Wednesday, January 15, 2014

More Pink!

The first quilted finished for 14 in '14.

I made this small quilt using fabric that I had gradationally dyed and snow dyed. It is about 18"x22".
This project has many sources of inspiration, from different blogs for ideas on dyeing fabric, to Craftsy classes for the pieced block (Ann Petersen's Playing with Curves, this is the Twist Tie block), and for the "Cathedral Windows" in the background quilting (Cindy Needham's Design It, Quilt It).
I dyed the fabric almost a year ago, and was just waiting for the right inspiration. It was lots of fun to make, and I am really pleased with the results. 

Because I took the Process Pledge -

The Twist Tie block was made with fabric that was gradationally dyed. It is done by dipping pieces of fabric that have been soaked in a water, salt and soda ash solution into the dye bath. The first dip makes the darkest colour. As the water solution is squeezed out, the dye bath is diluted and each successive dip gets lighter. The pieces of fabric are placed into individual baggies and left to exhaust for 24 hours. 
I appliquéd the block to the background fabric using a small zig-zag, and 100Wt thread. I quilting around the block and the pieces, but left the block puffy to contrast with the background. The batting is one layer of cotton, with half a layer of wool batting on top. All the thread for the quilting is 100Wt Invisafil.

I quilted feathers as if they were coming from the block. I only marked the stems.

Once the feathers were quilted I divided the background into five different areas using a Hera marker tied to a piece of string, to get nice curves.

I used a ruler and the Hera marker to make a half inch grid in two of the sections and added a few straight lines as a guide in the other three section.
In the past I have let the hand dyed fabric dictate the quilting design, but this time I wanted to see what it would look like if I just thought of the fabric as plain cotton.

Yes, everything I dye is shades of pink! My son is so right!

This next picture is of a snow dump that I pass every day. It is hard to tell, but we have had so much snow this year and the hill is really quite big. For those who don't know, they truck the snow from the city out to the dump (I recently saw that on Pinterest as a funny - "Meanwhile in Canada" thing!)

Those little dots are large bulldozers working.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Raewyn said...

Your 'pink' is gorgeous Joanne, I really like how the feathers radiate from the block, and ignoring the pattern on the fabric has worked well. Clever trick with the string and the Hera marker - I must practise with mine more, I never seem to be able to leave lines that I can follow!

Linda said...

So Beautiful, Joanne!!! Everything from the gorgeous pink dyed fabric to the amazing quilting and designs. A real show stopper. I love it!

Sheila said...

It is gorgeous Joanne , your quilting is superb!!

Doniene said...

Very, very pretty!!! Love all the shades of pink, and of course the quilting is stunning!

Blessings and hugs!

Hannele said...

What a lovely pink quilt, and so beautifully quilted!

annlp said...

Hi Joanne,
I love your blog - your quilting always inspires me. And I was thrilled to see your lovely quilt with my little block pattern incorporated. I would love to link to your blog on my Facebook page. Let me know if that is not all right. You can reach me through the contact form on my website

Thanks so much for the inspiration,
Ann Petersen

Soph said...

Your quilting is AMAZING!
Exceptional work as always!!
Keep warm.
We are trying to keep cool Down Under.
All the very best for a fantastic 2014!

KarensQuiltsCrowsCardinals said...

Just beautiful work Joanne - your dyed fabric is stunning and of course the quilting just puts it over the top. Love, love, love... I guess it fits the theme. Take care now. Karen

PS - Oh how I wish my feathers looked like yours !! I'm still practicing!

Joan said...

Great post.. great work - and yes - Pink is the new you :) Love it

Cathy said...

You are such an inspiration. I am always in awe when I see your quilting. Keep warm. Hugs

Anonymous said...

That is just beautiful, you are very talented

zenuwpees said...

Le quilt est magnifique bravo Marie-Claire

Susan Arnold said...

Very pretty! Love the pink--makes me want to go dye some!

ChristaQuilts said...

Ooh - so pretty! I just found your blog from Ann Petersen's facebook page. So fun!!

Lucy said...

Do you like to join us again Joanne?


Lesauri said...

Joanne I love your snow dyed fabric it is beautiful and your quilting is absolutely the best. I have been following your blog and am a fellow Manitoban. This winter has been something else again so cold and more snow than I can remember in a long time considering the cold.I would be interested in learning snow dyeing and was wondering if you give classes on this.