Saturday, October 19, 2013

Stranger in a Strange Land

I just finished my challenge quilt for my 12 by 12 group.  It is completely made from hand dyed fabrics.

Is is supposed to represent the theme of foreign. So my idea was to have a nearly gray/purple landscape and add a strange looking tree in a bright yellow fabric in the foreground. Plus the tree is made from silk velvet which is a different fabric than the cottons of the landscape.  I call it "Stranger in a Strange Land" after the science fiction novel. I actually thought of the title while walking and came up with it before I even had an idea of what I was going to do for the quilt.

Interesting enough the gray/purple fabrics were a dyeing “failure”. I was trying to dye a gradation of purples, but they came out gray. But even fabrics that do not come out as expected are still wonderful and are very useful in a quilt.

Have you dyed fabrics that seem to be a disappointment, but turn out to be perfect for a quilt?

Thanks for reading.

Chris

1 comment:

The Idaho Beauty said...

What a rich yellow gold that tree is against the more muted background. I like it very much. You are so right about the dyeing "failures" - they will always find a place.