mouth watering peaches detail

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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3 thoughts on “mouth watering peaches detail

  1. 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.



  2. 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.