Saturday, December 31, 2016

Seeing Squares

Finished this at last. The pattern is Seeing Squares, by Empty Bobbin Studios. The pattern is very clear and easy to follow, but I got very bored doing all the cutting and sewing of small units before any blocks went together. As a result, I put it away several times (over a few years) before finally committing to getting it done this fall. And at the end, I put on a solid border, interspersed with a few four patches, rather than do another set of blocks.

The color scheme was chosen to coordinate with the backing fabric. Probably not my favorite combination of colors, but I wanted to use up the fabric. The quilting was done the same way Angela Walters did the quilt in the pattern. It was pretty easy and quick to do, until my thread started shredding and breaking every couple of passes. That extended the time as well. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Dyed Quilt

Finally, another quilt finished! This was made with hand-dyed fabrics (from previous years, not this summer's ice dyes). And quilted as a mandala or medallion. I found it very tricky to do different patterns in a circle. But it looks ok if you don't examine the quilting lines too closely :). The border quilting came out nicely though. I did angled ferns there.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Few More

Since I do my fabric dyeing outside on the patio, the days are numbered for this season. Here are some pieces from last week. All are fat quarters. I dyed a few bigger pieces this year, but as I was exploring ice dyeing, there were just too many folds and dye combinations I wanted to try. As it is, I dyed a total of about 30 yards this summer.

Monday, August 01, 2016

More Ice Dyeing

July was a tough month. But I did some more dyeing as weather and events permitted. Here are some of my favorites.

Corner twist, Avocado.

Corner twist, Kingfisher Blue.


Accordion twist.

Corner twist.

Corner twist, Dances with Raisins.

Folded mandala.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ice Dyeing

I'm half-way through quilting something, but haven't touched it for a couple of weeks, for a variety of reasons. Instead I've been learning and practicing ice dyeing. I've read about it before, but signed up for an online workshop from Susan Purney Mark in June. The weather has only allowed me to dye about once a week, but it's been fun. I love how simple twists and folds, combined with the ice, create intricate patterns. You never know exactly what you're going to get!

Here are some of my favorites so far:

Twisted from both corners.

Same dye colors as above, but accordion folded in both directions. 

Two dye combinations, each in a corner twist and an accordion fold. 

Twisted mandala.

Folded mandala,

T-shirt with accordion folds and triangles.