Highlights: the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Fest

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This week I am sharing some highlights from the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Fest 2015.  Not all of my pics turned out well, but I noticed some trends.  I saw many portraits, some “moderns”, some nature inspired, and of course abstracts and traditionals.

Portraits: in order, Big Brother/ Marcia Degner, Haiku/Lyric Kinard 1st place!, My Hands/Sandy Curran, Echoes of the Past/Sandy Curran, Not Hiding, Not Revealing/Sharon Hightower, love this chameleon portrait! 

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Nature: Silent Giants/ Judy Peterson, Dawn/Rachel Derstine, Blooming Poppy/Karen Ponischil


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Abstracts:  Pueblos/Marcia DeCamp, Lights and Shadows Parts 1 & 2/Timna Tarr, Sticks and Stones/Carol Ann Robertson, Red Round/Marge Holtz.  Great grid designs using value and color very well!

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More traditional:  Saffron Splendor/Pat Holly, Faded Glory/Sandie Pike, sort of a peacock!, The Jester’s Folly/Margaret Solomon Gunn, 1st place wall category had stunning quilting on silk.

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I enjoyed the show as you can see.

And this is what we got to look at on the way home:




Last week with all the snow, I thought I would try some snow dyeing.  It was quick and dirty.  I soaked my fabrics in soda ash solution, scooped up some snow and mounded it on top.  Then I sprinkled some dye powders randomly, and waited for the snow to melt.

Dye powder on snow
Dye powder on snow

Eventually I brought them inside to my bathtub to speed up the process.  Next, once the snow had melted, I put the fabrics in plastic bags and left them overnight.  After 2 washouts, this is what I got:  lots of texture and color!


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Not bad for my first time! Next time I will try mixing the dye with water first.  I bet I get less texture and more color.  But then again, you never know what you will get!

That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!



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Susan and I on set
Susan and I on set





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