Sunday, April 10, 2011

lost weekend...bingeing at the quilt show!

It's so hard to fathom that it's almost time to leave.  I have barely scratched the surface of the visual delights and learning (and shopping!) opportunities here at the INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL in Cincinnati.  Truly an inspiring experience.  I got a hug from Pat Sloan and she has wonderful pics posted on her blog, so check that out!

This week I learned to dye silk  with Marlene Glickman and cotton dyeing in the microwave with Diane Ricks.  I also learned how to use the digital imaging features of EQ7, which is too much fun!  Mary Ellen Krantz is very knowledgeable about computers (she's a quilting computer geek - first generation!) and is very generous with her information.  She also has a sweet personality and a great sense of humor!
this is what I learned from Mary Ellen:
This was all done in EQ7 - no other software involved.  I can do it from my own pictures, too!  Check back to see more EQ7 goodies in a few days.

I must admit the City of Cincinnati threw us a wonderful party on Friday evening.  Generously portioned adult beverages and delicious edibles - also in generous portions - so they obviously want us to come back next year!   They had a live band "AFTER MIDNIGHT" playing lively dance music for us - the kind I knew all the words to!  ...and in case you've ever wondered.... Pokey Bolton can really get down!!!  That gal has more bounce that a superball!

We'll be driving home with lots of great memories later this afternoon. 

I'll post a few pics when I get home, but they never do the quilts justice anyway, so don't get your expectations up too high!

Hugs 4 now!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Silk Dyes for EVERYBODY~~~ jump in! it's fun! it's SAFE!

I've arrived in Cincinnati, and even taken my first class!

This morning, I painted/dyed/otherwise scrunched & colored silks with Marlene Glickman.  The class is called "Stencil Sensatins" and involves lots of different methods of stenciling onto fabrics....

I wished it was an all day class - it was so much fun, I didn't want to stop!

I made a lovely scrunch dyed scarf to match my sweater - and some other samples of various methods of stenciling onto fabrics, wet and dry, etc.  Wonderful teacher - very knowledgeable and patient.

I had done silk dyeing many years ago - it was beautiful, but very time consuming and messy.  Marlene's method and dyes are almost INSTANT, and there is no heat setting required, either.  Go to her website and watch her video - this is so safe and fun, you can do it with your kids and not have to worry about them sticking their painted little fingers in their mouths while they are painting the silk.

If you ever have a chance to take a class with Marlene, don't pass it up!