I'm really enjoying printing on t-shirts and my grandchildren like having something unique to them, so this time the theme is foxes. My daughter found some nice fabric with printed foxes so I scanned a fox and printed it out, then made three freezer paper templates for each colour and stencilled the image onto the t-shirts. It is important to put some paper inside so that you don't inadvertently print through to the back!
A friend, Alan, is having a 70th birthday party this weekend. He absolutely loves to barbecue, so I thought I would make him a personal t-shirt for wearing when cooking. I made a couple of stencils from freezer paper and printed with fabric paints. A quick iron to set and it is finished!
On 7th January I flew to West Palm Beach, Florida, with my friend Anne. I went to visit my quilt which won "Best of World" in the World Quilt Show. My husband offered to pay for me so long as he didn't have to come with me! Anne was a much more appreciative companion!
The Show was at the West Palm Beach Convention Centre. There was a small TV film crew there when I arrived and I found myself being interviewed before having time to think about it. I have no idea what the film was like as I never saw it. This is a photo Anne took. If I'd thought I would be on camera I would certainly have thought more about the outfit!
Everyone was very kind about the quilt and I must have been asked around 100 times "how long did it take you?"
A friend very kindly put me in touch with her brother, Calvin, who lives in West Palm Beach for part of the year and he nobly met us at the Quilt Show. We had coffee and he gave us some very helpful local info - which made a big difference - especially the driving tips. We did pretty much everything he advised.
The other event at West Palm Beach was going to see the Beach Boys at the Kravis Centre. A great night. We couldn't believe how polite the american audiences are. At home everyone would have been up and dancing!
We then moved on to spend 6 days in Miami. We stayed in an apartment in midtown - it seemed a better deal than a hotel - and we were very glad we had. We had a balcony with a great view of the Miami skyline lighting up at night - wonderful to watch with a glass of wine. Especially wearing a t-shirt and thinking of the sleet and cold at home.
We wanted to go to the Everglades and Calvin recommended a trip to Shark Alley to see the alligators and unusual birds. It was a great day with an excellent guide - who might have been called Saun? who really knew his subject. We saw so many alligators!
There was an Art Deco Festival the final couple of days we were there - in Miami Beach (which is a place as well as a beach). There is a road full of art deco hotels which used to be frequented by the Rat Pack.
It was great fun with lots of stalls alond the road and a fantastic procession of period american cars.
We spent the afternoon at the beach and then flew home - it has taken a week to stop shivering!
I love textiles and especially quilting.