Wysong T-shirt Quilt Finally!

Several years ago my dear friend Mary asked for assistance with making a T-shirt quilt for her husband Jeff.  The majority of the T-shirts were from Alaska so Mary wanted to use my snow dyed fabric.  We spent the afternoon selecting several yard sized pieces that went well together.
Might I say at this point that Mary is not a quilter and had no idea what she was getting into.  We started by stabilizing the t-shirts and then arranging them for the quilt top.  As we lived four hours apart Mary found help in her area for assembling the quilt top.  She sent me a sample of the color for the drops and I created a custom hand dyed color for the quilt.
Mike & I just made a trip to Montana to visit Mary & Jeff.  While admiring the quilt I noticed that not all of the basting had been removed.  I thought that it was only appropriate that I finish the quilt Mary and I had started.  It turned out beautifully.

Inspired to Create!

Playing_With_SnowI have posted this wall-hanging before.  But just to recap many of you said you couldn’t cut you Snow Dyed Fabric.  I chose the fabric and my sister Karen put this together for me.  And many of you have fallen in love with the idea.  Recently I was delighted to see what was inspired by a yard of Snow Dyed Fabric and the Pavers pattern.

Snow_Dyed_QuiltKarin Rainer calls her creation, “Can’t Cut That Fabric”.  I think I’m in LOVE!  Now I have all sorts of new ideas rolling around in my head.  Just wait and see.

Goodwill Save!

Bullseye

Karen Nickelson found this orphaned wallhanging at the Goodwill.  Felt like the very light center looked like a bullseye, a distraction from the beautiful colors.  Hummm! Here’s her solution.

Saved

She chose Shiva Iridescent Paintstiks and a stencil to help add some interest, texture and color to the center.  Helped to pull the piece together.  And yes she got the paintstiks and stencil from www.marbled-arts.com  Can’t wait to see what it look like quilted.

Eagle by Kathy McNeil

Eagle

It is so exciting to see what artists are creating with my hand marbled fabric.  Eagle is a pattern by Kathy McNeil, you can find it on her web site.  Wow! this big bad girl is gorgeous.  I say she as female eagles are larger than the males,  wing span up to six and one half feet across.  Kathy has captured the majesty of the American Bald Eagle.  I am adding a close up of the body, it shows how my hand marbled Chocolate and Black fabrics were used to add depth and texture.
Eagle_CUCannot wait to see the beauty in person!!!

Guardian Spirits by Joy Hegglund

Nothing makes me happier than seeing my hand marbled fabrics turned into wonderful, brilliant, amazing creations.  A couple of Summers ago I received a this photo from Joy Hegglund.  She had taken the photo on Hornby Island, BC, Canada.  Joy was excited to be taking a class from Kathy McNeil and she would be using this photo.  Kathy was kind enough to recommend my hand marbled fabrics to her students.  Joy wanted a range of grays dark to light and a selection of blacks.  I started experimenting with a gradation of grays, dying them and then marbling.  Joy had planned ahead, so I was able to get her hand marbled fabrics to her in plenty of time class her class.
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Earlier this week another photo arrived of the completed quilt, Guardian Spirits.  Congratulations are in order as Guardian Spirits has been accepted into International Quilt Festival, Houston 2015.
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It takes my breath away.  I love seeing the original photo and then Joy’s creation.  Is it just me are do I see faces in some of the rocks?
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Guardians?
Guardian_Spirits_EXOK, I had to show off my hand marbled fabric.  I am in the middle of adding new color and updating existing colors to my web site.  Take a look!

 

Diamond String Quilt Revisited

Mariana Foliart was in my booth at Quilt Fest in October 2104.  She was admiring my hand marbled fabrics and all of a sudden she looked at me and said something to the effect of “I’ve got it, I know just what to do”.  I asked “Got what?”  She said, “You will see”.

In May 2015 during a wonderful visit to the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum with my sister, we found Diamond String Quilt.  The original (on left) was created in 1890 it’s maker is unknown.  Marianna was so taken with she decided to make and updated version.  The original quilt was made using silk, due to age and the chemical processes use on silk during the period (1880 – 1890) the black silk varies in color.  I was so excited to see that mariana had used my hand dyed marbled fabrics to create that vintage look.
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A Job well done.