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Last Saturday I checked my mail to find the Sept./Oct. issue of Quilty! Featuring my Airborne design on page 44. This quilt was so much fun to make and I can’t wait to see what other quilters come up with!
The Quilty team did such a great job and I couldn’t be more pleased. Can’t wait for Jan./Feb. – Mountainscape will be featured then!!
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.
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.
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!
My first completed project using my hand-dyed cotton.
It’s a little guy – only 10.5″x10.5″. I call it an afternoon sketch.
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 – http://olivetreefabrics.etsy.com. 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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been posting about this non-stop on Instagram – follow me! @olivetreetextiles
Last month I got an email from Mary Fons, the editor and creator of Quilty Magazine. She asked me to submit some designs for use in an upcoming issue, and turns out they didn’t just want one quilt – they wanted two!
My debut is happening in the Sept/Oct issue and I couldn’t be more excited. My “Airborne” quilt will be featured then, and my “Mountainscape” quilt will be in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue.
I can remember looking through Fons & Porter Love of Quilting magazines during my teenage years and wishing that I was talented enough to have one of my quilts featured. Now, years later, my dream is coming true!
My sister-in-law graduated from college almost a year ago, and I promised her a new quilt as a gift. She just moved into an adorable house and has been decorating up a storm. She chose the colors to match her room – grey, plum, white, and a hint of lime. I loved the color combo and she loved the end result!
Every year since I finished college, I’ve made the trip down to Western Kentucky for the AQS show in Paducah. I stay with my friend Jenna in Murray (about 45 minutes away) so I get to visit with her AND spend all week looking at quilts and buying fabric. It really doesn’t get much better than that.
This year I spent more time looking at the show quilts. In years past I spent more time shopping for cool new fabric for my stash, but this year I felt particularly inspired by the quilt show itself. I took time to study the award-winning craftsmanship and felt compelled to start working on show quilts myself. Maybe next year!
At the request of many customers, I’ve designed a new camera bag to hold a camera+lens attached, and one extra lens, for a nice compact bag to take with you on your travels. Check it out in the shop!
grey fern medium camera bag
Recently I got a Bernina embroidery machine, too. It’s an older model (Artista 165E) but I love it just the same, and it produces lovely monogrammed messages for custom orders.