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March 10, 2018
Who Loves Red? from Quilts + Color

All of these fabrics were Dye Dogs before they all met in the same pot of red dye.
On a future post I’ll share some close-ups of some of them. I am in love.

For now this is a teaser showing parts of a lot of them.
I’m very tempted to just put them all together as if I were putting a jig saw puzzle together as they look so great together.
It’s really hard to pick ONE favorite from this batch.
There are even a few more that are trying to play with each other on ...

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March 3, 2018
Olympic Quilt 2 Is Finished from Quilts + Color

I am thrilled with the results of this piece. From the choice of fabrics to begin, to the use of an “ugly” to complete the border, to the quilting and to the close to perfect facings and casings on the back it has been an exciting journey thanks to the energy I get from watching the Winter Olympics.
I hope you can see how the spiral quilting plays so well with the linear design of the piecing.
I don’t preplan my work and each step is a new discovery as I listen to what the quilt is trying to ...

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February 27, 2018
I Found It from Quilts + Color

Someone asked me what my favorite piece from my Olympic dyeing looked like before this last shibori dyeing.
My photos are all over the place on my computer and it can take hours to find a particular photo.
I found it as I was scrolling through one of my ways to find photos…must have been well over 5000 there.
Piece I dyed olympic 2 2018 with leave silk hoil
This is the before: it is silk noil that has been painted and then shibori dyed once. I was not happy with it.
Shibori layers 2 2018 olympic dyeing
This is the after. I love it and it was one of my most successful pieces in ...

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February 26, 2018
Olympic Cowls from Quilts + Color

This cowl was made from one of my Olympic Gold Medal pieces of silk double georgette fabric I dyed.
The construction only took about 10 or 15 minutes after I had the machine threaded and the first seam pinned. It’s beautiful, drapey and one of my best colors to wear.

cowl aqua and brown circles
Once that was done I made this one with a piece of semi-sheer printed silk I bought in Austin, Texas when Frances Holliday Alford took me shopping when I visited her about 12 years ago. It is another one of my best colors.
I am going to feel so ...

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February 24, 2018
Black And White Is The Hardest To Dye from Quilts + Color

These 4 pieces were successful as black and white designs.
I dyed them for a particular use but they didn’t work so now I have 4 great pieces to use in another project.

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February 23, 2018
Olympic Dyeing With Cotton–Creating Beauty From Former Dye Dogs! from Quilts + Color

When I look at this I feel like I am looking through some vegetation and seeing the sun go down. I thing this is a 3-5 times dyed fabric.
This piece of cotton fabric was dyed at least once before.
I am guessing this is the 3rd or 4th time this one has been dyed. It is perfect candidate for my Chasing Rainbows series.
It is great to get some dogs when you are dyeing a they give you the chance to overdye and get some amazing pieces. Almost all my Olympic dyes started as a dog.

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February 22, 2018
» Notes from Studio B

Am I the only one that struggles with a title for each blog post? I find it hard enough to write a post let alone title it, so no title this week.

Last week I had a plan to do a quilt out of some of my hand dyed shibori fabrics, I even drew out a pattern for it, but it was just not coming together. Over the weekend I decided to scrap the whole thing and while I was cleaning up my mess came up with another idea. This one came together in about an hour.

I just have ...

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February 20, 2018
My Olympic Dyeing Medals from Quilts + Color

I want to share a few more of the best pieces from my recent dyeing personal Olympic event!
This piece of silk noil coordinates with the one I shared yesterday.
I was doing a color test on this piece of vintage 14” wide kimono silk.
I had to scrunch up this piece of silk double georgette to get it all in the picture. It is a large scarf
All of the pictures today are silk fabric.
I love the way silk takes color and these are no exception. All won GOLD medals!

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February 19, 2018
If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again - Olympic GOLD from Quilts + Color

I have been doing some shibori dyeing recently.
Some of these pieces had been real duds and I could have been tempted to cut them up and use them as strips in simple quilts. I didn't give up and got some amazing pieces.
Some have 4-5 layers of pattern, both dye and paint.
I finished 18 pieces and there was only one dud and it will go into the pile to be dyed again for the 4th time.
I got one piece I consider spectacular. I must have started it 25-30 years ago. I believe this was the 4th ...

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February 15, 2018
Inspirations For Creativity & Finding Your Ugly Fabric! from Quilts + Color

And so it began top 1

For me inspirations comes from the fabric and color.
I may have a very very vague idea of what I will create.
Once I start I let the fabric tell me what to do.
This is nothing new for me as I have worked this way since I started sewing clothing way back when. For clothing the hand of the fabric was another very important consideration.
At first my quilts were traditional designs but even then the fabric had to speak to me.
Currently the fabric has to carry on a conversation with the other ones in the project. This ...

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February 6, 2018
Shibori = fun with 'stripes' from Daphne Greig

Have you seen the new Banyan Batiks fabrics?

Banyan Batiks challenge all aspects of the batik design process, from innovative tjaps (pronounced "chops"), original artwork and designer selected colours, to the finishing of the goods. Banyan Batiks strive to provide the quilting industry with a higher quality batik and a finish that sews like no other.

My latest pattern uses the new Shibori collection. 

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Banyan Batiks has created this very ancient fabric style using the batik process and it is gorgeous! The background for my quilt is a TRUE WHITE batik with subtle patterning.

Here are ...

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January 25, 2018
The good and the underwhelming from Notes from Studio B

Last week I was reprimanded for only showing the good stuff and not showing what I was underwhelmed about. I thought about it and realized the comment was right, I should show the good and the bad. I've done enough daily projects over the years to  know that when I start something new I'm frequently disappointed with my early attempts. Yet if I can push through the early fumbling there's always the possibility to learn something. Not only learn a new technique or process and with continued practice master it, but also learn something about myself in ...

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January 4, 2018
Lots of New Starts from Notes from Studio B

I've been busy starting new things!

Weekly Leaf #1

2018 daily Stitching
days 1-4

I also have a birthday coming up in March so I'm doing a very simple daily for 71 days, since I'll be 71. I have never been able to stick with a sketchbook or drawing routine but I love to make marks, so I'm doing 71 days of mark making. I've started with an old sketchbook, a bottle of India ink that has been around for several years and a scruffy old paintbrush.

Day #1



I like the first ...

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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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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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