecting all the supplies and making lists as to not forget anything. I hope it turns out to be a great experience and that the attendees will want to do it again.

So my next post will be all about the workshop and you will be able to see what everyone designed. 
How exciting. 

These are the tjaps I bought on EBay.

Here is what started out as notes for my workshop, but ended up as
 my complete knowledge of the subject:

I found a box of my old batik tjantings and in the box there were also several of the batiks made by my sister Marie and I over 35 years ago. I thought I would go ahead and photograph them and post them here for fun.

Now remember... these were made with RIT DYE and are over 30 years old. 

These still have the wax on them

I use to use stained glass as my inspiration.

Marie's Signature

I remember the green on this on was painted in with acrylic paint


Oh there is one spot left if you know anyone interested!

Have a great day.


Monday, November 27, 2017

New Project - Butterfly & Indigo Dyeing


I love #TulaPink and I have been eyeing her butterfly quilt forever. I finally broke down and got it. Here is the progress. Cutting the fabric and organizing the blocks into sandwich bags was a 2 day job. There is a lot of curve piecing in this quilt, I am definitely working on a new skill set.

Just played out the blocks that are finished on the bed. Starting to look like a butterfly.


Sandra Johnson is a pretty famous local quilter and my Tuesday night sewing teacher at the local Jr. College. She invited all her students to Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival in Santa Ana Sunday to do some Indigo Dye demonstrations. I was excited to participate as I have never done this type of dyeing before.

Two finished indigo dye pieces!
While there Jamie Fingal and Libby Williamson dropped by to say hi to Sandra. 
It is always inspiring be be able to bump shoulders with truly talented individuals.

Elephant Quilt

I wanted to show you the progress on the elephant quilt too. I added some yardage to the top and bottom and started quilting him. I added a little mouse near his foot, a tree along the right side and a couple of African ladies on each side. Next more leaves and a tree frog - but my largest throat sewing machine broke and I had to take it in for repairs. Trying to pull this quilt in a small throat machine is torture so it will have to wait a while.
Woman in long designed wrap.

Face of an African woman.
Geometric quilting on elephant.

Hard to see little mouse.

Well that is it for now. Always sew much.


Nine Degree Evolution of A Quilters Mind

It is finally finished.

I changed the name of the quilt. Since the large round traditional checked block uses a 9 degree ruler and this quilt actually evolved into what it is now, I thought the name needed to reflect that movement.

I will be entering this quilt into QuitCon 2018. I really do not expect this quilt to be accepted. I think it is modern but it isn't made of solid colors, it doesn't have straight line quilting, yet I have never seen any other quilt like this one - it is unusual, interesting, cosmic, mesmerizing and whimsical 
Maybe it has a chance.

Nine Degree Evolution Of A Quilters Mind
50.5" X 61"
In the quilting I have incorporated the solar system around the circle - with all the planets including the Earth's moon and Saturn's rings, the Starship Enterprise, Challenger, a spaceman, a meteor,  a UFO, a satellite, an alien and Spock hand in the" Live Long and Prosper" position in the boarder. 
It was a lot of fun.

Fingers Crossed.

Although we did everything differently back then, this photo shows that deep down, raw human spirit never changes. Our compassion, ingenuity, curiosity, and perseverance as a species will always stand the test of time.

A bicycle that fits a family of four, including a sewing machine. 


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Splendid Universe

Finally Quilting
Here are some of the details of the quilting of this cosmic quilt.

Tissue in place.
Major Tom
So far:

I have our solar system, the space shuttle Challenger, a space ship, a space man and a starlight. Here is how I did it, I took coloring book drawings and enlarged them to the size I wanted, then copied it onto tissue paper and sewed over the tissue. I think it works pretty well.
I am still deciding how to fill in the rest of the "space"

Mr. Data, make it sew.
I am linking up with Linky Tuesday - Free Motion By the RiverSaveSave

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sew Much to Show & Tell!

Gosh it has been forever since I wrote in my blog. It is time to catch up.

Since my last post was the start of Elephant Extraction Here is my progress on that one. 

He is a flimsy and I am going to add some more of the green leaves on the top and bottom. This pattern is so cool and it goes together quickly as the pieces are large. Have such great ideas on how to quilt him and I have been saving motifs on my Pintrest Board:

Lot's of babies are in the bellies of my nieces and nephews

Baby Quilt Updates:

One got away from me it was "Princess And the Pea" (Pattern on Moda Bake Shop) It turned out adorable and I gave it to little Jen for her second girl.

Now here is the Buggy Barn Bunny
It is complete, pieced, quilted, blinded and labeled! Done
I used my stash of 1930's prints and used vintage buttons.

Detail of the quilting and vintage button.
I know, I know...buttons on a baby quilt? What was I thinking... well it is more for presentation. I am going to tell the mother to cut them off and give them back to me and I will gladly hold on to them and sew them back on when the time is right IF the quilt makes it that far. Or it could be used as a wall hanging, but O would prefer it be used as intended, to warp the little one in some LOVE!

 The one thing I do love is the free motion quilting I did on this little guy. I am now confident in using my domestic machine to do my on quilting. I have always quilted everyone of my quilts, with my computer generated on a long arm , pantographs or now free motion on my domestic.
The next baby quit is: #Hipster Cat by Shwin & Shwin- a free pattern.

I used straight line quilting to keep it Modern


 MQGOC - Modern Quilt Guild Orange County #Hawthorne Threads Challenge
This is a charity quilt inspired by one of the lines of #Hawthorne Threads. We were given about an 1/8 of a yard of a of a single collection of their fabrics . In mine was their:
#Blackbird Collection by #Hawthorne Threads 
there were 20 - different swatches about 4 1/2" x 6" each. Not much fabric to work with so I came up with this leaf idea using the fabric for the body of the leaf. I a variegated batik I used so the roots would be different form the stem but also show continuation of growth. The backing is a pink and white stripe. At this point all I need to do is bind it. I am glad I got started on this early. I know it will be finished by the November meeting.


So I found this pattern in my stash and it was screaming 1930's. It looked so simple I could just knock it out. Well it is still not finished but I am going to get on it and finish it up. I love to do hand embroidery and the antenna of the butterflies will be hand done in matching colors, like my BBB whiskers were. (see above)

1930's prints.

1930's prints

Last but not lease is this cute "little" - I mean little quilt I am working on. The ears of the bears are 3D and I love their ties. . I backed it with a dinosaur print I had in my stash.

Here is my ribbon from the Orange County Fair- I'm a Weanner!

Love you all