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July 2014

fabric, quilts

hand dyed solids + curves

July 27, 2014

I decided to start hand dyeing some solid fabrics.  Sometimes I’m looking for the perfect solid shade and I just can’t seem to find it.


dyed solids

These days I’m really into modern colors – teal, aqua, red, coral, orange.  Mixed with black and white, of course.


I started making these curved improv blocks on my (brand-spankin’ new!) design wall.


design wall


The blocks are coming along nicely.  I haven’t decided how to sew them together just yet.  Trying to stay as loose as possible and keep improvising until something awesome emerges.  Can’t wait to see what happens next!


shibori sketch

July 20, 2014

My first completed project using my hand-dyed cotton.


shibori sketch


It’s a little guy – only 10.5″x10.5″.  I call it an afternoon sketch.


fabric overload

July 13, 2014

I decided to do some cleaning in the studio. I made a ton of quilts from my existing fabric earlier this year, but I still had so much fabric that I just wasn’t using. So I started a new Etsy shop just for destashing – I’m selling a bunch of really nice stuff that I just don’t have the time to use. Right now I’ve got a lot of fat quarter bundles that I curated, as well as some rare charm packs and yardage. I’m planning on putting together some design rolls, too, so watch out for those in the near future! Who knows – I might put together some scrap packs, too. I’ve got a lot of extra fabric around here.



diy, fabric


July 5, 2014

I decided to start dyeing my own fabrics. I’ve never tried it before, but I decided to give it a try when I accidentally bought some white Kona cotton labeled as “prepared for dyeing.” My first bit of research led me to a Japanese technique called “shibori,” which refers to the process of folding, scrunching, tying, or otherwise modifying the fabric to resist dye in certain places and accept the dye in others.


dyed in bucket


I did the typical tye-dye roll up, and then I got creative and tried some different folds and clamping methods. The results were always interesting and beautiful in their own way.


shibori roll up


shibori studies in blue


shibori red



Now I have about 30 yards of hand-dyed fabric. Not sure what I’ll make from it just yet, but I know that whatever it is will be very cool.


shibori stack


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