Leftover hand dyed fabrics
Since I was talking about leftover fabrics yesterday I thought it would be a good time to show you what happens to some of my hand dyed leftovers.
When I am using my hand dyed fabrics I can't toss out even the smallest scrap. I tend to stuff them in a bag and when the bag is full I give it to my friend , Becky. Becky makes the most beautiful quilts! If you follow Barbara Brackman you have seen Becky's blocks often because she tests Barbara's blocks for her block-of-the-whatever programs.
Becky loves vintage quilts, vintage quilt styles and reproduction fabrics. She also loves to applique and she love to mix bits of hand dyed fabric in her reproduction fabric blocks. At our last meeting she shared the progress on her latest project. She let me take these photos so you could see how she integrates the hand dyed fabric with her repro fabrics.
In this block she used hand dyed fabric for the gentleman's hat. I think it looks like suede. She also used it for the pink buds, yellow flower and some of the leaves.
In this block she used hand dyed fabric for the tree branch, some of the leaves, the deer tail and the ground. I think it works great with her repro fabrics.
The berries are hand dyed fabric but check out that leaf on the green apple! She loves to fussy cut her fabrics.
In this block the hand dyed apples and berries really brighten up the block.
This is my favorite. I love how she fussy cut the hand dyed fabrics for her flowers.
See, hand dyed fabrics belong in every quilt!
5/20/2016 01:15:24 pm
The hand dyed fabrics are great for fussy cut pieces. I would not have considered mixing them with prints like this though. I will add that idea to my tool bag.
Becky in VA
5/20/2016 07:39:55 pm
Vicki, your fabulous fabrics bring LIFE to this quilt! It was fun to see your pictures - which are really good at showing how a small piece of your fabric makes such a big different with reproduction fabrics from the last century.
5/20/2016 08:37:35 pm
What lovely work and fun to see your fabrics in quilts
5/21/2016 04:34:12 am
Love mixing hand dyes and prints. I like a muted print background for hand dyed appliques.
5/21/2016 08:33:16 am
I agree with everything you said, and there is no doubt, Becky is The Master at fussy cuts!
5/21/2016 09:35:27 am
Your friend does beautiful work! Your hand dyes integrate very well in these blocks.
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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.