Saturday, 30 November 2013

Lilac lines

I never imagined when I picked this colour how difficult it was going to be to reproduce it in fabric. My approach, after having seen how hard Heather found it to dye fabrics to the right colour, was to buy a number of commercial fabrics in a tight value range.  Looking back at my previous two responses I realised that thin lines were a factor in both, so I decided to continue this theme.  Hope you all like it.

I tried a new method of edging this quiltlet, a double layer of organza pulled round to the back.  I think this has distinct possibilities, but this first attempt was not really neat enough for my liking. What is ice is that it secures the raw edge, and yet still allows the pattern to be seen right to the edge of the piece.

12 comments:

  1. What a clever way of achieving this difficult periwinkle - your eyes dance across the surface blending the colours as you go! I'm looking forward to seeing more thin line responses.

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  2. love your use of lines again and that dark browny red gives a perfect contrast and interest. Not having used but seen the use of organza as a way of edging ... I agree it has potential. I have seen it used quite wide, +/- 3 inches, on a bigger piece and it gives a lovely soft , mysterious border.

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  3. Nice balance to your piece. I think that the light lines in the brown prevent it from being too heavy. Well thought out

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  4. A nice variety in the periwinkles, and an unexpected and successful choice of the raisin as a counterpoint.

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  5. I really like your design and the use of colour - I probably would not have had the courage to use these colours together but they set each other off perfectly and the lines definitely add to the design. This is a really interesting piece. You have now taught me something new with the organza, thank you.

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  6. Beautiful piece, I love the use of the thin lines. Could you explain the organza binding in more detail please? Not sure I grasp the concept....

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  7. Love the counterpoint - light on dark/dark on light. Very successful piece! Hilary

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  8. Interesting idea to use the organza on the edging for a see-through effect. I like your colour combination.

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  9. Nature knows what colors work together and you certainly took these colors to a new height! Like the angles and lines...very contemporary!

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  10. The binding was done by cutting a strip of organza roughly an inch wide, then stitching it to the right side of the piece using straight line stitching about 1/4 inch in from the edge. The strip was positioned so the stitching was roughly in the middle of the strip. I then folded both edges of the organza to the back and stitched it down with a second line of stitching on the front, in the 'ditch' of the first line. It looks a bit messy on the back, and the organza kept wanting the 'unfold' back to the right side.

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  11. A very successful piece, and would make a nice series!

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  12. the organza binding!!! yes - why didn't i think of that to solve some of my problems! i often find that with a traditional binding, i lose one inch of the quilt; this way one has a binding but does not lose any of the subject. i love the design, the thin lines and all the colors and of course the binding

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