I’ve been so busy for the last couple months and unfortunately for me it’s not going to let up for several more weeks.
Since the last time I posted, besides celebrating both my son and his girlfriends birthday, I had 2 teaching trips, designed an apron, am now preparing supplies for my classes at International Quilt Festival in Houston (in 2 weeks!) and while I was away last week my father in law died so I drove to Los Angeles over the weekend, immediately after returning from my last teaching trip.
I taught Painting Imagery with Textile Paints to a group of art-quilters from Napa. So much beautiful work accomplished by my students in one day!
I’ve been wanting a comfortable work apron for a long time and have been coveting the Japanese linen aprons on Pinterest with cross straps that slip over your head. Being on a tight budget, I can’t afford to spend $75-$100 on a pre-made apron of this kind, so I did a Google search for patterns and couldn’t find any that were quite the way I wanted mine to be. Many of the designs have too much fabric on the back. In Northern California it’s hot in the summer (and fall) and I don’t want two full layers of fabric across my back, in addition to my shirt, so I set out to draw up my own pattern.
I ordered a wonderful linen-rayon blend fabric from Dharmatrading that is soft and has great drape, perfect for this style apron.
When it came to dyeing the fabric, all my fiber reactive dyes have been packed in boxes for the last 10 years, I’m not sure how good they are any more, so I grabbed a couple bottles of RIT left over from projects I’ve done for the company and made up a solution of dye for a soft lavender gray and threw it in the washing machine.
The pattern took a little under 2 yards of 52″ wide linen and about 3 hours to put together. I love the way it came out. I’ve since added a bib pocket which is perfect for popping my cell phone in.
After posting a photo on Facebook, I had lots of requests to sell the pattern, so in between everything else, I’m working on that too!
I’ve got the full pattern drawn up in a graphics program and saved as a pdf that prints out on 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets that you can tape together or print on a large format printer. After I finish the directions, which means making another apron and photographing the steps to go with the written directions, I’ll have a couple friends test the pattern to make sure it all makes sense. Then I’ll create a download button for it here on my site, but I have to get through teaching in Houston, before I can even think about getting back to working on that again.
for my friend Frances’ 70th birthday quilt. She put out a request to friends to send her a finished block that she’ll make into a big wall quilt.
Phil and I went over to Pokey’s in Napa for a small birthday barbecue and had yummy wood fired pizzas cooked in the oven by the pool and we ate dinner in the newly finished art barn, it is gorgeous! It’s going to be such a wonderful place for small master classes.
In addition to pulling together all the supplies, printing handouts, burning CD’s, dyeing, painting and cutting fabric for all my classes and designing and taping new thermo-fax screens, I decided to start selling fat quarters of the Tea Inspired painted fabric that I make for my students, when I teach my Tea & Ephemera workshop.
for my all my hard work this week, Phil’s band is playing at an outdoor venue just east of Sacramento Friday night, so I’ll be dancing the night away and then getting up early Saturday morning to drive to Pacific International Quilt Festival with Martha Wolfe. I’m so excited, it will be my first time going to PIQF. I’ve had several quilts there over the years, but I’ve either lived too far away or have been away teaching to be able to go.
Next week, I’ll post about my fabulous teaching trip to Gualala, California.