Friday, April 27, 2012

The Results are In…

Back in 2010 I started 2 sampler quilts from the Lynne Edwards Sampler Book.  There was one pink one and one homespun one.  The pink one was finished last month and the homespun one was finished last week, but I didn’t want to share it with you until I had done one final thing….over-dye it!

You may remember me talking about using Pebble Beige Dylon Dye to “age” my quilt to make it look a lot older than it really is.  Back in January when I mentioned doing this I promised I would show you the results (good or bad)…and as the post title suggests…the results are in :o)

I used 2 boxes in the washing machine along with the recommended 500g of salt.  Each box dyes 600g of fabric and as the quilt weighed 1200g I needed twice the amount of dye.  The results are subtle, but it knocked back the bright white and made the quilt “old”.

It may be difficult to spot the differences, but the mariner's compass in the middle shows it quite well.  The pictures don’t do it quite the justice it deserves, but that white background was quite bright and now has a more muted effect.

I’m really pleased with the results but now I need a suitable rustic room to put it in! :o)

I loved working with the homespuns and seeing how the different patterns played with the plaids of the fabric.  My favourite block was the pineapple (in the upper left-hand corner) and I would love to do a whole quilt of pineapple blocks in plaids….but first I need to get some of my other projects completed! :o)

Until next time....

15 comments:

susan said...

I don't think I could ever be that brave!! Looks wonderful though.

Amy said...

Neat - I love the subtle effect. I am a mad-about-plaid kind of gal so I love your homespun quilt, especially with the dye. You are very brave and it looks fab!

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

That worked really well, but how many fingernails did you bite in the process?

Lesley said...

I love the effect that you have created!! The quilt is just so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

It looks wonderful!! I'm not sure I could be so brave either, but when I finish something in homespuns I'll be back to have you hold my hand! ;-) Have a happy weekend!

Shirley said...

That was a huge leap of faith Jane and it paid off well. The results are much more subtle and it looks great.

theredbootquiltcompany said...

I applaud your bravery Jane. I've had a couple of bottles of beige dye sitting in my cupboard for a couple of years now. It was intended for the same use but I wasn't brave enough :0> You've given me the inspiration to try it though! I love how subtle the effect is, the quilt turned out beautifully and looks gorgeous. toni xxx

Quilter Kathy said...

Thanks for the product review...I love the effect. Such a lovely quilt!

Andrea Louise said...

Beautiful Jane!

Ariane said...

Your quilt turned out beautifully. I love it!!

sewkalico said...

Very Cool!! Well done!

bellsjo said...

It works perfectly - just a subtle change of colour as you said, but enough to take away the bright newness of the whites. A total success!

Rose Marie said...

Lovely .... the dye toned down the quilt just right and it sure took on an aged look!

Kim said...

Oooh, I like this alot. I think this dye process tones down the bright white just the right amount and allows the other colors to shine. Certainly well worth a try - you got it just right. :-D

Marit said...

Thanks for sharing about overdye. Your quilt is wonderful, it has that perfect warm and cosy feel to it!
; )