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. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Space Race

Finished this one just in time for May. Space Race was a pattern in an issue of Quiltmaker magazine from 1983. I had to adapt the pattern a little for rotary cutting with rulers - this pre-dated all that, and printed templates that were intended to be traced, cut out, and then traced around on the fabric and pieces individually cut out! Hard to believe sometimes how far we've come. Anyway, I measured all the templates and then cut them from strips. I had to make a few adjustments due to odd angles, but it mostly worked out.

The pattern called for all solids, but I substituted a few prints that matched values and the theme. And two of the rockets have flags representing the dual citizenship of my niece and her sons, the intended recipient.

Linking to Finish It Up Friday, which motivates me to actually finish and photograph some things.