But don't worry! You can easily apply all the information you're learning here to Express Your Love. You'll just have to be creative, stop and think and plan and make some decisions on what you want to try on your quilt.
Remember you don't have to try everything and some of these techniques might be something you'd like to come back to some other time. There are no rules here, so just have fun!
For today, I'd like to share with you a long video about the entire process of dyeing this wholecloth quilt. She's 65 inches square, plus another 12 inches of extra fabric on all sides, which makes her pretty monstrous to be dyeing at this stage.
|I'd always planned to dye this quilt so you could actually see her complex motifs and designs|
1. Quilt Designed
2. Fabric marked using Fine Line Water Soluble Blue Pens
3. Fabric basted with 1 layer of Quilters Dream Polyester Batting in the Deluxe loft
4. All the marked lines were quilted with YLI Water Soluble Thread
5. Batting was clipped away from the background sections, leaving extra batting only in areas I want puffy.
6. Quilt was basted again, this time with Quilter's Dream Poly in the Select loft.
7. Quilt was outline quilted again, this time with Isacord Polyester thread in Silky White.
So it's at this point that the video starts. Enjoy!
So here's the list of steps in the video:
1. Quilt was soaked in warm water bath to remove all water soluble products (pen marks and thread).
2. Quilt was spun twice in the washer to remove extra water.
3. Quilt was soaked in a soda ash and water mix then spun again in the washer.
4. Tons of dye was mixed while the quilt soaked - 10 g of Dharma Trading Maroon dye to 250 ml of water - I believe I ended up mixing up this ratio 11 times.
5. Quilt was spread out over tarp covered tables and dye was squirted over the front and left overnight.
6. The quilt was spritzed with water the next morning when it looked like it might dry out.
7. After 24 hours soaked in dye, I squished the quilt in to the washer and ran it through a super wash cycle 3 times until a fat quarter of fabric came out white.
8. The quilt was soaked again in soda ash and dyed again with the back facing up.
9. After 24 hours the quilt was washed again 3 times until the fabric scrap came out white.
10. The quilt was dried and hung on the wall for the final video, looking like this:
I've already taken it off the wall and begun filling! This is a slow process, but already her face is starting to take shape:
So you can see, this isn't a super quick, instantaneous process, but it certainly produces results!
Duchess Reigns is now in the filling stage and I plan to use many beautiful filler designs over the surface. For the next few weeks, we'll be learning how to use designs on this quilt rather than Express Your Love, but remember - it all works the exact same way, so watch, practice, and apply these new designs and techniques wherever you like best!
Let's go quilt,