29 Dec 2009
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This quilt was inspired by the flowers in my garden.  I used commercial fabrics for the background and hand-dyed fabrics for the flowers.  I tried painting with dyes,  which I had never done before and it was a challange.  After several tries I got the results I sort of wanted.  I loved making this quilt and learned alot for the next one. 

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on 30 Dec 2009 4:08 AM

It is very beautiful. Which dye did you use for painting?


TheNeedler wrote
on 30 Dec 2009 8:31 PM
This is lovely and well-done. Daylillies are one of my favorite flowers, and you have captured all the tiny ridges in the petals that most people miss when looking at the plant. Greast use of color in the plants and the background. What type of dyes did you use and what to apply them?...........Jim D
Quilnan wrote
on 30 Dec 2009 9:23 PM

So vibrant and detailed...lovely.

lauraruiz wrote
on 1 Jan 2010 9:02 AM

Thank you.  I used procion mx dyes from dharma trading.  I also used a little alginate (also from dharma) to thicken the dye a little, so it wouldn't spread too much.  That alginate takes some getting used to, there's a fine line between to thin and too thick for painting.   I liked using the dyes instead of paints because the hand of the fabric doesn't change, which makes free motion stitching alot easier.   I painted each petal individually then cut it out and fused it to the surface.  I've never painted (except for walls) so it is a learning process trying to achieve shadow and contrast.   Happy New Year!!!

caren12 wrote
on 2 Jan 2010 12:42 PM

I love your daylillies.  They look so real.  They are my favorite flowers! Is the background pieced?  And are the flowers needle turned, or fused?


on 8 Jan 2010 10:07 AM

You certainly can't tell that you had any difficulties. It looks beautiful! I love the colors and the shading is just right.

LuAnnKessi wrote
on 15 Jan 2010 4:56 PM

Gorgeous Lilies, so vibrant and full of light.

LuAnn in Oregon


LoriC19 wrote
on 21 Jan 2010 12:02 PM

Wow!  Beautiful job!  LoriC

julierod wrote
on 29 Jan 2010 6:16 PM

these are really beautiful

julierod wrote
on 29 Jan 2010 6:16 PM

these are really beautiful

julierod wrote
on 29 Jan 2010 6:16 PM

these are really beautiful

Anne lundy wrote
on 4 Feb 2010 8:31 PM

The colours are so realistic, the flowers look 3D . Very good job. You captured all the details , great job on the background too !  .