This project was an adventure. The order was for a king sized duvet cover. The color palette was to be in golds and browns to pull in some interesting wall art in those colors from the clients bedroom. Having never done a lone star, I designed the cover around that design using the fall colors in batik fabrics.
I think the photos really speak for themselves, but I thank Donna at Jorden Fabrics in Grants Pass, Oregon, for the amazing YouTube of how to put a lone star together.
Auditioning the strips
After auditioning some different batiks for the backgrounds for the star we selled on a golden brown batick with flecks of cream.
For the drop we settled on the rich, dark brown batik with Kokopelli and lizards as the fabric of choice. April at Creekside Quilts Oregon was very helpful in finding the right design.
Then with the bits and scraps from the Duvet Cover. I went on to make a fun wonky star twin quilt. It sits on the guest room bed.
It’s been awhile since I posted a blog. I think this is not my best way of communicating! But I have been busy quilting and sewing with my own hand dyed fabric. I have been trying to be sustainable by using all the pieces that get cut, until there is barely any bits of fabric left. I am saving them to use as stuffing for a foot poof.
During the pandemic I decided to use as much of my stash and specifically scraps to be creative. My go to design was wonky stars and paper pieced flying geese. I now have several finished wonky star quilts and few tops done and a box of flying geese in different sizes for further use.
After spending some time finishing up some stray quilt tops and donating them to Northwest Quilters to distribute to charity, my first big project was The Quilted Duvet Cover!
The other day I recieved an inquiry about ice dyeing a large piece of fabric for a quilt back. It got me to thinking about how I use ice dyed fabric. While working on my year-end inventory I found several items where ice dyed fabric is used. Partly, I think, it is the contrast of whatever the focus fabric or design is to the subtle color that can arise from dyeing wth ice. There is an ethreal quality to the image, softer lines and muted color contrasting with some very sharp lines and bold color.
Ice melting on linen rayon.
One of the things I find fascinating about the ice dyed process is how the dye will travel following the melting ice. Also, how it will break into colors that define the color of the dye when fully wet. If you want to know what dye pigments your color is made from try this method. I think my favorite use of ice dyed fabric is as backing for a quilt top. I know some people just use what they have not really careing, but to me there is an aesthetic that goes along with all the hard work of piecing the quilt top. I try to use a backing that mirrors the colors in the top, or is the same as the sashing in the top, or just adds some kind of aesthetic. I don’t know about you, but my quilts get wrapped around, used as shawls, capes and tents, folded on the end of the bed or couch or chair… I want the visual of the back to be as pleasing as the front.
Whole Cloth Bedspread ice dyed in navy.
Periwinkle Blue Ice Dyed
Rail Improve Quilt
Navy Blue Ice Dyed
Rainbow Rail Quilt
Kingfisher Green Ice Dyed
I feel the same way about the inside of my hand dyed fabric bags. Ice dyed fabric for lining has a lighter feel then the exterior of the bag. It adds another layer of the uniqueness and ‘one of a kind’ attibute of my work.
There is a lot of blue here. I do lean towards that color spectrum. But here are two patches of Pagoda Red ice dyed on linen cotton for a new Baker Bag that is on the sewing table.
So visit my shop dailyhanddyedtextiles.com to see more of these creations. And have a lovely afternoon!
The quilting community is talking about sustainable quilting – meaning that the “scraps” from more formal quilts and wearable art can be used in a new and different way to diminish the impact scraps might have on the land fill, as well as minimize the clutter in our quilting/sewing studios. #sustainablequilting
I tend to order my scraps in bins by color, so lately I have been working in a series of blues and greens with pops of a bright color to add interest. I let the fabric tell me what to sew and even what the shape might be. There are a myraid of ways to begin and design. They can be very scrappy or more ordered. I like the shapes of the fabric I have to help dictated my end blocks. This eliminates more cutting up and tends to use all sorts of sized pieces.
I have started to use these blocks in quilt tops working towards a finished product so next time I will have more progress for you.
Wow! Cannot believe it has been six months. I have been busy. Grand children, garden, life and creating up a storm. Here are a few of my favorites. I am off to Spain for a memorial, then home and the summer to play with fabric again.
Featured photo is the pile of fat quarters I dyed for an upcoming art quilt.
Hand dyed top for Vincent’s big boy bed quilt.
Can you see the red dragon in the hand painted panel?