Sunday, May 31, 2015

Focus Through the Prism Monkey Wrench

My friend, Kim Lapacek, has started a new series of quilt challenges for the rest of this year.  She calls it Focus Through the Prism .  We had to buy a special packet of rainbow colored fabric (ROYGBIV from Cherrywood).  Each month, she challenges us by giving us a block as inspiration.  We need to make a 20" quilt, inspired by the block, with one of the rainbow colors as a focus.  For the month of May, the block is the Monkey Wrench.  Here is my interpretation....
I call it Curious George and the Monkey Bars.  I think you can figure out my focus color--yellow.  It is a variation of the monkey wrench.  When Kim issued the challenge, Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat immediately came to mind.  I knew I had to use yellow to make this quilt.  I found a quilt block in one of my books that is a modified monkey wrench.  The narrow black pieces on the center diamond and the corner triangles are piping.

Here is Curious George.  I think I did a great job on him!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sharing my passion

Those of you who know me, know I love being a teacher.  I believe that teaching is a calling and I enjoy helping children on their educational journey.  I also enjoy teaching adults about my passions of quilting and dyeing fabric.  

I have had the privilege of teaching some adults lately.  A few weeks ago, I taught a quilting class at Ardyth's Sew n Vac in Baraboo.  Last week, I shared my love of dyeing fabric with the Gem City Quilters.  I forgot to bring my handouts, so I'm attaching them for the lovely ladies who were there that night.
Hand-dyeing supply list

  • procion dye
  • soda ash
  • table salt
  • synthrapol detergent
  • 100% cotton fabric--PFD
  • dust mask
  • latex gloves
  • ice cream buckets
  • measuring spoons
  • small container to mix dye
  • old wooden spoon
Please note--once you use something for dyeing, don’t use it for food!  

Resource:  
Dharma Trading
Color By Accident
Color By Design