QuiltCon Charity Quilt Spotlight: “Earning Our Stripes” by the Knoxville MQG

by Elizabeth Rea, Secretaryimage2

The Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild was delighted to hear that the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge this year was open to prints and other fabrics within the provided color palette, and so inspired by a watercolor print one of our members saw on a gift bag, we decided to set out on a process that involved painting our own textiles as a group.
Project managers Melissa Everett and Emily Doane developed a macro/micro pattern that proceeded from large stripes to smaller stripes, and then group members tinkered with the design to add color and movement.
After testing dyes to achieve the desired palette, Melissa and Emily led members through a fabric painting process at our September guild meeting. We applied dye to yardage in varying tones of blue, gray, mustard, and yellow. We laid the fabric out in the sun to help speed up the drying process, and as it dried, the color variations and shades of the dye started to reveal themselves.
After the fabric was dry and the dye was set, guild members gathered at our November meeting to start piecing the stripes together. Each person was responsible for a different section of the quilt in order to keep all the strips and stripes straight according to the pattern. Members were asked to focus on accurate piecing to ensure that the seams intersected precisely according to the design plan.

Throughout the process, members remarked on how the colors played off of one another and expressed interest in more experimentation with fabric dyeing. Project manager Melissa Everett has caught the fabric-dyeing bug and has been experimenting with different dyes and processes quite a bit, so we’re planning a workshop on fabric dyeing as part of our 2017 programming.

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