Aug 22 16

Invigorating Color!

 
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I probably should have warned you that you might need sunglasses to safely view the photos in this blog post!  The block above is a 35 inch square machine embroidery applique block created on my embroidery machine over many days last week.  It is appliqued/embroidered on a piece of hand-dyed cotton sateen that has been sitting in a drawer for a few years, just waiting for the right design.  I love, love, love the rich, saturated colors here and the way they bleed into one another.  This kind of fabric dyeing is actually very easy to do, and I’ll give you  a link at the end of this post to a short video tutorial we made a few years ago that shows you exactly how to do it.  In the meantime, though, here are some close up shots of this center block:
 
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The “circle” that surrounds the center flower quartet is made of 5 inch swag pairs.  I was more understated than usual in my thread color choices for the swag pairs but I’m glad I was because the background fabric colors are so strong.  Here is a close up shot of the center floral design:
 
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(I still need to trim some jump stitches in those center flowers: I just noticed those now!)  I really like the outermost flowers that encircle the block.  I was trying to make every other flower more of a “purple theme” and then every other flower a “blue theme.”  Here’s a “blue themed” one:
 
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…and here’s a “purple themed” one:
 
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I have been doing MEA for about 4 years now (maybe it’s been 5, I can’t remember), but it still never ceases to amaze me just how much intricate detail and texture the thread work can add to an applique design.  I am enthralled by the swirled thread work on these.  Here are a couple of them together in one shot:
 
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Working with all this fabulous color last week was a treat for my soul.  It’s making me feel like I need to use up more of my yummy hand dyed fabrics because they make me feel so alive as I’m working with them.
 
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If you’re interested in trying some hand dyeing yourself, this video shows you every single step I use to make fabrics like these:
 
 

Give it a try…your quilting will never be the same!


 

7 Comments

  1. Suzy Webster Says:

    I LOVE the orange background! It’s fabulous!

  2. peggy Says:

    love love love it! thanks for the cheering up!

  3. Ann Says:

    what embroidery machine did you use? I think in the past you have used a babylock, right? love the embroidery!! Did you use sizzix for the applique?

    just wonderful!

  4. Sophie Says:

    The color in your photos jumps off my screen … And is inspiring me to dye some vibrant fabrics of my own. Gorgeousness!

  5. Diane Evans Says:

    Wow, oh wow!! These are glorious! I’m not much of a hand-dyer — any chance you have some of these pieces to sell?? I’d be first in line!

    Diane

  6. Nancy Says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your process!

  7. LJ Says:

    Beautiful. I really must give dyeing a try; this is gorgeous fabric.