Silhouette Dragonflies

Silhouette Dragonflies is finally done.  It has a saga behind it.  I created a Snow Dyed Yard of Fabric about Four years ago.  It hung in my studio until this Spring.  Had some ideas but never seemed to have the time to make anything out of it.  Then I saw Silhouette Dragonflies by Diane McGregor (Yes, you can find it on my Website).  I ordered it on a Thursday, it arrived on Monday and I had the unfinished top in my booth on Friday.  It just makes me happy to see the finished Wallhanging.  Please note it can also be used as a table runner.
Please be aware that with Snow Dyed Fabrics no two pieces are ever the same.  I dye three yards of fabric in one pile of snow, sometimes they come out looking like cousins, other times they look like they are from different planets.  And trying to create a repeat is really an exercise in futility, it never works.  My suggestion is, find a Snow Dyed piece that speaks to you and go from there.

Blue Green Circles Top

My most recent project is a fun swingy pullover top.  Yes, I have the pattern on my website.  I started with PFD White Cotton fabric and a Tone on Tone White Cotton Fabric.

Hand Dyed everything Blue Green.  I love the variety of hand dying the cotton fabric, it turns Tone on Tone into something really fun and unique.

Finished top, yippie, had the right light for a good photo.

Back, fun to wear and fits nicely.  The pattern was easy to make.

Now, for a behind the scenes look.  This is my favorite place to take photos of samples.  Braving the snow was easy after digging out my gaiters.

Beautiful if you are working from home.

Autumn Pavers

Time for a new Pavers Kit.  This one I’m calling Autumn.  Rich gorgeous Batiks in beautiful Autumn colors, all set in a stunning Hand Dyed Dark Chocolate Brown.  Color that make me dream of going for long walks in the Forest.  Miss Molly, want to go for a truck ride?

Autumn_Pavers_KitYou can almost get a whiff of the forest.Autumn_Pavers_Kit_CUFinished top, no time yet for quilting.  You will find the kit with or without the pattern on my web site.
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Butterfly & Dragonfly Garden – Tibetan Curves

Tibetan_Curves_FrontEvery project starts somewhere.  This one started with a yard of Snow Dyed Fabric and a jacket pattern.  My Snow Dyed Fabric is dramatic and I did not want it to compete with the body of the jacket.  I hand dyed the jacket fabric and the flannel fabric for the batting.  But it needed something else to give it life.  That lead to experiments with all of the blue paintstiks in my stash.
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Finally selected Iridescent Dark Blue for the Butterflies and Dragonflies.  Then I was stumped on how to quilt the pieces.
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Got inspired by an issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited.  I do love it when a plan comes together and it turned into a Garden for the Butterflies and Dragonflies.  I love the subtle use of the paintstiks.

Falling Leaves Jacket

Kimono_Jacket_FrontFalling Leaves is one of my favorite jackets, it is easy to wear and it has pockets.  It is also a paintstik project that evolved, it started as a simple jacket and ended up rather dramatic, never fails to attract attention.
Kimono_Jacket_BackThe original panels are the ones you see on Hand Dyed Gold fabric.  I uses a wide variety of leaf and vine stencils, Matte Sap Green and Meadow Green with a light wash of Iridescent Copper on the edges for the panels.  Below is a close-up of the back panel.
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The black (Left Side) of the jacket is were it received it name, I was walking in the wood with the dogs and saw the leaves falling and knew that was the way to finish the jacket.  The same paintstik colors but on black this time.
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Spring Maze/ Autumn Haze

I was asked for photos of some of my Paintstik Projects, only to discovered I am a bit behind at posting a few things.  Spring Maze/Autumn Haze is two blocks and just by changing the setting you can create two completely different quilts.  This is the Spring Maze version.  I concluded that the blocks were so bright and bold that hand dye border was required.  My obsession with Paintstiks continues. Spring_Maze_Autumn_HazeSpring Maze looked very organic, a field of wildflowers in full bloom.  You will find ferns and dragonflies in two corners and a few little dragon flies randomly in the several center of the blocks.
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Spring_Maze_CornerSpring_Maze_TopI love it when a plan comes together.  The fern and dragonflies added a wonderful little something to my wildflower garden.