Dye Candy Fabric

For little April fool’s humor, I’d like to show you some Dye Candy! Chris Daly, is a quilter and fabric dyer whose blog drew my eye the minute I set eyes on it…gee I wonder why? 😉 She and I are swapping blogs today!

1. Where are you located globally?

Rural Southwestern Wisconsin in the US.

Chris is in between her sister (on the left) and her Mom (on the right), they’re in the middle of her gorgeous booth!

2. Where are you found online?

I maintain two blogs:

I also have two shops on Etsy:

3. What is your favorite thing to make?

I am a quilter of varied interests. I love traditional quilts although I prefer modern pattern designs and art quilts. I hand dye many of my own fabrics for projects and also for use in my miniature quilt block jewelry. I still enjoy sewing and quilting but dyeing fabric has really become my passion.

4. When you’re making it…

a. what do you love most about it?

I love creating with bright bold colors. My favorite thing to do is experiment. I always try a new technique or color combination each time I dye. When I’m feeling blue all I need to do is pull out the dyes and my spirits start to rise. I call it “color therapy”.

b. is there some part you really can’t stand?

I hate waiting for the dye to set. I want to see the results right away. I can’t dye fabric when I have to work the next day. I get so wound up that I can’t sleep.

5. Do you consider yourself process or product oriented?

I am very process oriented. I rarely work from purchased patterns any more. I love creating my own designs. Working full time and having a home based business sometimes limits the amount of time I set aside for my own art. I have joined a few challenge groups to make sure I find time just for me.

Candy, thank you for sharing your blog space with me. I have learned so much from your posts and tutorials. Your work inspires me!

Right back at ‘ya Chris! I am a big fan of “color therapy”, and I too hate to wait for the washout too! My husband and I toyed with the idea of making stained glass – there are so many similarities between that and quilting…it was the thought of glass slivers that keep me from pushing too hard on that particular hobby 😉 Those cute little earrings and brooches are a great combination of quilting and stained glass – sheer genius!

Your snow dyeing is so fantastic, and in one of your posts you said something that me realize that I could try “faux” snow dyeing…so head on over to Chris’s blog where I share the the results of my own try at snow dyeing! Here’s a detail shot of one of my fabrics I dyed!

3 Responses to Dye Candy Fabric

  1. Hi Candy, Thanks again for sharing your space with me. This was so much fun. I hope everyone stops by to see the fabulous Faux Snow Dyes and tutorial you put together on my Dye Candy Blog. I’m in love with those fabrics!

    • Ashley, I just stumbled acorss your blog and I have to say, it very inspiring! Like, Mrs.B, I would like to know more about your free motion quilting, too. What pattern do you use to quilt the top and get the crinkely look? I like to make lap quilts, but don’t do much quilting on them. I love all the colors!!!