This week has been productive as mom, Sue, and I hang out together at the cabin by the lake. I have done some thermofax printing, made a little Serendipity quilt (bird), dabbled in some Shibori work, and eaten peach pie made by the best pie maker in the world. Mom has been busy finishing up a quilt challenge for her quilt guild in Mississippi. The theme was “yellow” and “chickens”. Check out what Sue has been doing at her blog, “Thread, Fiber, Fabric, Paint”.
My friend Sue is visiting at our little cabin on the lake. We spend most of our time making fabrics for our art quilts and sewing. Yesterday we had to go to the other side of Lake Winnipesaukee to pick up a sticker for our mooring float before we could put out the Sunfish sailboat. So, we decided to make a day of it and stop at three quilt shops who are participating in the NH Row by Row Experience. Each store was unique and of course we made purchases at all three in addition to picking up the free directions to make the row for that particular shop.
Our last stop was an antique store as well as a quilting store (Heaven?) and I found this great old mola there. It was a fantastic day.
This summer quilt stores all over the USA and Canada are participating in a Row by Row Experience shop hop. The idea is that as you travel you would stop at quilt shops and pick up a free pattern for a quilt row. Last week, Sue, Mom and I stopped in at Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor New Hampshire to pick up their pattern.
I made the row using some commercial fabrics and two fabrics that were printed with our thermofax screens (available in the etsy shop). Both fabrics are in the snowball block which is the block with the bear and moose in the middle. The green triangles at the corners were printed on a piece of hand-dyed green fabric with the bark screen and then the pine branch screen. The commercial print in the middle of the snowball block is printed with the new pinecone screen available now in the shop but started out as a fabric with the tiny pinecones on it.
We have had a four day weekend now that our school system cancelled school both yesterday and today for snow and ice. So, my Babylock Ellisimo embroidery machine has been hard at work making these cute Mug Rugs.
My friend and business partner, Sue Price, and I have spent time the past 5 summers holding our own quilt camp at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. During the first summer we decided to offer ourselves as teachers to the state-wide quilt guild we belong to, the Virginia Consortium of Quilters. Each year we have become a little more artistic and over time have evolved into a business with a shop on etsy and now a facebook page as well.
Because our little studio at the lake (really a garage) is rather rural we have relied on the local town library, The Tuftonboro Free Library, for internet service, use of a copy machine and also checking out the occasional book or DVD for evening entertainment. We have supported the library by buying used books at their July book sale but this year decided to donate a scarf to the artist sale they hold each August.
We are happy to donate this 11″ by 58″ silk scarf which was hand dyed using an ice dyeing process (check out Sue’s tutorial for that by clicking here: Sue’s ice dyeing tutorial) and then screened with a design of a maple leaf using red dye floated in sodium alginate to keep the hand soft of the scarf soft, oak leaves printed with a product called “deColourant” in bronze, and beech leaves in deColourant gold.
Sue and I have our own 2 person quilt camp (well, 3 of us if you count mom who sews but doesn’t participate in all the other messy stuff). We use our garage here at mom’s summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee and set it up as a dye/paint/stencil/gelli printing/paintstick/stamping/other messy creative wanderings mini factory. We play around with yardage adding layers using different art techniques until we come up with some cool fabric or run out of time, whichever comes first. We pin things up on a design wall (which could also be called the back of a flannel backed plastic table cloth thumbtacked to the wall) and admire our creations, give each other feedback and Sue even completes things.
This year we started our quilt camp off in Virginia by taking a one day workshop with Jaime Malden on stamping with carved wooden stamps from India. We followed her techniques by making an apron as a practice piece and then took off with paint as well as discharge (removing dye) using the vast selection of wood blocks she had available. Then we drove up the next day. It was a great way to get a creative muse going and all the way to New Hampshire we talked about what we would (or could) do the next few weeks in the garage.