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Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holiday and Friday Favorites

My mother, bless her heart, is disgusted by the "Happy Holiday" greeting that is now common. She thinks that it takes Christ out of Christmas.  I have thought about that. While I celebrate Christmas and think Christ should be the focus of Christmas, many of my friends celebrate other holidays.   Should I not wish them a happy whatever holiday they celebrate?  So, I will celebrate Christ's birth and you can celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanza, or just getting up alive one more day. 

Enjoy the season and may your heart be light.

Friday Favorites
Margeeth  has cut two interesting but not complex cloths and combined them into something much more interesting. Reminds me a bit of Rayman Gillman's technique that will be featured on the "And Then We Set It On Fire" in January. You will need to scroll down to the bottom of the post for the English translation.

Wonder what to do with your beautiful hand stamped, dyed, stenciled, painted, printed, foiled, and otherwise embellished fabric?  You might want to make some fabric boxes for Christmas presents.

Now that I am getting pretty good at one layer of techniques, I am paying more attention to those folks who layer the different techniques to turn out art cloth.  I really like what Margaret Applin did here with gesso, paint, several thermofax screens, watercolor paints, and hand and machine stitching. Each step was thoughtful of the step before so that it did not overpower what was already done.  She is "taken" with the results and so am I.

More Christmas Wish List for Quilters and Dyers (like can we ever get enough?  LOL)

1.  Want some free fabric?  McCalls is having a scrap bag give away.  Enter here.

2.  Colorful Thoughts. What an absolutely perfect name for fabric paints.  Kim has started to carry them. 

3.  I am still pretty clueless when it comes to machine quilting freehand.  I need a pattern for my freehand. Fortunately there are books for that and HERE is where you can sign up to win one of those books for free!  Hurry!  You only have to Dec 26 to enter to win.  Oh, the name of the book is Modern Quilting Designs.

Once again, enjoy the season.  May whomever you  pray to bless you!


  1. I ordered the new book you recommended and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. I wish I could afford a a thermofax ...maybe later. Thank you for all you give us your readers. Peace, Mary Helen

  2. Thank you so much for the mention!!! There is more layering in the most recent posting as well. Margaret


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