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April 22, 2017
Dyeing Silk With Color Hue Dyes from Quilts + Color

It has been a few years since I used my Color Hue dyes. I had already mixed many of them with water. They worked fine with no loss of color. One of the great things about them is they don’t loose their potency no matter how long you keep them.
They set instantly so there is no waiting period or color transfer to the cotton towel I roll them in to dry before I press them.
Since I didn’t have any silk scarves to try the dyes on I just used a piece of off white silk crepe ...

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April 21, 2017
Strips Waiting To Tell Me Their Secret from Quilts + Color

These strips have been sewn together for a little while.
I used a lot of my really wonderful hand dyed and painted fabrics.
The fabrics that were TOO precious to cut and use…mostly created by me but some I purchased for big bucks.
Yet what enjoyment does one get from fabrics that are folded and put away??? NONE.
I know eventually I will be slicing (and maybe dicing) this strata.
It measures approximately 40 x 80 inches with some longer sections at one end.
Several ideas have come to mind, but I have not fully accepted any of them ...

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Simultaneous Contrast - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

13 years ago, Cynthia Corbin said to me, "Why are we talking about color choices.  Put some fabric up on that board.  You make Visual decisions Visually".  She was right then and she's still right now. Even though, I'm a planner and I've gotten into the habit of planning out a specific palette, that doesn't mean I truly know how all the colors are going to look together until I see them together.  I mean, the color wheel says they go together -- so they should right?  Well, yes and no.

How colors appear is relative to ...

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April 19, 2017
Snow Fun! from Heart Desire Creations

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I recently traveled outside of my “box” and entered the Martelli Quilt contest.  There was a theme choice of Winter, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Autumn. I chose Winter and was sent these templates:

Winter Templates

There was no set criteria except for the size of the finished panel. My interpretation was that although we did not need to use all the templates, I should use as many templates as many times as I could. My guess was that the quilt panels would be displayed at market and/or shows to show how the templates could be used. I used the quarter round template ...

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Let’s Do Facebook Live! from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone! Happy Spring!

Ok, let’s do that!  It seems like many people I admire at one time or another have done a Facebook Live meeting.  As you can see Gracie is ready to go, sitting by my trusty computer.  Huey will probably get on board with it too, but he’s not an early adopter like Gracie is.

I was thinking weekly, but then I corrected myself.  What are you crazy?  You don’t have time for that now.  So for now, I will have it once a ...

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April 16, 2017
Road Trip! from Rana Quilts

Dana Thank You
Great road trip with a friend last week. Dana proposed driving to Amherst, Mass to see a quilt show. Obviously the right words to get me out of the studio! While Dana is not a quilter, the show featured two artists she knew well, a mother and daughter, both named Valerie. Valerie (the elder, at 92!) quilts while her daughter is a watercolor artist. Their show was hung in a space with lots of natural light and great seating. We spent hours talking about fabric, art and design techniques. The work was colorful and varied, with some ...

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April 14, 2017
Never a Dull Moment from Jinny's Corner

This is one of my favorite times of the year. The Virginia bluebells are in full bloom along the Potomac River in Great Falls National Park. Our native redbuds are announcing spring with their brilliant violet flowers, the onions, potatoes and early vegetables are planted in my garden and we are already enjoying the early spring greens and winter onions in salads.


Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells







Early Veggies

Early Veggies


That is not to say we don’t get surprises. Last week, I was teaching my Diamonds class at my shop. We had just begun the class when all of a sudden our ...

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April 11, 2017
Spring Feng Shui from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone! Happy Spring!

I finally couldn’t stand the clutter of my living room/dining area any more.  I asked my sister to help me re-arrange feng shui the room.  The first thing to go was the giant, broken TV. Out it went. After that, we could move and clean.  I took all the kitty covering off the furniture and covered them instead with white sheets.  My hand dyed pillows and art work are everywhere for decoration.  My main goal was a clean, uncluttered look so I could enjoy ...

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April 6, 2017
Adventurous Applique from Heart Desire Creations

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

Adventurous Applique Graphic (Medium)

Our April IBA project was “Adventurous Applique.” This played perfectly into a little project I have been wanting to do – a little project tote bag. I pulled out a number of the six inch strips from the rolls we received from Island Batiks, cut them into various strip widths and sewed two sets together. I sewed those to a neutral top.

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I pulled out my bag of IB scraps and cut a bunch of long skinny flower petals. I fused a stem and then fused the petals. I did the flower as a raw applique ...

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April 5, 2017
Turkey Red from Pearl the Squirrel

Yup, I'm still here—so is Pearl. As a matter of fact, I've got some ideas for reviving Pearl the Squirrel. But as the business of life intercedes, these remain mostly ideas.

One thing I'd like to do with this blog is share some of the intriguing textile-related things that pop up in my view. Today is an interesting video about Turkey Red. If you're at all interested in textile history or quilt history, Turkey Red is a term that you've heard, but if you're like me you don't know much about it ...

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April 4, 2017
More Ice! from Quilts + Color


More new ice dyeing for your viewing pleasure.
I hope looking at this makes YOU happy.

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April 3, 2017
Opal Piece Number 2 from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone! Happy Spring!

Gracie has been helping me in the studio, lately. I have to hide small pieces of fabric so she doesn’t eat them, but I caught her here taking a nap in cushy hand- dyed fabric.  How many cats can say they can take a nap in a hand- dyed bed?

I love to work in the studio with my gorgeous hand dyed colors, adding them piece by piece to the new Opal art quilt.  Huey helps me too.  Do these pieces go together?  He seems ...

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I’m Back from Quilts + Color

Dyeing time is here again. It's great to be continuing on this journey.

I am pleased to be creating new work and have finished some new ones.

Radiant Ruby

This is my newest mandala.

Each piece I create is one of a kind and I don’t have a formula. One of the keys is that I manipulate the fabric differently for each and every piece I do. There are also a lot of other variables as I work.

I believe that is one of the reasons why I have been christened “The Queen Of Ice”.

I did something I have ...

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March Saw Some Progress from Heart Desire Creations

March Charity quilts hanging (Medium)

The sewing machine hasn’t exactly been humming this past March. I did complete projects and work on others, but my main concentration has been getting ready for the Spring retreat in May. I do love putting it all together, but it is time consuming.

Two Hospice quilts were finished. The one that is blue squares was really easy – the top was left in the room where the Hospice sewers get together to sew. All I needed to do was back it, quilt it and bind it. Done! I completed the lizard quilt top earlier and finally quilted and bound ...

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April 1, 2017
To Thine Own Self Be True from Quilts + Color

I see so many beautiful quilts and can appreciate quilts that are so different that what I do. I have no desire to make certain types of quilts. Does that mean I don’t like them? Quite the opposite. I can love and appreciate all the different types of quilts others make.

I know there are many quilters who want to do it all. From the beginning I have leaned toward doing quilts with a geometric style. That does not mean I haven’t tried many different things.
I also have always had a love of color. My use of ...

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March 30, 2017
Workin’ It Wednesday – Pups & Kittens from Heart Desire Creations

Pups, Kittens (Medium)

At a quilt camp in the Spring of 2016, in the NC Mountains, Sue Bouchard of Quilt In A Day gave a workshop on her pattern “Tribe.” The quilt consisted of many blocks using various techniques.  One technique I learned was how to make flying geese in a new way using the mini geese rulers.  Another focus of the design of the blocks was fussy cutting. I had some  adorable fabric with pups and kittens in my stash and decided to go with it.

If you look closely you can see the little fish bones in the left kitty fabric ...

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March 23, 2017
Mini Madness! from Heart Desire Creations

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

Mini Madness (Medium)

The March IBA assignment was Mini Madness – a paper piecing project that finished no larger than 24 inches. We could choose English paper piecing or regular paper piecing. I knew I couldn’t handle another hand work project so I chose regular paper piecing.

Mini Star 2 heARTsCreations (Medium)

I wanted something light and spring-like. Choosing from the treasure chest of Island Batiks has been really fun. This mini has a total of 10 different Island Batiks!

The star center was fun to piece. After staring at the pieced star for several days, I knew it needed more than a ...

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March 22, 2017
What do you do when you’re not sure how to finish a piece? from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone! Happy Spring!

What do you do when you’re not sure how to finish a piece?  Here is some of the advice I got.

  • let it stew
  • wait
  • put it away for a while

Of course!  I have done all of those things in the past, and I just forgot, thinking I had to finish this Opal piece right now and right away. But I don’t. There are no looming deadlines, no shows I gotta enter it into .

I don’t like UFO’s though, I don ...

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March 19, 2017
My Way from Quilts + Color

 And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
It's Magic 40W x 42L

It’s Magic
I've lived a life that's full
I've traveled each and every highway

Iris Spring 40wxw0h
Iris Spring

But more, much more than this
I did it my way

ice dyed mandala for show poster
Garden Party
Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention

GloryAura 43W x 36H
Glory Aura
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption

Good Vibrations 42W x 34L
Good Vibrations
To think I did all that
And may I say - not in a shy way

Walgreens ice 10

Oh no, oh no, not me
I did ...

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March 18, 2017
Too Ambitious? I Hope Not! from Heart Desire Creations

Last week I got some great news – I was awarded a one week residency at Wild Acres Retreat Center. I will have a fully equipped cabin and my goal is to concentrate on charity quilts. To prepare for my time there, I have begun gathering fabrics and ideas. Over the next several weeks I will prepare several “quilt kits” so that I will have everything ready to just sit and sew all week! I will also be bringing two of my personal projects to work on.

And thanks to Sharon of Artistic Sharon Runs for information about the Hands2Help Charity ...

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