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July 27, 2021
Homegrown, Home-dyed Indigo from The Ardent Thread

The grandkids are visiting for the summer, which means I’ve been busy juggling a toddler and a bigger kid, both of whom need things to do outside.

Taking this video as inspiration, I decided to go for something we could do TODAY from start to finish and see results. [YouTube video: “Indigo Dyeing with fresh indigo leaves // 生葉で藍染”]

Our local soil is kind of garbage. It’s sandy, silty, and blows away in the wind, but we find ways to work with it.

I ordered indigo seeds from The Dogwood Dyer several months ago and lo and behold, they ...

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July 26, 2021
♪♪Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues ♫ ♫ from Humble Quilts

 Blues in my sewing room only! I love summer!

Here's the fabric for a project I'm slowly working on. 
Some fabric came from a friend. (thanks Phyllis!) 
Some I hand dyed in a class with Lori Triplett in Houston. 
The rooster I purchased in that class.

I'm not sure how they will all play and work together but I'm going to try it.

I got our fall quiltalong complete and basted ready for hand quilting. So excited to share it with you all! I hope you'll consider sewing along. I make it a mystery but ...

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February 19, 2021
A Biskit A Basket from Humble Quilts

I'm really not starting a new project, just doing a couple of test blocks. (famous quilter words!) 
I saw a great old quilt in reproductions with a wide double pink sashing. 

I wondered if I could mix it up and do it in the indigo blues that I have. The quilt was pieced but I also saw an applique option so thought I'd try both. 

This is a 6" finished pieced block. I got this fabric when I took a class from Lori Triplett on indigo resist. 

This is the appliqued version. 

It's a toss up for ...

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December 9, 2020
Aizenkobo Indigo Face Masks from The Ardent Thread

Here’s my fashion tip of the season: Wear a damn mask.

Yes, I’m being harsh. Why? Because I live in a region where masks are mandatory and I support that decision by our local government. If you want to debate the merits of going maskless, please don’t bother. I will remove your comment. I already know too many people who have had to deal with the long term effects of COVID-19 and several of my friends have lost family members to the virus.

There are three of us living in this big, old house and we each ...

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November 25, 2020
Kimonomomo Library List Part 2 from The Ardent Thread

Sashiko and Boro reference books – hard to find/out of print editions worth seeking out

Three lovely books for visual and text reference. One in Japanese, and two in both English and Japanese. These are not how-to books, but beautiful resources for getting a feel for sashiko, kogin, and boro textiles in historical context.

Links provided were valid on Amazon at the time I wrote this, but as these books are out of print they may not be available or may be ridiculously expensive. I’ve provided ISBN numbers for the first two you can use to search for these ...

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May 20, 2020
Playing with Projects and a Flimsy from Indigo Threads

Well, I finally have a "first finish"!  This quilt top is now a flimsy. This is the Rail Fence pattern from Sujata Shah's book "Cultural Fusion Quilts".

Rail Fence quilt
56 inches square
I started this quilt way back in April of 2016.   You can read about it here.  This project got put on the back burner a few times since 2016, but I finally decided it's time was now and got it put together.  The i-sew-lation is at least good for getting some projects done.  I am very happy to get it to this stage.

one block ...

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November 11, 2019
Another Favorite Houston Exhibit from Humble Quilts

I came across this lovely indigo exhibit and it really was inspiring! Quilting in Japan has always been so completely perfect and over the top, which I appreciate, but I'm not necessarily inspired by it- thee was something different about these quilts. 
If you haven't heard of many Japanese quilters, let me introduce you to the
 indigo work of Shizuko Kurohah. 

This was one of my favorites. It was so unusual and unique.
She had to have designed it on paper ahead of time to make this amazing design work. I think you can click to zoom more ...

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November 6, 2019
Shibori Indigo Dyeing at Morikami Museum And Japanese Gardens from madebychrissied

Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by

Who doesn't love the indigo fabric?  The Japanese classic blue and white is a firm favourite with sewists and quilters alike.
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October 16, 2019
Sugaridoo / Bernina Quilt Along ~~ fabric pull from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

At the last Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild meeting I decided to join in the Bernina / Sugaridoo Quilt Along. It was easy to settle on an indigo and off-white colors scheme. I've been collecting those indigo fabrics long enough. Someone suggested a touch of yellow, mustard perhaps. Hmm, mustard. Wait, mustard, I like that!

I wanted to post pictures of my fabric pull on Instagram (#sugaridooberninaqal #Mettlerthread), so I started by pulling out all the indigo pieces. There are more than enough. I guess I've been collecting for a while. I chose five to begin with. 

I'll ...

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April 2, 2019
2018 – Delectable Yellow from Lotus Cove Quilting

I just realized that I hadn’t posted on this blog about the quilt I made last summer for my daughter, who is now a junior at SUNY Geneseo, majoring in Art History. The school’s colors are blue and white, so it doesn’t completely match.

Long enough for her dorm bed, this was made from indigoes and yellows from my stash, using a modified Delectable Mountains block and free motion quilted on a longarm. While I hoped to make a dent in the dark blues, my stash is still blue-heavy.
2018 Delectable Yellow
2018 Delectable Yellow detail 3
2018 Delectable Yellow detail 2
2018 Delectable Yellow detail 1
This was before I bought my longarm, so ...

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April 28, 2015
Indigo Dyeing Day from Marianne Bos - Quilt Artist

Its been a very long long time since I have blogged but I am just soo excited to tell you what I have been up to today!

A lady (who met me a while ago at a fair) contacted me and asked if I would help her do some Indigo dyeing with her for a quilt she was making.  Like, how fast could I say yes!!!

Anyway today Kay came over to my house and we broke out the indigo and got to the dyeing. She was dyeing linen.

We pleated, folded, wrapped and rubber banded.

It comes out of ...

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