Friday, October 17, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

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I was invited to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop by fabric artisan Carol  of Carol R. Eaton Designs. Carol creates amazing hand-dyed, stamped, painted, and stenciled fabrics that she sells online and at regional events. Her blog is a source of inspiration and step-by-step instructions for many fabric techniques.  
However here is the catch...I am now blogging in two new sites and will stop adding new content here. Please check out Mary Lachman Design and Moth at the Window.
Spring Garden - inspired by my backyard (honestly!)

Monday, October 13, 2014

CheckerBlue Scrap Quilt Free Pattern



CheckerBlue is an easy to make scrap quilt. The checkerboard 9-patch blocks are all made from 2 1/2" strips. Four 9-patch blocks create one large 'checkerboard' block. The alternating large squares combine colors from the smaller 9-patch blocks and a contrast colors. A knowledge of basic block and quilt construction is assumed. If you have any questions please leave a comment for me.

Materials:
Assorted dark, light and medium 2 1/2" x wide-of-fabric strips (I used predominately blue and white).
Two yards of dark contrast print fabric (C)
One yard of blue and white check fabric (D)

How to make one 9-patch block:
  1. Cut 2 1/2" strips into 2 1/2" squares.
  2. Sew dark and light squares together in groups of 3 (dark-light-dark) = A
  3. Sew light and dark squares together in groups of 3 (light-dark-light) = B
  4. Sew the group of 3 'A' to a group of 3 'B', press seams to dark
  5. Add another row of 3 'A' or 3 'B' to complete the pattern
  6. Completed block will be 6 1/2" square.
  7. Four of these 9-patch blocks are sewn together to make one large 'checkerboard' block that should measure 12 1/2" finished.


How to make larger contrast block:

  1. Cut 2 fabric strips 4 1/2" x 12 1/2" (C-1)
  2. Cut 2 squares from the same fabric, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" (C-2)
  3. Cut 1 contrast fabric square, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" (D)
  4. Sew one C-2 square onto the side of D square. 
  5. Sew the second C-2 square onto the opposite side of the D square.
  6. Sew the C-1 strips along each edge of the C-2:D:C-2 piece.
  7. The completed contrast block should measure 12 1/2".




Thursday, September 11, 2014

Connecting Threads - Quilting as a part of Jewish Life

My art quilt group, Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective, traveled to the West Hartford Jewish Community Center for a meeting in August and had a chance to see some amazing artwork in the front gallery. Here are some of the photos.




Saturday, July 26, 2014

Indigo Dyeing

I think I am in love again.  And this time it is with INDIGO.  



Thank you Carol R. Eaton for introducing us.  My fingers are blue, my shirt is spattered, but this is FUN.





Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Little Bit of Shiva Paintstik


I was at the courthouse today for jury duty but mid-way through the morning we were released. Hurrah!


Bonus day in the studio. I set to work on the piece shown above.  These are just strips of commercial cotton of various widths that I sewed side-to-side and then cut at odd angles, sashed randomly in white and set them all against a black background. 


Here it is now. Colors muted and blended. Hmmm. I like it but think it needs something more. Still not quilted. What do you think it needs? I would love to learn your thoughts.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Shiva Paintstiks - Easier than You Think!

Several years ago I received ziplock bag of Shiva Paint sticks that a friend no longer wanted. And like so many things the bag sat around in my studio for a year or so before I got around to trying them.

On Sunday afternoon I pulled out some hand dyed fabric, a couple of plastic templates, and the paint sticks. After a few missteps I figured it out...and of course by then I read the directions!

To see what I did please follow this link later tonight to my new blog http://marlachmandesign.bogspot.com