Yesterday, I ordered some new dyes/fabric and chemicals to get back into hand dyeing some fabric! Several years ago I was into dyeing my fabric and have decided to rekindle this interest and creative outlet.
I took a work shop on sun printing, fabric painting and dyeing several years ago on a trip to Colorado during the McCalls Quilting Symposium with Cindy Walter, check her out at: http://www.cindywalter.com/home.html
Cindy is the creator of Snippet Sensations and coauthor of The Basic Guide to Dyeing and Painting Fabric along with Jennifer Priestley.
I love landscapes and Mickey Lawler's Sky Dyes are beautiful as well, check her out at: http://www.skydyes.com
I'm very excited and hope to show you my fabrics soon, along with a pattern that I have designed to showcase these hand dyed cottons. Please check back regularly!! The below photo is a picture of the 2 books I am using to "refresh my memory".
The weekend of August 1, 2015 brought some private teaching quilting/sewing opportunities to my home and yes they were here all at once (I'm not complaining as it was wonderful, albeit a tad chaotic!)
My husband was in the midst of building a workshop and "man deck" (he calls it a "tool breezeway") and had my nephew and niece helping him in our backyard. In my tiny kitchen was my sister-in-law working on her first ever quilt with her brand new sewing machine. Also, my niece and her new baby girl were here and she was working on baby bibs. My great niece the lovely Chloe was working on a pin cushion and a first ever English Piecing lesson. So in summary I was teaching a log cabin class to a beginner quilter, a getting to know your machine class, how to draft a baby bib and basic sewing class and teaching a child's English piecing class all at once. Oh and I would be remiss if I did not mention, making meals and snacks for all inside and outside of the house.
What I learned:
I can certainly multi task
Children can be very patient
I'm glad I have a good fabric stash/tools at my fingertips
Lens Mills is close by and 2 visits were also needed!
A BBQ is a necessity
My sister in law and nieces were very quick learners
You need very little space for a buffet
Sleep is essential
Advil also helps
Pre-planning/preparing was essential (for meals)
I love Caesars and they are awesome after a busy day
Renovation of my loft/studio is needed soon!!
I love to inspire others
I had some very happy sewers in my home
I'm thankful for family!
The picture of the children's sewing book below is excellent and if you are teaching kids- aged 8+ it has great projects in it
THE END- Whew I survived!
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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