Monday, March 25, 2019

Quilt Festival Chicago Bound......

It's time for Quilt Festival Chicago and we are ready.....the vehicle is loaded, our feet are up and it's almost time to call it a night.  Tomorrow will be a long drive headed north.  Wednesday will be a long day with setting up our booth....BUT....then the fun begins....catching up with old friends, meeting new ones and just being around all the creativity will be wonderful.  It has been 6 years since we have been to Chicago...wooohooo!  If you are going come on by Booth 1035 and say hi.
Check out our new line of hand-dyed counted cross stitch fabric, absolutely luscious...would also make great backgrounds for applique and mixed media art work as the texture is wonderful. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

First Two Events Are Under Our Belts........

Our fist retail show of the year was QuiltCon in Nashville it was so much fun.  We got to catch up with friends, see beautiful, inspiring quilts and booths full of goodies.  Kristin vended at the first QuiltCon in Austin and was so excited about all the younger attendees, well those attendees have aged a bit over the years but it is still an exciting show to attend.

Here are a couple of pics of our booth;



 I am always amazed at how many examples we can hang and how many of our products we can get into a 10 foot by 10 foot booth.  Our goal is to inspire the attendees and hopefully we do that.

We quickly drove home to repack before our next event and look at what we found....

a bit of spring.....

Then we headed back to Nashville for the Needlework Market, open to wholesale buyers only.  We introduced our new line of hand-dyed Aida cross stitch fabric.  Also introduced were our new counted cross stitch designs, 4 photo realistic flowers and a funky bird.  This isn't as much of a stretch as you may think...we specialize in textured fabric...this has texture, just for another use.  Look for them in our booth and eventually online.

The set-up for this show is really cool your booth is the front room of your suite, here is a peak through our window.
Once you walked in, color seems to envelope you, this is our cross stitch fabric, left corner has a bit of our velveteen in it;
Before they can reach the corner they were tempted by our hand-dyed cotton organdy...someone called it eye candy and it really is;

 Now we have a few projects to tackle and a bit of dyeing to do before we head to Chicago for Quilt Festival March 28th thru March 30th.  Please stop by, introduce yourselves and check out all the new goodies we have since we were last in Chicago.

Thanks for stopping by, hopefully you will again.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

How Time Flys......


After the 2018 holidays I looked around at my lack of organized supplies and how my work space had no space to actually work....isn't that what you should be doing in your studio is working/creating.  

I decided that a deep clean was needed so I tackled my stash closet first, organizing was needed but first I pulled everything out, dumping it on the guest bed.  To be totally honest I could only do a couple shelves of fabric at a time and I had to be brutal.  
This was a small portion of the mess, we donated about 7 huge trash bags....hopefully someone else can really find pleasure in using all that fabric.  Then we tackled yarn, I actually lost track of how many big Rubbermaid bins left.....the feeling of relief is great.  Now you can actually find things in this room because everything is organized and "put away".

After this I moved to my actual studio space...

This doesn't look too bad, but if you look closely things are piled every which way and there wasn't anymore room to put anything on a shelf....so....every thing got touched.  A few years ago I actually got rid of any books I was no longer interested in,  things I had moved beyond, techniques I had no interest in ever doing.  This time most books stayed, everything else was sorted through, recycled, labeled.   I can actually find things and now I actually have room for new "stuff".
Wow....you can actually see the floor, under the tables are empty and my "table buddy" could lay in the sunshine because there was room for him.  This has changed a bit since the photo because my stereo receiver died and the new one is bigger, bulkier.  It almost killed me to given in to cluttering up the space again, but it was either that or no music....that just wouldn't work, I need music. 
The Thermofax had been taking up space on the work/sewing tables, if I really needed to spread out I had to put it on the cutting table and then back again.  So....Managed to find a cart (that I already had) for the Thermofax machine and roll it under the cutting table with a white Singer featherweight riding along ...perfect spot, can easily access the Thermofax machine and the sewing table now has room to actually work on it without doing gymnastics. 

Reality struck, prepping for the upcoming shows and filling orders had priority.  Cleaning, organizing got put on hold in order to get back to dyeing fabric, first needing to mix those dyes and fortunately the weather cooperated with me....
Problem was getting to my respirator.....so I grabbed a mask and went to work...notice the door is open and the sun is shining....rather unusual around here this past 6 months, more rain than sun it seems.

Our online classes began February 11th, so we needed to take time to make a few videos...I grabbed my phone and took a photo or the camera person...dear daughter didn't know I was taking her photo but I loved it.
To try and act like I wasn't taking her photo I took a couple of the work table, this photo shows the items in the kits the students recieved in one class.
This class is called "Layered Pages", here's a peek at the project;
My studio is clean and ready to create in; however, it is so empty it hurts as my "table buddy" passed away since I took the photo of the work table.  It feels so very weird to sit at my machine and not have his little face looking at me and hearing him bark out the window.  Miss you Rocket Man!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will again.





























Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Collaboration and Creativity.........

We are very proud that during our "artist in residency" we have managed for the last few years to create new work that shows various ways to use our products,  enough pieces for our show booth to have a new look.  Speaking from my point of view this has not always been easy, I don't work like this usually, it takes a lot for me to get into the flow.   For me I cannot just call up those "creative juices" that are needed to create these new pieces,  so working collaboratively with my dear daughter has been a blessing....bouncing ideas with one another is a great way to begin our residency. 

Here are some more photos of our new work;
For that last couple of years we have limited the number of colors we were going to use to create new work for the booth, in order to give it a very cohesive look.  This year when all the colors were chosen my response even surprised me...but these colors reminded me of my childhood.

So....then my next line was something about "pinwheels"....I thought it would be cool to create a pinwheel quilt...using a pinwheel block....however; there seems to have been a "slight" bit of miscommunication, because this next quilt is what came about.
Next thing I knew dimensional pinwheels were appearing all over the studio,  then came the problem of traveling with a 3-D quilt.....
after a bit of a discussion the idea of attaching the pinwheels with snaps was floated out there and it has worked beautifully.  Then a friend suggested that we show how the quilt would look if the pinwheels were stitched down so.....
I swear two brains are so much better than one....when we bounce things around it is so much fun to create these new pieces.

When daughter dear began the large pinwheel quilt she had planned her stems and leaves to look a bit different than the end result.  However, after trying the first ones out they just didn't work, so.......  amazingly the next quilt came about because there was no way she was going to let them go to waste.
This quilt was the result of not wasting the leaves and stem....hmmm....I added a bit of wool and our new hand-dyed cotton velveteen.  It felt like this quilt created itself and that is a wonderful feeling when creating new work.

Thanks for stopping by....there are still several other pieces to come.






Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Overdue Photos' of New Work......

Our newsletter arrived in my Inbox announcing a sale on our hand-dyed burlap and I came to the realization that we hadn't shown any of our new work after our Artist in Residency this past April. Thanks to sweet daughters' efforts I thought I'd use those pics, show off a few new pieces and those of others who posted their work with our burlap on Instagram.

During our April residency for the last few years we concentrate on making all new work for our booth at shows for the coming year.  This year was no different; however our time in Paducah was shorter, we then taught in Peoria, Ill, came home and left soon for Spring Quilt Market, returned home long enough to repack boxes and leave for QSDS in Columbus, Ohio.  Whew!!!!  No wonder I didn't post anything.

We have been trying to show how we use our products in Home Dec, Quilts, Garments, 3-D pieces and Mixed Media.  The first 2 photos are of new pillow designs and the patterns are available on our website.

Flower Basket Pillow;
   This pillow uses burlap and osnaburg in Heather; a new color introduced at market.  The flower basket is wool applique, using Mary Flanagan Woolens.

Tuscan Bird Pillow;

We used Mint Hand-dyed Burlap for this pillow, scraps from our stash of commercial fabrics in shades of "tuscan" and "butternut",  because like many of you...we cannot resist shopping for fabric everywhere we go.  The embroidery was all done using our hand-dyed floss and perle cottons.




Kristin used a free cross stitch pattern by Southern Living to create this burlap zipper pouch.
These last photo's are from Instagram;  I must say I am very impressed with the variety of ways that our products have been used.  Thank you one and all.

Deborah Boschert highlighted a bit of our Kiwi Burlap in one of her art quilt collages. 
 
Olympic Wool Works Highlighted our burlap as background to her punchneedle design.

Mamajay55 (Instagram) used our burlap with cork fabric to create this dynamite purse!
 Right now we are dyeing like crazy, sooooo....hopefully I will have time to post a few more photos of new work.  I am also hoping to have time for a little "specialty" dyeing...maybe a few pics of that too.
Thanks for stopping by. 




Thursday, July 26, 2018

Vacation...Over and Done......

As our vacation ended I wished for just a little more time, seems I have felt that way forever.  You see our vacation destination is the spot I have always spent summers, very near and dear to my heart.  While we are there we only have a sketchy connection to internet, which is absolutely wonderful in some ways and not so great in others.  Writing and loading photos to this blog is not easy and taking a laptop is just so impractical....so here is just a couple photos....



Wouldn't you hate to leave a spot like this?

Now...I grudgingly have to wrap my head around getting back to work and hopefully posting a bit of fun and creative blogs about what we are up to.  We will be just a tad slow as dear daughter will have to undergo another procedure in the "infected tooth" saga that has slowed things down for many months.

Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Vacation Time....No, No..Please Don't Make Me Work......

You know that saying "I have spring fever"....well I have "summertime fever" and would much rather be playing every single day.  Right now I would much rather be prepping to head for the lake than work.  Grandson was very willing this past week to help me with gathering what we need, something tells me that's because he is more than ready to head north for fun, sun, water and family.  We decided that we would pile it in the corner of the family room so we could easily continue watching the World Cup.
Watching it all accumulate is making me very happy cause it means vacation is getting much closer; however this little guys attitude says he's not thrilled with what is happening.  Do you suspect he knows he's not coming along?  He will have fun with the dog sitter, I can guarantee that but he still looks a bit out of sorts
Maybe his mood is being affected by all the other commotion in his "space"; take note of the quilt it is his, he knows that but he's not usually allowed to be directly on the couch...hmmm. The mood may also be because of all the commotion in the room...remember everybody here wants to watch the World Cup so this is what the rest of the room looks like.


Gotta get the work done somehow.

Today's games are over, so it's time to go into the dye studio.

Thanks for stopping by.

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