Quilting & Dyeing Serendipity

Learn how to transform a neutral-colored quilt by placing it into a dye bath with frequent Quilting Arts® Magazine contributor Ana Buzzalino.

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Join frequent Quilting Arts® Magazine contributor Ana Buzzalino as she shares her latest foray into art quilting: creating a neutral-colored quilt and placing it into a dye bath!
Working with neutral-colored fabrics of natural-fiber content along with some poly-cotton blends, Ana demonstrates her process—from piecing and quilting to dyeing. After a thorough review of the required materials, Ana shares methods for designing and piecing quilts that are uniquely yours, with a focus on foundation-pieced landscapes and a wonky interpretation of the log cabin block. Next, Ana provides a free-motion quilting tutorial, sharing her effective quilting strategies and favorite motifs. Then she shows how she uses free-motion appliqué to complement the pieced and quilted design with silk velvet motifs. Finally, Ana provides step-by-step instruction on preparing the dye bath for the quilted piece. When the pieced and quilted quilt is placed into the dye bath, serendipity takes over.
You'll quickly fall in love with the unpredictability of the results! The different textures of the fabrics are what make the results so serendipitous.

For piecing and quilting:
  • Sewing machine with free-motion capabilities
  • Sewing making feet: ¼" foot and a free-motion quilting foot
  • Rotary cutting supplies (cutter, mat, ruler)
  • Fabrics (Use a variety of fabrics in neutral colors made of natural fibers and some man-made fabrics such as viscose and rayon; include a variety of textures and weaves, as well as mixed fibers. Optional fabrics include: 100% colored or white polyester fabric, which won’t take any of the dye; black-and-white fabrics—the black design will stand out; and colored cotton fabric for use as accents.)
  • Woven fusible interfacing (to stabilize loosely woven and thin fabrics)
  • Silk velvet (for appliqués)
  • Threads (Natural threads such as cotton, silk, and rayon will dye well, and the effect will depend on the color of the original thread. If you use a white thread, the thread will take the dye color as a piece of cotton fabric would. If you use a colored or variegated cotton thread, the effects will be quite different. If you want the thread to retain its original color, use a thread made of man-made materials, such as polyester.)
    Cotton batting
For dyeing:
  • Procion® MX dyes in colors of your choice
  • Soda ash
  • Salt
  • Synthrapol
  • 1 gallon plastic container (for the chemical water: soda ash, salt, and water)
  • Plastic container that can hold the quilt comfortably (for the dye bath)
  • Plastic container or a glass jar (to mix the dye in)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Spoons for mixing
  • Measuring spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Rubber gloves
  • Mask
  • Funnel
  • Apron
  • Paper towels and a rag

Note: All equipment used for dyeing and dye preparation must be dedicated to nonfood use. I purchase my equipment at a discount store, and keep it separate to use when dyeing.

SKU: 13QM21-EP7428

Author/Speaker/Editor: Ana Buzzalino

Runtime: 65 Minutes