And the winner is:

I have lucky winner for my give away.

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Shibori gifts

If you do not have a quilt shop in your area who carries my fabric,  you can choose an online shop that carries it. Send me the information and I will purchase the gift certificate in your name. Another option is for you to choose a kit from my website valued at $100 to $130 or any combination that equals that amount. Just go to the website and click on kits. Let me know what you choose.

http://www.calicocarriage.com/home.aspx

The winner is Lynn Wingard!

Congratulations Lynn

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The End of Another Year

Where oh where does the time go? I can not believe it is the end of 2016. What a good year it was! In January Becky Gough and I went to Creations in Kerrville, Texas to take a Tuffet Class. We had so much fun and I love my Tuffet!

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After taking the Tuffet class I started my year of teaching. I taught nine times in Texas, three times in Georgia, twice in Louisiana, twice in South Carolina, three times in North Carolina, once in Florida, six times in California, once in Kentucky and once in Missouri.

While I was teaching for five different guilds in California David and I did a little sight seeing. We went to Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe.

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My two most exciting trips of the year were in April and May.

In April David and I went to Japan for two weeks to study Shibori techniques for indigo dyeing. It was the most unbelievable trip of a lifetime. The scenery was truly picturesque. We felt like we were in a fairly land and we learned so much! I plan on going back in the spring of 2018 and I will be taking people with me. Let me know if you want to go!

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img_4580The second major adventure was in May when I went to Salt Lake City, Utah to debut my first fabric line for Moda. It was a fabulous market where I made new friends and saw lots of old friends. The shop owners were very receptive to my fabric and I feel so blessed to be with such a fine company.

img_4832As I drove to all these bookings for guilds, shops and retreats, I was constantly thinking of the next adventure where I would meet new friends, and I did a lot of sight seeing along the way. I went to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

img_5402We went to Grand Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park. I saw the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean as well as many lakes and rivers. I went through deserts, mountains and prairies. I had great company on several trips. My friend and assistant Becky went with me to Utah and David was with me in California and one time in Florida.

We ended the year with both sons here for Christmas and David and I will spend a very quiet new years at home.

I am very blessed to love what I do and do what I love. I hope to meet you in my future travels.

img_2878I am way behind in my give aways of fabric so I am posting the final 8 winners plus three that have never sent me messages with their addresses.

The new winners are: Naomi Stewart, Theresa Sanders, Jane Olley, Jeanne Anderson, Kathy Moore,Barbara Macey, Charlotte Hickman  and Debbie Hedden. Send me your addresses so I can send you a prize.                                                                                                    I need addresses from previous winners: Brenda Morton, Paula Stuplich and Yvonne of yvonnedesigns.

My email is: info@calicocarriage.com

I will be giving away the $100 gift certificate to the shop of your choice that carries my fabric on Sunday.

Leave a message here and tell me what local shop or online shop you would want to receive it from to be in the running to win. Remember the shop has to carry my fabrics.

Thanks for reading,

Debbie

 

 

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Trip to Florida / I was a student

I just took a wonderful trip to Florida where I was a student enjoying the learning process. I have a wonderful friend named Suzanne Conners who owns Aya Fiber Studio in Stuart, Florida. Her studio is located at the Fish House Art Center and looks out over the beautiful Florida waterfront. This was our view for the week.

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The class I was taking was about combining indigo, eco-dye and rust. Now how much better could it get? The teacher was Pia Best-Reininghaus from Germany. The first thing we learned was how Pia mixes her indigo vat. Then she demonstrated how she dips and allows for oxidation. Her techniques were very different from some I have been taught. Then it was our turn and we dyed our fabrics and garments in the indigo and proceeded to lay out our plants for the eco-dyeing.

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We made our bundles of fabric, plants and rusty pipes. Then the steaming began. The plant based fibers were steamed for 5 hours before we could open and reveal our “masterpieces”.

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Oh my goodness the big reveals were so exciting! Who would think eight women could be so thrilled with rust stained fabrics. It was so much fun. I made some great new friends and enjoyed the relaxation time. On the second night we went on a cruise around Port Salerno. The weather was perfect as we were enjoying the sights along with a little wine and cheese. They even have boats for the police.

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The time flew by and before I knew it, I had to get on the plane and come home.

This was one of my new friends-Alexandra. She is Suzanne and Steve’s kitty. I called her a little alien because she made a noise like someone from space instead of a meow. She is adorable!

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I can’t wait to wear my new shirt and scarves. I also have fabric dyed and ready to sew a shirt and vest. As usual I just need some more time.

Now I have to apologize again because I have not had my give away of Shibori items in three weeks. Things have been crazy around here due to family illnesses and other things.

All is good now or at least getting better. So here are three winners to make up for the three weeks. Please message me your mailing information so I can send you a charm pack of my Shibori fabrics.

Brenda Morton

Paula Stuplich

Yvonne of yvonnewdesign

Read my 9/13/2016 post for all the details on my give away.

Leave a comment to get your name in the pot for the next prize.

Share this post to get your name in the pot.

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I am ready for late November

I have always tried to stay quiet about politics and religion. I feel both of these are very personal and I do not want to get into it with my “friends” because most of the time I feel very isolated in my thoughts and views. I am still not going to talk politics. I will talk a little about religion because my heart is aching! I live in a small town with some feeling of isolation even when I am in a large group of people. The thing I love the most about my current career choice is my ability to travel and meet new people. I love Facebook and Instagram because it puts me in contact with lots of people. I am beginning to be appauled at the comments and postings of some of my online friends from both sides of the fence. I am in total disbelief at what some are posting in the name of Christianity. I am almost to the point of leaving Facebook until this election is over but I would miss some wonderful posts by some amazing people. For example I loved being included in Pam Holland’s post about a new grandchild. I like knowing that people I care about are safe in the aftermath of hurricanes and flooding. I like seeing Lissa Alexander’s posts of old photos of her family. I don’t want to miss any of these things.

I have friends on Facebook and in real life who are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and even some who are not sure what they believe. I have friends who are straight and gay. I have friends who are of all nationalities and ethnicity. I don’t judge anyone on who they worship, who they love or what color their skin is or how much money they have. I just want to look up to people who are true to their beliefs and treat others with love and respect. There is a Christian hymn that is called “They’ll Know We Are Christians” and I love the words. It is based on a verse from the Bible, John 13:35. The lyrics contain these words:

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
We will work with each other, we will work side by side
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand
By our love, by our love 

And they’ll know we are “Christians” by our love, by our love
The last verse could read: “And they will know they are loved by our love.”

In these turbulent times I pray that we can all just live by some variation of these words no matter what your religious belief or political party. Just be kind to one another and love each other as you want to be loved.

On a lighter note, I am way late in announcing my winner of the week from last Friday.

The winner of a Junior Layer Cake is Lynn Wingard.

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Lynn message me your address so we can get it in the mail.

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This week’s winner and an opportunity to learn.

These are just some of the items students have made in my Shibori Indigo and Ice Dyeing for Beginners classes. Scroll down to see the info on my next class! And the winner of my blog contest for the week.


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I will be teaching both of these classes at Art Retreat On the Prairie in Round Top, Texas on November 5 & 6,2016.

That is only a few short weeks away but there are openings in the class. Barb and Erin of Vivi Magoo Presents put on great retreat opportunities at wonderful venues. The Retreat on the Prairie is held in Historic Round Top, Texas. The fall weather should be wonderful.

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This may be one of my last times to teach the Ice Dye for a while so if you are intrigued please join me. The Shibori and Indigo class is a wonderful, fun and exciting class. My students around the country are loving it, especially since my fabric line “Shibori” with Moda fabrics has debuted.

I will also be in Houston at Quilt Festival!!!                     

I will be in the Open Studios area on the show floor between Aisles 100 and 200 and Main. I will be doing two Shibori demos. Thursday November 3 from 2:00 until 4:00 and Friday November 4 from 12:00 until 2:00

I am also going to be in the Compass Centre Booth 524-525 on Wednesday evening November 2 (preview night for International Quilt Festival) signing patterns and Melissa will have kits of my patterns for sale!

Contact me if you have any questions!

Ok for this week’s winner of one designer roll of Shibori fabric:

Margaret Murphy Please send me your shipping information.

Leave a comment and share this blog for a chance to win some of my Shibori by Debbie Maddy for Moda fabric.

Here are the rules:

Leave a comment on this post = one entry

Post a picture of you and a shop employee beside my fabric line in a quilt shop = 2 entries Be sure to include the name and town of the quilt shop.

Share this blog post on Instagram or Facebook and tag me = 1 entry

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of an item other than a full quilt you have made with the fabric = 2 entries (Be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of a full quilt, lap or larger made with the fabric = 5 entries (be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Shop owners when you receive the line of fabric, show a picture of the fabric and tag me on Facebook or Instagram and I will send you a set of the 5 patterns that feature the line free of charge.

I will post a winner on my blog each Friday. You must check the blog each Friday to see if you are a winner. I will need your shipping information.

Remember: Always tag me and Moda Fabrics in the posts so I can see it and add your name to the list.

Good luck to all who play the game.

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Winner for this week

The winner in the Shibori give away this week is Jeanne Kuchelmeister.

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Learn to make your own Shibori fabrics and week two of my Shibori excitement give away.

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I have been teaching Shibori and Indigo dyeing classes and I want to give you some dates and places where I will be teaching in the future. I am excited to be at Art Retreat on the Prairie in November. This is a fabulous event put on by Vivi Magoo. Barb and Erin invite top notch instructors and put on a fabulous event with classes and meals and wine and great memories. I will be teaching Ice dyeing and Indigo dyeing on November 5 & 6, 2017. it is held in Round Top, Texas. Here is the link to the classes.

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I really hope to see you there.

If you can not make that I will be giving two demonstrations at Quilt Festival in Houston on November 3 & 4, 2017. I will have more detailed information on those demos coming soon.

I am continuing my give away so be sure to read the rules and help me spread the word about my fabric line with Moda.

Last week I gave away a Junior Layer Cake of my new fabric. This week I will give away a charm pack. Be sure to read the rules so your name will be in the pot when I draw!

On January 1, 2017 the grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift certificate for their favorite quilt shop that carries my fabric line.  Here are the rules:

Leave a comment on this post = one entry

Post a picture of you and a shop employee beside my fabric line in a quilt shop = 2 entries Be sure to include the name and town of the quilt shop.

Share this blog post on Instagram or Facebook and tag me = 1 entry

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of an item other than a full quilt you have made with the fabric = 2 entries (Be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of a full quilt, lap or larger made with the fabric = 5 entries (be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Shop owners when you receive the line of fabric, show a picture of the fabric and tag me on Facebook or Instagram and I will send you a set of the 5 patterns that feature the line free of charge.

I will post a winner on my blog each Friday. You must check the blog each Friday to see if you are a winner. I will need your shipping information.

Remember: Always tag me and Moda Fabrics in the posts so I can see it and add your name to the list.

Good luck to all who play the game.

Debbie

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The winner for the first week of my new fabric give away

 

The first winner in my Shibori Celebration give away is:

Lana Manis

Lana send me an email with all of your contact information so I can send you a Junior Layer Cake of Shibori fabric.
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I am going to start with new names next week, but I will keep the list from this week for the final gift of the $100 gift certificate for the quilt shop of your choice.

Here are the rules so you know what to do.

Be sure to tag me in you comments and shares etc.

Leave a comment on this post = one entry

Post a picture of you and a shop employee beside my fabric line in a quilt shop = 2 entries Be sure to include the name and town of the quilt shop.

Share this blog post on Instagram or Facebook and tag me = 1 entry

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of an item other than a full quilt you have made with the fabric = 2 entries (Be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of a full quilt, lap or larger made with the fabric = 5 entries (be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Shop owners when you receive the line of fabric, show a picture of the fabric and tag me on Facebook or Instagram and I will send you a set of the 5 patterns that feature the line free of charge.

I will post a winner on my blog each Friday. You must check the blog each Friday to see if you are a winner. I will need your shipping information.

Remember: Always tag me and Moda Fabrics in the posts so I can see it and add your name to the list.

Good luck to all who play the game.

Debbie

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My fabric is shipping! How about a giveaway?


Lets have a giveaway to celebrate my new fabrics!blog-shibori-collage

Finally I can say it: “My fabric is shipping to a quilt shop near you”. I am very excited about this line of fabric because it is new and fresh. It works for contemporary and traditional quilts. It is also fabulous for home decorating projects. Just think about pillows, table linens, aprons and on and on.

I want to celebrate until January 1, 2017

I have lots of gifts for the winners.

shibori-giveawaysStarting this Friday September 17, 2016 I will give away a prize each Friday until January 1, 2017. I have Layer Cakes, Jelly Roll, Fat Quarters, Charm pack,  Moda Candy and patterns to give away.

On January 1, 2017 the grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift certificate for their favorite quilt shop that carries my fabric line.  Here are the rules:

Leave a comment on this post = one entry

Post a picture of you and a shop employee beside my fabric line in a quilt shop = 2 entries Be sure to include the name and town of the quilt shop.

Share this blog post on Instagram or Facebook and tag me = 1 entry

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of an item other than a full quilt you have made with the fabric = 2 entries (Be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of a full quilt, lap or larger made with the fabric = 5 entries (be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Shop owners when you receive the line of fabric, show a picture of the fabric and tag me on Facebook or Instagram and I will send you a set of the 5 patterns that feature the line free of charge.

I will post a winner on my blog each Friday. You must check the blog each Friday to see if you are a winner. I will need your shipping information.

Remember: Always tag me and Moda Fabrics in the posts so I can see it and add your name to the list.

Good luck to all who play the game.

Debbie

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Japan Trip-More Indigo, Food & Ikebana

As usual, Bryan started the day with pictures and a history of Japanese textiles and dyeing, whetting our appetites for the projects to be assigned that day.

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We were even able to get inspiration from the floor cushions that we sat on.

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He gave us our assignment for the day and we got to work.

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There was always time for another “foodie” experience and one day we went to a Korean restaurant where the food was delicious and served boiling hot in clay pots.

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Again, we did not think about taking notes so we cannot remember what all we ate. (Another reason we must go back-so we can fill in our notebooks with this important information!!!) We can only remember that it was good and we were stuffed when we left.

The atmosphere was rustic with a lot of interesting items spaced throughout as decorations.

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Debbie liked the color and design of the cooks’ aprons.

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Hiro is not only an excellent cook but he is also a master ikebana flower arranger. Ikebana is a disciplined art form with specific rules of construction. One afternoon Hiro gave us an abbreviated lesson in the principles of the art and then had each of us choose from a variety of flowers and natural items to try our hand at arranging. We had varying degrees of success (and failure). It was part of our education in another aspect of Japanese culture and a fun afternoon involving a different kind of activity.

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Most of our workshop was centered strictly around indigo dyeing, but we did get to try some dyeing with hibiscus and madder, overdyeing some scarves to achieve various shades of indigo, red, yellow, green and purple.

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Doesn’t Debbie make a great model for her scarf?

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So that we did not get cabin fever, Bryan often planned small outings (like the Korean restaurant) including walks around the area he lived. We walked to a house being built by an attorney friend who lives in Tokyo and plans on using the house as an artist’s retreat. It is an architectural gem with all kinds of interesting features.

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As usual, our walks were through truly beautiful areas. During our time there it was often raining with low fog which made everything green and fresh.

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Momo needed her nap. It was tiring keeping up with a house full of strangers.

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One night Hiro cooked salt encrusted steaks on the outdoor open grill. To these Texans who know their steaks, they were outstanding. Steak and wine or sake around the campfire was a special treat.

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You will want to watch for our next blog which includes the silk farming process, udon noodle making, weaving and yarn dyeing.

Debbie and David

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