Meetup | May Goals

Well, it’s the beginning of a long summer of creation! But first, I’ve got my only Spring show coming up this Saturdayin Riverside, so I’ve got to make as much as I can for that!

April Goals

Fiber Art Connection bonus lesson April 10  100%
Dyeing 104 session 10 April 13  100%
Modern Patchwork Gifts Article April 20 100%
Colla Voce Scarves April 25  100%
Re-do Laundry room April 30  90%
 New quilt for our bed! April 30  25%
Calendar email to students April 30  0%
Move website to new hosting and re-design April 30  0%
Run celebratory giveaway May 9  0%
Refill Scarves for Show in May  May 7  75%
New Linen Totes!  May 7  100%
New curtains for our bedroom! Backburner-ish  0%
Tree Quilt in Kitchen Blues palettes back burner  0%
Mod House Quilt back burner  5%

I’ve been making making making!

4 more leather handled linen totes are done, with a total of 5 made:


I’ve already sold two of them , so fingers crossed I can get some linen dyed today or tomorrow and possible get 4 more made by the weekend! I’m going to try cobining my bright jewel tones with some Indigo dyed linen.

Speaking of indigo, I’ve got 6 zip and go bags made with indigo dyed cotton sateen in process right now!

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So much of making a bag is unseen in the final product by oh so necessary! I've fused SF101 interfacing to the wrong side of the #indigodyed cotton sateen, now I cut the fronts apart and fuse fleece that has been cut slightly smaller to the back side as w

zip and go process

Once I get those done, and linen dyeing is in process, I’ll try to make some more zippy wallets!

May Goals

Refill Scarves for Show in May  May 7  75%
6 Indigo Zip & Go bags  May 7  50%
6 Autumn Splendor Zippy wallets  May 7  0%
4 Leather Handled Indigo Linen Totes!  May 7  0%
 Run celebratory giveaway  May 9  50%
 Unbloggable present  May 15  10%
Dyeing 104 Wrap Up session June 1  25%
Re-do Laundry room June 1  90%
 New quilt for our bed! June 1  25%
Calendar email to students June 1  0%
Move website to new hosting and re-design June 1  0%
New curtains for our bedroom! Backburner-ish  0%
Tree Quilt in Kitchen Blues palettes back burner  0%
Mod House Quilt back burner  5%

And, of course, there’s lots of scarf ironing in my future as well! OK, I’m headed back to the studio!!!!

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Celebratory Giveaway | Candied Fabrics is Turning 10!

Well my goodness, I’m beginning my 10th year of business! My very first art show was Red Dirt Art Festival in April of 2007. There isn’t a Red Dirt this Spring, but I’m doing another Spring show, the Riverside Art Market, next Saturday May 7, from 10-4.  So with this show I’m officially beginning year number 10 as a business!

Here’s a shot of my setup at my very first Red Dirt:


And here are a couple of shots from last Fall’s Red Dirt:



Not only have I been selling my art for ten years, I’ve found a way to combine my other love, teaching, with my love of what I do as an artist as I teach quilting, sewing and dyeing in print, in person, and online! I’m wrapping up my fifth online dyeing class, Dyeing 104: Multicolor Silk, it’s filled with super awesome information, and I’ve dyed a heckuva lot of (IMHO) beautiful silk! During this class I’ve dyed a lot of experimental color palettes, three of which I’ve added to my stock of scarves I dye for shows like the Riverside Art Market.

I’ve got names for two the palettes, but I’m stumped on the third one!




To celebrate, I’ll be having a giveaway!

How do you enter?

Two weeks from now (May 11), I’ll choose two names:

  1. One from my newsletter subscribers (use the form in the sidebar if you’ve not already subscribed, no need to leave a comment here about being a subscriber)
  2. Another from people who comment here on this blog post: What would be a good name for my unnamed palette? If you can’t think of a name, just tell me which of the 3 new palettes you like the best. (Note: comment moderation is on, so don’t worry if yours doesn’t show up right away)




What’s the prize?

Well, the winners will choose either one of my hand dyed habotai scarves, in the color palette of your choice (any of my palettes, not just the 3 new ones):


or a half yard of hand-dyed fabric, in one those scarf palettes (or my newest color palette, Autumn Splendor, which is only available on cotton).


I’ve had so many great experiences due to my adventures in art, and a lot of those come from interacting with folk either on my blog or at an art show, I’d like to say thanks to you all!

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New Bag: A Leather Handled Linen Tote!


Tadah! Here’s my new tote bag, made with linen I dyed in my luscious Autumn Splendor and decorated with some of my birdies: It’s got a nice amount of structure from the layer of SF101 fused to both the exterior and interior pieces. The exterior also has a layer of fleece fused and quilted to…

Snapshots from the Studio | Leather Handled Linen Tote


I’ve been wanting do make a large tote in hand dyed linen lately. One of the hardest parts of any bag is the handle, so I’ve been investigating using leather for the handles – more expensive material wise, but it should save time on construction, that the final add to the cost of the bag…

4 | Building a Brick Pizza Oven


Oh my goodness hubby has been working on a brick pizza oven since…last July! But he’s getting close to the end and I haven’t posted about it in a long while, so here’s an update! On top of the insulated concrete slab he laid a layer of fire brick, and then setup a mold to…

Clearing the Decks!


I’m crossing things off my list right and left! In the midst of finishing up grading, and making a bag and pattern to send out I needed to take a few minutes and clear the decks a bit.  My desk had become over-run with little piles, but just a few concentrated minutes and it looked…

8 | Trying Out Quilting Patterns for My Scrappy Swiss Cross Quilt


I’ve not been able to get much done on my Scrappy Swiss Cross Quilt in the past month, but I did get to combine testing out a quilting pattern with making 2 birthday presents! My good friend Adele’s husband has been spending a lot of time in Switzerland this year, he’s working with the UN,…

April Goals Check-in


Oh my goodness, I’m holding a study session on Saturday, then both my finals at the UoR are Monday. After I grade the finals and attend a few important meetings, my friends I shall be DONE teaching at the day job until September! So close!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been plotting, planning and scheming on the design of…