Saturday, August 29, 2015

Day 35

This block has some of the green fat quarter that I dyed into submission
over the past week.  It took it a while to figure out that I was the boss.
I do like how it plays with the violet.

This is Dharma's Plum Blossom and Pro Chem's Golden Yellow 
on Testfabric's 419.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Day 34.....Plenty of Pizzazz

This is a portion of my latest Furoshiki.
The wind was blowing so hard, I had to snap my pic quick
before it blew into the pool.

I think I may like it even better than the giveaway!

.....and here's my butterfly block:

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have a wonderful weekend


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Day 33....a little play time

So, I'm joining more blocks, in order to free up more pins 
and space on my design wall.
The blocks directly under "Day 33" are what I've joined today
(actually there are eight blocks joined in that row).
I didn't think I'd like that little pink and white polka dot fabric,
but I do!  
And look above "Day 33".
I'm totally in love with the pink with orange polka dots.
That Kaffe Fassett really knows his color!
(the pink with white polka dots is not his, but the other two are).

Here's my design wall - well, part of it -
now you will understand why I'm piecing some rows.
I can't wait to get to the stars.
I love, love, love those wonky stars!

I'm playing with some crazy dye color combos....
just because I can!
These two are Dharma's turquoise and scarlet,
just different concentrations.
Both are on Test Fabric's 419 cotton.

I've become totally addicted to the lace knitting on my Lilli Pilli Wrap.
I'm not sure if I shared with you that I was having so much trouble with the lace.
I just couldn't 'get it'.
A friend shared that Laura Nelkin teaches lace knitting classes on Craftsy,
so I signed up for two.
I am eternally grateful to my friend, and to Laura Nelkin.
She is a fabulous teacher.
I haven't finished the classes yet, but I was already able to identify the root of my problem
and go back (aka rip out) many rows of incorrect lace knitting and begin again.
This time I'm doing it correctly, and it is such a good and satisfying feeling.
So, here's what I'd accomplished yesterday:

I've done a good bit more today, and I've gotta say:
it's lookin' mighty sweet!

ok, that's it for today.

if you haven't left a comment yet,
and you are interested in being in the drawing for yesterday's Furoshiki,
go ahead and say something....
there's plenty of time
(the drawing closes at midnight Eastern on Sunday night)
and there aren't a lot of comments, so you stand a good chance of winning!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Day 32 - Pizzazz and a Giveaway

I'm back to a bit of ice dyeing of my silk Furoshikis.

This one really pleases me!

I think I will offer this as a giveaway....
What do you think?
It measures 30 x 30" and it is silk habotai.
If you are interested, and I hope you are,
please leave a comment by 
midnight Eastern on 
Sunday August 30th.
The lucky winner will be chosen by random generator on Monday morning,
and I will post the name that day.


I have begun sewing the sashing between my blocks for two  three reasons:
1. the number is growing rapidly and they take up less space on my design wall
when joined together
2. I'm running out of pins to attach them to the design wall
3. I love the sashing fabric!

there are actually six of these blocks sewn together, but all you get to see is 3-1/2!

thanks for stopping by
peace to you and yours

don't forget to leave a comment if you want to be in the running
to win that gorgeous silk Furoshiki!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Day 31: I'm over with the overdyeing

I've lost track of how many times this fat quarter has been overdyed,
but I am now officially happy with the results!
Phew: it's been a looooong time coming!

and here's my block for the day:

it's looking a bit more crooked than usual, and I apologize
am having trouble with my photo editing program this evening...grrrrr!

thanks for stopping by
peace to you and yours 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Day 30: BLECH!

the dyeing is less than stellar, once again.....
so back in the dye pot you go!

I do like the butterfly block:

if you did stop by, thanks for doing so

I wish you peace

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Day 29: A gift of silk!

We've been away for a family gathering,
but now that we're home again, it's time to get back to work!

My dyeing has proven to be a challenge of late!
I attempted to do a bit of shibori before we left on Thursday,
but my results were less than stellar.
So, I overdyed that piece of cotton this morning.
This beaker works great to submerge pvc pipe!
But my results are still pitiful:

I may cut off the two lower segments and use them in Maggie's quilt,
and then overdye the rest.....
or maybe I'll just overdye it all!
I do like this little bit of detail:

When we arrived home last evening,
there was a gift in the mail from my friend Kathy Champley,
who used to live near us but moved to Seattle years ago.
It's a beautiful silk kimono!
Look at this:

the embroidery is exquisite, and the weave of the silk is breathtaking

I don't think Kathy reads my blog,
but in case she does, I want to thank her publicly.
What an awesome gift, huh???
I feel so fortunate to have such great friends!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace to you and yours!