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Sew Much Dyeing Going On!

Forgive me for not posting recently, somehow I find myself always saying I will do a blog post and then I get side tracked with dyeing fabric or sewing more quilts!  I promise to keep you informed though! 

A couple weekends ago I was so lucky to teach a two day Intro to Shibori dye class at Charlevoix Circle of Arts in Charlevoix, Michigan.   I had an amazing class, my students asked tons of great questions and really took my advice and ended up making some gorgeous pieces!  

The first day I devoted to teaching them about 4 basic Japanese resist techniques.  Everyone got to practice on cotton fabric and I got to go around the class and help out so they really understood where the resist would be and where the dye would take on each fabric.  

 

 

The second day the students took what they learned from the first day and really explored with unique methods of resisting fabric.  They also brought in clothing and pillow cases to dye.  It was a really wonderful weekend. 


 

Two of my students from the class hired me to make their dyed pieces into blankets!  They turned out so beautiful and I am pretty sure they couldn’t be more happy with the work that they produced!

 

I will be teaching more classes this fall.  Look for updates here and on my Facebook or Instagram!

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Spring, A Good Time For New Beginnings

As most of you know by now, my website was hacked in January while I was on a 6 week trip out West.  Not fun, especially because I always would rather be dyeing fabric or sewing so I put off fixing the issues till now.  I apologize for the inconveniences it may have caused!

I have a new website I am currently tweaking the layout of now.  I have switched my store back to Etsy for the time being because I have found 90% of my business is commission based, so it is easier to just let Etsy do the work for me basically!

A lot has happened in the first few months of 2017!  To start I had 14 quilts and 4 table runners in an art show at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, Michigan for a month.  It was a great show and I really enjoyed being a part of it!  Below are a few photos from the show!

I was lucky enough to tag along on a photography trip to Telluride, Colorado, Moab, Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah and Jackson, Wyoming this winter.  It was an incredible trip and I promise to post about it and show photographs because I was insanely inspired by it!

Thanks for being so patient with me! I  will be blogging more regularly and updating everyone on what I have been doing!

                                                                            xxx     Kathryn Marie

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Fall Updates and Quilt-y Goodness!

Excuse me for not posting much this summer.  Things have been busy as usual in my studio.  I have been quilting and dyeing fabric like crazy!

So, let me catch you up on what has been happening in the studio.  I’ve been designing and sewing everything from a wedding wallhanging to a gallery show wallhanging and even a charity quilt for Pulse Nightclub victims.

Below are more details of each of these items!

For starters, if you are in the Northern Michigan area, please go check out the quilt pictured below.  It is on display at Three Pines Studio in Cross Village, Michigan until November 1st for the Letters: Words with Friends show.  It is titled ‘Shades of White’.  From this wallhanging I have been commissioned to make a throw size version of this ‘Shades of White’ quilt for a customer in South Florida. (photos of this quilt to come when finished)

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The quilt pictured below was a wedding gift for my cousin and his new wife.   I scrappy appliqued flowers and hearts, tea dyed the background fabric and hand embroidered their wedding day details into the quilt.  (If you think this makes a great wedding gift like I do and are interested in a custom order, email me Kathrynmariedesignco@gmail.com)

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The below is a charity quilt for the victims, families and first responders of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy.  The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild set up this amazing cause.  I am one of I believe over 400 quilts they will be giving to the victims, families and first responders.  This quilt gave me goose-bumps every time I worked on it.  I am so very proud to be one of the quilters who is donating a quilt for this cause.

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Besides the above, I have also been busy making quilts, wallhangings and table runners to sell at Spice Harbor.  Below are just a few items I made for the store.  Note the Michigan wallhangings; I can custom make with any country or state you desire, just let me know you are interested!

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Now that fall is approaching, I am working on a few holiday commissions, some quilts that I will enter into Quilt Con (crossing fingers they get accepted) and new fabric designs as well as a few new quilt designs to begin after the holidays!

As you might have noticed, I have also decided Etsy is not the right platform for me to sell my goods, I have closed my shop.  Please note that I have added a Store page to my website.  I will be playing with the layout over the next few weeks to perfect it and most likely adding some custom design options as well.

I promise to update you all much more this season!

Thanks for stopping by!

                                                      xx Kathryn Marie