Monday Fun – Let’s Get Going

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Our fabrics drying in the wind
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Here are a few pattern of Shibori from my workshops

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Scarf
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Workshop at National African American Conference 2018

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I love to teach and see all the new patterns

Monday Sew – Denim Quilt

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Repurposed denim made into a quilt
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Sashiko hand stitching using embroidery threads

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What have you made with your old jeans.

Indigo Dye and Shibori Workshop with Sandra Johnson. 

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Indigo Dye and Shibori Workshop with Sandra Johnson. 

Come learn the art of Shibori

Come learn the art of Shibori

Limited Space Pre-Register

Oakland Nov 4        11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite 

Oakland Nov 4           2:00pm – 5:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  11:00am – 2:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26    11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26     2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Great fun learning the art of Japanese dyeing that involves folding, twisting or bunching of cloth and binding it, then dyeing in indigo. 

Shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique using natural dyes, and in this class you will use natural indigo, which antibacterial properties and has been used abundantly throughout history around the world. Learn the fundamentals of this timeless pattern-making process. We will concentrate on folding, tying, and using clamp resists, and dye in a plant-derived indigo vat. All dye materials and several pieces of cotton will be provided.

I am a passionate teacher who encourages students to create unique fabric creations, whether the end product is a quilt or garment. Creating what is important to the maker is a joyful experience that I try to pass on in my workshops. Wherever you are in your design process my goal is to inspire your creative “genius” and improve your techniques.

Please join me at one of my local classes or suggest that your guild hire me for a lecture and workshop.

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Quilts, Quilts, Quilts

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Hoffman fabrics 
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Is this you?
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This quilt is hand stitched and quilted.
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I love hand quilting using big stitching
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Log Cabins with color and repurposed jeans

Come learn the art of Shibori

Come learn the art of Shibori

Limited Space Pre-Register

Oakland Nov 4        11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite 

Oakland Nov 4           2:00pm – 5:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  11:00am – 2:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26    11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26     2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Great fun learning the art of Japanese dyeing that involves folding, twisting or bunching of cloth and binding it, then dyeing in indigo. 

Shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique using natural dyes, and in this class you will use natural indigo, which antibacterial properties and has been used abundantly throughout history around the world. Learn the fundamentals of this timeless pattern-making process. We will concentrate on folding, tying, and using clamp resists, and dye in a plant-derived indigo vat. All dye materials and several pieces of cotton will be provided.

I am a passionate teacher who encourages students to create unique fabric creations, whether the end product is a quilt or garment. Creating what is important to the maker is a joyful experience that I try to pass on in my workshops. Wherever you are in your design process my goal is to inspire your creative “genius” and improve your techniques.

Please join me at one of my local classes or suggest that your guild hire me for a lecture and workshop.

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Indigo cotton fabric 
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Students work from workshop
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What an amazing creation
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Unfolding of the fabric
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Indigo buckets
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Blue Indigo
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Time to fold and uses resistance 
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Indigo 

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Cotton 

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Folding 
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Fabric Dye
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Time to dry this fabric
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Workshop

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Shibori Saturday
Japanese dyeing technique that produces amazing designs!

Friday Fun – Improv Quilting

If you have time on your hands and fabrics you like, why don’t you try coming up with an improv quilt. Don’t overthink it! Just start sewing. Its fun and fast.

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What is Improv Quilting?

For me it is when I am able to freely stitch fabric together without a pattern in mind.

One modern quilter Sherri Lynn Wood spoke to the subject and started a group in 2014. Here is what she said in her blog. “The purpose of Project Improv is to support each other in our goals to quilt improvisational, to quilt outside the lines and to find our own voice as a quilter.”

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Here is my improv quilt made from Kokka echino fabrics from Japan. I purchased the fabric at Quilt Market in Houston 2016.
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Here is a close up of one of the blocks. The imperfections are the beauty of improv quilting.

If you have time on your hands and fabrics you like, why don’t you try coming up with an improv quilt. Don’t overthink it! Just start sewing. Its fun and fast.

Don’t forget to tell me how you made out!

See you next Tuesday with “Tuesday Tips.”

Friday Fun – The Faces of Quilt Market

I’ve been home from Houston for weeks now, but I’m still thinking about all the lovely quilters, teachers, and designers I saw there. My new friend Ebony Love spoke into me many works of wisdom. Thank you Ebony.

 

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Here is a picture with Cheryl Sieboda what a great person to know!
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Here I am pictured with Kaffefasset. Free Spirit Fabrics
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I just got a tattoo with Alison Glass.
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New friend and Old friend we all had fun at the conference and market. Melissa Averinos see you soon.
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Here are the two ladies who wrote “Tunic Bible”
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Me and my instructor for reverse applique.

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We all worked the Misty Fuse booth.

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I  miss you all!

Hope to see you again next time!