Monday, January 18, 2010

Looking Forward to Dying Fabric and Fibers

Today I'm going to spend the day catching up on shows on the DVR and researching dying fabric. I paint fabric, but I have never dyed fabric by myself. I've dyed in workshops/classes and everyone has their own way of dying, so today I am reading through my notes, books and online information...for tomorrow I plan on dying fabric and fibers!
North Texas weather is so fickle, a few weeks ago it was snowing, tomorrow it is going to be in the 70's, perfect weather for being outside and dying fabric! So, if you are local and want to dye fabric, give me a call, come over and let's have some fun together tomorrow!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Helping the People of Haiti

This past week a devastating earthquake hit Haiti. I can’t imagine the living and survival conditions for these people. The way we live our lives is a luxury that most of these people can’t even fathom. My heart goes out to them, but I feel helpless in giving them help, with the exception of daily prayer. During my prayer time and through the day I am reminded of Jesus teaching us that how we serve others is also the way we serve Him. If we don’t feed and clothe a stranger, we aren’t feeding or clothing Him. So with that on my heart, and in my prayers of asking Him what I can do to serve Him, I have decided to donate funds to the Red Cross so that they can afford the resources they need to assist these people in medical aid, food, search teams, make shift shelters and rebuilding. So, for the remainder of the month of January, all of the sales from Studio Jules will be donated to the Red Cross. In addition, I am pledging to personally match the sales I am pledging to the Red Cross.
Please join with me this month in helping the victims of this horrendous devastation. Fabric by the Yard, Less Than a Yard Fabric, Trim and Notions are still on sale. If you would like to directly make a donation to the Red Cross, just click and the link will take you to their site for donations for Haiti.
Thank you for helping me in assisting the people of Haiti.
Jules of Studio Jules on ArtFire

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Half Way Through January Already!

I can't believe we are half way through January already. The days are flying as I juggle appointments, grandchildren, designing quilts, working on quilts and being very excited about my new work table and ironing table in my studio.
I listen/watched the SAQA Webinar on Saturday. Listening to it really helped me know that I am working towards my goals and desires in a good way and gave me some great goals to work towards too. I really appreciate the work that goes into the SAQA programs and the information they share to encourage artists and quilters. I have set 10 goals on my dry erase board. I'm happy to say that two are "Complete", and three are "In Process". What a great feeling!
Today I am working on designing a quilt for a charity raffle. I'm really excited about it and should have the pattern complete today, and hopefully I can start testing some paint techniques for it too.
My Indian Sunflower Quilt is fused and sitting on my board. I'm waiting for my shipment of paints to start the painting stage. It is so light, bright and cheerful...working on the detail of this quilt is going to be very energizing.
With that, I hope you have a bright and cheerful day, no matter if it is a gloomy day outside, make it a bright day inside!