A lot of people tell me that they are afraid to cut into their fabric. This is doubly true for gradients. I always say "cut it, there's more where that came from". Donaleen Kohn has no fear at all! She doesn't cut into her fabric, she tears into it because she loves the raw edges. Here she made a fireplace screen and lap quilt using Abundance, Thrive, Meadow Sunrise and Paradise Gradients.
Donaleen and I have similar tastes in art too. When I received this photo I was delighted to see the glass vase on her mantle because I have one from the same artist!
Susan Turney made this quilt in a class with Melody Johnson. There are 3 different gradients (Sugar Maple, Navajo and Barrier Island used in this piece.
Instead of using just one gradient Linda pieced strips of 3 gradients for The Aster Quilt. I think it added a lot of extra interest to the quilt.
Rene Iannarelli used Summer Sunset and Red Dawn Gradients for her art quilt. She has several quilts in the customer gallery using this technique.
Patricia Caldwell incorporated the Gray Skies gradient into her Raven's Sun quilt.
Rachel Derstine used Key West, Solar Flare and Under the Sea gradients to piece the ribbons in her Easter Quilt.
Cheryl Kotecki and I made these last 2 quilts. They were made with Barbara Brackman's Grandmother's Choice quilt-along a few years ago. These quilts mark a big milestone for me. My version was the first quilt I made using my shibori fabrics for the blocks and I borrowed (with permission) Cheryl's gradient and setting background idea. The two quilts are different but it's clear to see that I got the idea for mine from her. Then as we were finishing our quilts hers bled like crazy. The green background is my hand dyed fabric so we initially thought that my fabrics were the problem. In the end we think it was the green backing fabric. But, working with Cheryl is what helped me figure out the whole Bleeding Quilt solution. Which brings me to today's:
Oldies by Goodies Tutorial - Bleeding Quilt
Through testing for Cheryl's quilt and a quilt of my own, I eventually developed the technique for dealing with bleeding quilts. This is the most visited tutorial on the website and I'm happy for it to be shared far and wide and all I ask is for a link and credit. However, I recently discovered that another quilter has stolen the content and posted as her own on her website. I'm in the process of trying to get that removed but if you want to share this information on your website, blog, Facebook page or with your quilt guild, please do, but please share it as a link.
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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