I’ve been creating more quilted art postcards with tiny, quirky houses. Each home has it’s own unique personality.
I especially like the woven roof of the postcard above. The embroidered flowers were begun one day when my niece was visiting. She showed me how to embroider – she had just been taught at her school!
The houses are fused using hand dyed and commercial cottons. I’ve used some of the techniques taught by Laura Wasilowski.
I was also influenced by some quilts I saw this summer at the Paradise District Quilters’ 30th Anniversary Exhibit. One of the members is Celeste Thibodeau-Stacey from Paradise, Nova Scotia. Her work was cheerful, happy and quirky.
This piece is a town in Newfoundland, hugging the “rock”.
The lighthouse is bending with the prevailing wind and the houses too seem to have been sculpted into shape by the winds!
Hand dyed perle cotton in a couple of different weights have been used to add fun details.
I have a fabric challenge that I signed up for and am committed to having a finished piece by the end of November. I had a couple of ideas for the quilt but I haven’t narrowed down the concept so that I can begin.
One of my ideas is to use the log cabin block, another is to base the quilt on architecture.
Looking back at some photos taken on vacation last year may provide the spark that I need.
Tumbling blocks, rail fence, hexagons, attic windows, these are just a few of the patterns I see.
Inspiration is all around us, we just have to look for it.
Dip dyeing, where you dip a piece of fabric into a dye vat is one of the easiest ways to dye fabric. Although it is uncomplicated, this technique provides endless variety of design fun.
I first saw this technique in Kim Eichler-Messmer’s book: Modern Color: an illustrated guide for modern quilts. In it she wrote about dip dyeing placemats and they were simply beautiful.
I’ve been experimenting with this technique and have two scarves to show you. The green scarf above was loosely folded, rolled and placed into a container of green dye. I left it until all the dye had been absorbed. This creates a striped effect with the fabric at the bottom of the container absorbing the most dye and is therefore the darkest.
In the plaid scarf, I first folded, rolled, and dipped the piece in a yellow dye bath. I dried the scarf.
The second step was to refold in the opposite direction, re-roll and re-dip in the second colour. This time I placed the scarf in a turquoise dye bath. I love the colour that is created where the yellow and turquoise intersect. It looks like a much more complicated design. I will be experimenting with dyeing more Shibori scarves in various colour combinations in the future.