mouth watering peaches detail

22 Jul 2010
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I live in the San Joaquin Valley of California where our farmers grow almonds, tomatoes, grapes, rice, melons, sugar beets, walnuts,  apricots etc..... This quilt was made as a commission to honor one of our local peach farmer (which are being coming fewer and fewer). I really enjoyed doing this peice because it was a challenge to get the colors just right.   All the peaches started out as a very light yellow and I just kept mixing and adding paint until I thought they looked good enough to eat.  The leaves were made from a fabric that I had dyed green with rit dye (the poor quilters dye) and then painted.  Each pieced was then appliqued to the black background.

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FisherLady wrote
on 27 Jul 2010 11:43 AM

You have done such a great job of bringing these to life!...They look so real and I like your use of shadows, and contrasting fabrics for shading.  Your painting really worked well....GREAT JOB!

Is it hard working with paints/dye on fabric?  Any books you learned from or did you just experiment?...I'm new to quilting and have not tried it but would like to.



verlon54 wrote
on 27 Jul 2010 4:40 PM
verlon54 wrote
on 27 Jul 2010 5:07 PM

Hi Fisher Lady, 

I have never had any quilt classes or art classes I have just done a lot of reading,  I read books and magazines (blogs are a useful tool). I also use the feedback/critique  from my friends.  It is not hard to work with dye or paint just time consuming.  I usually spend a day just on dying fabric and since I use RIT dye I have everything at home which makes it quick. 

With both paints and dyes you need to learn what color mixed with another color and/or will blend into each other and possiblly create a third color.  Just knowing this is a great help - I use the RIT dye web site to help me with this - also it saves money on buying a lot of dye and paints.   I am not in a position to spend a lot of money on supplies so I cut corners where I can. 

P. S.  Be sure if you do any dyeing to make sure you set your dyes -  this can be accomplished to some extent by rinsing in white vinegar and rinsing after that.  Mind you this is just something I do it is not a guarentee that if you wash your quilt it will not bleed. Also heat set by ironing both mediums.