Thursday, September 29, 2016

QBIR in Ohio & Visiting Lunn Studios

Project Work Continues Through the Chaos

I feel like I have to go to Blogger's Confession. "It's been 9 days since my last post..." Growing up in a small town, we would say, "Did you fall in?" I suppose I have. Allow me to do a quick catch up here.

Quilter Bloggers' International Retreat 

About a dozen quilter bloggers coming from diverse backgrounds in traditional, modern, art quilts, and fiber arts are due to converge in my home and studio next week. They are coming locally from the home state of Ohio, North Dakota, across the lakes in Canada, and several neighboring states. 

This idea has been brewing since the summer of 2016 when Sandra from MMM! Quilts trekked down with her MacGyver and fur babies to visit. Beth from Cooking Up Quilts and I have had a year long telephone friendship as blogger neighbors living 1.5 hours apart. We had never met until the last week of August, and we took a whirl wind tour of what I had in mind for a retreat plan. Her reply to the day was, "Pick a day!" and, "I had no idea all this good stuff was so close to me!"

Okay, folks, that was just over a month ago. Now most of you will agree that when we quilt and blog we spend less time worrying about the garage contents merging in with our parking spot, and our windows being sparkly clean. That is, until we know someone else is going to see it. A month long clean up has been in process, and it actually feels really good. The studio has been rearranged to accommodate a group of this size, and most of the logistics are ironed out. "Houston, we are go for launch." I will keep you all in the loop as it happens.

A Visit with Lunn Studios

Just a few of the Artisan Batik Caps available. There are hundreds!

Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with the creative design team at Lunn Fabrics in Lancaster, Ohio. Debra Lunn and Michael Mrowka create the Artisan Batik line for Robert Kauffman Fabrics, and have a local Ohio store front specializing in batiks and hand dyes. They also have hundreds of batik caps (tjaps) available right now. Many caps are on their website along with the entire line of Artisan Batiks, Patina Handpaints, and Prisma Dyes. We covered more ground than would fit in a month of posts, and I promise to bring you more soon. 

*Curious about what you do with batik caps? Check out these posts on my the sister blog, "One More Thing Before I Dye". 

Photo courtesy of Michael Mrowka.

Debra Lunn left and Michael Mrowka right in 
traditional Indonesian dress. 

In the meantime, this is a couple devoted to manufacturing batik fabric ecologically. They are in the forefront of green manufacturing practices where few exist building water treatment facilities on site. Buying their batik means I support conservation of resources in Indonesia. 

Photo courtesy of Michael Mrowka

They also give back by donating 10% of gross online and in store sales to the Ganesa Library they created in Solo, Java. I have to admit it made me look at my buying practices in a new light.

They also carry an extensive line of black and white batiks, and it's Halloween perfect!

Please visit their site online, Lunn Fabrics, or stop by in person. They are southeast of the Columbus, Ohio area if you are travelling through, and the selection is astounding.

#BraveQuilter Is Days Away

#BraveQuilter Wrap Up Link Party Starts Saturday, October 1 and closes October 3! Get your posts ready, and start generating ideas for growing your skills in October. Link up new project ideas October 4-10, 2017.

Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.


Sharon - IN said...

Sounds like a fun get together! Sewing? Fabric dying? Enjoy your time with friends!

maggie fellow said...

What is the brave quilter linky party - it sounds great.

Christine Slaughter said...

I hear ya on the company-is-coming-it's-time-to-deep-clean-everything!! It sounds like fun times are soon to be had! Love the batiks, and that halloween inspired fabric pull is awesome! Thanks for sharing the link to their website!

Julie said...

Thank you, Sharon. I think this might make a good yearly event to welcome fall sewing season.

Julie said...

Maggie, I've sent you a longer email explaining BraveQuilter. The easiest way to look up any information on Pink Doxies is to use the search box on the lower right. Blogger will be changing how this works over the next few days, but you can search the entire blog history by typing in key words. Even I use it to search my own blog!

Julie said...

Christine, I am really looking forward to the energy in this group. I have my fingers crossed all goes well. Visiting with Debra Lunn and Michael Mrowka left me feeling that I needed to think about my buying choices more. While I think a lot about how my food is grown, and how other products in my life are sourced, I had never considered the implications of how my fabric is being produced. And honestly, most of my extra spending money is used toward my sewing. This is worth investigating more.

audrey said...

Wow! Busy times for you!

Kate said...

Oh I really like those caps! I don't dye my own fabric, but I might be tempted to with some of those. Sounds like you've got a lot of fun stuff going on.

Stitchin At Home said...

I could use some retreat photos, don't have too much fun without me.

patty a. said...

I am here from your link on Fret Not Yourself Ad Hoc post. What caught my eye was the photo and Ohio. I also live in Ohio. I think it is wonderful that a group of bloggers will be getting together and having a good time at your home. I hooked up with a blogger from Louisiana who I had never met at QuiltCon in Austin. We had a great time and even shared a room! We had been reading each other's blogs and email back and forth for a couple years. I hope your group has a great time and I look forward to seeing pictures.

Susan said...

What a fun get together - isn't it awesome to meet an internet buddy in real life? Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers

Ann said...

Crazy quilting your outer border looks perfect. What a good idea.
And starting a quilt retreat with friends is another one. Have a happy time visiting with fellow quilters. Glorious colors this time of year.
Thanks for the information about Lunn Fabrics and for linking all this goodness with AHIQ.

Tish Stemple said...

The count down is on! And I'm excited!

Kaja said...

Your retreat sounds fantastic! Thanks for all the info on Lunn Fabrics (if our £ ever regains strength I will go back to buying from the US). I have been limiting myself to buying only fair trade/organic fabric this year and buying lots of old shirts to supplement. There's less choice, but still more than enough, I think!

Purfylle said...

I totally understand that sewing and blogging means it's easy to ignore the boring chores building up. LOVE these batik fabrics!

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

You packed a lot of things into this post. lol All of them interesting. Good luck with the visit of your studio!
On my side, I took care of my cleaning just before my parents came to visit last week. You're so right when you say we don't see what's dirty when busy at the sewing machine or computer. lol
Thank you for participating to my Fabric, Thread and Yarn link party. Have a good week!

Jen said...

I am sure you all will have great fun at your retreat. Make sure to share it all with us! :)