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September 4, 2010

Here’s a New Hand dyed Fabric

Spent the entire morning dyeing twenty yards of fabric for my upcoming booth at Quilt-A-Fair in Longmont, Colorado. I have a lot of fabric and hope to have a successful booth this year. Then I baked a peach cobbler with the fabulous Colorado peaches. There’s nothing like them. John does like his desserts, so I try to keep something in the kitchen for us.

Now I’m back to working on a quilt using only my hand dyes and hoping to exhibit it. The center that I spent days stitching turns out to be boring, so I started again. Now I am ready to hand appliqué the new square. It’s definitely an improvement but what a lot of effort, not to mention fabric.  I wonder if it will be accepted into an exhibit. The colors are my signature “dulls” – the grayed down tones that I like. The colors are compliments, a gradation I dyed from dull turquoise to grayed rust. I’ve combined these with a couple of Shibori dyes that have sparks of gold and orange that brighten the palette.

I’m at the stage of doubting the design. I love the outer edges. I don’t love the center so much, even the second one. But I’ll press on. I’m half-way to a quilt top and it wants to be finished.

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