My Workshops at the International Quilt Festival

Standing proud in front of my finalist whimsical quilt *BLUE DODO* at the International Quilt Festival.
I returned from Houston with happy memories in my heart.

Even though it was a lot of work to prepare a workshop (materials, samples..) it was well worth it because I love to teach!
 I want to thank you, each of my students who came to my classes and demos. You made it fun!

I also had time to play. Meeting with old and new friends.
Thank you *Omnigrid* for the generous swag bag.
In my next post I will show you some of the beautiful quilts I saw at the show.

Houston International Quilt Festival 2016

Oh I’m happy packing for Houston and finishing the kits for my classes.

 This is a detail of my *Blue Dodo*quilt. It is a finalist in the World of Beauty Contest at the International Festival! For those who don't already know, this is a juried show. I hope to see you there.

*HUG* Stitch with *WAX PASTELS* on Fabric

 Techniques used: String Painting with Wax Pastels, Hug Stitch, Infused newsprint cloth, paper lamination, trapunto, appliqué, free-motion quilted 
I'd love to spark your creativity at one of my workshops: 

Nov 3 (morning) Hand Embroidered *HUG* Stitch, you can read more HERE
Nov 3 (afternoon) String Painting on Fabric, you can read more HERE

Painting Cloth to match my New Buttons

On my last trip to New York I visited the garment district. It was in there where I found unusual buttons with chocolate brown and chartreuse colored lines.
Once home, I put a piece of rayon fabric on my table and prepared the fabric reactive dyes to match my buttons (Brazilian nut and Chartreuse from dharmatrading). Then I thickened them a little, turned on salsa music full blast and started to pour the dyes on to the cloth.

Oh, how much fun I had dyeing with just the flow of the melodies I heard. When I was done I felt content, in my happy place.
After batching (waiting for the dye to stick to the fibers of the cloth), washing and drying, I used this artcloth to sew a garment for myself. Once it was finished, I used Aurifil 28w cotton thread for details. I chose this thread because it shows off the topstitching beautifully and at the same time it's sturdy.
And here I am showing off my finished garment, which I called *My Guacamole Blouse*
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