Friday, December 18, 2009

Brookside Gardens

Wow! I just got back from the Winter Lights display at the Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Md. They were gorgeous! During the summer it is a beautiful walk-through garden, but the walk-through lights display is supurb! Here is their information:

Brookside Gardens year-long 40th Anniversary Party continues with theGarden of Lights. It wouldn’t be a party without candles, or in this case940,000 twinkling colorful lights shaped in imaginative and interactive displays such as a flock of landing geese, an 11 foot giraffe, a mythical sea monster, and the four seasons make this walk thru light show an annual holiday family favorite.
Inside of the Conservatory, a winter display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens are combined in bright and bold combinations, providing a colorful landscape through which the garden railway trains travel.
The light show is open every night November 27 through January 3 and during the days starting December 5.
I also saw the Cloth and Chocolate Quilts. They were also fantastic! I am now inspired to do an entire Brookside Garden's quilt theme in the new year.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Raffle Quilt

I belong to the Damascus Y Women. It is a non-profit organization partially funded by the YMCA. We do a lot of community service and every year we have an auction to raise funds. This year we also mad a quilt to raffle. I designed it and did a lot of the sewing, but about 15 other members helped to cut, iron and piece it. I hope it brings us some money to continue our community efforts.

Here is a picture:

Fabric dyeing

Below are pictures from my FUN fabric dyeing class.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

My First Blog!!

Greetings! I have decided to start blogging. It kind of feels like a journal to me. I don't know exactly what I am supposed to write on here, so I guess I will just ramble for now.
Today I took a fabric dyeing class with Amanda Ford. She was an excellent teacher and I had a lot of fun.
I dyed about 20 yds of fabric. 15 yds were Robert Kaufman's cotton sateen. We did a Color Wheel dye of 12 fabrics, 10 neutrals and some 'mystery' colors. The mysteries were my favorites. I just finished washing and rinsing them. Now they are drying and then I will iron them. Tomorrow I will post some pictures.
I can't wait to see the fabrics all ironed! In fact, I am going to go and do it right now!