Thursday, July 2, 2020

On Sun-dying and Memories

Every year since 1972, when I met her at summer camp, Joni and I have vacationed together. She lives in California, and I live in Wisconsin, so this will be the first time in 28 years we will not see each other, which is really sad -- but better than one of us getting sick or worse from taking an airplane. Next summer, though, I will drive to California if I have to!
The rocky shore of Lake Superior near Grand Marais.
We like to do some kind of art or craft project together. Last year, I learned how to sun-dye with Dynaflow (a high-flow acrylic fabric paint from Jacquard) so we could dye cloth and make art quilts. It seemed like a reasonable project give that we were renting a cabin in the little artsy town of Grand Marias on Minnesota's North Shore (one of my favorite places on Earth).
Joni and I in front our little house. We love to dress alike!
It is super simple. (Directions at the end of the post).

Here are Joni and my quilts in progress (Mine is on the left):
And here is the finished quilt:

Those really bright images in white and black are silk-screened with Thermofax screens, which Joni and bought at a retreat with Judy Coates Perez.

DIRECTIONS:
You need: white cloth, water, sponge brushes, Dynaflow, stencils (or leaves or other objects), and a garbage bag or some other plastic surface. You wet the cloth, pat it flat on plastic (which I stretch over foamboard or a similar flat surface), and brush the cloth with paint. You can water down the paint for lighter colors. You can mix up your own colors. Then lay down the stencils/other objects and press them flat. Move the surface into the sun and let the cloth dry.

I'm just started to experiment with leaves, so I'll let you know how that goes!


16 comments:

  1. Your quilt turned out beautiful. I love the bird.

    Love the picture of you two too. Hope you will be able to get together next year.

    I think we are all missing someone that isn't close by to us.

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  2. Oh....another craft to look into. We have lots of sun here in Arizona.

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  3. Beautiful! An d look how happy and beautiful both of you are.

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  4. Yes better safe and healthy than sorry. We once spent a few days in Grand Marias and absolutely loved it. Your quilt is so pretty. The bright colors and technique make it extra special.

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  5. What fun to have such a good friend and the tradition of having an annual, summer retreat. I love the photo of you and Joni - kindred spirits. Your quilts are beautiful and the dyeing technique sounds fascinating.

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  6. I WANT TO DO THIS AND I WANT TO DO THIS RIGHT NOW AND I WANT A FRIEND THAT WANTS TO DRESS ALIKE!

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  7. I'm laughing at Kim's comment. But it's true!!! That is a really neat technique - thanks for explaining it. You quilt & Joni's are gorgeous. And I love that picture of you two dressed alike. PERFECT!! Sorry you two won't be vacationing together this year. That really sucks. But, better safe. Cheers to next year!

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  8. I'm sorry you will miss the traditional craft week with friend-this Covid has taken much but you can each work on the same kind of project and connect with your progress. The fabric dyeing is awesome!

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  9. How wonderful that you have a friendship that has lasted all these years. Your quilts are beautiful. I hope next summer will be a better one for all of us. Araignee

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  10. I love this post so much! How wonderful to have a friendship that has lasted through time and distance. I'm so sorry you can't get together this year, and will keep my fingers crossed for your get-together next year. The quilts are wonderful -- and now I want to try your "recipe" for dyeing. (Thanks for sharing!) XO

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  11. I'm sorry that you had to skip this year, next year will be all the better!! Looks like so many plans are being delayed.

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  12. SO Sew sorry you cannot meet in person this year! Im taking a lot of photos to remember this time when it is past

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  13. I'm so sorry you can't meet up, but it's for the best and you have loads of wonderful memories and photos. And lovely quilts!

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  14. These quilts are so pretty! And what a wonderful friendship. I'm inspired. :)

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  15. I love Grand Marais! My parents always vacationed there in the 1950s, so my memories go w-a-y back. More recently my husband and I camp at Temperance River in the summer and rent a cabin either at Cascade Lodge or Lamb's (near Schroeder) in the fall. Sven & Ole's pizza and yarn-shopping at the Little Red House and Tall Tale in Lutsen.

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