At the 2015 International Quilt Festival in La Conner, WA, two of my quilts were honored with awards.
Way back in June, I entered “Moor :: Heather” in the in category “Original Abstract Wall Quilt” and “South of the Border” in category “Original Nonrepresentational Wall”.
I’m tickled pink, – looking at the first quilt, quite literally-, because it’s the second time I’m getting an award for one of my “quilts with holes”.
It made a 2nd Place.
Its all ruler-free, improv-curvy cutting (see “Teaching”), effectively slicing-in two different silks and Kaffe Fassett’s woven stripes (love those!).
And as several times before, when I thought its a really finely finished top, I made holes in it.
Now, how about the intense pink, or is it fuchsia, or just heather?
A while ago, I took a workshop on hand-dying cottons…
…however, the class was meant to do graduated dye baths in series… but this didn’t appeal too much to me, so I started systematically crunching up my 1/2-yd. cuts and stuffing it into small tubs. (Note: I like the big lidded tubs you buy peanuts or such party snacks at Costco).
It’s important to carefully poor “layers” of the different colored dye solutions. I screw the lid back on as tight as possible (be prepared for minor spills…don’t ask how I know), and turn all so carefully once the closed tub, making sure some, but not all dyes are mingling. And YES, there is some good portion of luck involved.
When I opened the fabrics, the colors of this hand-dyed’ surprised me with a strong memory of a sea of blooming heather in the Lüneburger Heide in Northern Germany.
The other quilt, – not lesser in color impact, but mostly yellow-orange-red, did even better:
Award of Excellence Domestic Machine Quilting.
I named this quilt aptly “South of the Border“, because when I was quilting, pictures and music of Mexico kept swirling in my head.
There is a so much movement, and patterns of zigzags like the woven edges of sombreros of lace-lined swinging skirts. The center is basically a small painted whole-cloth quilt, placed on the pieced quilt.
All the fabrics in the “tangy-orangy” pieced background are Judy Robertson’s hand-dyed’s
(available at Just Imagination).
I love her fabrics, she’s doing such good work, -always high quality-, and it gives me the freedom not to feel the need to dye yardage in my own house
Working with lots and lots of dye can be problematic if your house isn’t on the city sewer. The bacteria in your septic tank(s) do NOT like the amount of salt and other chemicals you must use for hand-dying. Small amounts are o.k., but never yardage.
For the past several years, every month, I received a beautiful yard of her hand-dyed fabric via mail. You can sign up for her “Yard of the Month Club”. It’s affordable, supports a small business owner and over time, will give you a substantial stash in all kind of colors to pick from. Once you’ve enough of this stuff, you’ll get fearless!
This might be just the perfect cure for the panic many quilters feel when it comes to actually CUTTING into this oh-so precious stuff.
…oh, and the newest tell about this quilt is, it’ll travel to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, to be exhibited within the most prestigious quilt show in Brazil: Rio Patchwork Design 2016.