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October 12, 2017
More small pieces from Notes from Studio B

I'm in the process of making more small pieces, both leaves and yoga inspired. The yoga inspired ones were printed a few years ago and were languishing in my pile of possibilities. They are cyanotype on magenta fabric, using some shapes cut out of heavy dark paper.

I've got three canvases painted a dark navy waiting for me to attach them.

I've also started the piecing process with a couple of the wet cyanotypes on turquoise fabric. This is how they look this morning on my work table.

The fabric that was used for both of these ...

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September 29, 2017
More French knots, SAQA Auction,Indigo and some finished leaves from Notes from Studio B

I've had a busy week which included a surprise visit and four day stay by my sister in law and her husband. They came to surprise Don for his birthday.

I've finished all the little leaf pieces and each is mounted on a canvas.

The second week of the SAQA Auction is in full swing and my piece is still available.

Today I had a wonderful group of creatives here to learn some shibori techniques with indigo. I managed to get one picture of them all together in front of a line of their work. The pieces that ...

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July 5, 2017
preview of my new book has arrived "Cotton & Indigo from Japan" from Third Floor Quilts

Writing a nonfiction, art history book is a long and solitary process. Fortunately, there is definitely a reward at the end... and this week, that reward arrived in my mailbox. One preview copy of my new book: "Cotton & Indigo from Japan."

The book is published by Schiffer Publishing and I feel so blessed to be working with such a quality company. Their graphic design and treatment of photos, their sincere editing efforts and stunning covers!!!... all of their work really makes this book so beautiful.

There are 300+ photos, the vast majority are photos I took. On one of my ...

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June 29, 2017
Wet Cyanotype, Soy Wax Paste and Pole Wrapped Shibori from Notes from Studio B

If you look at the title of my post you might wonder what all those have in common. They are all done on fabric and I did them all this past week. I'm beginning to think that at age 70 I've got attention deficit disorder because I'm just bouncing from one project to the next.

First I used up the pretreated cyanotype fabric that I had. The first pictures are of the finished pieces that I showed in process last week, the last picture is all the ones I've done.

I'm loving these, it's ...

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June 15, 2017
A Play Day from Notes from Studio B

Last Friday Lisa and Kathleen drove out to Weiser for a play day. I had a  fresh indigo pot, soy wax  and all sorts of clamps and plexiglass glass shapes ready to go. We played with a variety of fabrics and created some really cool designs.

Here's Lisa tying some organza with bright orange yarn.

The organza soaking in water.

Holding up the finished piece.

Kathleen checking on a piece hanging to dry.

A few shots of texture and pattern.

I found 8 vintage linen napkins in my stash, they are now blue and white, each with a different ...

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April 2, 2017
Lancaster Quilt Show, A recap from Terificreations's Weblog

Life is good. Getting to see this quilt from a distance was good. As always there are things I would do differently. Like ribbon candy in the white, and tighter on the other stitching. But ya know what? I love this quilt.       Bruce took a moment to get a photo with me. … Continue reading Lancaster Quilt Show, A recap

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March 31, 2017
Things that make a quilter giddy from Terificreations's Weblog

Eighteen years, or pert near close to it we moved into this place, purchasing a high efficiency, stacked washer/dryer. Loved it. Dealt with a few issues over the years, yanno, stuff happens. Sometime in the last 12 months it started sounding like rocks took up residence in the washer. Getting louder, and louder, and louder. … Continue reading Things that make a quilter giddy

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March 28, 2017
Well, then here’s something inspiring from Terificreations's Weblog

So, as often happens, I’m scrolling through fb and find something really cool. and if you head here you can see Leslie’s full line. Today’s words of wisdom, Just Show Up. I’ll talk more about this later in the week. For now, If you’re a quilter who is in business and needs a bit … Continue reading Well, then here’s something inspiring

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March 14, 2017
Almost Finished from Terificreations's Weblog

Well The Indigo Kings Puzzle is nearly finished. I posted this the other day thinking the bronzy color would work for the quilt. After asking a couple of friends I decided on a shade of white. The rest of the quilting is subtle, so this color, and a sore thumb would easily compare. At one … Continue reading Almost Finished

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February 11, 2017
Tokyo Great International Quilt Festival 2017 part 3 from The Ardent Thread

Some photos were taken in a hurry as I rushed from the booth to lunch, or back again. Closeups are all I have of these beautiful quilts.


The geometry is complex and amazing. When people who don’t quilt think that quilters are old grannies who sit around making simple blankets, I want to show them these and say “So how well did you do in advanced mathematics in college? How about color theory in art?”

The gorgeous gem above is all shibori silk from vintage kimono and haori. Hand pieced, naturally.


More incredible hand piecing and applique. I can ...

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February 8, 2017
Totally worth the wait from Terificreations's Weblog

Way back at Quilt Market in Houston Tracy Mooney (Generation Q Magazine) did a quick interview with Bruce Magidson of SewBatik Bruce showed us these gorgeous 108″ Indigo batiks. Sitting in a box next to me, that our package delivery system left at the front door of my home in a timely manner, are these … Continue reading Totally worth the wait

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February 5, 2017
Tokyo Great International Quilt Festival 2017 Part 2 from The Ardent Thread

I’m writing this while sitting in a Tokyo hotel, but I have so much more to tell you about this trip. Since leaving Tokyo Dome I took a train up to Takayama, another train down to Osaka, flew to Hirosaki in Aomori prefecture, then back to Tokyo again. Three weeks on the road and I’m almost ready to head back to California.

For the first two days of the Quilt Festival I kept my hands busy demonstrating the kit I designed for Tulip Co. and didn’t really get out of the booth much except during lunch breaks ...

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January 22, 2017
New year, new quilt from Stitch and Yarn

Introducing the Blue Giant! This quilt has been quietly plodding along in the background for well over a year now – but just as 2017 was getting underway I stitched the last stitch into the binding. Let's face it, a quilt top with pieces that big took no time at all to construct. It was the decision to hand quilt that dragged it out by months and months. I'm so glad I did it though, the larger stitches created with indigo-dyed sashiko thread really suit the aged and worn jeans. I just can't imagine that machine-quilting would have ...

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December 13, 2016
A Quick Q&A on CLARET, with Paula Barnes from Marcus Fabrics

claretcompWe caught up with Paula to chat about her new CLARET collection. Here’s what she shared with us:

Q. The line is inspired by quilts of the 1800s.  What made Claret such a popular color during that time??

A. Claret became popular in the 1800’s to some extent because the synthetic dye used to produce the color was a stable dye.  This made the color more available, and more affordable, which of course, contributed to its wide appeal.

Q.  And how was it commonly used at the time?PaulaBarnes-SP15

A.  You’d often find the Claret color paired with ...

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December 12, 2016
Christmas Postcards from Notes from Studio B

It's Christmas Postcard time again! This year I started with a vague idea of a simple tree sketch and after doing about a dozen found one I was happy with.

A thermofax screen was made and I headed out to Studio B to do some printing. My fabric this year is a piece of solid lime green decorator fabric from my stash. Misty fuse was applied to the back before cutting it into 4"x6" pieces.

Next step was to make a triangle shaped stencil out of a 4x6 index card and brush a light layer of green to ...

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December 4, 2016
I’ve Been Neglectful! from Eric the Quilter


And I apologize! I’ve been working at my new job so much, I had to put blogging and creating on the back burner. Never Fear! I have been still been sewing and creating, but just not as much as I would like to. I’ve been super creative at work, designing hats and scarves and then knitting them out on the machines. So my creativity is satisfied, but I still want to do more! I finally cracked down on myself, turned off Netflix, and got to sewing. I finished this top, and I feel marvelous!

Today I’ll be ...

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November 14, 2016
Back to sewing from Notes from Studio B

This week I started going thru my pile of stalled projects, started cutting up one, decided to quilt another and added a piece to a third one. The third one is actually a long piece of cotton duck fabric that was dipped in indigo. Cut about 20inches off one end and added a pale moon.

Next step will be to quilt it, my plan is to keep it very simple and serene. The finished size will be about 20"H x 48"W, so far it even has a title "Pale Moon Rising".

The second one is black and white ...

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November 6, 2016
shibori pillow + custom pillow form from Sotak Handmade

I keep going back and forth on what to do with my lovely stack of indigo dyed fabric. I'd like to make a quilt, something like this or this would be absolutely wonderful, I think. But, I am totally not in a mood for any quilt making at the moment.

So I decided a pillow cover will suffice for now. This way I don't feel like fabric is just sitting there without me ever touching it while at the same time there's no need to commit to a long term project :).

I didn't want to cut ...

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October 19, 2016
slim pencil case + kits from Sotak Handmade

 Hello everyone!

I'm super happy to show you my newest pouch - Slim Pencil Case.  

It's a simple super slim pouch, perfect to keep the few pens and markers I carry around in our purse organized without adding any bulk.

The pouch finishes at 7.5" x 2.75" and is nicely padded thanks to the addition of fusible fleece. And, most of all, I no longer have to fish through the contents of my bag every. single. time. I need a pen. Sheesh, I should have made these ages ago!!!

I loved my pouch so much, I decided ...

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October 17, 2016
indigo dyeing from Sotak Handmade

I've wanted to try indigo dyeing for months now I finally went for it this weekend. Such fun, I tell you.

I ordered this kit on Amazon and read tons of tutorials and tips all over the internet on how to work with indigo. I found this, and this posts to be especially helpful, and I even started a new Pinterest board.

I used PFD (prepared for dyeing) Kona cotton from my Joann store for dyeing, but I read that pretty much any natural fabric (cotton, linen, silk) should work as long as it's washed and dried in ...

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