Flying Geese (Indigo and Osage)
This is a one-of-a-kind quilt made with natural (plant based) dyes. The fabrics are hand dyed in small batches in my backyard here in Austin, Texas. The design in a traditional quilt design referred to as flying geese, hints the change in direction of the triangles, representing migratory patterns.
The pale yellows fabrics in this quilt are achieved using the heartwood of the osage orange tree. The small batch dye method I use creates subtle shifts in tones, that when pieced together as a quilt the medley feels intuitive yet abstract.
The blues in this quilt are created using natural Indigo, a dye different than any other. It does not require a mordant, rather it is dyed through a living fermentation process. Vat indigo is complex and requires proper instruction, experience, commitment, and comprehension of what's going on in the dye vat and maintaing a balanced alkaline solution. To achieve dark blue I immerse the fabric in the dye bath numerous times, allowing the cloth to dry between sessions, layering the color on the cloth creates a darker blue with each dip.
The is constructed by machine piecing and hand quilting. The contrasting white hand-stitches stand out against the indigo blue background as an element of function and design, showcasing the hand-stitched quilting designs. Sashiko white thread against an indigo background is a traditional approach to using this japanese cotton thread. Sashiko quilting uses simple running stitches, larger than traditional quilting stitches. The edges are finished using a double-binding technique with the same fabric from the patchwork design.
72 inches X 72 inches
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