Friday, September 13, 2019


Several members of the Mountain Art Quilters gathered for a few days of fabric dyeing.  The Mountain Art Quilters grew out of the SAQA chapter that met about 5 hours away in Raleigh.  It became apparent a local group would be more beneficial given the great distance we had to travel, so it quickly grew from the original 6 to around 18-20 members at this time.  One isn't required to be a SAQA member to join Mountain Art Quilters.

The weather was PERFECT....and nearly as fast as our tables and other supplies came out of our cars.....we were set up in a sunny clearing prepared to do some serious ice-dyeing.
We all brought MX dyes to share.....behind is the cabin in the Pisgah National Forest that we rented.

 We also brought bags and bags of ice in coolers......our screens are placed on kitty litter trays, soda ash soaked fabric was arranged on the screens, topped with ice.
 Donned with gloves and masks.....we sprinkle on several different colors of MX dyes.
 Each tray is wrapped in black plastic, secured with clips and left in the sun until the ice melts (overnight if necessary).
 Then it's Christmas morning when the plastic is removed.....
 Oooos' and Ahhhh's are constantly exclaimed.

After rinsing and rinsing and rinsing till the water runs clear, the fabrics are hung to dry....with more sighing and high fiving.

More results coming next.


Angela said...

Looks like fun!

Norma Schlager said...

One of my groups did this several years ago and it was a lot of fun. Yours looks equally inspiring and oh, what yummy results. Makes me want to do some more ice dyeing, even tho I still have fabrics left from that long ago date.

Robbie said...

Can't wait to see results!!! Just the dyes on top of the fabric in the trays look wonderful!

Nancy said...

Terrific results, and a great place to gather and play!

Gwyned Trefethen said...

What fun. Your group is such an inspiration, not just the wonderful projects, but how you continue to manage to get together to create.

Unknown said...

Hello Mary I have seen your work and think I owe one of your books. I am a SAQA member and recently moved to Raleigh area and joined PAQA-S. I also belong to a off shoot of PAQA-S, Common Threads. I am interested in obtaining information about your group and seems will be similar to ours evolution into a possibly hybrid of SAQA and non-SAQA members group.
Who would be a contact so I can reach out for more information. Thank you

The Inside Stori said...

For Unknown from came up as a no-reply blogger so I can't directly answer your questions......if you'd like to email me directly you can find my link on the right side bar. I'd be happy to talk to you about our group.

Andree G. Faubert said...

Ice dyeing is fun, but it must be even more fun with friends! Sounds like a great retreat!