Dyeing Up a Storm!

fabricshelfIt’s been cold and snowy here in Illinois but I’m safely tucked into my basement studio dyeing. This time of year is a good time to catch up on the 63 colorways of fabric I dye for Artfabrik. After its dyed, I have the thrill of ironing yards of fabric while watching bad TV. Happy to say that I’m almost done dyeing and the shelves are packed.




Quiet? I Think Not!


See us at booth #914 in Houston.

Some of you may be wondering why I’ve been so quiet lately. You’ve seen fewer blog posts and not many projects underway. This may be the problem: the International Quilt Festival in Houston TX next week.


Hand-dyed silk for the Artfabrik booth.

Preparing for this show is very time consuming. I have fabric and thread to dye for our Artfabrik/Friestyle booth at the show (#914) and I’m preparing to teach 3 classes there too. Add that to my fall teaching schedule and there is just no time to tend to things like blogs or housework. (Like I would do housework anyway!)

But I’m happy to say all the fabric for the booth is shipped. Most of the class kit preparations is complete and I can now focus on fun. Hope to see you there!

Dyeing Marathon

threadsAt last my dyeing marathon ends! For the past 2 weeks I’ve been dyeing fabric and thread every day. And I mean every day.

dyeingforwebMy goal is to have every yard of fabric and skein of thread ready for class kits, the Artfabrik booth, and to stock the Artfabrik Store. Why dye it all now? Because soon I’m off traveling and most hotels don’t have dye facilities next to the fitness room. See you on the road!

Look at What You Can Do


Pieced quilt by Diane.

Diane made this super quilt with some of my hand dyed fabrics called Parakeet. Isn’t it beautiful! I haven’t made a pieced quilt in years. But when you see work like this, it is so inspiring. Many of you create lovely pieces like Diane’s using my fabric and I’d love to see them. Please send me a picture and I’ll feature you on the blog too.

Thanks, Diane, for sharing your work with us.

Will I See You Here?

threadwall2It’s opening day at the IQF Chicago Quilt Festival and Frieda and I are ready to show our stuff. Stuff like hand-dyed threads and hand-dyed cheese cloth, velvet, and cotton fabrics. Our patterns are set and we have a great display of art work for you to see as well. We are in booth #1823 the same year I was born. Hope to see you!

IQF Chicago!


Don’t I look sweet? And if you’d like to see how sweet I am in person, please visit me at the IQF Chicago show in Chicago this week. I’m teaching the Tiny Homes class on Saturday morning, April 9, and there is still room for you to join me and gaze upon my sweetness. Ahhhhh!

booth2Or stop in at the Artfabrik / Friestyle booth #1823 and talk with Frieda and me. This way you visit 2 sweet people at the same time!