rainbow leaves

I started this little quilt when I went to a workshop with Frieda Anderson.

Frieda was over here in Australia a few years ago to hold classes at the Australasian Quilt Convention. This convention is held every year in Melbourne, and I notice that this year’s event will be in April. It was a great opportunity to go to the show, held in the lovely Royal Exhibition Building, and see the collections of quilts on display as well as attend the workshop.
Frieda Anderson is an American quilter who hand-dyes her own fabrics and she dyes them in beautiful bright saturated colours. Mine never turn out that bright!

This little quilt was started then, and was brought home to finish off. It was a workshop in improvisation- we could cut out fused pieces using a variety of different roller blades with corrugated or wavy edges and stick them down on some baking paper, making the composition as we went. Once we were happy with it, we then ironed it to the wadding and backing fabric.

I used some more hand-dyed fabric to put a border on two sides and the final touch is then to quilt it, which I did in a free-hand style with variegated thread. This also served to ‘secure’ the pieces down in a raw-edge style.

I love its bright colours and hope to use more of them in future, and also keep playing with the dyes!

I’m linking up here to Off The Wall Fridays- lots to look at!

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