Monday, 29 March 2010


It seems that the blog wants to cooperate today. I tried to post yesterday and it just would not work!
Anyway, one quilt finished!

I quilted it with a variegated cotton thread with tulip motives. I used a fusible batting for that one and it was a nice experience. I did not have to baste anything. I just ironed the top to the batting, turned it over and ironed the back to the batting. They all stuck all together long enough for me to machine quilt in the ditch.
The quilt has been washed and it feels like normal cotton batting now.

A friend of mine has her birthday soon. As I infected her with the knitting virus I sewed her a bag for putting her knitting needles in. I bought some needles too to put in the bag so she can have more projects on the go!

And this is what I made with the 80´s fabrics I STILL have around. I dyed them.
Here are the original colours:

That was the first batch with a mixture of several dyes I had at hand.
And the second batch with a brown dye.
It is very interesting to see how the different fabrics absorb the dye. They were all put together in the washing machine and still there are so many shades. I am very happy with the result and I am sure I can use those colours more easily than the original ones.

I wish you all an happy Easter!


Elizabeth said...

Wow, there's no telling that was a scrap busting quilt now, beautiful work Gwen!

Overdye! I never thought about doing that, you're right they blend much better now.

Sarah said...

Ooooh that quilt is so colorful! You are so talented. And wow- those foo foo 80's fabrics look much better now.

Anonymous said...

Oh I just love love love this quilt. It's wonderful.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh your quilt is wonderful! That was so interesting how the fabrics changed with the different dyes!

Sew Unique Creations said...

Love your quilt! And seeing the 80's fabrics dyed was great! I'm collecting 80's and early 90's fabrics now as I'm trying to reproduce some of the style of quilts that I remember my grandma making!

black bear cabin said...

what a beautiful festive quilt, just in time for the holiday! does this mean you are keeping this one? :)

francoise said...

Magnifique! J'aime beaucoup.C'est un retour vers le patchwork très réussi.Bonnes fêtes de Pâques.

Michi said...

Liebe Gwen!
Dein traditioneller Quilt ist eine angenehme Abweschlung zwischen all den modernen Quilts.
Ich versuche jetzt schon zum zweiten Mal diese Tasche zu nähen und sie schaut eher wie eine schwangere Bodenplatte aus und ich hätte eine Bitte, kanns tdu mir die Maße deiner Tasche sagen? Ich habe die Größe 9x12 inch genäht, mit seltsamen Erfolg. Meine Mailadresse:

Herzlichen Dank im Voraus!
Michi :)

Anne said...

fascinating !!! But have your potatoes and peas come out yet ?!!
Happy Easter ! XXXX

Carol said...

Oh that quilt is amazing, what a gorgeous heirloom you have created.