the rainbow shibori improv quilt that got me addicted to quilting

the rainbow shibori improv quilt that got me addicted to quilting

woman with colorful hand dyed patchwork quilt wrapped around her shoulders

This is the quilt that began my obsession with quilting. I had been dyeing fabric and using it to make clothing for years, but I had never made a quilt. I had kind of an outdated idea of what quilting was, when I discovered the world of Modern Quilting. I can put the fabrics together any way I want? Sign me up!

Hand dyed fabric takes a lot of work, so I try not to let any of it go to waste. After many years of sewing, I had built up quite a collection of small scraps. I decided to make a quilt to put my precious scraps to use!

rainbow shibori patchwork hand stitched quilt

I laid out my fabric so that the colors would create an ombre effect, going from blue to purple to red. I was intrigued by hand quilting (and I didn’t have a walking foot yet!), so I chose to hand quilt my quilt using navy sashiko thread. I hand quilted out of necessity, but I ended up absolutely loving the texture it gave the quilt–so soft!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m in the midst working on a new collection of quilted items, and I’m so tempted to hand quilt some of them. It takes a lot longer, but the texture can’t be beat! I promise my new work will be ready soon, but if you want to make sure you don’t miss it, be sure to sign up for my email list to get a heads up when new things are up for sale!