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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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May 11, 2021
Marriage, Threads & Ice Dyeing from Where Art & Life Meet

I’ve mentioned this before; my husband and I start the morning off with a reading of some kind and then discuss whatever it is we’ve just read. Today we read about relationships using thread as a metaphor, which was kind of perfect for someone like me. This quote was particularly appealing for obvious reasons. A […]

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April 20, 2021
Cyanotype Sun Dyeing (Etsy) from Kat & Cat Quilts

A post on Tuesday! How odd! Not to alarm you, but I just wanted to share the results of my latest dyeing experiment.  I made 3 sets of onesies using flowers and plants from the Texas spring bloom and Sun Reactive Dye.  I've put them in my Etsy shop if anyone would like one (or two!)

You can see in this image how the dyeing process works.  I work inside in low-light conditions, similar to developing photos, to apply to dye and place the botanicals where I want them. The dye goes on completely clear.  A pane of glass ...

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April 13, 2021
Week 2 of #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art) from Quilting & Learning

I've managed to stay organised and on time for week 2 of the #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art). My next challenge is to do the same for week 3

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January 12, 2021
Some Dyeing from Thread Head

This past week I did some dyeing-


This is all a Blue Faced Leicester and nylon blend for socks.


This is the first bundle that I decided to spin - I tried some different colours for this one, and wanted to see how it would spin (I used Jacquard acid dyes in the colours Russet, Teal and Golden Yellow mixed with a bit of of Jet Black to make lime green).

The three bobbins ready for plying (I like a 3-ply yarn for socks).
The finished yarn.
I really like how the colours came out.
And this is how it is ...

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December 20, 2020
Never underestimate the inspiration caused by a group project from Art and Quilting in Camden

Art should be like a holiday: something to give a man the opportunity to see things differently and to change his point of view. -Paul Klee, painter (18 Dec 1879-1940) 

So I’m part of Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild, one of two local groups. This chapter, part of the MQG (Modern Quilt Guild) is the smaller of the two and is almost completely comprised of members of Coastal Quilters (the other group) which is part of the statewide Pine Tree Quilt Guild (Maine is the Pine Tree state). For once, I decided to participate in a round robin sort ...

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December 3, 2020
Hooray for Louise from Kat & Cat Quilts

Louise has been putting her time at home to good use finishing quilts for Covered in Love at quite the rate! For anyone who is unfamiliar, Louise and I have had an arrangement for a while where I ship her UFOs and orphan blocks donated to CiL and she recombines them to make beautiful finished quilts!

You can read more from Louise about how she put together the first 3 quilts on this post on her blog here.

She has a real knack for matching different projects and fabrics and I love her FMQ!

These Christmas Geese and coordinating ...

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August 26, 2020
FREE FABRIC DYEING SUPPLIES from The Snarky Quilter

UPDATE: All the supplies have found new homes. I wasn’t kidding about hanging up my dyeing rags. MX Procion dyes and assorted supplies are available for free. You pick them all up (Akron, Ohio) and they’re yours. Contact Joanna at … Continue reading

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August 24, 2020
Tie-Dyeing Fun and a Milestone! from From the Strawberry Patch...

What a fun weekend we had! Lucy Ann spent a few nights here with Nana and PawPaw, she was eager to complete the sewing portion of her quilt top from a few weeks ago; we had big plans to tie-dye the back for that quilt as well. In anticipation of this activity I ordered a tie-dyeing kit from Dharma Trading Co; it included everything needed for good results at home, this was a first time experience

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Tie-Dyeing Fun and a Milestone! from From the Strawberry Patch...

What a fun weekend we had! Lucy Ann spent a few nights here with Nana and PawPaw, she was eager to complete the sewing portion of her quilt top from a few weeks ago; we had big plans to tie-dye the back for that quilt as well. In anticipation of this activity I ordered a tie-dyeing kit from Dharma Trading Co; it included everything needed for good results at home, this was a first time experience

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August 20, 2020
My Last Dyeing Session from The Snarky Quilter

Like many quilters, I started dyeing my own fabric to expand my choices and develop one-of-a-kind material. Ever since I took a Craftsy course from Jane Dunnewold about seven or eight years ago I’ve tried to have at least one … Continue reading

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August 12, 2020
Gettin' Chubby from From the Strawberry Patch...

I'm getting chubby these days; well, maybe (hopefully) not me, but I'm getting chubby with my binding! "Chubby binding" is the preferred binding method of Kim Diehl and it is explained in all of her books. I spoke about it here, having used it on a quilt last month. The appearance is quite nice and the corners turn perfectly square each and every time. "Brother Bear" has been prepared with this

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Gettin' Chubby from From the Strawberry Patch...

I'm getting chubby these days; well, maybe (hopefully) not me, but I'm getting chubby with my binding! "Chubby binding" is the preferred binding method of Kim Diehl and it is explained in all of her books. I spoke about it here, having used it on a quilt last month. The appearance is quite nice and the corners turn perfectly square each and every time. "Brother Bear" has been prepared with this

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August 3, 2020
Mark-making & Dyeing perle cotton from Quilting & Learning

July is almost finished! For a while it looked like it would never end....and now it's almost done! The heat and humidity has left me estivating - not going out if I can help it, so of course, that means working with fabrics, with a little paint and dye on the side to spice things up!

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August 1, 2020
Hosting Inspiration from Quilt Paint Create

I hung this on my design wall
dyed and painted scraps
and a couple weeks later an idea came wandering in. It took another day for it to introduce itself.
Once we started talking, I knew I’d met something cool and interesting. It gave me something to think about.
I will start cutting fabrics today because this idea is a restless one. If I don’t offer something interesting in return, I expect it will wander off and find someone else who will.

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July 19, 2020
Sunday Stash July 19, 2020 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in or out this week.
SS yellow
I didn’t turn on my sewing machine all week. I thought about it. And I looked at stash fabric.
paint-stik-on-paint
This piece I painted.
discharged fabric
This piece I dyed and discharged.
I’m still thinking.
Fabric In: 1.5
Fabric Out: 14.5 yards
Net Fabric Out: 13 yards
How did you do this week?

1 maggie f
2 Julie in GA
3 Chrisknits
4 Melva Nolan
5 Meloney
6 Mary-Kay
7 Patricia
8 Quilting Gail

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March 24, 2020
Fabric Face Masks... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Fabric Face Masks...



I created with Ice Dyed Fabrics !


That is my show 'n tell for today...






CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts




May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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December 24, 2019
Ice Dyeing.....Sneakers from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


The Ice Dyeing Buckets

are warming up by the wood stove...






Here's a peek inside the buckets:


Deep Purple and Raspberry dye powder

sprinkled on top of the ice...



A few hours later:


The ice is nearly melted...

the sneakers are taking the dye nicely !



Here comes the....Show 'n Tell:


These are kids sneakers 

purchased at Hobby Lobby





They must have been 100% cotton...

they took the dye beautifully.





They will be super FUN to wear!




These are also an ice dyed pair of sneakers:





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

Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com

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 6, 2019
The Quilt Show with … me(OMG!) … is live! Episode 2508 from Art and Quilting in Camden

Bucket list item: appear on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims: CHECK! Here’s the link to watch if you are a member. If you couldn’t tell, I’m giddy!

Sarah Ann Smith on The Quilt Show https://thequiltshow.com/component/allvideoshare/video/show-2508-sarah-ann-smith
Just took this screen shot as I’m watching my first of two “doing” segments on The Quilt Show….I’m over the moon!

To watch the show, you usually need to be a member of The Quilt Show community, which is an online “TV” show and so much more. Next Sunday, for one week from October 13-20, 2019, or thereabouts, the episode will be FREE ...

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