Monday, April 18, 2011

Dyeing to Play - Cosmic Games

Quilt #25

Dyeing to Play - Cosmic Games

Cosmic Games was the first quilt I made using the Dyeing to Play fabrics.

I made the centre section using all the fabrics. The multi-coloured gold was cut in wavy strips and woven with all the brown fabrics, except for the multi-coloured brown which was woven with the turquoise fabrics, and so on (turquoise with burgundy – burgundy with gold). Hope this makes sense.


Once this section was made and appliqued to the gold background, I made the quick sketch above, which also contains ideas for a title for the quilt, none of which I used.

A friend thought that the centre section looked like a game board, so Cosmic Games it was.

Cosmic Games - detail

Some of the shapes got rearranged as I played around with placement of each piece.

Cosmic Games - detail

The tendrils were fused and then quilted. Comments from the judges at the Houston Quilt Festival suggested that the edges should have been stitched down before being quilted. Other comments were positive.

Cosmic Games - tendrils & quilting

Variegated thread was used to quilt the top and gold on the back.

back showing sleeve and label
back detail - quilting

This quilt was juried into 2007 “Quilts: A World of Beauty, Houston Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.


Hope you have a nice day,



Quilt Name: Dyeing to Play: Cosmic Games
Description: Abstract
Pattern: Original
Size: 38” x 38”
Fabrics: hand dyed muslin, overdyed cotton prints
Predominant colours: Gold, Turquoise, Burgundy, Brown
Construction Techniques: Woven wavy strips, circles, triangles– all fused and zigzagged along the edges, tendrils were fused only
Back: Four wide strips of dyed muslin
Batting: Hobbs 80-20
Edge finish: Double Fold French Binding
Quilting: Machine quilted on domestic sewing machine
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: yes
Label: yes
Date completed: 2006
Quilt History: juried into Quilts: A World of Beauty, Houston Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas in 2007 -- won Canadian Quilters Association Viewers’ Choice Ribbon - Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilter’s Guild’s Annual Quilt Show in 2007 -- accepted into First Annual Contemporary Art Exhibit – Museum of Northern History at the Sir Harry Oakes Chateau, Kirkland Lake, Ontario in 2008
Maker: Terry Whyte

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