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Hand dyes

Last week Ally came into the shop to get fabric for a new project she’s working on.  Ally took machine quilting classes from me at the quilt cottage several years ago.  If memory serves Ally took the beginner machine quilting then moved right into the advanced class as she was going back to work right after the advanced class.  Over the last couple of years Ally has sent pics of her quilts.  I’ve very much enjoyed how much she loves to quilt, the whole quilting process.

She came in to see if we carry Kaufman’s pimatex pfd, long story short we don’t but we were able to order the whole bolt for her.  You see Ally’s been dyeing fabric for a while.  See the fabrics to the left  <—- those gorgeous hand dyes right over there <—- Ally dyed those.  And I am the grateful recipient!!!

I will be purchasing from Ally in the future.  These are luscious.

I’m seeing now that the light is weird and throwing off the color the yellow is actually an orange it’s deep and rich.

The blue and medium purple are showing up well but the orange and the deep purple (almost brown) aren’t showing up so well.

 You can get a better sense of the colors in this picture.  They are delightful and quite evenly dyed.  I can hardly wait to play with them.  I’m thinking a little zentangle inspired art in either a 6 or 8 inch square.  I can hardly wait to get stitching.  Alas that will have to wait a little since I have some other work that needs to get done.

I might be rethinking when I get started stitching.


Just a reminder I’m teaching at MQX East in April.  I would love to have you in class!

I’ve entered “Moon Over Manhattan” into the show and Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero of Kaleidoscope Collections and I are discussing entering our quilt “Feather Zone” into both AQS Lancaster and MQX East.  “Feather Zone” is from the Kaleidoscope Creator Feathers Template pack.  Jeanie was working on the Feathers pack, sending pics back & forth auditioning several designs before settling on the final design.  When I got the quilt I swooned.  The quilt is double batted using bamboo and silk for stability and loft respectively.  I sent Jeanie sneak peaks of the quilting here and there but I must admit to being a bit of a tease.  I didn’t send final pics of the quilting before shipping it off.  Truth be told I really didn’t have time to take them and she was on the road to Quilt Market in Houston.

Sarah Vedeler & Lisa Sipes were with Jeanie when she opened “Feather Zone” from what they said Jeanie was thrilled to bits.  Wish I could have seen her face but alas, a trip to Houston will be for next year I hope.  I’ll let you know where the quilt will be shown as soon as Jeanie and I work out the details.

Happy quilting!


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