Friday, August 31, 2007

Ruffle Skirts

I decided to make my daughter some simple ruffle skirts for school this year. Not satisfied with anything in my stash, I saw a big pile of white fabric that was still waiting for inspiration. I grabbed it and ran. I made her 3 ruffle skirts, and dyed matching t-shirts and bicycle shorts (from Dharma Trading Co.). I thought this was going to be an easy plan, but it turned out to be anything but.

I ended up putting a different batik design on every fabric I used. Some were dye painted, others were waxed a second time and overdyed. I think they look really cute and my daughter is super happy with the results. Her eyes sparkle! I am still in awe of the number of hours I spent making in each one....if you are wondering, the fabric for EACH skirt took approximately 6 hours total, that's without the time to sew the skirt.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Learning to Fly
18" x 18"
private collection

This is the companion piece to Vertigo, which was just accepted as a finalist for the IQA show, Quilts: A World of Beauty, in Houston this fall! This piece, Learning to Fly, follows the adventures of our little yellow chickadee, with an appropriately happy ending. Simple and happy and beautiful, I have donated this little quilt to the IQA silent auction. Hey, if no one tries to buy it, does that mean I get to keep it??