Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

Posts Tagged ‘Dyeing’

40/52 and 41/52 Weekly Journal Quilts

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Posted 10/23/08

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Something weird happened to my post on my 40/52 journal quilt, so I’m reposting the picture here (the blue and yellow piece!)

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This is my weekly journal quilt 41/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. This was a fun piece! I really liked the design of my journal quilt 40/52, with it’s fused organic flower/leaf shapes, but I wanted to try it in different fabrics/colors.  I found a batik that really resonated with a piece of fabric that I had first hand dyed a blue-green color, and second rusted.  Together, with the rust, I like how they depict the decay of fall.  

For this piece, I stitched a spider web of sorts with purple variegated thread to a piece of fabric that I dyed and rusted.  The batting and backing were already in place at this time. I fused wonder under to the back of the brown multi-colored batik.  I cut out the shapes of the flowers/leaves from the batik and fused them to the dyed/rusted fabric base. Then I stitched over it with a yellow variegated thread. I finished it with a zig-zag stitch all around the edges. I enjoy the resulting piece and it’s colors and shapes.

So, I decided I wanted to make a larger piece based on this journal quilt. Here’s the rub. I had literally no idea what colors I used to dye the piece of blue-green hand dyed fabric that I rusted last week.  So I have spent most of last weekend and this week testing dyes and mixtures to identify what in the world I did to get that color. Lesson learned: I should really write down what type of fabric I dye, it’s dye mixture, and keep a tiny sample of the piece of fabric in my sketchbook. The picture below shows a stack of things I dyed this week. It’s only one stack, there’s more.  In case you’re curious, I did finally figure it out on Wednesday, or well, close enough.  It’s mostly teal blue with a little cayman island green.  I am about to send that piece of fabric into it’s rusting process so I can get it ready to start the big piece! 

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My journal quilts are for sale for $30 each in my etsy shop.

Dyeing fabric fun

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Posted 4/5/08

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For some reason, I really like to see dyed fabric in this really messy stage.  I had the opportunity to dye fabric this week (I had been needing to for a while!) I was all out of the limey yellow green that I use all the time.  I got a couple of new colors, used a pfd fabric (prepared for dyeing), and used urea for the first time.  I have tried dyeing Kona cotton, muslin, and all sorts of other 100% cotton fabrics before, and I do like this pfd cotton.  I just cut it off the bolt and dyed it.  Urea keeps the fabric nice and wet while the dye is soaking in. The results are nice, rich colors. I am happy with the fabrics.  Here’s a pic of the beautiful stack. Now I am happily down to 2 yards on the 20 yard bolt I bought in January. :) It’s a great problem to have!

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