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Wednesday
Oct022013

New Workshop in June 2014

I will be teaching Express Your True Self: One Piece at a Time at the Madeline Island School of the Arts, June 16 - 20, 2014. 

Madeline Island has been described as "one of the great undiscovered treasures of the Midwest."  It is located in Northern Wisconsin in the Chequamegon Bay - approximately 90 miles east of Duluth, Minnesota along the southern shoreline of Lake Superior. 

Madeline is the largest of the twenty-two islands that comprise the Apostle Islands.  Board the car ferry in Bayfield, Wisconsin for a twenty minute, (2.6 mile) scenic crossing.


CLICK HERE FOR WORKSHOP INFORMATION

Tuesday
Sep172013

Interview with Alex Anderson

To watch the show, you'll need to be a Star Member. If you are interested you will receive a discount of 20% when joining by using this code: 238724887511

Also, my show will be available to watch for free until Sunday September 22, 2013.  Click here for more info.

Saturday
Sep142013

New Work - Venus in the Garden

"Venus in the Garden" will be on display at the Internation Quilt Festival in Houston Oct/Nov 2013. 

63" x 63"

Pieced and appliqued using my hand dyed fabrics, free motion quilted.

This piece was created from one of my small drawings. It feels like a tropical garden to me and when my sister saw it, all she could see was Venus Flytraps. So there you have it! 

This was a really challenging one to quilt! I was so relieved when I finished it. It was quilted on my new Bernina 710 (which I love by the way!) but due to the large scale of my design, and the density of my quilting, it was pretty exhausting. Sometimes I wonder why I do this to myself, and then I do it again.  :)

I played around with the thread color on this one and didn't go for an exact match like I've done before. I wanted the quilting to be visable.

Mid way through the quilting, I could feel that I was straining my body, so I had my husband install this hanging system I had seen in Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry's studio in Paducah KY.

My "quilting" life has been transformed!!!

It was really easy to make, and you can move the pvc pipes around needed. 

It's best to have a variety of sizes, long, medium and short. These clips actually suck, so I need to get better ones. 

By taking the weight off, you can move the quilt around with total ease, and I could feel an immediate improvement! 

Now here's the really silly thing, I have a machine with an 18" throat, and I've only used it twice. 

It's a Innova, and I really love it. There's no stitch regulation, because I don't like that, but this baby can go! You might find it strange that I rarely use it. 

This is my foot pedal system. You can't even get this anymore, so I'm kind of lucky. The pedal on the far right makes it go, the one on the left slows it down and the middle one speeds it up. When I quilt my pieced work, it's easier for me to use my one of my Bernina's. I quilted the background of Nan's Whale and From a Seed on this machine.  

 

"Lair of the Amethyst Deva" will also be in Houston. This is one of my favorite pieces. I really love her so much. 

27" x 32"  Improv pieced using my hand dyed fabrics, free motion quilted. 

 

Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Friday" 

Monday
Sep092013

Watch me on "The Quilt Show" with Alex and Ricky!

Last August I taped an episode of The Quilt Show and tomorrow, September 9th, it will air. Also featured is the very lovely and extremely talented Angela Walters! 

To watch the show, you'll need to be a Star Member. If you are interested you will receive a discount of 20% when joining by using this code: 238724887511

Also, my show will be available to watch for free from September 15, - September 22, 2013. Click here during that time frame and check it out. 

Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims bring you the friendliest, Interactive Online Community for Quilters Worldwide!  Join today to learn, share, create, connect and watch Alex and Ricky in brand new episodes of "The Quilt Show"!

Saturday
Sep072013

Two weeks of Dyeing

I just finished up a couple of weeks of intense production in my studio. When I'm dyeing fabric, it looks like a storm has blown through here and then I have to deal with the aftermath. However, I was very productive as my supply was in serious need of replenishment. 

To save money this time around, I supplemented my usual tightly woven PFD with Joann's Premium Legacy Muslin. I was very happy with the results. I scoured the crap out of it, and that's why I was able to get great color. It has a smoother hand and a denser weave then Kona, so it's a great way to save a buck when you consider the coupons. 

However, when I'm doing something like this, I only use the best PFD, and my favorites are Hoffman and Pimatex. When I dye my gradations, I start with the lightest color, and make sure the whole piece is very wet. I then start from the crease and move up in stages, wtih the more saturated color. I wear rubber or vinyl gloves and I blend by hand, rubbing in a circular motion. I've found this method gives me the best results.

By the way, I dye all of my fabric on plastic sheets like this as apposed to immersion. I do that sometimes, but I prefer to have control over my texture.

The finished product. 

See me on Nina-Marie's Blog Off the Wall Friday's