Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Hi Everyone,
Just thought I would let you know that I'm taking the week off and will be back on Monday. Even I need a little time off. Marbling has been going really well. And you my loyal fans have been buying my beautiful luscious hand marbled fabrics. Thank You so much, without you I wouldn't be able to create the fabrics I do. I need a little inspiration. I'll be back before you know it. Hopefully with some new inspirations and ideas.

Monday, September 25, 2006

I just spent the weekend at the La Conner Quilt Museum 9th Anniversary Quilt Show. WOW! Such inspiring work. You may have missed the wonderful pieces on display in Miller Hall. But the displays at the museum are still up and it is a MUST SEE NOW!

Get in what ever you drive and get yourself there. The second floor features Sandra Leichner, Kathy McNeil and Cassandra Williams. I had seen their works in various publications but to see them in person took my breath away. I cannot even begin to describe just how amazing their work is. GO SEE IT NOW!

The third floor Features Judy Farrow. Not only will you be able to view her wonderful quilts, but she has her design process in story board form. She breaks it down step by step, so you can see how she creates her works. GO NOW!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Just returned form Stevenson, WA, while there I attended the Columbia River Gorge Quilt Show. It is a small show, but they are known for having great teachers and classes for the weekend. Quilters come from all over the Pacific Northwest to attend the show. The quality of the workmanship of the quilts was out standing. I was impressed by the number of quilts that were hand quilted. It's nice to see that hand quilting is not becoming a thing of the past. One quilt featured a white background with hand quilting in black thread. Beautiful!

I am always fiddling with how my booth is set up. I finally found a combination I liked, so I took photos. Now I am thinking of adding another table, because I have been creating new colors. I do believe the setup will always be growing and changing. Currently it takes me about two hour to setup and an hour plus to take down.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Last weekend I was reminded just how special it is to be passionate about something. My nephew Ken came up to work on the 1950 Chev Truck he and my husband Mike are restoring. Ken LOVES engines and nothing makes him happier than working on them. I also ended up with a couple of the neighbor boys with their heads under the hood. If you remember Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come." In the case of engines, if you start it they will come. They worked and tinkered for hours, with huge smiles on their faces. It just really brought joy to my days.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

What is the Ugly Duckling?
It started out as an experiment in color mixing. I mixed Lemon Yellow and Purple/Grape colors together while dying fabric. Just dump them in and don't mix them up. You get sploches of Lemon Yellow, sploches of this Grape/Purple color and sploches of the mix that I'm not even sure what to call it. Nasty color but, when you marble on it in the right colors WOW! What can I say it's a huge hit. So here it is.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Crazy Busy Week.
I am trying to get as much fabric created as possible before my next Quilt Show. As it takes about two weeks from start to finish to hand dye and then hand marble fabric, I have to plan ahead. I have some Ugly Duckling and Chocolate Lily ready to be ironed. Orange, Copper, Bright Yellow and a variety of Fat Half colors curing. And several colors dyed and waiting to be marbled. Not to forget the solid black fabric that is always a hit when marbled. I also hope to have a new wearable top finished. It just has to cool down enough to be able to wear them. I find that I am a full time member of the Not Enough Time In A Day Club. I have all of these ideas but just not enough hour in the day. Crazy but fun, the good king of crazy.