24 January 2007

Yum!

Look at this! Given to me by my friend Lisa, it is a piece of her hand-dyed fabric, painted with whorls of gold paint. How yummy is it? Surely Lisa doesn't actually expect me to cut it up? Maybe this is one of those pieces I have to save until my machine quilting skills can do it justice. What would you do with this fabric?

6 comments:

lisette said...

wow - erica that's stunning :)how big is the piece? i think the size would determine what i would do with it - if it's small maybe framing it with more hand dyes, otherwise maybe a convergence quilt or a new york beauty using it as a feature fabric? or you could just stretch it over a frame and hang it on the wall :) it's truly gorgeous - i'm very jealous

Erica said...

Lisette,
It is a fat quarter and it came wrapped around another birthday gift - a beautifully wire-wrapped spoon. Your New York Beauty idea appeals, but I was thinking it would look stunning if machine quilted all over and framed. Don't have the skills for that yet and I'm a bit scared to try on such a gorgeous piece, if the truth be known!

lisette said...

yes i like the framing idea - not easy to work out a quilting design that would complement the pattern - you want to preserve the golden whorls but not lose the subtlety of the hand dye underneath. what a delicious dilemma though :) have you seen dijanne cevaal's book on alternatives to stippling - there are some great designs in it. still you don't want the quilting to dominate the fabric:maybe you could practise on some calico and then paint it - you would be surprised at how well you can quilt when you're not worried about ruining something special :)

Liz Needle said...

Just stroke it every day. LOL

Di said...

I've come to the decision that not all fabric was meant to be cut. Some fabric was just born to be kept and looked at, stroked etc!

Lisa Walton said...

Thanks for all your nice comments - i should do more like it shouldn't I?