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The result of my experimenting

Old 06-09-2010, 02:56 PM
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I saw a log cabin variation quilt in magazine that was mostly done in black and white prints. I want to do the quilt in black and red prints (for my boyfriend), but had trouble finding a variety of prints that had the same color of red. My solution: take black and white prints and dye them red. I tested this on a couple cheap bandanas and the dying process worked out quite nicely. The black bandana has a red overtone (which I had thought might happen), but you can only see it if you're upclose. The white bandana didn't get dyed completely so there were a few pink areas.

I also made a block out of the dyed bandanas...its not perfect. The bandana material was real thin so it wanted to stretch no matter how much I pinned it and I sort of rushed it so I didn't press as much as I should have and my seams weren't perfect.

Here's the end result. Even though the banadanas didn't get thoroughly saturated with dye and I did kind of rushed making a block (and the chopped up paisley border looks dreadful) I think it shows I could get this to work on a full sized quilt.
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Old 06-09-2010, 02:59 PM
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Wow! That looks fantastic!
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It looks real cool...lets see some more
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:05 PM
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Looks like it should work beautifully on regular fabric!

However I would recommend that you also test dye small pieces of each fabric you plan to use to be sure the dye will 'take' evenly from one fabric to the next. Better safe than sorry!
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:08 PM
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Good luck on this project. I can't imagine dying all that material.
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:13 PM
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Don't you just want red & black bandanas? Looks cool
They have them at Michaels & the cloth is decent.
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:35 PM
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Looks great, love it!
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:53 PM
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You've got a great idea. Keep us posted with your progress!
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:02 PM
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I love it!!! You are very creative!!! :D:D:D
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:07 PM
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I like it and would not change anything.
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