More play…

  Notice the background fabric?  It’s the same background fabric from the embroidered piece in the last blog entry.  I love this fabric.  It’s Aged Muslin .  The company that manufactures it only has it in colors of off-white, tan, etc…

   I would love to find someone that makes aged color fabric.  I know I can age it myself, but I don’t want too.  You can’t make me.

  More hex signs.  

  This hex looks Japanese to me. 

Oh, I almost forgot.  All of the embroidery was actually stitched on a light colored muslin.  I embroidered these pieces on my last vacation.  When I got home I cut them out and appliqued them to the darker aged muslin.

  This includes the magpie. It was also stitched on light colored muslin and appliqued onto the darker muslin.  Why would I do this technique?  Well, I didn’t want to carry a whole bunch of stuff with me on my trip.  All I brought with me was the one piece of fabric, embroidery thread, needle, scissors and a pencil.  All the hexes where drawn freehand onto the muslin in pencil. 

  I wasn’t in the mood to do the quilting this time.  I chose to tie this quilt off.  I used embroidery thread for the tying.

   This was a rather easy quilt to put together.

10 Responses to “More play…”

  1. Andrea- this is really wonderful! The aged muslin looks nice and old, like its been in a trunk in the attic for decades. The crow is beautiful. You do great stuff. Some of the ladies in my Surface Design Group (including myself) have rusted fabric and it looks great- just wet some muslin with water and vinegar and wrap some metal washers, jingle bells, saftey pins, whatever will rus, then wad it up and stick it in a tin coffee can for a few days. Its very cool and random and looks old. I did some vintage linen napkins and they turned steel gray- I had tea dyed them before rusting and somehow it interacted and produced the most beautiful color. When using the rust technique if you want the process to stop you need to neutralize it with a salt-water solution. Dissolve about 1/4 cup salt into four gallons of hot water. I do this in a five-gallon bucket. Soak your fabric in the salt water about fifteen minutes. Wash the fabric using a non-phosphorous soap or a mild color free shampoo. It sounds like a lot of work but it is worth the effort. Next time I make a batch I’ll send you some.

  2. Victoria says:

    this is beautiful and exciting… great work and it leaves me wanting to see more.
    I’m fascinated by how you interpreted the hex signs, especially since I live in lancaster, pa. and see them on the barns. fabulous work you are doing!

  3. Julia says:

    This is amazing!! I can’t wait to see a full view. I really am a fan of your work! Lovely, lovely…especialy that magpie!

  4. sally says:

    Although I’m not a huge Martha Stewart fan, she does have an article on fading and overdyeing fabric on her website (search “Fading Florals”) — I would only suggest this if you get really desperate!

  5. Angela says:

    This is gobsmacking! Truly beautiful.

  6. Cheryl says:

    Yet again, another amazing piece from you. LOVE the magpie too.
    I just finished a pillow using your turkey pattern. Turned out cute! Thanks!

  7. Emily says:

    I too am looking forward to the full view. This is awesome. I love the magpie. I hope to teach myself to quilt soon and love your approach to this one so far!

  8. laura says:

    true love.
    at first sight.

  9. Eva says:

    Amazing piece! Adorable.

  10. linda says:

    Hi Andrea, found your blog today, love your stuff. Here is a link to a lady who has most beautiful hand-dyed cotton. I think it may serve your purpose. Not affiliated, just a satisfied customer!

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