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Monday, August 12, 2013

Lucy's year long project

So, I have been working with fabric and fiber all of my life. My mother taught me to sew and knit. A teacher friend taught me to quilt. I struggle with wanting my craft to be art and even to be able to make a living doing the art. Until I figure that all out I will remain a 3rd grade public school teacher and create on the side...My project for my 50th year is to create an art quilt from scratch. NO I will not be weaving my own fabric, but I will be dyeing all of the cloth I use and designing the quilt without a pattern. I envision a very detailed symbolic wall hanging....we shall see.
Above is 5 yards of 200 count unbleached Egyptian cotton. Over the next couple of weeks I will be dyeing this fabric-creating a palette of material to work with.

I would like to create a blue green background fabric as the base of my quilt.
I mix together a number of dry dye powder and hope for the best!
The fabric needs to sit covered for 3 days. Since it is summer time I can have all of my dyeing buckets outside!
After 3 days I rinse and rinse and rinse and rinse....not very ecologically sound! Next time I write I will hopefully have a wonderful background to start my art quilt journey....


  1. Hello Lucy and Eileen. I am very proud of you for getting the blog started. Good luck with your year long project.
    Christina K. (not the one who made the pie)

    1. Hey you are our first comment....thanks friend!