Oh how I love starting the weekend with some inspiration!
This is the latest beautiful piece by Patricia Caldwell. The dark background was a one-of-a-kind piece Stars fabric. Stars are one yard cuts of fabrics with lots of dyed texture. She added Maize and Mystic Jade Shades Packs to complete the color palette. Her beautiful quilting and embellishments brings it all together in one spectacular piece.
A few years ago Stephanie Wilds took a class called Fabricating Faces from Marilyn Wall at the John C Campbell Folk School. Lucky for me, her instructor, had been using my fabrics so Stephanie did her first faces block with my fabrics. She definitely found her niche with this technique. The quilt above is called Faces of Music and includes some of the most influential stringed instrumentalists of all times.
I happen to be partial to Bela Fleck, here pictured with Toumani Diabate. She did all of these with fabric. For this quilt she used Claret, Maize, Denim and Forest Shades Packs. You can see detail photos of every artist block on her website.
It should come as no surprise that Stephanie is now teaching From Photos to Fabric at John C Campbell since Marilyn retired. She has a weekend class coming up April 7 so there's still plenty of time to register.
Class starts with you sending her an image which she manipulates for you prior to coming to class.
I happen to have been given a sneak peek at the colors you will have to choose from for your project.
Here are some pieces from her design wall. You can see what she did with the dog photo above. I think they are all amazing. But you can see that you can do faces, pets, or anything else!
If this is something that you think you might like to do you can register for Stephanie's class here.
I'll leave you with another of her beautiful pieces. I know this looks like a painting but that's all fabric! This is Swannanoa String Band, 1895 and you can read all of the details about this quilt on her website.
Now that we are inspired, let's all go and make some things this weekend!
My email box delivered more than spam this week!
Teresa Myles used the Bay of Campeche Gradient as the background for her appliqued mermaid. This is exactly how I envisioned Bay of Campeche being used.
If you have made something with Colorways fabric and want to share it you can upload images and information in the Customer Gallery. As a thank you for sharing you will receive a 20% coupon good on anything in the shop.
Patricia Caldwell is one of the most prolific and successful fiber artists that I know and I am so grateful that she uses so much of my fabric for her art pieces. She sees things in the fabric that even I don't see. While I am away today at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival getting some inspiration for myself I'll leave you with Patricia's latest pieces for your own mini quilt show today. You can follow Patricia and see how she develops her pieces on her Facebook page. If you want some of her work you will want to speak up quickly, they sell fast!
Arizona Copper and Sunrise on Doe Mountain are made with Crystals mandalas.
Raven's Sun uses the Gray Skies Gradient.
Vibrational Symmetry uses the Nightfall Gradient.
The Feather Circle uses a custom dyed mandala in the colors of the Beach Walk Gradient.
It's another wonderful week here at the playhouse and it was made wonderful by seeing new customer pieces from TWO customers! If you have a piece that you have made with hand dyed fabric please consider sharing it in the Customer Gallery. In exchange you will receive a 20% discount on a future order.
Carnival Bloom is one of Shirley Bruner's pieces. She is a very prolific quilter and was experimenting with a new design technique for this and it done on with a hand dyed background. Shirley likes this technique so much that she ordered a large custom dyed gradient for a bed size version. I can't wait to see it.
I don't think I know of any quilter as prolific as Patricia Caldwell, The Butterfly Quilter. She takes her job as full time artist very seriously and is always working on something new. Right now she's getting ready for a big exhibit this Spring. Here's her latest beautiful piece.
This one is called Trillium and is a spectacular use of the Navajo Gradient. You can see from the photo of the gradient how she used it to add just the right shading for the leaves. You can follow Patricia on her Facebook page. Today she's working on quilting another Crystal mandala.
David Armour has been a customer of mine for several years and I've been wanting you to meet him. His main interest is in color value so his purchases are generally Shades Packs and he works magic with them! He is masterful at mixing hand dyed and commercial fabrics and loves working with value and transparency in his art quilts.
David graciously invited us into his quilting spaces and I hope you will enjoy meeting him and touring his quilting home. It's a PDF article that you can download and read here.
Here's one of David's recent finishes. I just love his color palettes!
Patricia Caldwell, The Butterfly Quilter, is a very prolific artist and her work is in high demand. I consider myself very fortuante that she likes to use my fabric in much of her art.Her newest piece is Catching A Dream and uses the Fire Line Gradient. She is really a master at getting the most our of the gradients!
A couple of years ago I wrote my tutorial for dealing with bleeding fabrics....and quilts. It's the most read and linked page on the whole web site. It's also the subject of over half of the communications that I get through the website. It's the reason that this button is front and center on my home page.
People email me with questions and they email me with their gratitude. What they don't know is how grateful I am to hear about and see their saved quilts. Yesterday I heard from Teri Routledge from Logan, Utah. She was kind enough to send me lots of photos and the story behind her quilt so I could share it with you today.
It all started with this beautiful quilt. I'll let Teri tell the story from here and you can see all of the photos in a gallery at the end.
This quilt was made for my son and daughter-in-law for a Christmas present. I pieced and machine quilted it with all my love. I have been quilting for almost 20 years and use only quality fabrics and thread from our local quilt shop. I was so proud of this quilt and even made a special label for it. But when I put it in water to block it, it bled terribly. I have never had this happen before and I panicked! First I took it to two different laundry/dry cleaners to see if they could fix it. Both told me they couldn’t do a thing after a few test attempts. Next week is Thanksgiving and I am leaving in two days to drive 1200 miles to see them and wanted to deliver the quilt in person. I am almost out of time, the dry cleaners had it for several weeks. I scoured the internet looking for a solution. There had to be someone, somewhere, who has experienced this. I came across this website that gave excellent instructions using very hot water and Dawn dish soap. I thought – what do I have to lose? I have spent several hundreds of dollars already and so much time. First I cranked the hot water heater to full blast. I filled our jetted tub half way with ½ cup of Dawn Platinum soap and placed the quilt in the water, gently agitating with a long wooden spoon (the water was hot!). I continued to put more hot water in every 20-30 minutes (when the hot water heater would recover). After about 75 minutes the water was so dark and purple that I decided to drain and start over. I agitated throughout the day but my quilt soaked for 7 hours total. I was leaving in 36 hours, I had to see the results. I drained the very dark purple water yet again and gently squeezed it enough to get it to the washing machine. It looked promising. I have one of those low energy, low water washing machines and I was skeptical that it wouldn’t be able to rinse it enough with all the soap already in it. I put it on the bulky, hot water cycle with a double rinse. The results were AMAZING. It was restored. I have it hanging over a folding wooden clothes dryer to dry overnight and the next day. I will pack it right before I leave and cannot wait to deliver it. Now, what to tell my kids…
It was a quilt like this that started me on the path to find a way to fix bleeding quilts and to prevent it from happening in the first place. In that first quilt a customer had blended my hand dyed fabric with commercial fabric. When she washed it the first time it bled like crazy. After a lot of testing of my fabric and others in the quilt I think we eventually figured out that it was the backing fabric that bled and backstained on her quilt. But my hand dyed fabric did still bleed some and I knew I had to fix that.
With as much as Teri's quilt bled it had to be the backing fabric. She bought all high quality fabric but even those bleed from time to time. The only way to prevent this from happening is to PRESOAK, not pre-wash, your fabric. Any commercial fabric that I buy spends the night in a washer full of hot water ad Dawn. If they bleed the water is drained and they get to spend another 8 - 12 hours soaking to get all of the excess dye out of them. Doing that with fabric is a lot easier than dealing with the quilt later. I hope you will consider pre-soaking your fabrics to make sure they are absolutely colorfast. I pre-soak all of my hand dyed fabrics so that you can use them right away in any project that you want!
Thank you Teri for sharing your quilt with us!
My best days are the days when I receive mail from customers. This week I received this quilt from Susan Buckingham from Wisconsin. She made this using the Barrier Island Gradient along with some commercial and hand dyes from her stash. The quilt is for the New Quilts from Old Favorites competition sponsored by the National Quilt Museum.
I love the hand dyed fabrics with the Asian print and her flying geese are perfectly pieced!
If you've made something with my fabric I hope you will consider sharing it with us. Allowing me to share it in the Customer Gallery gets you a 20% discount that's good for 3 months!
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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