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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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Bloggers Quilt Festival! Entry 1!

This is my first time entering quilts  into Amy Ellis’ Bloggers Quilt Festival.     I am really excited to be a part of this, especially because it forces me to blog more (which has been my weak spot, I won’t deny).  I have chosen to enter two quilts that I finished this year.  Both were designed, pieced and quilted by me.  I hope you like them!

My first entry is for the Scrappy Quilt Category.  My inspiration is Autumn, my absolute favorite time of year.  I used scraps of fabric used in a king size quilt I made this winter (photo in my gallery page).  All of the indigo fabric I hand dyed using traditional Japanese Shibori resist dye techniques.  The gold fabric is a dream with the indigo and quickly has become my favorite color combo!  I think this color combination screams Autumn, pumpkin patches, apple pie, cider, thank goodness Autumn is here!

Below is a little sneak peak into how I design and make a scrappy quilt.  I sew random pieces together, all scraps crom my scrap bin, then like a puzzle, I try and piece them together the best I can!  This quilt measures 17 x  23 1/2″.  It makes for a great wallhanging in any room.

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Belownis how my brain works out the puzzle portion of scrappy improv quilting.

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Below is what it turned out to be after numerous versions were sewn!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my quilts! Please click on the link above to the Bloggers Quilt Festival, take a look at all the talented quilters involved and cast your votes!

                                                             xx Kathryn Marie