It’s April, the birds are singing outside my window, the bulbs are coming up in my gardens and the grass is starting to get green. So, it’s time to change the decor in my bedroom – a new Daisy Bed runner really added some springtime color.
To make this bedrunner, I used the leftover blue fabric from the backing of my butterfly quilt as the main background. To supplement the blue, I took out some of my custom dyed fabric samples, generally ones that were trials on different dyeing techniques. For added color, I decided to try out some fabric paint crayons.
A few years ago, I took a class on Shiva Paintsticks and Rubbing Plates. I enjoyed the class and purchased some supplies. However, time being in short supply, I really hadn’t used them since completing the class.
This project, I thought would be a good use of the paintsticks to embellish the fabrics that I had in my collection. After a day of painting, I set the fabrics aside for a week to allow the oils in the dye crayons to dry. The dye pigment was then heat set by ironing the fabric between pieces of brown paper (absorbs the excess oils very nicely). The resulting fabrics were really interesting.
Triangles were cut out of the fabrics and the border was then made by alternating triangles of blue and color.
To enhance the bedrunner, daisies and leaves were appliqued onto the center panel. The runner was quilted and the binding added.