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this is just a test

this is just a test

By Patricia Belyea  

SEATTLE WA  This project started in June when I attended Botanical Colors Indigo Workshop and dyed yards of yukata cotton in the brackish blue dye. With this jean-colored cotton, I made up 6″ triangle blocks as a background fabric for a quilt experiment.

Indigo Workshop with Botanical Colors

My idea was to cut into a precisely pieced block and inset colored curved lines. I chose three values of green Kona cotton and a red hand-dyed Kona cotton from Quilts of Color.

IN-DYE-GO Hope quiltI wanted the original piecing to still line up when I sewed the block back together. This required making pattern pieces so the quilt top would lie flat when finished.

IN-DYE-GO: HopeOnce I completed the initial block, I bordered it with more indigo triangle blocks. The quilting combined stitch-in-the-ditch on every seam and hand-stitching with No. 8 perle cotton to extend the arcs into closed curves.

I plan to do a much larger version (4′ x 6′) of this piece. Now that I know my idea is possible, I’m ready to cut into the second one.

Name IN-DYE-GO: Hope
Size 24″ x 30″
Year 2013


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2 comments to “this is just a test”

  1. Laurie says:

    Love everything Japanese!!!

  2. Nancy Hutchison says:

    very interesting effect. I look forward to seeing more.