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Hand dyeing workshop with the London Modern Quilt Guild

I spent last Saturday teaching an enthusiastic and adventurous group of women hand dyeing with Procion MX dyes. Kristyn of the London Modern Quilt Guild of Canada asked me last year if I would be interested in teaching how I dye fabrics to the guild members. I was excited to be able to share my love of dyeing.

I created kits for all the participants.

Our group set up in a room in the East Lions Artisans Centre in London, Ontario. It is a great facility with access to plenty of water! Necessary for any dyeing workshop.

Some of the beautiful and colourful hand dyed fabrics drying.

One of the very courageous members @melonpatch.quilts brought cotton yarn. The example above is dyed with olive-green and then sprinkled with black. I can’t wait to see the results.

These are just a few of the lovely pieces that the guild members experimented with. T-shirts, silk scarves, linen, silk noile, a canvas hat, and many pieces of cotton were dyed in a rainbow of colours.

Thank you all for letting me spend the day with you, sharing and creating a rainbow of fabrics.

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Teaching a Fabric Dyeing Workshop at the London Modern Quilt Guild

In a couple of weeks I will be travelling to London, Ontario to teach an all day fabric dyeing workshop. Kristyn McCoy of the London Modern Quilt Guild contacted me last year to ask if I would be interested in sharing my knowledge. I absolutely was!

Join me and the members of the London Modern Quilt Guild on Saturday July 8, 2017  from 10am-4pm for a hands on workshop exploring colour, folding, twisting and scrunching fabrics to create your own original hand dyed fabrics. Information is available on the Events page.

Hope to see you there!

 

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SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016

The first annual SWO Mod: a modern quilt retreat just happened this past weekend. It was a fantastic weekend spent with fun modern quilters from South Western Ontario.

Grand Ballroom - SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016
Grand Ballroom – SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016

The London and Toronto Modern Quilt Guilds organized and hosted twenty-six modern quilters at the Elmhurst Inn & Spa.

Work space - SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016
Work space – SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016

Our quilting space was in the Grand Ballroom where we had plenty of room to set up our sewing stations, lots of natural light and a constant supply of coffee, tea and snacks.

Quilt Block Game - SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016
Quilt Block Game – SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016

On our first evening, Rebecca hosted her Quilt Block game. Half square triangles in four colours were arranged by the contestants to create a variety of quilt blocks.

Quilt Block Game - SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016
Quilt Block Game – SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016

Here we see Karen and Sheilagh in the final round of competition.

Winner Quilt Block Game - SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016
Winner Quilt Block Game – SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016

Karen was the very happy winner of a fantastic prize of fabrics, notions and pattern! Each person attending also received an amazing swag bag with numerous gifts from:

and so many more!

My door prize was a Hobbs Tuscany Collection Quilt Batt. This batt is a blend of cotton and wool. I was excited because I had wanted to try quilting with a wool batt and now I have the opportunity to try it out! Also included were a package of ColorWorks Microchips by Northcott Fabrics and a couple of fat quaters that coordinate with the Color Works soids.

End - SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016
End – SWO Modern Quilt Retreat 2016

The weekend ended with a few projects completed and many begun. New friendships were formed and the desire to repeat this experience again!

Thanks to Kristyn of the London Modern Quilt Guild and Becky and Andrea of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild for organizing and hosting this great quilting retreat. To see more photos of the event check out #swomodquiltretreat2016.