Wednesday, September 28, 2022

2nd quilt from marbled fabric - Marbled Circles

After making an art quilt from the marbled fabric (and using only 3 small pieces), I decided to make one that included nearly all of the marbled fabric together in one quilt.  I remembered that I had made a quilt out of Hawaiian fabrics that showcased the material, but where the pieces didn't touch each other.  Since there was an overall theme to the fabric, I thought this might work with the marbled fabric too.

But, I recently bought a set of  Bloc loc  half rectangle rulers to make rectangular pieces and I wanted to give them a try.  

I cut my pieces 4" x 8" and followed the instructions that came with the rulers.  My final 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" pieces were perfect and the rulers were very easy to use.   The great thing was that most of the marbled fabric was in small pieces - less than a fat quarter - so this size made the most use of the fabrics.  Note:  there are great videos posted by the company on how to use the ruler.

I added blue, orange-red, and a 1930's green that matched the color of the inks used for the marbled fabric.  I sketched up this design:

And here is the quilt.  It's quilted with 2 sizes of circle rulers, all in green thread.  The final size is 43" W x 54" H. and I named it "Marbled Circles".

I hope you like it!

Monday, September 12, 2022

Postcards made with marbled fabric scraps

I had a little bit of leftover marbled fabric from the previous quilt and couldn't bring myself to toss it out.  So, I made a few little postcards.  I just collaged the fabric onto batting and  stiff interfacing (like Timtex), added a few pieces of metallic recycled trim and antique rick-rack, topped that with white tulle and quilted them.  Here they are:

I hope you like them1

Monday, September 5, 2022

First quilt from the marbled fabric - Northwest Marbled

This is the continuation of the post about making an art quilt from marbled fabric.

I used skinny black strips of fabric to lay out the design on my design wall.   Then I pieced the rows to fit within the black strips.  Initially, I wanted a skinny 1" black strip to separate the rows, but I found that it was impossible to make them fit and keep the colored stripes running vertical.  So, instead, I cut 2" strips, then fit the pieces together, narrowing the 2" piece where necessary to make them look right to me.  I added 4" borders on all sides, then quilted the piece in white and black thread.  After it was quilted, I trimmed it to size.  

It measures 46" W x 49" H.   The title of the quilt is "Northwest Marbled".  

I hope you like it!

Monday, August 22, 2022

Marbling Fabric

I took a class this summer on marbling fabric.  We made quite a bit of fabric, and I'm going to show you what I did with some of the pieces that matched.

There were 3 fabrics made with turquoise, black, white and red.  The piece that had circles on it reminded me so much of Northwest Native Art that I decided to use those pieces first.  

I didn't want to just willy-nilly cut into the fabric, so I made copies of it on our home copy machine.  I cut the paper apart and started playing on my design board.  Here are some of the ideas and  progress photo for the art piece.

When I decided that it was what I wanted to make, I pulled out fabrics to give me a color progression and started cutting strips and piecing them together.  

Here is another progress photo, with some strips in place.

So far so good.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Striped fabric - 2 more charity quilts

As I was finishing up the charity quilts made with striped fabric, a member of my small quilt group came downstairs with more striped fabric that I could use.  I know that all of us experienced quilters have a huge stash of fabric.  At our ages (somewhere north of retirement age!), we know that we will never be able to use up all the material we have.   So, I took it and made 2 more striped quilts for our charity group.

For these two, I cut the squares on-grain, instead of on the bias, so that I could use as much of the fabric as possible.  Both of these had two striped fabrics in them, and I set them off with pinwheels again, which I just think it so adorable.  Anyway, here they are:

Thank you to Audrey Prothero!

I hope you like them.

Monday, August 1, 2022

More fabric dyeing

I can't remember if its dying or dyeing, with the 'e'.  At any rate, I've done more fabric dyeing and here are the results:

I had left over diluted dye from my previous combinations of fuchsia red, pagoda red, deep orange, deep yellow, amethyst, eggplant, and lemon yellow.  They were all diluted to 1/16th of the original strength in previous dye lots and saved in the refrigerator for about a month.  There were 4 bottles of the mixed colors that looked like 2 very similar shades of orange, a light dusty pink, and a light shade of purple.  This time, I scrunched the pre-treated and wet fabric into shoe box size containers and squirted the dyes on top of the fabric in several combinations.  I pushed the fabric into the liquid and let it sit overnight without stirring the fabric.  There are now 4 different fabrics to have fun with.

The other two pieces were ice dyed.  Each one of those pieces was pre-soaked and dried.  The dry fabric was scrunched into baskets, then covered thinly with ice cubes from our freezer.  I squirted the diluted red dye onto one and then added dye powder in two colors:  bronze and pagoda red.  I let that sit overnight.

In the second basket, I squirted the dilute purple on top of the ice, then added dye powder in two colors:  #150 gray, and midnight blue.

I just love how they all turned out so different and can't wait to use them in a quilt.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Striped fabric and 2 more charity quilts

I got some more striped fabric from a friend in my small quilt group.  And I had some from the charity group stash as well.  So, I made two more striped quilts and added pinwheels in 2 sizes.  I like the modern look of these tops, and hope they find a nice home.


55” x 66”


Striped material – need 72 each 6” squares cut on the bias – I started with 3 yards and cut all on the true bias

White – need 16 each 6-1/2” squares and 32 each 3-3/4 squares – 1 yard

Accent color – need 16 each 6-1/2 squares and 32 each 3-3/4” squares – used scraps to total 1 yard


Make half square triangles out of the white and accent color.

Trim the 6-1/2” ones to 6” square

Trim the 3-3/4” ones to 3-1/4” square

 Sew 4 of each size together to make a pinwheel.  You’ll end up with:

  8 of the large pinwheels (11-1/2” x 11-1/2”)

  16 of the small pinwheels (6” x 6”)

 Lay out the squares on a design board in a pleasing arrangement.  Orient the striped material to give a chevron effect.

Sew the columns together, then sew the rows together, pressing as you go.  You may have to sew in sections rather than in rows.  

Hint:  if you have more or less of the striped material, you can alter the number of the smaller pinwheels to make up the difference.