Monthly Archives: October 2014

More hand dyed fabric for quilting

Here are the rest of the hand dyed fabrics that I dyed in Malka’s workshop.

hand dyed fabrics folded

These were also stamped with a variety of tools to create the designs.

Hand Blocked Fish

Hand Blocked Fish

The fish were stamped with a woodcut block from Malka’s collection. The purple fabric below was stamped as well.

Hand Blocked Cross

Hand Blocked Cross

The following two pieces were created using a small paintbrush dipped in wax.

Hand dyed stripe

Hand dyed stripe

hand dyed pink fabric

Hand dyed pink stripe

This green hand dyed fabric had the wax applied with a plastic comb. It didn’t work out like I thought it would, but I like the effect anyway.

hand dyed green fabric

Hand dyed green fabric

Now they are ready to incorporate into a quilt!

Hand Dyed Fabrics For Quilting

I have finally gotten around to washing out the wax from the hand dyed fat quarters I made at Malka Dubrawsky’s class at QuiltCon in 2013!

hand dyed fabric folded

Malka taught a full day workshop teaching wax resist dyeing. You can see some of the beautiful pieces she creates on her website: A Stitch in Dye. All the information on creating your own hand dyed fabrics are available in her book.

Colour Your Cloth

Colour Your Cloth: a quilter’s guide to dyeing and patterning fabric by Malka Dubrawsky

These are just a few of the fabrics that I dyed that day.

hand dyed fabric for quilting

Can you guess what was used to make the designs?

hand dyed fabric for quilting

Potato masher

hand dyed fabric

green pepper

hand dyed green fabric

silicon barbecue brush

hand dyed fabric for quilting

cardboard tube

The rest of the fat quarters are in the wash. I’ll post these once they have all been prepared.

Inspiration – Whimsy Quilt

The Oxford English Dictionary defines Inspiration as:

  1. A breathing in or infusion of some idea, purpose, etc. into the mind; the suggestion, awakening, or creation of some feeling or impulse, esp. of an exalted kind

“inspiration, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2014. Web. 13 October 2014.

This sketch drawn by my 7 year old niece was the inspiration for my Whimsy quilt.  I knew immediately that I would use it in a quilt. I loved the design, it was fun and playful. With a minimum of lines a flower was suggested by a spiral in a circle.  Triangle shapes became leaves. I loved the curlicues sprouting from the hearts, they were so whimsical.

Pollys sketch

The sketch suggested many design opportunities.  Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s book 15 Minutes of Play: Improvisational Quilts, gave me many ideas to use in making the quilt.

15 Minutes of Play: Improvisational Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

15 Minutes of Play: Improvisational Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

I had a lot of scraps and this book gave me the inspiration to use them. Sorting through the scrap bins (yes plural!), I separated my scraps into reds, greens, and black/white piles. Using Victoria’s instructions I began to create pieces of fabric in each colour way. I enjoyed the process of playing with scraps, creating new and interesting pieces to work with. Once I had the centre portion completed, I auditioned fabric for the background. I had an idea of what fabric I wanted, but my first few choices didn’t really work.

Whimsy detail background 5 Whimsy detail background 4 Whimsy detail background 3 Whimsy detail background 2 Whimsy detail background 1

Some of the background fabrics were too close in colour to some of the elements and they disappeared into the background. Some fabrics overpowered the design. In the end I found a polka dot piece that seemed just right. It was colourful but with a white background, the centre portion stood out.

Whimsy by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Whimsy by Doris Lovadina-Lee

I added more black and white pieces in each of the corners and bound it in black. The entire quilt was free motion quilted. I really like this quilt, it is a different look for me. It was challenging to work outside of my comfort zone.

The original sketch is still pinned to my design wall and inspiring me. There are more ideas to extract from this sketch: more creativity, more quilts!

It’s Time For Colour – CQA Travelling Quilt Show

Chrysalis Awakening

The Canadian Quilter’s Association has asked award winning quilters to donate a small quilted piece to their themed show: “It’s Time for Colour“. 40 pieces will travel across Canada and be displayed in local venues from January 2015 to May 2015, ending in Lethbridge, Alberta for Quilt Canada in June 2015. Everyone will have the opportunity to purchase these beautiful 12” x 16” quilt hangings for $200.00 each (plus tax). The proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation.

You can sign up at the CQA blog to get more information and view some of the other pieces that will be included in this show. The quilters who are participating will be blogging about their  inspiration and techniques for their submissions.

My piece, Chrysalis Awakening is improvisationally pieced using a “wonky curves” method. My first step was to select some fabrics. I pulled the small print (Kaffe Fassette, I think)  and then fabrics to pick up on the colours of the  print. I knew I wanted to create a flower and a leaf.

Chrysalis Awakening fabric selection

I taught a tutorial at the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild on piecing circles. One of the techniques I demonstrated was piecing ‘wonky circles’. I really enjoyed making the samples and thought I could use this technique to create a colourful flower for my design.

Chrysalis Awakening flower

In this process you layer 4 fabrics right side up with edges aligned. A quarter circle is cut out of one corner of the stack. The fabrics are shuffled and stitched. You continue in this manner until the four blocks are completed. I originally saw this technique on The Quilting Edge Blog written by a very talented quilter Marianne. She has a great Wonky Curves tutorial that explains the process. For this quilt, I made the shapes very curvy to look like a flower.

Chrysalis Awakening Flowers

Every flower needs a leaf, so a selection of green fabrics were pieced to create the leaf. I layered batting, backing and machine quilted it to create a three-dimensional leaf.

Chrysalis Awakening Leaf Sandwich

The completed leaf was inserted into a beautiful piece of cotton ombre. The colours of the fabric change from red to purple.

Chrysalis Awakening leaf

 

The flower was appliquéd to the background.

Chrysalis Awakening Flower Applique

A surprise is hidden underneath the leaf.

Chrysalis Awakening Detail

The finished piece!

Chrysalis Awakening Quilt

Chrysalis Awakening Quilt

I love that there is a little surprise hiding behind the leaf. There are three flowers left and three other stages in the life cycle of a butterfly. I am going to have fun creating three more quilts to illustrate the other stages – look for the surprises!

More Quilts from Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto Show

Celebrating Toronto – President’s Challenge Quilts

Manhole quilts_YRQG

“Celebrating Toronto” Manhole Cover Quilts

Top row from left to right:

Scarborough Bluffs                                      Joyce Forsythe
Gibraltar Point Lighthouse                             Claudette Morrison
John Willard Visits the R.O.M. Crystal             Coral Jewel

Middle row from left to right:

Toronto Inukshuk in Spring                           Isabella Garrigan
Neighbourhoods                                          Joanne Clement
The Queen Streetcar                                    Virginia Keast
Evolving Mosaic                                           Doris Lovadina-Lee

Bottom row from left to right:

Twelve Degrees Off North                             Helen Garland
Portals of Toronto                                        Carolyn Loewen
Toronto City Hall                                         Suzanne Neilson

A Selection of quilts from our members:

When the Snow Melts by Clare Kirby

When the Snow Melts by Clare Kirby

Spring Slice by Carole Tullis

Spring Slice by Carole Tullis

Snowshill Lavender Garden by Helen Garland

Snowshill Lavender Garden by Helen Garland

Shibori Indigo Blue Shadow by Coral Jewell

Shibori Indigo Blue Shadow by Coral Jewell

Giant Monstrosity by Karen Howes

Giant Monstrosity by Karen Howes

Montage of African Wall Quilts by Ann Howes

Montage of African Wall Quilts by Ann Howes

Garden for Grandma by Carolyn Lowen

Garden for Grandma by Carolyn Lowen

English Country Garden by Helen Garland

English Country Garden by Helen Garland

Elegant Baskets by Eva Heyd

Elegant Baskets by Eva Heyd

Diamonds are Forever by Jane Barbeau

Diamonds are Forever by Jane Barbeau

Japanese Taupe Half-Square Triangles by Coral Jewell

Japanese Taupe Half-Square Triangles by Coral Jewell

Midnight Blooms by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Midnight Blooms by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Whimsy by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Whimsy by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Plumage by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Plumage by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Of course there were many, many more quilts in the show. I hope you enjoyed viewing a small selection.