One of my original posts on this blog was about fabric dyeing (Sept 22, 2015). At that time, I mentioned that I had watched a Craftsy class about dyeing fabric. Before jumping in and buying numerous colors of dye and supplies, I decided to try a sample kit.
The purchased a gradation dyeing kit which was a smart decision. This kit gave me the opportunity to try my hand at mixing dyes to get different colors, as well as working with low volumes and how to best handle the fabrics.
The first color kit I purchased was “STONES & SHELLS”.
Colors included were: Camel 5181, Old Rose 5220 & Stormy Grey 6160
Following the directions, I created thirty fat eights in a gradation of earth tones. While the samples were fun to make, I had no idea what to use them for. So, these pieces of fabric have been sitting on my shelf waiting for some inspiration. Earlier this year when I was doing some strip quilting, I decided that a strip quilt might be a good use of these fabric as well.
To add some pops of color, I dyed three fat quarters of cotton fabric using a variety of techniques – marbling, sun dyeing and batch dyeing. For the sides and the backing, I dyed a three yard piece of 108″ wide cotton with a evergreen dye.
The gradation fabrics were cut into 2.5″ x 20″ strips. These were then sorted by color and then The green pops of color were cut into 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ pieces. The strips were then sewn together with dark green on each side. After sorting the gradation fabrics, I split them into three groups and pieced starting with the first color of each group. This allowed for the fabrics to be distinct rather than blending from one gradient to the next.
The quilt top was then put together using my long-arm machine just like a did with the black strip quilt earlier this year (May 8, 2019).
Another fun quilt to donate. And, more fabric used from my stash!
2 thoughts on “Dyed Fabric Strip Quilt”
I ALWAYS ENJOYED DYING, BUT IT REQUIRED A ‘WET STUDIO’ SPACE THAT I HAVEN’T HAD FOR A LONG TIME.
I do my dyeing my laundry room. I just make sure the space is tidy so I don’t dye my clothes.