Tutorial: Dyeing unusual things

It always surprises me a bit when I realize how many things can actually be dyed. I am certainly no expert at dyeing. I’ve only done it a handful of times, probably because it is not my favorite thing to do. When I first learned to dye fabric, it was drilled into me that you can only dye natural fibers: cotton, linen, rayon, silk, wool. So, it never occurred to … Continue reading

Review of 2012

Here’s my review of 2012 (DD#2’s idea), but I’m going to start a few months earlier because I especially like those events. 🙂 So, in addition to speaking and teaching at fifteen quilt guilds in less than two years, writing twelve articles for Quilting Arts during that same time, and making three trips to California to visit my dad, here is my life for the last eighteen months in pictures. … Continue reading

Final wedding post

This will (hopefully) be my final wedding post. I still have odds and ends to sift through and put away, but I’m ready to return to quilting! My studio desperately needs to be put back in order (again!). That will be next week’s project. But first, if you’re not sick of wedding-related stuff, I’d love to share our daughter’s handmade wedding. We were doing all of this on a very … Continue reading

Wedding of DD#1

If you are wondering why I’ve dropped off the face of the earth for the last few months, this is what it looks like when you and your family become the wedding coordinator, caterer, chief designer, craftsmen, and all around slave labor. This was 7 AM on Friday morning when we arrived at the church to set up for our daughter’s wedding. I was very thankful that we had my … Continue reading

Yes, yes we did…

…because we didn’t already have enough to do…we glued dictionary pages to the bride’s shoes. “Lovably insane.” I think those are the exact words my future son-in-law used when he saw what we were doing. Well, my excuse is: what are we supposed to do when all the shoes in the store right now are black or brown? Actually, it is all Pinterest’s fault. That’s where the idea came from. … Continue reading

Wedding photos

Do you have wedding photos? The very first wedding I ever attended was my own, and I was 19. I didn’t know people paid huge sums of money to get lots of fancy pictures done by someone who actually knew what they were doing. We had a friend of a friend take snapshots and we just paid for a few rolls of film and processing. My new husband and I … Continue reading

Yikes! What am I going to wear?

Time for a report from wedding central. Bride: bridal gown is ready to go, but DD#1 has requested a few more minor modifications, if time allows Bridesmaids: two of the three bridesmaids dresses are complete and the last one just needs a zipper Groom: vest just needs buttons and buttonholes Groomsmen: three burgundy bow ties complete Father of the bride: clothes ready to go Mother of the bride: Oh, dear! … Continue reading

And the groom will wear…

So, if the bride is wearing a patchwork of hand-me-downs that are 30 and 40 years old, and the bridesmaids are wearing curtains and tablecloths, what should the groom wear? A bridesmaid skirt, of course! Several months back I snagged a size 16 Tall, David’s Bridal, burgundy bridesmaid skirt at our favorite thrift store. I didn’t know what we would use it for, but it was just the right color. … Continue reading