I’ve finally started laying out the blocks for the Fabric Fusion quilt designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio. I started this quilt in a class I took with Weeks Ringle at QuiltCon in 2013.
Fabric Fusion blocks
We spent quite a bit of the class learning about value, saturation and fabric selection. We were encouraged to bring an assortment of fabrics to the class, including fabrics we loved, hated, from different genres. Weeks spent time with each person, going through the fabrics, selecting and eliminating from the pile to come to a beautifully curated collection. I learned a lot and it opened up new ideas about fabric selection. I encourage anyone who has the opportunity to take a workshop from either Weeks or Bill to do so. They are excellent instructors with a breadth of knowledge in the field of design. They are also very lovely people, genuine and sincere.
Patterns-Fabric Fusion by Modern Quilt Studio
The Fabric Fusion pattern is available through their website. Have any of you completed any quilt designs from the Modern Quilt Studio?
In the early summer I posted photos of our leather barrel chair that was in desperate need of being reupholstered. I chose fabric, stripped off the old leather and then it sat, and sat and sat taking up space.
Barrel chair before
Finally, I had the time to work on it during the holiday break.
Newly upholstered barrel chair
This is our new chair. I love the beautiful colours of the stripped leather that I found at Designer Fabrics. I was able to get enough of the leather in two pieces to do the outside of the chair.
Side view of chair with leather
The inside of the chair is a beautiful op-art piece of upholstery fabric. I love the dimensional look it has.
With the leftover bits, I made a pillow and added a beautiful fringe repurposed from an old pillow. It feels great having completed this project after such a long time. How long does it take you to complete your projects?
There are many books on fabric dyeing. I’ve listed a few of the titles that I’ve used. This is not an exhaustive list, just a few that I either own or have read and enjoyed.
Fabric to dye for by Frieda Anderson
Modern Color: an Illustrated guide to dyeing fabric for modern quilts by Kim Eichler-Messmer
Indigo: dye it, make it by Nicola Gouldsmith
Shibori for textile artists by Janice Gunner
Color by accident by Ann Johnston
Tie Dip Dye by Pepa Martin and Karen Davis
Handbook of Indigo Dyeing by Vivien Prideaux
Shibori: the inventive art of Japanese shaped resist dyeing by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, Mary Kellog Rice and Jane Barton
Some of these title are newly published, while others are classics in their field. Perusing these titles is a good place to start if you are interested in the history of dyeing, setting up your own dye workshop or just looking at beautiful textiles.
Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!
I purchased white cotton canvas to make a bag. I dyed the canvas, hoping for beige, but got golden-yellow instead. It was a bit bright, so I overdyed with a teal green.
Itajime Shibori Canvas bag
I was much happier with the look of the yellow and teal green Itajime Shibori pattern. I also dyed a piece of canvas with the same teal for the handles and bottom of the bag.
Itajime Shibori Canvas bag verso
I love the results, the canvas is the right weight for an unlined bag. I added two pockets. The pocket below is made with an orange and white striped batik I made in Malka Dubrawsky’s dyeing class I took at QuiltCon in 2015.
Itajime Shibori Canvas bag zip pocket
The second pocket is made with the same canvas used for the handles and bottom. It is just the right size to hold a cell phone or small notebook.
Itajime Shibori Canvas bag pocket
The bag is approximately, 15″ wide, 15″ high and 4 1/2″ deep. It can hold a lot of books and quite a few metres of fabric. I’ve already tried!
Itajime Shibori Canvas bag inside
I plan to make a couple more of these bags. I want to incorporate leather for the handles and bottom.