Hand Dyed





About a year ago, I was looking at hand dyed fabric for some reason.  I came across this one random bundle on Etsy.  It was being cleared out by a vintage/supplies shop, and had no connection to the person who had originally dyed the fabric.  It was a large bundle of smallish pieces (around a 1/4 yard at the largest)  in all these shades of green and blue, with a bit of that pink thrown in. 

SO not my colors, really, but I was drawn to it, and it was a great price so I snapped it up.  Once this bundle arrived, I just fell in love with the soft depth of the colors.  They are not 'marbled' purposely, but just have the slightly aged, not-quite-solid colored look. 

They sat on my shelf for a long time, because 'what to make with them?'  It just didn't work to pair them with other fabrics, so in the end, I just decided to use them all together in one quilt, adding nothing.

I used them all up, except for a couple little strips left at the end.  The final verdict is that although these are not colors that I'd normally work with (especially those pinks mixed with the blue and green), I still really love it, because of the look of the hand dyed fabrics.

I used Kaffe Fasset Shot Cottons on the back and binding, because their look is the most similar that I could find to this softer washed look.  I did dense straight line quilting, but again the Shot Cotton on the back seems to have kept this quilt soft and drapey.

29 comments:

  1. I love everything about this quilt!

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  2. Beautiful! Isn't it fun when inspiration hits us on the head? Love the quilting on it too...

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  3. Your piece is delightful. I can imagine the softness of the fabrics! Did you use a walking foot to quilt?

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  4. My gosh, it's so beautiful!!!!

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  5. I love this palette but I also would never have picked it out myself. Without the pink it would just disappear. It turned out beautifully, thanks for sharing.

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  6. I love hand dyed cotton. I dyed quite a lot last summer trying to create an ombre effect on canvas to make into a bag. I had yellow and indigo hands but it was really fun. The colours do have a different quality when you dye it yourself. I love this quilt and I think you described it perfectly - a soft depth.

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  7. Very ethereal - I like it a lot for it's understated simplicity.

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  8. Really pretty! The blocks and colours make it look beautifully vintage!

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  9. So pretty and soft looking. The shot cotton on the back seems to be a perfect choice.

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  10. This is really lovely Jolene - I like how it has a real vintage look even though it's newly made. The way it has shrunk up after quilting and the soft colours make it look so snuggly. I really like the Kaffe Fassett shot cottons for their softness too - it's not the best thing for precise piecing but it does make a lovely binding and it's very nice to hand quilt too.

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  11. Oh wow... I love the colours and the clean simple quilt design you have chosen for the quilt... it just works perfectly! WELL DONE YOU, It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing this project of yours with us.
    Best wishes, Jay

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  12. These colors remind me of ice cream colors and this quilt looks so soft and soothing. It is very lovely.

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  13. Gosh that's gorgeous - and reminds me that I have a small pile of hand-dyed fabrics languishing away somewhere!

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  14. I agree, the colors look pastel and remind me of easter, yet at the same time it's one that would draw me in for all seasons all year long. Great snag and great use of it!

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  15. Gorgeous. It looks really rich but still quite light visually. Great job! Love that quilting.

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  16. This is such a beautiful, summery quilt. The color palette is genius.

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  17. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Oh, I love it! Such a great idea to make these log cabins, it's perfect for those fabrics.

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  19. Love it - the softness of the colours and the quilting. It looks ready for snuggling into.

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