After lots of your suggestions, I have decided to definitely do an ongoing series of quilts that I have made from specific fabric inspirations of mine. The last post was about a batik quilt. There will be more on batik fabrics in future posts. This one is on hand dyed fabrics. There will be several posts on hand dyed fabrics as well.
I know that many of us love hand dyed fabrics and I am one of them!! I have a bit of a stash that is just hand dyes. I find them very versatile and just plain quite beautiful.
Many of you may remember this quilt which I posted about in 2008. It is a quilt that I had made for my father 2 years ago for his 75th birthday. I really wanted to revisit this one as it is one of my favorites, his too.
I used Cherrywood Hand Dyed fabrics. They really have a suede look to them. I also used their variegated thread to match. It was just the perfect thread to use for the quilting.
The pattern I used is called Garden Terrace by Berkshire Quilts. One of the reasons I picked it was because I felt it was more "manly" than others. The appeal would be greater to my dad.
The colors of the Cherrywoods were chosen for several reasons. They seemed to be more of a Southwestern palette to me and would fit very well in their home in AZ where they winter.
It really does seem to fit well in their home and he loves having it and using it daily.
The quilting designs I chose to use were different from one another, slightly on the modern side, but simple enough to fit the overall feel of the quilt.
I absolutely love the outcome of this quilt and hope to one day make a similar one for myself. So, have you used hand dyed fabric? If so, I would love to see what you have done!!
At this point, I wanted to provide several sources that I enjoy for hand dyed fabric:
- Cherrywood Fabrics - Hand dyed suede look fabrics
- Vicki Welsh - Fabrics for textile artists
- Dye Candy - Handcrafted quilting cottons by Shady Grove Studios
- Ruby Mountain Dye Works - Premium quality hand dyed fabrics
If you choose to make a purchase from any of these sources, I know you will be more than happy!!
If you haven't already, don't forget to enter my giveaway on this post. It is open until April 30th! Good Luck!!
Until Next Time..