It’s that time of year when Frieda and I travel to the lovely state of Kentucky for the American Quilter Society Show in Paducah. The hand-dyed fabric, thread, patterns, and quilts are packed and we’re ready for the 7 hour drive.
Come visit us at the Artfabrik/Friestyle booth in the Expo Center. Booth # 1224. Think, Christmas eve. (1224. Get it?)
Spring Blooms #6 by Laura Wasilowski
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!
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!
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.
2. After the fabric cools, remove the parchment paper. Place the fabric back on the parchment paper and fold and squish the cheesecloth as much as you want.
Apply parchment paper to the top of the fabric so it is in a sandwich of parchment paper. Fuse the folds in place using a hot iron.
After it cools remove the papers from the cheesecloth. Then you can place the cheesecloth onto another fabric background.
Or you can work directly on the fabric background instead of the parchment paper. Isn’t that texture terrific? We have lots of colors in stock. Give it a try!
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!
These fabrics are called Random Acts of Dyeing. And you can see the one yard cuts of fabric at the IQF Chicago and AQS Paducah shows soon. See you there!