My visit to 2018 Quilt Encounter

My first visit to Quilt Encounter

My first visit to SA Quilters Guild Quilt Encounter was a great experience. I can see why ladies return each year to enjoy this quilting retreat.

Cape Town
Early morning arrival in Cape Town

Cape Town Design Studio Tour

I was fortunate in having a friend to guide and drive me around Cape Town in search of local textiles. One inspiring stop was the factory for Carole Nevin Designs. Carole creates a range of wonderful hand printed or hand painted textiles.

Eco ready for steaming

Springtime fabric dyeing fun

We had another wonderful fabric dyeing workshop this past weekend. The weather was stunning and my lovely new friends, Louise, Gill and Sue, made beautiful pieces. We spent two days ice-dyeing and eco-dyeing. Day one

Introducing Turtle Hand Batik video

Spotlight on Turtle Hand Batiks

In this video, Tina Hilton of Turtle Hand Batiks shares information about the fair trade, cottage industry batiks she carries. Tina shows a wide variety of processes used to make the batiks in small batches

My scrap pile
The scrap pile off-cuts is my starting point

Confessions of a quilting scrapaholic

R ecently I have become engrossed with my scrap pile. This happens every so often when it outgrows its baskets and tries to escape. Scrap is like an alien being that multiplies until it threatens

autumn workshop
Some hand dyed fabric from the Autumn workshop

Fun at the Autumn Fabric Dyeing Workshop

Autumn is a wonderful time to dye fabric. The temperatures are not too hot and not too cold. I particularly like eco-dyeing in the Autumn because the leaves are so plentiful as they fall from

Ice dyeing workshops with Leslie Edwards
Ice dyeing fabric produces amazing colours...

Let’s try some Ice Dyeing

One of my favourite techniques is Ice Dyeing. You don’t need a lot of different materials to try Ice Dyeing, most are readily available. Glen and I always take a break to go to our

Introducing Turtle Hand Batiks
Introducing Turtle Hand Batiks

Turtle Hand Batik – a new fabric discovery

I love hand dyed fabrics. They have a unique look that commercial fabrics do not have. Perhaps that’s why I love creating my own textiles. On my recent trip to QuiltCon, I discovered Turtle Hand

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