Tag Archives: hand dyed fabric

Garden Baskets

One of my sewing goals for this year, is to use some of the fabrics that I hand dyed years ago.

Hand Dyed Fabric

As you can see, I have enough for several projects!

Hand Dyed Fabric

Remember when I organized my paperwork (patterns, ideas, inspiration)?  While I was doing that, I was looking for something to do with the hand dyes.

I chose the Garden Baskets pattern designed by Janine Holzman and published in Quilters Newsletter Magazine 1997.

Garden Baskets

I have 18 blocks stacked and prepared for sewing.

Garden Baskets

This should be fun!

Quilt On!

Boxy Bags

I was blessed with a glorious three days off!  What to do, what to do?  It isn’t that I don’t have anything to do, it is that I am behind on anything and everything.  Three days is precious…I don’t want to waste it.

So I began cleaning/reorganizing my sewing studio.  I say began, because…well…it quickly became overwhelming.  So instead, I cleaned just enough to work on a project.  Ha, ha!

I found a small tote full of 6″ squares of hand dyed fabric.  This stuff is old and I want to use it up and empty the tote!  Therefore, I cut the 6″ squares into 3″ squares and really filled up that tote.  Sheesh!

Hand Dyed Scraps

I’ve been wanting to make boxy bags for quite a while.  An upcoming trip to Hawaii (2 more months and I’m there!) is just the push that I needed.

Boxy Bags

Pink Stitches has a great tutorial for these boxy pouch bags and it is easy to change the size if one wants to (which I did).

Boxy Bags

I’ll be making more of these.  They will make nice gifts.

Boxy Bags

And I’ve barely made a dent in that tote of hand dyed squares!

Perhaps Moses

I began this project back in 2003 while taking a class from Susan Brittingham at Quilt University.  The class was called Viewpoints.  I learned alot, and I enjoyed the class very much.   I certainly had fun learning about perspective while drawing a design.

So why did my project sit in a box so long?

Once I added the red and purple border to the top, I thought I ruined it.  I didn’t like it.

Funny how time changes things. 

Now I like it.  Alot.

The fabric is entirely hand painted, and hand dyed, by your’s truly.  Except for the batik used to make the columns.

Why ‘Perhaps Moses’?  I’m not sure what I want to add to this piece, but Moses is under consideration.

Stay tuned.

The Widow’s Mite

The poor widow walked into the courtyard clutching her last two copper coins.  She would give all for her faith was enough to sustain her.  She would trust in her God’s provision.

Do you know the story of the Widow’s Mite?  You can find it in your Bible.  Luke 21: 1-4 and Mark 12: 41-44.

At least 2 years ago (maybe more, I hate to say), my Pastor asked if I would create banners for the church.  I had made some before, and he wanted others that were similar in style.

My heart wasn’t in it.  I couldn’t get inspired to create what the Pastor wanted.  So I made excuses.

Then followed an extended period of depression and creative dryness.

That’s behind me.  And it feels good.

I am inspired by the widow.  So I share her beginnings with you.

She is drawn on a muslin foundation and pinned to a gridded flannel board.  I didn’t think about taking photos when I pinned her to this board.

All the flesh pieces are cut from one cloth that I hand-dyed several years ago.  It was waiting for me to use it for just this purpose.

I am looking for her hair.  I thought it was in my hand-dyed stash, but nothing is speaking to me.  The piece that wants to be used is really gonna have to shout at me, or I shall be hunting the shops for it. 

Or perhaps dye it myself.  It has been a long time since I dyed fabric too.

And, lest you think I am an artist, I am using an enlargement, and tracing of a copyright free children’s coloring page.  Yes, I’ve adapted it, but not all that much.