Friday, July 31, 2009

54 yards



Oh yeah, I got a day to play in the sun last weekend. It was a very much needed play date with myself. Between lack of time, and the weather, which has not co-operated with ideal fabric dyeing conditions this year, I have been seriously deprived of my favorite habit. But alas all the stars and planets must have been in alignment last weekend, and I got a day to play. What I ended up with, after the long day, other than a sunburn, was 54 yards of wonderful fabrics to add to my stash. What might surprise you is that I only used 12 dyes to do it. From each one, I just added layers of fabrics every 5 minutes. What I ended up with was a wonderful array of shades that will all co-ordinate beautifully in future projects. The basic colors I used this time were Chartreuse, Black Cherry, Avocado, Forest Green, Eggplant, Oxblood Red (which ended up with shades of orange after the first layer????), Imperial Purple, Moss Green, Marigold (one of my new favorites), Electric Blue, Grape, and Caribbean Blue. All from Dharma Trading. Their Procion Dyes are my all time favorites.

I had a birthday this week, and came to the realization that I am, really getting older. I have to tell you, after my marathon dyeing day, I could hardly move. I guess bending over over 54 yards of fabric all day dyeing and rinsing, is a lot more exercise than I am used to. Whew! I walked like grandma Moses the next day. Is that not sad?????
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Tonight is a pajama party at my favorite sewing store. We are all wearing our PJ's and having a pot luck along with our sewing frenzy. I found wild PJ's the other day for this event. They are lime green and covered with exotic drink's. So if you see a picture of an ole lady in lime PJ's in the news, still walking like Grandma Moses, I guess you will be able to put the pieces together. My contribution to the pot luck is the wine. Ya just can't sew worth a darn without wine! Right?? I have to drive across town in my PJ's with this wine, we are all going to hope that I don't do anything stupid and get pulled over or I will never live it down! Ya all say a little prayer for me tonight!!

Pull out your wild clothes, get some friends together and celebrate something real soon. Live is short! Have a great weekend.

7 comments:

  1. A wine, um, I mean sewing party sounds like fun. The wine is also the best remedy for tired, achy dyer's muscles.

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  2. Gosh, you're making me drool over those fabrics! How gorgeous!

    Diane

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  3. And now I must thank you for your comment on my blog -- I do so appreciate your kind words!

    Diane

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  4. Oh, Joan. I am just drooling! When you told me you liked to dye your own fabric, you sure weren't kidding! 54 yards of yummy colours- are they solid or is there some mottling or texture? Do you have a project in mind for some of them already? You are simply a quilting wonder. You have such a broad range of interest and ability- just one more question comes to mind- when do you publish your first book??? And will you save me a copy??? Sorry- that was two questions! lol
    When the kids are back to school, I would love to plan a day together if you aren't too busy. Talk soon!

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  5. Me again, Joan -- thanks for your newest comment on my blog. And please keep in mind the possibility of selling some of those wonderful hand-dyeds -- remember, I'm first in line, if you do!

    Diane

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  6. oh Joan, those fabrics are to die for!! you clever clever lady you,
    I do hope that you enjoy your PJ party, I expect to see some photos if not on your blog (which I really think that you should do) then maybe you could e-mail me one or two....

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  7. You are so talented, Joan! The fabrics look wonderful. What was your base fabric?

    So now you have joined the golden oldies club with me! Belated happy birthday to you!

    Judy

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