Jamaica Vanilla

I am so READY to get on that cruise I will be teaching in February. I have never been to the Caribbean and being asked to teach on a cruise to Jamaica and other stops, well, it’s like a dream come true.

Here is what I will be teaching on the cruise.
Strip piecing makes the block fairly quick to piece. The applique is raw edge fusible. Two large stars are surrounded by the “diamond” blocks. Then the same block is used around the quilt, creating the illusion of a 3D border. Using colors very close in value provides you with a nice base for the art nouveau type applique. I absolutely love using neutral fabrics like this.

I plan on making a new pattern that will be a modified version of this, using a color, rather than neutral fabrics so check into the website soon to get a look at it: www.trishstuart.com. I think you will be pleased to see what a difference COLOR can make!


Pictures of InkoDye

You asked for a few pictures of the finished InkoDye projects.

This one is the first one I tried to do. I did not dilute the ink very much. I am not wild about how high contrast all of it is, but it cured/set really, really fast. There wasn’t time for the ink to soak into the fabric to create the shadow effect under the plants. Plus, I had not made the master grid of all of the colors I had purchased yet, so I didn’t know what to expect.


I THREW plants on here. Didn’t take much time to try to press them into the fabric. As you can see, there isn’t a lot of detailing for the veins in the plants because of that.

Here are two that I did having diluted the ink more. I used probably 2 times the amount of water (1 part ink, 4 parts water). I also spent time pressing the plants to the fabric, used fewer plants, and then moved it into the sunlight. I really love the way I got a different color under where the plants were. When I use the SetaColor paints, the color under the plant is the same color as the paint I used. With the InkoDye, the color was NOT the same as the ink I poured onto the fabric. I really like the hand of the fabric after this, too. Better than the extra body and slight stiffness I got with the SetaColor.


This image has some metallic paint added to it, as you can see in the streaks. Plus, this is diluted even more than the previous image. Fewer leaves. Not nearly as defined but would make a great background cloth.


And finally, I am not sure that this next image is SetaColor. I am thinking it is the InkoDye, because I spilled a BUNCH of it on the area I was working, and used the cloth to mop up the dye. Then I threw a plant on top of it, so I am thinking this is the result. I could be wrong. I get going and lose track of which is what.
Well, no, now I am thinking it really is the SetaColor… see how the black stays put? Not spreading like the ink does. I’m not sure.

Hope this helps you. If I do more of them, I’ll post pictures.

My two guys

My son dropped down for a brief visit…he lives in Illinois. We live in Texas. I cherish every time I get to see him. So my husband, Tom, and my son, Matt were out on our back porch absolutely torturing me. They like to tease… just thought you would like to see how HOT they both are.


Here’s another one of my two guys.

And Brandy, right in front. She’s our baby Rott. Rotten, that is. She goes with me every morning when I go to work out. She stays in the truck bed watching the traffic go by and you would think it would bore her to tears. But, just try to leave home without her.
Well, that’s my family. I’ll add a picture soon of Matt’s girlfriend Emi (pronounced Amy). She is a little doll, we all love her to pieces!

rE-generating clothes

I am so excited about this rE-generating that I am getting into. I went to the local thrift store the other day looking for something with a Peter Pan collar on it. I wanted to use it on a tote.

I found this adorable little red skirt for a little girl. It looks like sailor pants only it’s a pleated skirt. I just couldn’t resist it.
I turned it into a bag. The great thing about children clothes now is they have this elastic in them that can be buttoned into different lengths. It makes the waist adjustable for those constantly changing kids tummies. Wow. What a concept. I love what it lets me do to the bag!

You’ll have to go to the website to see the finished bag… I’m making it into a pattern. Not that you can follow it exactly as you will have a different skirt, but I’ll be teaching you how to modify what you DO find to create your own, unique bag.

It’s so fun, and I could not believe how quick! It was done in just a few hours. Wonderful when someone else has done half of the sewing for you! And it only cost me about a couple dollars after I added duck cloth and “D” rings. Unbelievable. Check the website soon for a look at the pattern. www.trishstuart.com

Sun Painting

We have had some really, really hot days recently. Out of the clear blue, I remembered I had purchased some InkoDye… this is a vat dye that develops it’s color under heat. So it’s great for creating sun fabric. I thought, Hey, I ought to try that out…
These dyes are water soluble and you can mix them together to get different colors. Plus, you can dilute them to create lighter shades, and they will still react to the sun so you still get the impression of whatever you have laid over the fabric. The problem is, you cannot tell what color it is until it is developed. I think I need to create a master image using a bit from each color so I know what they will look like when they have finished processing.
I started out with wet fabric, figuring it was going to be easier for the InkoDye to spread if it was poured over fabric that was not dry. Then I diluted the InkoDye. I didn’t want to make it too light so I didn’t add very much water. I put the plants on the fabric and then used a sponge brush to blot color onto the fabric. I think I did this in the wrong order.

This is so experimental. I had done this about 8 years ago, maybe 9 years, in California on a visit. My fabric was a lot more successful then!

On this try I used green, blue and black. I think I would have liked it better if I would have poured the dye on the wet fabric, then quickly put the leaves over it. And maybe used a brayer to flatten the plants. Or used wilted plants. These were ripped right out of the ground next to where I was “curing” the fabric. I realized I didn’t have enough green stuff to place on the fabric after I had the branch in place…I had to hurry because it was so hot out (about 100 degrees). It was curing REALLY, REALLY FAST.
Here is a picture of what it looked like as it was curing. The colors are already obvious. When I put them on they were NOT blue, green and black.

Then, as luck would have it, I got so nervous that I spilled my bottle of black InkoDye all over my curing area. I was so upset. I tried to sponge it up and get it back in the bottle and spilled the bottle again!! Then, I spilled it once more… I guess for good luck! Since three time’s the charm, right?

So I took a second piece of fabric (thank goodness I had wet two) and mopped up the black. Then I poured a bit of blue on the fabric and squished it around with my hands. Needless to say, my hands were also being dyed black and blue.

As fast as I could I spread the fabric and then tossed grass on it.
I am so glad I had some ReDuRan. I had purchased it when I bought some dyes for using on silk. It is a great product, it took almost all the dye off and, since I had splashed it all over my top and pants, I used it on them and it got it out!! I was so glad.

Okay, the learning curve is a little steep here… next time I am wearing rags to do this in. Not my favorite pants.

This is a really wonderful product. I like the way the fabric stays soft. With a little more experimenting I should come out with some pretty fabulous fabrics to use in my next project or two.