I love technology. I hate technology. I feel like the red queen and though I can’t possibly run fast enough, or at all, I must try.
Pat Winter is the Dye Cup Fairy. When I’m done dyeing fabric, I always have a bit of left over dye in the cups. Not so much that you could dye yards and yards of fabric. But ribbon? Yes! So Pat comes by and picks up the dye cups. I go for long periods of time when I don’t see the Dye Cup Fairy but you always know she’s been there. There’s a note, missing dye cups, and if you’re lucky, new plants in your garden or an Icy waiting for you. If you don’t know Pat, she’s perhaps the most inventive and amazing crazy quilter in the world.
Several years ago, I bought what I call a boob camera. Not because it’s for those of us who are a bit behind. No. It fits in my bra. Now this is important because if you don’t have a camera with you you can’t take the picture. I know you’re supposed to be able to do this with a phone.
Please! I can only master one plastic box at a time.
I love my boob camera. Simple, no cap to lose. Takes a lot of pictures before it declares itself dead. Do I know what all the settings are? Don’t be silly!
So one day I walked into my studio and found the Dye Cup Fairy. And being the Fairy of Large and Incomprehensible Messes, we played together. With the boob camera and paint sticks.
Pat is much better with a camera than I. We both looked at the sport setting and said Sure! Why Not! You press the button down and it takes picture after picture after picture after picture. Well, you get the idea. She pointed and shot. I just played.
We got 836 pictures. What do you do with 836 pictures? Even after you take out the ones with blurry hands, more is definitively less there really is a too much. Who’d have believed that?We’re not going to use that setting again.
I hope you have a Dye Cup Fairy who takes, gives and shares wonderful things with you!
I hope you play with your friends, even when the technology is incomprehensible!
I hope all your messes bring you wonder and joy!
You’ll find Pat Winter’s blog at Pat Winter Gatherings. She also does a fabulous crazy quilt magazine that will launch you into a brand new crazy quilting world.
You’ll find more about paint sticks on older posts of mine at
You’ll find my camera on Amazon.com. There are lots newer ones, but none better. And it fits just fine in a DD cup.