Desperate Times….

Have you heard the saying, desperate times call for desperate measures? I was looking at some older quilts yesterday that I often pull out at Christmas time. This is one. 

 
I made this over 15 years ago. I love appliqué quilts, but I have never taken the time to get good at it. This is machine appliquéd. It is a pretty crude version of the traditional Princess Feather. I could only get myself to make one block. I still love it except for one thing. See that red print? I hate the way it has faded. 

 
It used to match the inner border and the print was very subtle. I appliquéd and quilted this on my 1955 Singer 201. I should have done a bit more quilting in that border! LOL 

 
Anyway, I while I love this raggedy thing, I cannot abide that faded print. So today, I am going to try this. 

 
I plan to make some very strong tea to tea dye the whole thing. I haven’t anything to lose because I won’t hang it as faded as it is now. 

Stay tuned for updates! 

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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7 Responses to Desperate Times….

  1. Good luck Katy! Tea dye will look so good on this piece.

  2. Jasmine says:

    I think I have a whole queen size quilt made with that print, and mine has really faded too!

  3. sandi says:

    I think it’s still very pretty! I look forward to seeing the tea dyed look. Hugs,

  4. Sarah says:

    Katy, it’s beautiful to me as it is.

  5. I love this quilt as is…BUT you have my attention! I have thought of doing this to a quilt that I own…can’t wait to see the results!

  6. Luann says:

    Katy,
    I watched a video with Anna Buzzalino (spelling?) where she actually makes a quilt that after it is completed, she dyes. She uses Procion MX dyes and a large tote, something I would store Seasonal decorations in. If the tea doesn’t work you may want to try dyeing it. You can always start out with a tint of the color and keep going deeper. The one thing to remember, each cell on the cotton can only absorb a limited amount of dye. I once tried to over dye a black and red with blue to get a black and purple. Absolutely no color was absorbed at all. It was very disappointing. The cloth may have had some sort of finish on it also, that I wasn’t aware of. Anyway, that’s my 15 cents worth! I’m always inspired by your posts. Thank you.
    Luann
    http://www.letscreatetoday.blogspot.com

  7. anudge says:

    I’ll be interested in how the tea-dying goes. I think you did a fine job of machine quilting it.

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