Last weekend was a weekend to dye for at Carola’s Quilt Shop!
All twelve of us created a one of a kind Improvisational Pieced Quilt Top. Most of us came to class without any preconceived plans except a big pile of fabric scraps.
They came with linens, cottons, rayons, silk, hemp, cotton/linen blends, flax, velvets & jaquards. New fabrics, vintage linens and antique laces & doilies.
With bobbins wound with white Aurifil 100% Egyptian cotton thread we were ready to go!
“Just sew scraps together,” the teacher said. “Just do it! Add a scrap, add a square, add a strip,” suddenly a quilt block is done.
“Make another block” said the teacher. And another, more, more, more. Square up the blocks, join the blocks.
In no time we had a quilt top ready to……………….Dye!
Knowledge of dyeing was not a requirement in this class. The simple steps were explained, but the dye mixing was left to Carola’s daughter Alaina. The students were here to enjoy the process of sewing and see the results of their own colour choices in their beautiful dyed quilt tops.
Here is Carola’s Quilt Top soaking in the Procion Dye tub, a shallow plastic tub about 18″ x 24″ After 15 minutes of steeping in the dye, soda ash solution is added. All in all, very little water is used in this process. Only one hour later the quilt top is ready to be rinsed. “Rinse until the water runs clear” Carola said.
Finally, here is Carola’s hand dyed quilt top. All the different fabrics took the dye in different ways.
We will keep you posted as picture of other student’s quilt top arrive! We can’t wait to dye another day. The next two day Serendipity Quilting weekend is Friday and Saturday August 8th and 9th, 2014 at Carola’s Quilt Shop in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of BC, Canada. Join us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire. Carola is available to teach “Stitch + Dye = Serendipity Quilt” class at your location