If you are in the great state of Texas, please stop in and see me at the Artfabrik booth at the Dallas Quilt Show. You’ll find a bunch of hand-dyed fabrics and threads and small quilts like this one for sale. When I’m not in the booth (#338) they are letting me give lectures where I get to tell stories and sing. Hope y’all can make it!
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.
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!
One of the fabrics I’ve dyeing lately for the IQF Chicago and AQS Paducah shows is cheesecloth. Yep. Cheesecloth, as in making jam cheesecloth. People often ask how to use it for art work so I’ve made up a short tutorial for you. You’ll love how it adds texture to another fabric. Here’s how:
1. Apply fusible web to one layer of the cheesecloth. I recommend Misty Fuse, a light weight fusible web that won’t clog up the gaps in the cheesecloth with glue as much as other fusible webs. Use parchment paper to transfer the glue to the fabric.
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!
Or 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!
It has been a messy week in the dye studio. But my list of what to dye for Artfabrik store stock is complete. Now I get to play with the left over dye!
There are 5 reasons I hike it down to Houston every year to attend the International Quilt Festival.
- I get to eat BBQ and drink a beer, just one, every night.
- I meet lots of entertaining people at the Artfabrik booth who tell me wild stories about their life and make my life look stale.
- The quilt exhibits are outstanding!
- I have 2 quilts in the juried show that I made for love, not money. (That means I didn’t win any prizes.)
- And most importantly, I’m with my peeps. Being with quilters and sharing our favorite fabric pass time is the best time of the year!