Day 2 of Quilt Expo

Whew! End of day 2 of my trip to the Original Quilting & Sewing Expo in Lakeland. I was able to spend the first part of the day loving it up with 2 grandsons and their dad and mom (who celebrated her birthday lunch with us at Hurricane Wings). And, I am happy that Fabric Warehouse kept my purchase (the one I lost by walking off and leaving it) and I was able to retrieve that cute Pul and Dr Suess print package.

My first class was after lunch, with Pam Crosby from The Sewing Workshop about Sewing Stretch Knits. I loved the outfit she wore, made from the patterns they sell for $22 apiece (with a price break if you buy more at the same time) in various analogous colors of linen: gold, yellow and green. I especially liked the Nine Lives vest with the asymmetrical hem. But the focus here was on stretch tshirts, vests, cardis and shrugs. I got lots of good ideas. The Sewing Workshop.
My evening class was with June Colburn called Dyeing by the Yard. This one was my “impulse buy” of all the classes, and it was such a departure from the usual. The first hour, she gave us a fashion show of some of her fabulous silk garments. The second hour, we broke into groups of four and dyed a yard of plain white silk. Here are the results of our table, with Marie, Shirley, Sue, and me (and I apologize for the deplorable iPhone 3 photos).

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20120225-054632.jpg The 3rd hour of class we did silk screen printing on panels of discarded kimono linings. I did not know whether the brownish antiqued appearance of the silk was from dye or DNA transfer, but the results were nice! We were allowed to choose from many Asian themed stencils and several colors of dye. My project ended up as a dresser scarf. Here is a pic of one June had made with a liner that was less stained.

20120225-055330.jpg we had great fun with this! Thanks to the innovative instructor and my very congenial table mates!

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