Today I went with a "loves to quilt" friend to Quilt-A-Fair in Longmont, via Lyons, Colorado. We missed a turn, and took a very beautiful, scenic "detour" which was included the foothills, golden to red trees turning and lots of laughs about our sense of direction. We finally happened upon the our destination...Quilt-A-Fair. Ohmygoodness! Euphoria exists after all. The creative energy aura was heaven. Booth to booth, the quilts displayed, the fabrics to touch, oh it was a beautiful thing. All the ideas, all the patterns, all the possibilities absolutely got my mind in gear...and when we had walked the whole thing, taking in all the quilts displayed, we went back to our favorites to buy, or in my case, absorb the details of the ideas and quilts So...how does a blond, who already has thousand of unrealized quilts just waiting to be designed and released out of the folds of her mind take in a bazillion more creative quilt ideas? I dunno. My mind is blissfully boggled with quilt ideas. And so, I blog, I doodle, I read, I absorb, I dream quilts...and occasionally I finish an idea.
The idea of dyeing my fabric to achieve a certain look was NOT at all appealing to me when I began quilting. Not in the least. I'd seen it done, beautiful as it was, it was too much for me...I smirked saying to myself "What's next, crazy people, weaving your own fabric? Who in their right mind has time for such things...and WHY would anyone even want to do this?" That was years ago (at least two or three, back in my younger, youthful days...I wasn't so wise then!) Still, it isn't that I am dieing to do dyeing of fabric...but I wanted to achieve a subtle antique look, and I couldn't afford to buy more fabric when I had the fabric pieces I needed at home...just too bright and too new and too white for what I wanted to do. So, I antiqued the fabric. I tea-dyed it. I couldn't reproduce the color even if I tried...some peach tea, some sun tea, raspberry tea and green tea. I brewed up a great mixture of all kinds of tea, then I set out to soak the fabric. I got myself a big tub to put in all the fabric, and it soaked for various hours...the dark navy, just enough to take the white out of the stars...the white stayed in over-night for a darker look. The backing is all tea dyed too! I love how this quilt turned out!
This quilt is really cute! All Moda fabrics from a couple of lines, from a long-ago time. Flannels and 100% cotton fabric. The butterflies are appliqued on with a zig-zag stitch. The antennas are hand embroidered and the appliqued butterflies are backed with a tea-dyed fabric. The "weaved" squares are quilted with free hand motion butterflies. The background of the appliqued butterflies is quilted with a small, tight stipple, the borders surrounding the butterflies are a looser flowing stipple. Along the borders you will find a free-hand heart loopy-loop design. The borders also have diamond shape fabric pieces, and around each diamond piece is a small, very tight stipple, popping up the diamonds to stand out. The backing of this quilt is 100% cotton. Hand-stitched binding done. Attention to detail, time and love went into this quilt. This is a unique, one of a kind quilt, with fabrics that are hard to find now. Please see my etsy account for more information!
Angela Thomas: When Wallflowers Dance: Becoming a Woman of Righteous Confidence
I am so a wall-flower! (*****)
God: Grace for the Moment Daily Bible: Spend 365 Days reading the Bible with Max Lucado
I had to replace my Bible...I discovered about a week ago that I was missing part of II Thessalonians and Philemon. The binding in my Bible that I took to college and I loved...with all the notes in the margins, dates of reading and profoundness tell my story along with God's story fell apart along time ago, but somewhere I lost part of the book...so it was time. I decided that I wanted to read through in a year. I love Max Lucados commentary each day. (*****)
Beth Moore: Get Out of That Pit: Straight Talk about God's Deliverance
Awesome book! I totally needed it, and plan to re-read it again and again. (*****)
Marva J. Dawn: Being Well When We're Ill: Wholeness and Hope in Spite of Infirmity (Living Well)
Very good read. Christian perspective on chronic illness. Very informative. (****)
Tamera Alexander: From a Distance (Timber Ridge Reflections, Book 1)
May 25...It is out, the new book in a new series! I didn't get to sneak peak this one, so I will be reading sitting in the sunshine at the pool! I have heard it is wonderful!
Tamera Alexander: Remembered (Fountain Creek Chronicles #3)
3rd in Tamera's Series! Some of these characters came to life in Red Robin while Tammy and I ate lunch! Absolutely an AWESOME book! (*****)
Tamera Alexander: Revealed (Fountain Creek Chronicles)
IT"S OUT! Tamera Alexander's second book is sure to be another best-seller! Ask me about getting a personalized signed copy! (*****)
Tamera Alexander: Rekindled
Be looking for the Fountain Creek series...First book in the series! UPDATE!! Winner of the RITA best inspirational novel in July 2007! Absolutely the GREATEST Author!! (*****)