Boxed and Ready

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Ready to go! Fabrics, threads, and patterns for the AQS show.

Does this look organized to you? Yes! Almost all of my boxes are filled and ready to drive to the AQS Show in Paducah KY next week. There are just a few details to take care of like what clothes to pack (one must look fashionable at these events).

And I have a new pattern to pack and reveal at the show! Don’t worry, you’ll be the first to see it.

A Dyeing Fool

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Left over dye stock.

At the end of a dye run for Artfabrik, I always have left over dyes. These extra dye stock colors are only good for a week or so before they start losing their potency. Don’t you hate it when things lose their potency?

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Fabric to iron…….arrrrrrgh!

I use those left over dyes for random acts of dyeing. Without a color scheme in mind, the dyes are dumped onto fabric and squished around. Here you see a load of randomly dyed fabrics ready for ironing. With any luck someone will iron them for the Artfabrik booth at the AQS Show in Paducah.

Folded and Stuffed

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All folded and stuffed and no where to go.

Things are not going well. It seems a plan to fold and stuff all my patterns and fabric kits for sale at the AQS show in Paducah is very boring. Yawn! My mind wanders and I wake up to discover folded pattern directions stuffed into the wrong fabric kits. Arrrrgh! No wonder it takes me a week to pack up the Artfabrik booth!

Dyeing and Drying

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I’m thinking of filing a patten for this nifty drying system.

Here you see my state-of-the-art drying system for drying my hand dyed threads. You too and try this at home. Simply hand wash your threads, spin out excess water in the washing machine, and hang them up to dry on the hot water pipes in your basement. As you can see, I’m frantically dyeing threads for the AQS show in Paducah next week. Arrrrrrrgh!

At a Stand Still

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The Sunrise colorway being hand washed.

Suddenly all my stitching and quilt making has come to a halt. Incomplete projects are interrupted. My evenings of hand stitching is ended. Why? Because next week I leave for Paducah KY for the annual AQS Quilt Show.

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Fabric ironed and stacked by colorway.

That means I have a week to prepare all the items that are for sale in the Artfabrik booth. Thread must be washed and twisted into skeins in the evening. Dyed fabric must be ironed and pattern and fabric kits assembled. Can hardly wait to sit around the booth in Paducah and rest up. Will I see you there?

Prepping for Paducah

paducahvendorPrepping for quilt week in Paducah, KY is always a thrill……if you’re a maniac! (You’ll find this maniac in the Artfabrik booth #1224 in the Convention Center.) Part of my preparation is sadly, dyeing.

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My sophisticated thread drying system.

For the past week I’ve dyed thread every day. And boy are my fingertips blue! But all the colors are in stock and ready to label for the big AQS Show in Paducah. Hope to see you there, you maniac you!