Monday, April 23, 2012

Cincinnati International Quilt Show

Look who I met!!  Pokey Bolton was the one person that I wanted to meet and I saw her and started yelling Pokey!!  She stopped and signed the book that I had of hers (I'll take a photo and show you) and I had a my picture taken with her.  She is sooo sweet and gracious!  She's just a tiny little thing and she is a beautiful person outside and inside from my few short minutes with her. 
 This was my first time to spend the night in Cincinnati and we had a hotel room across the street from the Duke Energy Convention Center downtown.  There are lots of shopping other than the quilt show and lots of places to eat.  You can also take a carriage ride which would have been fun but we were tired!!  These are some photos from our hotel room at the Hiatt and we were on the 24th floor so we could see a long way.  There are several other hotels right around there but this is the one that we were able to get into. 

 I'm going to post a few quilts but please remember that you should not take any of these photos and sell them.  Though let's face it - I'm not a good photographer.  If you want to look at them for your own personal use then I don't care.  I just want to be respectful of the artist that completed these.
 The lightning was not good in the convention center but the show was fabulous!!  There were over 500 quilts and it really takes two days to see it all.  There were 300 plus vendors and there was no way that we could go down every aisle.
 We met ladies from all over the states and Canada and I must say that quilters are the friendliest people I've ever met.  We so enjoyed talking to all the people and I even found a lady from Buffalo NY that has more Laurel Burch fabric than I do but she is smart and cuts into it.  We found out about crossing the border from Canada into the US and that we have a much better selection here. 
 This show is worth saving up for and going.  We will take some classes next year as we talked to people who were taking classes and how happy they were with the classes.  Now that we have the lay of the land we'll know more next time.
 I'm sorry about the poor quality of these photos but with the lightning and then I always blame it on the camera but I think it's just me not taking my time. :)
 I did take a lot of photos and I'll share more.  This is just random ones.  There are a lot of the quilts that you are not allowed to photo and I try to respect that. 
For my giveaway - could Gill, Rie and baukje please e-mail me.
Have a GREAT day!!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Give Away Items

I have been trying to get on here since my last post and Blogger would not recognize me!!  I tried today and got right on.  Here are photos of the items that I'm giving away and I'm going to extend this for a couple of more weeks so that others have a chance now that you can see what is being given away. 
 First up is a 50's crocheted pot holder in orange and white.
 Three Fat Quarters
 Two (I can't break these up) 50's crocheted pot holders
Last but not least is this yellow and white 50's crocheted pot holder

Read the post before this for more info but remember today is the 29th so I'll give it a couple of weeks yet.  Because these are smaller items I can also invite international folks to join in.

It's a beautiful sunny day in Indiana and I have to go to work soon.  I hope everyone is enjoying our spring/summer weather no matter where you are.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


I'm having problems posting photos for my Giveaway but I promised I'd start today so I'll tell you what they are and post photos as soon as possible.

1.  Three FQ's
2.  Orange and white 50's crocheted pot holder
3. Yellow and white 50's crocheted pot holder
4.  Two rose square crocheted pot holders in light orange and cream these would be from the same time frame (these had to go together as they are
     like twins :)

There is a question I'd like to ask and if you answer that is fine and if you don't have an answer that's okay.

I have this urge in the spring to start working in my garden and planting things.  I always tell everyone that it must be the farmer in me as I'm in a tizzy to get to work.  Then I also like to walk around and see what is coming up and that gets me soooo excited.  So the question is - What gets you excited in the Spring?

One name in the hat for entering, one name in the hat for answering the Spring question, one if you blog about the giveaway, and two if you become a follower.  If you do all of these things (you have to post about them so I'll know) you will have 5 chances to win.  There also the fact that I'm feeling generous and may add more items when I get the camera to work!! 

Let's have this go until April 1st!!

Sorry about the photo thing.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

How To Use Dye Remover On Your Fabric

This is what I did last week-end.  I had seen on the Internet about using Rit Dye Remover to make your own fabric designs.  The first thing that I did was twist my fabric and then tie yarn in different areas.  This is like Tye-dying.  While I was doing this I had a big pot of water boiling in case a baby was coming. 

Use a plastic tub (I put this in my sink) and place the fabric in the tub.  I also had handy a spoon to push the cloth down.
Next you pour enough boiling water over the fabric to cover it. 


Next I had cut a small opening in the package of Rit Dye Remover and I sprinkled some on the fabric that was covered with hot water.  The fabric starts to change immediately. 

 I then turned the fabric over and sprinkled more on the back side.  I only left this working for a few seconds and then I used the spoon and dipped the fabric into COLD water to stop the process.

Because this is such a fast process I couldn't take photos.  Also, there is so much steam that I don't think this would have worked.

Another thing is you may want to open a window as the smell is Strong.
Once you can comfortably touch the fabric then cut the ties and see what designs you came up with.

 This one above is my first one and I'd love to know if you see what I see.  The first person who is correct will win an FQ (make sure I can reach you).
 The piece of fabric above was left in longer and the dye remover pulled out more black so there is a lot more tan.
 This fabric above I did not tie but left flat and sprinkled the dye remover and I like this one also.
 These I left in for almost 5 minutes.  They are okay.

I used a mild soap and washed each piece, rinsed in warm water and hung up to dry.  When the pieces were damp or dry I ironed them with a hot iron.

If there is a stiff feel to the fabric then I would wash it and rinse well before I tried this as I also tried a green fabric and the dye remover did not work.  This black fabric was a solid Kona Black.  I also tried this on a red Kona and it worked.  Not sure why I didn't take a photo of the red as the orange started coming out and it turned out well.

Contact me if you have any questions about what I did.  I'd love to hear about your experience and any advice that anyone has.  I want to use mine in an art quilt and it's fun to be able to say that the design in the fabric was made by me.

Tomorrow I'm going to be doing a Give Away so come back and sign up.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Photo's Are Eye Candy

I know I'm putting up a lot of photos but I love blogs that have a lot of photos.  Of course these are more quilts from the quilt show.  Let me know if you have a lot of photos posted with quilts from your quilt shows as I love to look at them.  Today I'm trying to sun dye a fabric with knives and rocks.  I'll take photos and show you the fabrics that I used a dye remover on last week-end.  They turned out great..  I think I can do a tutorial on how I did it right in my small kitchen!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

More Quilts from the Quilt Show

I hope you are enjoying looking at these as much as I do.  I love the skill and imagination that goes into these quilts.

 More soon!!  :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Another Bloomington Blog With Photos

Lots of Art quilts and not as many traditional quilts this year.  I do have photos of some of the traditional ones just haven't clicked on them yet.  Two posts in one day!!  Yeah

Quilts From Bloomigton Quilt Show

Here are a few more quilts from the Bloomington Indiana Quilt Show.  I took over a hundred photos so I'll share a few at a time.  I love the Art Quilts.
It's in the 70's here and suppose to be that way for the next week.  I hope it's beautiful where you are.  Now that I can get back in here I want to do a give away so keep checking back as I hope to have it together by the week-end.

Monday, March 12, 2012

I'm Here!!

I haven't been able to get on here and that's because I was using the wrong user name!!!  I have been trying since December and I was sooo mad at Blogger.  Well I now know that it was ME!  So I'm glad to be back.  I've added a few photos here but I have a lot more to share.  I love this purse and I bought it at a indoor garage sale they have a couple of times a year.  This is now my favorite.
This is our last little snow fall.  This winter has been so unusual even for here.  I'm thinking about planting some peas and lettuce as it's going to be in the 70's all week.  Worth a try!!!

I have a bunch of these kits and a lot of old fabric from a lady that died a couple of years ago and her family donated all of this stuff to the Church Sewing group.  If we sell this then we can purchase items that we can use for quilts.  If you're interested then send me an e-mail and I'll send more photos and descriptions.

This is a water color that was at our local thrift shop and I love yellow so it came home with me for a $1.99.

My friend Suzy and I went to the Bloomington Indiana Quilt show recently and I took about a hundred photos.  This is the first one so I thought I'd start sharing.  Guess what!!!!  We are going to the International Quilt Show in Cincinnati Ohio on April 14th and 15th.  We have a hotel room paid for and we are going to Ikea then the quilt show.  I am sooooo excited about this as I never thought I'd be able to go since they were always in Houston.  I don't know how many photos I will take but I'll be sharing.  Think of all the vendors also!!
I hope everyone is doing well and now that I know my log in I should be on here more often and I'll start putting on more photos of the beautiful quilts we saw and I have a couple of quilt tops finished, I did some color removing on some fabric this past week-end and I've started working on some Art Journal and Art quilts.