Friday, August 17, 2012

Sparkling Rings

Sparkling Rings

Quilt # 98

This was an experiment in dyeing cotton batting which turned out really well and ended being used for the top of this quilt.

Sparkling Rings
After soaking the batting and some white cotton in soda ash, I layered the batting and cotton on a piece of plastic. Yellow, red and blue Procion MX Dyes that had been diluted in water was poured on the batting and left to mix and bleed together and give brilliant secondary colours.

The excess dye soaked through to the bottom cotton layer which I used for the back of the quilt.

I applied random pieces of white and black netting to the batting and covered the whole thing with organza.

The circles were stitched on and I then added wiggly lines where the circles overlapped.
detail of organza,  net, beads

And then the scary part, the organza was burned off using a heat gun and soldering iron, leaving it only at the stitching.

I thought it still needed a little bling, so added various shaped, mostly green, beads in a random path on the intersecting sections.

Hand made cotton beads, some wrapped with thread completed the embellishing.

hand made beads

I hand quilted around each circle and then, just for fun, wove some embroidery thread through the quilting stitches on the on some of the circles.

Sparkling Rings back
Quilt Name: Sparkling Rings
Description: Embellished and stitched overlapping circles on dyed batting
Pattern: Original
Size: 17” x 19”
Fabrics: cotton batting, netting, organza, 100% cotton
Predominant colours: rainbow
Construction Techniques: free motion and embellishment
Back: 100% hand dyed cotton
Batting: cotton
Edge finish: Double fold french binding
Quilting: Free motion quilted on Domestic Machine
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: yes
Label: yes
Date completed: 2009
Quilt History: Displayed at Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters Guild Quilt Show in May 2010 and the 3rd Annual Englehart Art Juried Show, Sept, 2011.
Maker: Terry Whyte

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