Monthly Archives: July 2014

Giveaway! August/September Quilting Arts Magazine + 4 Half Yards of “Faux Snow” Dyed Fabric!

I’ve got so much to celebrate that I thought I’d share my happiness with one lucky commenter! My 17 year old trombone-playing son Liam is touring the country with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, and this coming Wednesday, July 30, they’ll be playing at the Grand Tetons Music Festival. So, we’re hitting the road tomorrow and driving over 900 miles so we can get a little R & R in the Tetons, and see/hear them play right in the middle of the vacation! We’ll also be able to attend their final concert, August 4, when they play in Disney Hall: luckily, that is a quick 60-90 minute drive from our house!

I received a couple of copies of the August/September issue of Quilting Arts Magazine because I’ve got an article on “Faux Snow” dyeing in there.


I love this technique, and a particular color palette that I dye in this manner reminds me of Monet’s Giverny paintings, and has inspired me to make a sketchbook :


as well as a couple of art quilts using the plants that grow in that garden as inspiration:

I’ve shared this process a couple times before, including episode 1303 of Quilting Arts TV, so I’ve got a lot of fabric dyed in this particular Giverny color palette. Here are Pokey and I on set after doing some “faux snow” dyeing:

So, what I’d like to do is give away:


How to enter

  •  Leave a comment on this blog post, answering one of these 2 questions:
    • What you would do with this fabric if you won; fondling it and then placing it in your stash is certainly an acceptable answer to this one! 😉
    • What other painting(s) do you think would inspire a beautiful multi-color fabric palette?
  • Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away, I’ll be monitoring/approving them as best as I can on vacation, but I don’t know how good our wifi will be up in Wyoming!

When does it close?

  • Tuesday, August 5th at noon, PST
  • I’ll announce the winner August 6

Good luck!


How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

Liam posted this (fuzzy) picture on Facebook yesterday: with the caption “So this is what happens when you practice”. I know I’ve been blogging a lot about Liam lately; I promise I won’t post about each of the 8 concerts the NYO-USA plays on this concert tour that started Sunday, but I had to share… Continue Reading

5 Pillows for Jess and Jim

I’ve been sharing the process of making a set of pillows for my cousin Jess and her hubby Jim, now it’s time for the TADAH! Here they are all grouped together on my couch: Although they won’t all be on one couch like that. The 2 long, skinny pillows are for a long, skinny bench… Continue Reading

Postcard from New York: NYO-USA Rehearsals

Well, Liam’s been in Purchase, NY (on the campus of SUNY Purchase) for a week and a half rehearsing with NYO-USA. But it hasn’t been all rehearsing! One of the fun things they’ve been doing is each section has made a video to introduce each section…here’s the one the low brass did, Liam’s right in… Continue Reading

July Goals Check-in

We’ve been trucking along here in Redlands! Liam’s been gone for a week now at the start of his NYO-USA residency, and I have to say that I’m spending way too much time wondering how he’s doing; I’m hoping that this part goes away soon! Actually, since I’m talking about this, I’ll say that I… Continue Reading