Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fabric Dyeing Workshop

Are you dying to dye your own fabric? If you are local to the Dallas area, I will be hosting a fabric dyeing workshop on December 5th from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. out of my home. Fabric dyeing can be messy but it is so much fun and super rewarding! I like to dye my fabric in my garage and laundry room because of the mess it makes so I decided to open my home and let you make a mess with me!


So what does this workshop include? I will talk a little bit about color theory, mixing dyes to achieve certain colors, and the whole dying process. You will then get to hand-dye your own 12 fat quarters! Lucky for you, I will do all the rinsing and washing - which is the hardest part!

Class Fee: $55 (additional $5 for shipping)

  • The class fee will include the instructions, fabric for dyeing, and dyes to use in class. You will need to leave your fabric here to be washed, so if you live far away and can't come by later in the week to pick it up, I will be happy to ship it to you for $5.

When: December 5th from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.Where: Murphy, TexasSign up: email me at

Hurry, spots are limited!

I will have additional add-on items to purchase and will send those details out in an email later.

And if you need a little twist of the arm, here are some quilts I've made with hand-dyed fabrics:



Hope that you'll join me!!



Thursday, October 8, 2015

My Quilt Design Process

My sweet friend, Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts, recently released a wonderful e-book called DIY Block Design and I am so honored that she invited to me to share my quilt design process during her DIY Block Design Challenge and Blog Hop! My first thought was how the heck am I going to get the crazy mess of quilt ideas, colors and designs from my head into a blog post! So I am going to break it down a bit and start with inspiration....


I find inspiration everywhere! I think the heart and what draws me most to quilting is the fabric. The patterns in the fabric and the colors are the foundation to all of my quilts. I usually buy my fabric then decide what I want to make with it later. Sometimes I slice into a fat quarter bundle the moment it lands in my studio and then sometimes is sits on the shelf for a month or two (or 24 - Hi there, my Tula Pink stash). I recently started my journey in dying fabric and it has been so much fun creating my own color palettes and taking more ownership of my work.

Instagram, blogs, quilt magazines and quilt shows are usually where I find a lot quilt design inspiration. If at all possible, I take a picture of it, but if that isn't an option, I try to catalog them on Pinterest or my iPad. Then when something that has inspired me so much that I can't get it out of my head, I then begin my design process....

MY Design process:

When it comes to designing a block or a quilt, I go straight to my EQ7. My husband bought this program for me over two years ago and I love it! Before EQ7, I did all my work on graph paper and while this method is definately tried and true for most, there is nothing better than designing a quilt with the fabric you hope to use and see if your imagination rings true with reality. There have been many quilts that have been left on the cutting room floor so to speak - and that's ok! Just like a sketch or drawing, sometimes it's just an exercise to improve your skills and not suppose to be the masterpiece. Now, I am going to share my inspiration and design process of a recent quilt of mine so you can see my process in action!

One day while hanging out on Pinterest, I came across this picture and uploaded it into Play Crafts Palette Builder. Using this palette as my guide, I attempted to derive those colors onto my hand-dyed fabric....

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In this case, the picture and colors reminded me of the changes of colors during fall and inspired me to make a maple quilt. In EQ, I started with just a simple maple quilt...

Loving the colors but not the uniformity, soooo....
Now loving the different directions the leaves are falling but still not quite....

Ohhhhh, digging the negative space! But thinking I want to switch back to a lighter background. Oh wait, what if I.....

...invert some of those blocks! Yes! I love it! 

So once I have a visual gameplan, I get to work doing the quilty math. While EQ7 does help you decide on block size and quilt size, the cutting guides are not enough to get you to cutting straight away. This is when graph paper, a calculator and DIY Block Design comes in...

I don't always use the EQ cutting suggestions and sometimes I like to make my HSTs based on the size of fabric I am using. In Alyce's book, she gives you the measurements and shows you several options for making HSTs - so useful!

I also make sure I take detailed notes when I make a quilt. I want to be able to recreate it again or if I decide to make a pattern or submit it to a magazine, it's all ready to go! 

No quilt is completely finished until it has been photographed...

Now that you have seen a little bit of how I process my inspiration, head over to Instagram and share what inspires you to enter Alyce's fun giveaway ( #myDIYblockdesign )! Find out more details here! If you want to see what I am up to on Instagram, you can follow me @myfabricrelish :) Maybe I can inspire you!


Want to check out all the other bloggers participating?

October 2
Heidi @ Fabric Mutt
Christa @ ChristaQuilts
Angie @ Gnome Angel
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October 7Ros @ Sew Delicious
Leanne @ Sewn By LeanneAmy @ And Sew We Craft

October 9Jennie @ Clover & Violet
Jane @ QuiltJane
Melissa @ My Fabric Relish

October 14Jen @ Faith And Fabric
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts

October 16
Sandi @ Crafty Planner
Anne @ Play Crafts
Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts

October 21Joy @ Quilty Joy Joy
Linden @ Vine Lines Quilting
Cassie @ Cassandra Madge

October 23Keera @ Live Love Sew
Janice @ Better Off Thread
Michelle @ Factotum Of Arts

October 28
Kelly @ A Place Of My Own
Abby @ Color Bar Quilts

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall....but not quite

So it's fall here officially but Texas didn't get that memo! I think it was 92 today and I'm totally over the heat. Not cool, Texas, not cool!

So this summer, before the girls were back in school, we had a fun two days of tie-dying shirts (the girls) and dying fabric (me).

It all started with a picture I found on Pinterest of beautiful fall leaves.

I threw the image into Play Crafts pallette builder and formulated a color game plan. Now, if you have ever dyed fabric, you know there is no guarantee on the outcome of your colors. The second you pull them from the dryer is the moment you know exactly what color you made. This could be terrifying and exciting at the same time.

Score! I was so pleased with my outcome that I waited 3 whole seconds before I sliced into my new fabrics!

Since my inspiration was a picture of leaves, I decided I needed to join the modern maples fan club. Enjoy the picture overload ;)

Quilting is the Kindling pantograph. It's quite dense and creates a wood grain or fire feel depending on how you look at it.
It's backed with this beautiful C + S print form Melody Miller's Picnic. I'm obsessed!! This measures at 90" x 90".
While on the inspiration topic, I want to do a quilt shoutout to my friend Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts. She recently published a book about designing quilt blocks and figuring out the math involved called DIY Block Design (buy it here and it's on sale!) and I had the honor of checking it out before it was officially published and it's awesome! I thought it was perfect for any quilter from the beginner who's learning the basic block construction to the advanced who's just a bit quilt math impaired. - I am so glad for quilt design software! Alyce is hosting a fun blog hop in October to promote her book and to inspire others to well, inspire!
October 9th will be my turn but check out all the details here! I hope you have a great weekend and the fall weather inspires you to create something cozy!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pickle Tucker Relish Prairie

I just wanted to jump on and share another version on my Pickle Relish pattern using the brand new Tucker Prairie fabric by 1Canoe2 for Moda. The colors and prints in this collection are just beautiful and when I got my hands on some sample spree fabric, I knew I needed to make another version of my Pickle Relish pattern. My original one is made in Cotton + Steel Halloween fabric, so I knew I couldn't keep that one out year round - or I could - but in all honestly, I wanted an excuse to make Pickle Relish again but with a darker background and some really vibrant prints.

I had a lot of fun custom quilting this one with a mix of rulers and FMQ. 

That sun glow! 

{Background fabric is Robert Kaufman Interweave Chambray in Pepper.  Backing is Cotton + Steel Picnic Rose Garden Neutral.}

If you would like to buy my pattern, you can download the PDF version from my Craftsy shop here. If you would like the paper version, you can order one from my shop here.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope your week is going awesome and have a great weekend!


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Rachel's Star Quilt

Happy Friday and happy back to school! I still have one more week with my little relishes before their school starts and I'm counting down the days minutes seconds! We've had a great summer and the girls have been super awesome letting me quilt and sew when I needed to, but boy, it will be nice to have a quiet house again.

With summer ending, so did time with family. My husband's parents are teachers so summer is a great time for longer visits and family vacations. My sister-in-law and her family were also here in the States on furlough from missionary work in India and I was able to make them a fun and fast quilt to take back to India with them (shipping there is unpredictable).

Rachel's Star Quilt

I used a V and Co. layer cake of Color Theory and Moda's fun and free pattern here!

Rachel's Star Quilt

I quilted it using the easy orange peel pattern/pantograph to mimic the awesome orange peel pattern in the fabric. {You can read more about my longarm services here}.

Since this quilt is so fast to make, it makes for great gifts and I definitely see more in my future.

I was also happy to find a new home for a favorite and simple patchwork quilt with my other sister-in-law (couldn't leave her out;). I used BariJ's super sweet Emmy Grace fabric for this one and it washed up so soft and cuddly.

Emmy Grace, Baby Boy, and Grace Quilts

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend! Oh, I almost PDF quilt patterns are on sale for $4.95 (regularly $7.95) in my Craftsy shop for the rest of August to celebrate back to school and my fun little feature in Love Patchwork and Quilting MAGAZINE! Eeek! Thanks so much for everyone's support...It truly means the world to me and puts a big smile on my face everyday!



Monday, August 17, 2015

Skipping Pinwheels on the horizon....

This time last year I was waiting very impatiently to see my first published quilts in Quilty Magazine. It hit the shelves last September with two of my designs inside...

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I'm still so in love with my Anna Maria Horner Skipping Pinwheels quilt and it rests comfortably on my guest bed. I'm also so excited to get started on developing this quilt into a My Fabric Relish pattern since I will obtain my publishing rights next month. Yay!

June Quilt Pics

Now, I am not going to pretend that I designed some super original block design that no one has seen before. It's a block with and a very basic design using only half-square triangles (HSTs) and squares that become pluses and commonly called the "Calico Puzzle" block.  I designed this quilt with beginners in mind and Quilty was a platform to reach those beginning quilters (even though their readership was anywhere from novice to professional). As a teacher by nature (and heart), I embrace the philosophy of catering to beginners wholeheartedly and hope my patterns provide the same comfort including Skipping Pinwheels.

June Quilt Pics

June Quilt Pics

I have since made another Skipping Pinwheels quilt using Amy Butler's Bright Heart with a very vibrant green chambray background and now need to figure out which one should be the pattern's cover?

Slipping Pinwheels

Slipping Pinwheels

I'll let yall know when this pattern will be available for purchase in my Shop or on Craftsy!

Thanks again to everyone for your support!


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