Eco-dyeing via India Flint

Posted October 19, 2014 by emprint
Categories: Archives, dying, inspiration, plant dyes

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After reading Eco Dyeing by India Flint and since I live out in the country of the Ozarks, I’ve become interested in what colors/dyes are available from local plants. Here is my trusty old stainless steel dye pot from my weaving days of dyeing yarns. I’ve place jars of fabric with various plants into a water bath in the pot and boiled it for many minutes. These are the results from yesterday on silk.dye-pot

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Dark, almost black pansies

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Red Sumac leaves

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Dark purple petunias and orange marigolds.

Wild and Crazy is finally fishished

Posted September 14, 2014 by emprint
Categories: Archives, art, Art Quilts, fabrics, quilts, Uncategorized

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The last couple of weeks have been more than frustrating. I finished the Wild and Crazy quilt and was very proud of it. Laid it out on the bed and thought it looked super; pillows excluded.

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Then I washed and dried it to get rid of the cat hair and to puff it up. Oh Woe. The hand dyed red fabric (which had been previously washed) faded on to the narrow white strips making them a dull pinkish-grey.

W&C-fadedThere is no contrast between the “white” strips and the grey pieces. What I thought was going to be a great quilt was now a disappointing quilt. I tried to get over the disappointment but it was always in the back of my mind. A few days ago, I wondered if the strips could be painted. Not practical. Then I woke up two days ago and said, “Dots.”

So – by dipping a half inch wooden dowel into white fabric paint and touching it to the strip the quilt turned into this.

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Now, I think I’m happier with the quilt than I was in the beginning.

 

Wild & Crazy, 3 & 4

Posted June 14, 2014 by emprint
Categories: Archives, art, Art Quilts, progress, quilts, scrap quilts

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I’m at it again. Another Quilt As You Go quilt. This one is bigger than the last. Hopefully it will be about 74″ x 74″. I want to keep it and use it on a blond mid-century bed that used to be my Mom’s.  These are numbers 3 & 4 of four made. Five more to go but the rain has finally stopped and I’ve GOT to get out into the garden. Yes, I can sleep under it. The room will be dark and my eyes will be closed.

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Country Auctions

Posted June 5, 2014 by emprint
Categories: Archives, auctions, ozark stories, people watching

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Have you ever been to a country auction? If the weather is nice it’s a lot of fun. Not only was the weather nice this past weekend, but one of the auctions was held indoors. Yay! Did I spend money? You bet. Bought a great chair that is just waiting for one of my “famous” slip covers and a mid-century modern chest-of-drawers. The latter may be more that I can do, but I’ll give it a try. It was sin worse shape than I realized.

Whether or not one buys anything, people watching is a great past time.

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See that big dark blue-ish pot? I bought it.

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The auctioneer. Hard to understand. I’m new at this. My friend Deb helped me.

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And then a real, live cowboy walked in; spurs and all. Yahoo!

MAY FLOWERS

Posted May 22, 2014 by emprint
Categories: Archives, Flowers, inspiration, Landscapes, Uncategorized, visual

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Although the weather has not been the greatest, and Spring has been late in coming, it’s been worth waiting for. I have never had more beautiful flowers. I really don’t think I need to say anything, just enjoy.

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Winter’s work

Posted April 27, 2014 by emprint
Categories: Archives, Art Quilts, inspiration, nature, quilts, scrap quilts

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You saw each of these block individually as each was finished. Now you see them all together as one. I’m not even going to bother cleaning up this photo ’cause Spring has sprung and there’s too much to be done.  Glad this got finished before work began outside. I should mention that this was made of all scraps, a little cotton, a few silks, and lots of polys. 44″ x 44″. You see some of the stuff that either inspires me or is awaiting use.

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And here is what I’m proudest of:  a Jack in the Pulpit that was gifted and planted last fall. Larger than life!

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Quilting Spirals

Posted March 24, 2014 by emprint
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The Brown/Moon blocks are being quilted in spirals. The centers of the first two were a little bit wobbly and I wondered what I could do to improve. Then I remembered that Donna Olson, who says she has trouble free hand quilting, showed us at the UT retreat how she draws designs on “Press n’ Seal, a GLAD product, presses it onto the quilt top, sews over the design, and peels the “paper” away. Decided to try it.

First draw the center of a spiral on a piece of paper. Doesn’t have to be much.

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2. Raid the kitchen for the box of Press’n Seal

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3. After you’ve traced the spiral onto the Press’n Seal, place it onto the quilt top

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4. Needle and foot down at exact point of spiral center. Set stitch length to 1.5 (I am sewing on a Pfaff) It’s easier to make this tight turn with very short stitches.. Move the needle to the far right if you are sewing around the spiral clock-wise and making the lines 1/2 inch apart. With the needle on the far right I can use the edge of the foot as a 1/2″ guide.

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5. As the circumference begins to enlarge, gradually increase your stitch length to what you plan to use. I gradually increase the length to three (3).

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Once I stitch just the part that is drawn, I stop and tear off the Press’n Seal and continue the spiral using the edge of the foot as a guide.

Quilting a spiral free hand is a tutorial on The Quilting Edge. Marianne has a lot of tutorials, besides her beautiful quilts, on her blog. I urge you to check it out.


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