bleached effects

There was lots to show and tell about at the recent Gatton Quilters meeting. It looked like everyone had been very busy, turning out quilts big and small. I unfortunately didn’t have a finished quilt to show, but I can show you here some of their projects.
A lovely idea that the group has being doing lately is making a quilted runner as a special birthday gift for some of our members. This one was for Jeanette, with blocks contributed by other members and put together in secret by Marilyn:

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It’s lovely to see the variety of blocks, each one of them different and often indicative of their creator’s style.

Some of the finished projects on show:

c/w from top left: Marilyn, Margaret, Val, Renae

c/w fromn top left: Marilyn, Margaret, Val, Renae

But the fun part of the day was when the art quilting group had a play with bleach discharging. A simple enough process- using bleach to make a pattern on coloured cloth. Very unpredictable and inconsistent in the results- which is what made it fun!
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We never knew for sure what effect we would have or what colours would be revealed once the bleach did its work…
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we used stencils and bubble wrap and templates
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Now we have the fun of using them in our art quilts!