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The Making of "South African Silhouette"

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In January 2014 we went to South Africa and Zimbabwe. It was an amzing trip and the highlight was our visit to Krugar National Park. The game drives were fantastic, seeing so many animals and gorgeous birds. And our room overlooked the river where we saw elephants, hippos, crocs, etc. The other image I am left with after this visit was the wonderful lyrical shapes of the dead trees against the african skies. Left standing for birds to roost and animals to use as lookouts I became taken with the peeling bark and weather-worn stumps and branches. Here's just a few of the photos I took. . . 

So, inspired by the trees in Africa, I decided to do a series of quilts of "trees". For this first one I decided to go big (for me) and dyed a piece of white cotton turquoise. Then I drew the tree in pencil and started waxing, adding spirals and spaces for thread to make more african inspired motifs.

Once the fabric was waxed I painted on the dyes, covered it with plastic and let it "batch" over night.

Once the dyes were set I rinsed the excess dye off in the dry spots in the yard (I don't want to let the water go to waste!).

The next step is to boil off the wax - this usually has to be done 2-3 times . . . boiling, skimming the wax and boiling again until all the wax is removed.

I then run the batik through the washing machine to remove the last of the excess dye. After it's dried and ironed I make the quilt sandwich. First the backing is stretched and staked with large pins. The batting is layed on top and lastly the batik is smoothed over the batting. Then I pin-baste the layers together with safety pins every 4-5 inches.

Now, the machine quilting starts. On a quilt this size it can take days, even weeks to finish the quilting. I use those garden gloves with little dots on them to get a good grip on the quilt as I move it around. The thumb and forefinger ends are cut off so I can remove pins as I go without removing the gloves.

Once the quilting is finished the piece is blocked, squared and trimmed before sewing on the facing. Lastly a sleeve is sewn on the back for hanging. Voila!

Expanded Studio Space

Posted by [email protected] on December 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

For the past few weeks Milton and I have been trying to clean out a lot of STUFF in our house. As we are donating many things and finding many surprises - lots of letters and gifts from his old students -  we started talking about expanding my studio space into the downstairs family room which was becoming a storage room. So, we took the old 9' oak library table out of the shed. We bought it many years ago at a school sale for $20. In order to get it in the house we had to take off the legs. While Milton worked on that I started figuring out the new configuration of my new sewing area. That table is very heavy but we got it inside and Milton put the legs back on.

We then got another school table out of the shed. But this one was only 5' long and we could move it intact. These two table along with the old computer table make up my new sewing space.

My older sewing machine (Kenmore) goes on the computer table and my newer machine (Janome) goes opposite it with lots of space for bigger quilts. After wrapping the 5' table and the end of the 9' table with plastic so everything slides nicely, I'm ready to sew.

I finished this snow dyed quilt in no time with all this easy space to work in. Now working on the next one . . . 

So, now my old sewing space is my new batik and dyeing space. I don't have to wait till summer to dye/batik outside anymore. Yay!

See the tube on the floor - found it on one of my morning walks. Someone was throwing it out in the trash! Guess what I'm going to do with it . . . 

Dye Party and Batik Workshop 2013

Posted by [email protected] on July 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dye Party

On July 9, 2013 we had our annual Dye Party for Quilters Holladay at Betty Jo's house. Nineteen people signed up to dye over 34 yards of fabric. I demonstrated zip lock bag method, marbeling, painting and stamping as well as textures with urea and other objects. 

Lisa Chin demonstrated ice dyeing since there was no snow for demonstrating snow dyeing. 

Then I got really busy and forgot to take any more photos. But a great timewas had by all. Lots of yummy goodies to keep up our energy were available for all.

Batik Workshop

The Utah Surface Design Group asked me to teach a 2-day batik workshop this summer.  Timmy Burton graciously offered her beautiful studio in Daniel, Utah near Heber City for us to use. Eleven people signed up to take part. After introductions all around, I demonstrated the techniques for waxing the fabric with both soy and petroleum based waxes (paraffin/sticky wax). I then showed everyone how to paint the dyes on. The only requirement was that each person do 2 pieces of fabric - one with soy wax and one with paraffin/sticky wax. From there they got very creative!

Outside Timmy's Studio.

Trying different tools, brushes and tjantings with the paraffin and sticky wax.



Soy wax with various stamping tools.

Some of the beautiful creations by my talented students.

Timmy fixed some delicious gaspacho one day for lunch.

Back to work. . .

A great time was had by all and next year we talked about a 3 or 4 day workshop . . . see you then!

Creating a Quilt for Maya and Adnan

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My daughter Maya married Adnan Mahmood in April 2012. We gave them a wedding quilt as a holiday gift that I made just for them. 

First I snow dyed a piece of fabric in greens. Then I stamped it with leaf shapes using Decolourant Plus®.

Next I dyed some fabic for the branches.

I dyed more fabric for a turquoise frame and more snow dyed fabric in light and dark greens for the outside edges. Here's the light green snow dyed fabric.

So, I cut and pieced and measusred to make sure the quilt was big enough (king/queen) and sewed the top together. Next I basted and machine quilted it - both free mothion and walking foot lines. The quilting took several months and I learned a lot! Here's the results.

Teaching at Quilt Fest in September

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I taught two classes with my good friend and fellow artist Lisa Chin. We were given a very special classroom - curtained off inthe corner of the vendor mall and the quilt show. We had access to the loading dock, a hose and a big drain. What more do you need? Our classes were well received and thoroughly enjoyed by our students. We taught Surface Deisgn all day Wednesday and then Dyeing all day Friday.

Anne explaining how to use discharge paste. . . See the quilt show through the curtains!

Great fun being had by all.

Discharge paste.

Stencil fun.

Trunk Show at the Springville Museum

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On Friday August 10, 2012 I was invited to do trunk show at the Springville Museum in Springville, Utah. There were lots of people including my best quilting buddy Sylvia Lewis. She took some photos for me while I talked about my quilts. It was great to see so many people there and to have so many positive comments. Here's some photos of the presentation. Thanks, Sylvia.

Dye Party

Posted by [email protected] on July 20, 2012 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

On July 10 we had our annual Dye Party with Quilters Holladay at Betty Jo's house. I got so busy with the Dyeing that I forgot to take pictures. Fortunately, Lisa Chin was on the ball and not only did she demo ice dyeing she posted photos on her blog. Check it out for yourself!

We had a great time and there were some great fabrics made. 

BTW Lisa Chin and I will be teaching a Surface Design class and a Dyeing class in September at the annual Quilt Fest of the Utah Quilt Guild in St George, UT. And there's still room in both classes. Each class will be an all day, hands-on event. Check out the Utah Quilt Guild web site for more info  -

Batik Workshop

Posted by [email protected] on July 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

June 22 and 23 I taught a batik workshop at the PIoneer Craft House through the Lifelong Learning Program at the University of Utah. The class was full - 7 students. The class was held in the Cottage so seven was the max we could accomodate.

I had one return student in the class - she couldn't wait to do more waxing and dyeing. The others in the class got into the spirit quickly. A great group of talented people!

Batiks drying on the line.

It was hot weather but we were lucky to have AC in the cottage. Lots of fun for all.