I finished this quilt this weekend.
It was inspired by spending time under the catalpa tree this summer, dyeing cloth blue, and seeing rabbits feeding both here and in the neighbors’ backyards. Oh, and the blue moon that occurred on August 31, 2012.
As I have mentioned elsewhere, I think the paper doll quality of the tiny garments on the clothes lines gave me a kind of innocent pleasure. Perhaps I should make some paper dolls?!
I continued my experimentation with layering sheers, removing color with bleach, and using the ‘wrong’ sides of fabrics to achieve a more subtle palette.
The hand stitching is pretty dense and although I wished I had not used any ‘regular’ sewing cotton thread (even a single strand of cotton embroidery floss tugs better), I mostly like it.
The light is definitely changing in these parts.
And I guess since the equinox is not until this weekend, the cold I’ve contracted is officially a summer one. Off to a hot bath!!
Oh, your house/bunny quilt is just adorable; did you bleach before or after it was together–I used to use a Q-Tip to do little bleach spots if I didn’t like the way something stood out–but I don’t know how good this is for the fabric–I did dot it with water tho’— but I digress…;–)) Your quilt is lovely…Julierose
thanks, Julierose. All the color removal was done prior to piecing… I never thought of using a q-tip to apply… I have done the opposite, darkening a too-bright patch by masking out surrounding fabrics and spritzing with walnut dye.
I love your story around this piece. The house theme is great and you do it so well. The laundry line is such fun. You could do paper dolls in cloth….does that make sense 🙂 I mean paper doll like cut outs in cloth.
I love this – the faded quality of the colours and the dense stitching work so well together! =D
Ahhh your Blue moon and rabbit is lovely: all the tiny stitches !!!
Oh, and get well soon, Dee !
thanks for the comments, Mo’a, Rita and Els… it was a fun quilt to put together. Some aren’t – but this one was.