Wednesday, 1 June 2016

WIPW - Trudging Along

I have been trudging along with my Work In Progress Wednesday work and here is my report:

Trinity Green
270 new triangles, the total count is now 1647.


Here is a bit of fabric history.
This green fabric in the picture below is from a tradesman's sample book. The fabric was made in Switzerland, but sold on the African continent, in this case Senegal, I think. The granddaughter of the sales representative lives in Sweden and the samples were slumbering in a box of hers until she gave some of them to me. I then packed them off to Japan where they have been patiently waiting to be put to use. 

 Cutting them into triangles to
  incorporate them into my Trinity Green quilt was an easy decision.


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I coloured some areas with pink and green crayons.
If you use baking parchment and a hot iron, the oily pigments of the crayons are set in the fabric.


24 comments:

  1. Wonderful fabrics with such interesting history.

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    1. The machine satin stitches are rather thick to stitch through, but yes the fabric is beautiful.

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  2. the mind boggles at all those triangles you have made what a wonderful quilt you will have. Liking how you are colouring the fabric too

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  3. All those triangles! Can you get someone to tear the paper away for you? The colour transfer of the crayons looks interesting.

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    1. What? Are you volunteering, Carolyn? Please come and tear the paper off the triangles! Be prepared for hard work, there will be plenty more triangles!

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  4. Interesting fabric history. fabulous fabric. the way you are colouring the fabric is pretty interesting too. Best wishes on your quilt.

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    1. I hope to write a bit about the background about some ot the green fabric I use in the Trinity Green quilt.
      More information on the HC quilt and its crayon work will be posted later.

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  5. Wow! That is a LOT of triangles! Fantastic work. I love the fabric samples and the story behind them. :) It is fun to see someone else enjoys coloring fabric. I look forward to your next update!

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    1. When I have finished making paper slips with green triangles it will be justified to say 'That is a LOT of triangles' Now I am still at the beginning of the piece making.
      Colouring fabric can be done in so many ways. Dyeing is a bit messy in my opinion, whereas crayon work is fast and smooth, and can be used for small areas.

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  6. Great history, I'm amazed. Your project is looking good.

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    1. I will try to write about other pieces of fabric, too, but maybe this is the most amazing story I have to tell.

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    2. The fabric pieces are beautiful and what a journey they have had. The use of the crayon is an interesting method and a good way of getting colour onto the material.

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    3. Actually I tried to add a bit more green to some printed fabric for the triangle quilt; I found it is a way to turn the odd beige piece into a green one!

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  7. I love that you colored the fabric!

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    1. You will have to wait before I will reveal the whole picture. Next week I'll show what I did with the blue crayon.

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  8. I love the close-up photo - it is nearly like touching.

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    1. These days cameras can really show close ups and in a sense make anything interesting, beautiful, or reveal all the flaws...

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  9. Wonderful history. I am loving your green triangles, looking forward to seeing the final project. Fascinated by your embroidery progress and stitches. All I can do is a chain stitch!!

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    1. It is nice to switch between hand and machine stitching, and I will always want to have an embroidery project on the go. The triangle quilt will take a LONG time to make, so I need to sandwich it with other things.

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  10. Great triangles, Queenie, and lovely to hear the history of the fabric. I wish I thought of colouring my fabric that way, I've usually used acrylic paints! Looking forward to seeing your triangles progress.
    Barbara xx

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    1. Thank you, Barbara.
      The crayon technique is something I learned from Jacquie Harvey who has made many award winning quilts, some of them with crayon work.

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    2. Ah, yes! I'm sure I saw some of her work in Popular Patchwork a few years ago, and meant to try her ideas. I'll have to search for that magazine again - I know I still have it! Thank you for the reminder.
      Barbara xx

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    3. If you check out her website https://sites.google.com/site/jacquieharveyquilts/Gallery
      and look at e.g. 'Flower Garden' or the coloured bucket bag you can see some of her crayon quilt work.

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