Monday, April 19, 2010

Hand Dyed Inspiration

Hello Everyone,

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:
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..


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35 comments:

Stephanie said...

Yes manly and gorgeous. Not only do I love the pattern for the quilt but your quilting is amazing. The suede look of the Cherrywoods come through even on the computer screen. I've only made two batik/hand dyed quilts...a NY Beauty quilt and a much smaller wall hanging.

Simone de Klerk said...

What an amazing quilt. And the quilting you did absolutely suits fabric like this. I love it!

Cathi said...

Gorgeous!!! I love the look of hand-dyed fabrics! I have a group from a local quilter who was doing hand-dyed fabrics for a while -- I keep looking at them and I think I may use them with some Kaffe fabrics.

badlandsquilts said...

The fabrics & the quilt are just wonderful!

Janet said...

It's beautiful and as soon as I saw the photo, I thought the fabrics have a seude look and then I read what line they're from. It's just wonderful that your Dad loves it.

Kathy said...

I love the colors and the quilt. Me and some friends are actually planning to do some fabric dying next month. Then I will have some hand dyeds to play with!

PunkiePie said...

How pretty. Or maybe I should say handsome! I have some hand-dyed fabrics too. I haven't used it yet.

Nedra said...

Yes, that is a perfect quilt for a Southwest home! Love the hand dyes, love the colors, and you did a perfect job on the selections for the quilting. Mr. Cactus would vote a big thumbs up on this one.

Jewel said...

That is amazing Jackie... I love it so much

Terri Stegmiller said...

Wow! This is one fabulous quilt! I'm so glad you shared it again as I missed it back in 2008.

wishes, true and kind said...

That is a spectacular quilt. I really like the pattern and LOVE the colors. They do have a suede-like look to them!

Annette said...

I love this quilt! And the colors are gorgeous. I had to go check out the pattern and now I have my eye on it. Thanks for sharing.

Anina said...

I LOVE the quilting!
Cherrywood is my favorite.

Vicki W said...

That's a beautiful quilt! Thanks very much for the mention. Be sure to enter my drawing every Monday!

Diane J. Evans said...

This is a great quilt! Right up my alley -- love the design, the colors, the quilting!

Hoping to win your giveaway -- I've sent my positive vibes out into the universe!

Diane

Nuna said...

Maravilloso !!! es realmente maravilloso !!!!!!

Un beso

Grazia said...

Great quilt Jackie!!!
I'm really impressed...I think it's one of the most beautiful I've ever seen...congratulations!!!
Grazia
P.S.I love hand died fabrics and the quilting

Patty said...

Love this quilt, I took a class last year and dyed a number of small squares but haven't done anything with them yet.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Jackie -- that's a gorgeous quilt! I love the hand dyed fabrics and that quilt is just perfect for showing them off. Lucky, lucky Dad!

julieQ said...

Just so pretty, I know your Dad must love it! The quilting adds so much motion to the triangle squares, I love that.

Allie said...

Oh my goodness....I love that quilt!

Rose Marie said...

It is wonderful to see this quilt again! Love it!!!!

Joan said...

Fantastic Quilt Jacki...just love the colour combinations. ♥

Cathy said...

Wow Jackie, I'm glad you revisted this quilt, what a beauty, I'm not surprised your Father loves it. Your quilting on it is amazing too. I don't have any handdyed fabric, maybe one day I will give it a go myself. xo

sewpam63 said...

What a GORGEOUS quilt, Jackie!!! I LOVE those hand dyed FABrics! And, your quilting really suits the quilt. : )

I DO love hand dyed fabrics!!! I use them, but sparingly, and I am pretty sure I hold my breath when I cut them!!!

I also REALLY love shot cottons. I have had the pleasure of using Oakshotts and they are ABSOLUTELY amazing!!! I have their link on my blog under shopping...I'll post it here too, but I don't know if it will work?! http://www.oakshottfabrics.com/index.php

Messy Karen said...

love these colors. love the quilting. nice job.

Fleurette said...

Love everything about this quilt, its gorgeous.
I also love hand dyed fabric and have used some in my NY beauty blocks.

pratima said...

This is gorgeous! The fabrics and their earthy tones remind me of kaffe shot cottons... your quilting compliments the pattern so well.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

It is modern and dramatic at the same time being something I wouldn't be able to take my eyes off in a room. It takes you in. The quilting is amazing too.

henny said...

Jackie,
lately I heart dyed fabrics, especially the colors. Stunning to my eyes. Last week I ordered Stitchindye's book. Want to learn how to make it.
Your dad's quilt is gorgeous. i love the colors, very modern :)

Quilts on Bastings said...

What a beautiful quilt Jackie - great colours and fabulous quilting.

em's scrapbag said...

It is gorgeous no wonder it is a favorite.

Kim D. said...

That's a gorgeous quilt Jackie.. I especially love the pattern you chose and the quilitng is great too. I have a collection of hand dyes as well. Someday I'll find just the right pattern to show them off.

Karen - QuiltLily Designs said...

I do love what you did with my Garden Terrace design by QuiltLily Designs. And, I agree, the qulting is incredible! I've seen it in all styles of fabrics, and I do love your hand dyed fabrics! I hope you are ok with me posting it on my QuiltLily Designs Facebook page. Please let me know.
Karen Pratt, QuiltLily Designs
www.berkshirequilts.com

Suzie said...

I love tis quilt! the colors, the pattern abd how you quilted it, everything is just perfect!

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