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    Senior Member dixie_fried's Avatar
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    Smile First original quilt.

    Perhaps you've seen me go on and on about the Modern Quilt Guild's 100 days of quilts. Perhaps not. But, let me just say that I have been so inspired by the modern movement that I couldn't stop myself from making my own liberated quilt.
    The backing fabric was my inspiration. I dyed all the solids for the front and just sort of let the design happen as I went along. I quilted it in straight lines that remind me of plaid.
    The first photo shows the backing, and the second is taken beside my porch where the tulips are confused by the 50 degree weather we've had the last week and are sprouting!
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    great quilt. you made a nice design.
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    Neat .........

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    Awesome Dixie! It's very contemporary all around! Kudos!
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    Awesome. I really like your hand dyed fabric. And the quilting is perfect and fits the design.
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    Contemporary isn't normally something I lean towards but I love your design! The quilting really enhances the geometric's and the color is wonderful!
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    very neat!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fxsts93kf View Post
    Contemporary isn't normally something I lean towards but I love your design! The quilting really enhances the geometric's and the color is wonderful!
    Same here - it's a stunner.

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    Very nice quilt, love the hand dyed backing, and the colors you pulled from it for the front. Not my style but very nice you did a great job.
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    Beautiful quilt and very unique.

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    very interesting..and if it was liberating, YAY for you!

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    Very pretty quilt.The back is beautiful also.
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    Wow that is way cool>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.

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    Gorgeous! I love contemporary piecing and quilting and think you did a great job!

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    Very Cool! Love the backing fabric!

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    very cool. love everything about this quilt. do the blocks in the chain change color or is that just the play of light?! you need to tell me about the dyeing ! i so want to do this , too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    very cool. love everything about this quilt. do the blocks in the chain change color or is that just the play of light?! you need to tell me about the dyeing ! i so want to do this , too!
    The photos are pre-wash.
    The center of the chain (berry color) is the most consistent of the dye jobs...they are all berry and do show different in the light. The yellow green is slightly variegated, and the indigo is just plain splotchy in the picture, but, I didn't notice it until I saw the photos.
    I didn't really intend to dye the solids, but, I could not find fabric to pull from the back, so I got a navy for the main color and used a red violet. The berry was a pink that also went into a red violet bath. The yellow green started out as unbleached cotton and I layered yellow and green until it looked right. I used I-dyes, as that's what I could source locally. Any future dyes I will order from Dharma Trading company and use fixatives because the purples ran pretty bad and the green is now an olive shade. 3 color catchers came out of the wash royal purple.
    It's not ruined, but, it's not what I intended.
    It truly was a fun process, and I'm more happy with the results than anything else I've made so far. (not saying a lot since this is only number 3 or 4).
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    All I can say is "WOW". That is an outstanding quilt.

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    Wonderful quilt , obviously the result of a labor of love.

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    WOW! It's very unique! I like it!!

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    Holy Cow! That is awesome!
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    Wow! its stunning. I love your design and colors..
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    i've found some broadcloth by the bolt, and the appropriate dyes, etc--now i just need a place to get messy and the directions to do it right! i can't wait to create one myself!! i have so many ideas roiling around in my head!!! where to start!? forget that i have tons of other stuff to do! this quilt is screaming at me!! come!! make me!! right now!! all because you've done such an inspiring job on your quilt!
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    Thanks for all the nice comments! I know that non-traditional quilting isn't everyone's thing, but, as long as we all keep creating some beauty in the world, we are all working towards the same goal!

    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    i've found some broadcloth by the bolt, and the appropriate dyes, etc--now i just need a place to get messy and the directions to do it right! i can't wait to create one myself!! i have so many ideas roiling around in my head!!! where to start!? forget that i have tons of other stuff to do! this quilt is screaming at me!! come!! make me!! right now!! all because you've done such an inspiring job on your quilt!
    Nanci! You're going to be so happy when you jump in there and get going! Your enthusiasm for it is contagious, and I think I will look for something else to dye, too!
    Can't wait to see what you cook up!
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    To get a little happy in this big sad world..."
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    Dixie - when I see quilts like yours I grow to like contemporary quilting more and more! I'm so impressed that you dye your own fabrics! The interplay between your backing fabric & front, with color, pattern and design, is lovely and well done!

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