You know that when I start a big quilt I usually have it on the frame a couple of weeks before I get up the nerve to start quilting. But I really want to have this one done by the end of the month so I wanted to get started right away. I was working through a few ideas and then I got an email from, Cindy P, one of my blog friends. She sent a photo of a DWR quilt that she and her sister quilted. Her motif was fancier but it told me what I could do. I played around with my rulers and some chalk for about an hour and then I just jumped it. This motif lets me use my beloved rulers but it's also simple. I like it.
This is going to be a fun one to quilt because the fabrics really represent our quilting history. That red schoolhouse fabric on the right is one we bought and used in a collaboration quilt that we made not long after we met. The tomato fabric is one that we laugh about all the time. She bought a ton of this fabric on sale one year and it's been is so many quilts over the years. It just doesn't go away.
My weekend will be dedicated to working on this and the vulture quilt.
I've mentioned many times that I have a big stash of vintage napkins. Many are odd one or odd sets and most are dingy and stained. I thought I'd share some that I overdyed in recent dyeing sessions. These two were singles but I wouldn't think twice about using them together as part of a placemat set.
These two started as ugly, stained pink. They are a lot better now.
These were dyed in 2 different gradient bins and they started out really dingy. I love how they turned out and I will make some placemats using orange and turquoise for these.
These are the big winners of the dye session. There are 6 of them and 2 of each filet crochet design. They were very stained so I dyed them with the Midnight gradient and it wasn't until they were dyed that I noticed the cool crochet pattern. The designs just didn't show up well in the natural color that they started with. I'm seeing some placemats in blue and white or blue and browns. I will not be working on placemats this weekend. I'll let that be my reward after finishing the vulture quilt.
I hope you have a great weekend.
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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.