Many of you snowbirds are ready to leave for warmer climates like Chicago. Ha! I’m pulling your leg. I know you really want to go to southern Wisconsin. Well here’s what you do if you do fly the coop. Take along a quilt pattern to entertain yourself while you try to keep warm. You can find some of my patterns here. And if you buy one of those patterns this December, I’ll send you this free pattern, a PDF of the Birdhouse in the Country. See you in sunny Chicago!
Join me and Virginia Spiegel in fighting cancer. Virginia manages Fiberart For A Cause which donates the funds to the American Cancer Society. The 5K fundraiser kick off is January 15 and our goal is $5000 to add to the more than $230,000 already donated to the ACS.
(Don’t worry, I won’t be actually running in the 5K race. We don’t want to cause another earthquake in Illinois.)
If you donate you can win prizes! Here’s what I’m donating, hand-dyed thread and fabric Look here for more prizes. Here’s is what I am donating. Please join me in donating to fight cancer.
For over 30 years I’ve been dyeing. Yes, mixing dye powder with water to make a colored dye stock. This dye stock may then be diluted with water to make a lighter value of that same hue. I have never labeled this diluted dye with what the ration of dye to water the container held (like 5/1, 10/1 or 20/1). This meant I relied on my memory to tell me what the ratio of water to dye stock was in the container.
I was often wrong.
But yesterday I had a major break through. Now I label the container of dye stock with this thing called paper, a pen, and a paper clip. No longer do I guess what the dye to water ratio is in the container. It took me 30 years to figure this out.