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.
Old_and_NewDiamond_String_1

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A Job well done.

Marbling Begins

I have been busy dying fabric to marble.  I have two large piles of fabric dyed, thought I had best get started on the marbling part.  Here is a glimpse into the marbling process.  River Rocks – this is how the marbling base looks after I drop the paints onto the surface.  The paint expands and I can drop the fabric at this stage or carry on.River_Rocks

 

The first step in moving the paint and creating a design is always Gel-Git which means back and forth.  It is the foundation for most marbling designs.

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Followed by Cascade.  I use a selection of custom made rakes and combs, different widths 1/4″  to 3″ gaps.

3_Cascade

I can go several ways at this point, this piece turned into Dragon Wing.  This is one of my original designs and the name is because everyone sees some sort of wing it the design.

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The first three days of color are Cerulean, Purple and Teal.  The colors are always darker when the are wet.  Some colors are opaque, others are transparent, that may call for adjusting and fiddling with the colors a bit.  I also have started using a clear Iridescent paint, because it is clear it allows the  hand dyed fabric color to shine thru for more drama.

5_Cerulean

 

Room for twenty pieces per day.

6_Purple

 

 

They get to drip dry over night, followed by a two week rest to cure.7_Teal