Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Here it is - the progression of color on this little quilt (finishes at 16 x20)
First is the sepia-tone that I shared previously. Next a similar picture shown in true colors.
And last the finished piece with the walnut crystal dye spritzed all over.
I love how it looks just a little aged. It just seems warmer to me. I have used coffee and tea to dye fabric and finished quilts in the past. It's fantastic to have a new tool in my arsenal. Thanks to Nancy for sharing this idea.

Another thing that just tickles me . . . in the sepia photo, you can see the quilting stitches, but they virtually disappear in the color picture. It's like magic. Honestly the simplest things will just amuse me for hours.

There are a total of 9 patterns in this pack. I think I will do one more (they are just so darned fun) and then get on with the whole cloth. I'm feeling pretty good about my quilt stitch right now and my fingers are feeling a bit toughened up. A couple of good movies this weekend and I'll have a good start.

22 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

I was thinking the same thing about how on the sepia photo you can see the stitches!

McIrish Annie said...

it looks great after the spritz dye!!

Carol said...

That spritz dye is just wonderful...I need to get some of that. It sure makes your little quilt look old. Amazing how the sepia makes those stitches show up. You did a great job...on to the big quilt.

Fiona said...

The dye really does give the quilt an extra dimension - though if I hadn't seen it dyed I would have thought it was wonderful anyway!

Patti said...

Marvelous little quilt! I have so many of Lori Smith's little quilt patterns, but have yet to find time to make even a single one. The walnut crystals did marvelous things to it. Can you share where you got the walnut stuff and just how to use it?

My only concern is that the walnut crystals will cause fabric deterioration more quickly - but the other half of my brain argues that my quilts probably won't be around long enough for it to matter. I'd love to try this on a quilt or two.

Linda_J said...

Libby, the postage stamp quilt looks phenomenal but look what else you are up to! The spritz dye really dials the whiteness back so it does look like an antique quilt. Good job! (taking the day off to catch up on the blogs--about time?)

Angie said...

Another wonderful little quilt, Libby! I loved it 'in color' --and even more so with the walnut dye. I'm with Patti, please tell us all about this walnut dye, where to get it and how to use it. :D

meggie said...

Lovely -just lovely!

Judy said...

Well the sepia has to show shadows so that's why the stitches show up better.

Love both versions and I regocnize a lot of those fabrics! I think I will have to make one of these. Just too cool not to make! I have never heard of Walnut crystal dye, but it's wonderful!

Diana said...

It's amazing with the walnut crystal dye. I thought it might change the colors, but it just deepened and darkened them. It really looks aged.
Great job!

Good luck with your hand quilting; I'm sure it will be beautiful.

Conni Lu said...

They're both quite pretty. I also didn't know about the spritz dye.

kjquilts said...

Your little quilt is just precious! I love the softly aged appearance after the dye was spritzed on. I have done a full size wholecloth and I loved every minute of it. Good luck!

Quilt Nut said...

love how it looks after the spritz dye

Screen Door said...

Brave girl!!!I love how you work your "dye magic" on a COMPLETED project. It's beautiful. The sepia photo is worth a picture frame....

Lois R. said...

It looks fantastic! So warm and homey looking. What do you plan to do with it?

The spritz dye sounds interesting. I'll have to read more about it.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

That spritz dye has really "made" that little quilt and your quilting stitches are OUTSTANDING, Libby! What a delightfully wonderful project. Enjoy!

Dawn said...

Oh Libby! I love it! But I"ve always loved Nancy's quilts with it on, but I"m so happy to see the comparison! Too cool. That first little one, I LOVE that green in the middle of it! And look how great it is with the walnut stuff sprayed on it! Cooooool!

Cynthia said...

wow! How big are the pieces in the quilt? It looks lovely sprayed with the dye. I don't think i've heard of it here in Australia.

marie sy said...

ce travail est extraordinaire
j'aime le choix des tissu
et j'adore ce quilt
merci et
BRAVO

Jeanne said...

I love the vintage look that the dye gives your little quilt. It's adorable.

Knot Garden said...
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Knot Garden said...

Your photos of this quilt really caught my eye, and when I read it I realised I have the same pattern. Seeing yours has made me want to start mine!
You have a really nice blog.
Caroline