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Friday, March 25, 2011

Quilts for Japan and Friday Favorites

Quilts for Japan
Kathy Loomis at Art with a Needle has an opinion about how to efficiently help Japan.  Her approach is certainly valuable and needed.  And/Or you can  less efficiently but very compassionately donate a quilt through Quilters Newsletter.  I personally think any help and show of compassion is a good thing and feel no need to bash those who choose a different pathway of service.  Here’s how you can be part of the quilt donation, if you choose: 

Send quilts of any size from baby to adult to:

Dana Jones
Quilters Newsletter
741 Corporate Circle, Suite A
Golden, CO 80401

Mark your box: “Quilts for Japan.”
Send quilts as soon as possible and no later than April 30, 2011.

Friday Favorites

The last few Fridays have seemed kinda bland to me but I wasn't sure what was missing.  Then Kathy posted her tutorial on the perfect facing for a quilt. Tutorials!  There have not been many tutorials lately! Anyway, I don't know that I agree with Kathy that a quilt has to be faced to be considered a work of art and not a pot holder but I do occasionally like to use a facing.

Another tutorial is here.  It is a picture tutorial on tying a quilt without leaving tie ends flying in the breeze. The method is called a decatur knot.  I am going to be trying that out!

I have been working on my artist presentation of Elizabeth Barton for my drawing class.  As I have perused her blog entries for the last couple of years, I have found wonderful blogs that when put together could be a book on how to create art.  Here is another excellent post--this one is on using values in a quilt.  I don't know that it qualifies as a tutorial but it sure does teach me a lot.

The last tutorial I want to highlight this week was written by Rosalita at "...And Then We Set It On Fire."  Rosalita went to great detail in her instructions for parfait dyeing.  Do take a look at the tutorial, give the technique a try, and post a comment on the Fire blog.

Lastly, a give-away!  Lynn Krawczyk is being interviewed this coming Sunday on Blog Talk Radio. To celebrate, she is going to give away a copy of her brand spanking new, not yet released DVD, "Print, Design, Compose" to a lucky listener. Here is the information about the where and when. The how will be told during the interview.

This Saturday is another dyeing day for me.  I will be finishing my dyeing for Nancy Crow's class, doing some snow dyeing before the last of the snow melts, and maybe trying Rosalita's tutorial.

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