WATERCOLOUR AND TEXTILE ARTIST: Eileen Gidman hand paints one of a kind textiles with dyes. The resulting fabrics are washable and suitable for sewing or framing.
Watercolour paintings are also featured on this blog by this member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
I am so proud to have this finished. A couple of years ago my friends Patty Bowers and Cheryl Coffman from 'A Quilter's Lumberyard' showed us this pattern using the 2 X 4's which are really 2 1/2" X 4 1/2" fabric pieces.
Figuring out a Pleasing Layout from Fabric Scraps
That year, I also decided to evaluate what a quilter's stash contains and I made a runner using 2 1/2" squares from the fabrics in my own stash. While I had those scrap fabrics out, I decide to cut some of 2 X 4's and that is how this quilt was born. The layout as to colour was a bit tricky as there was a lot of blue and quite a bit of pink and several of the other colours did not have many blocks at all. I actually had to buy some red material having had no pure red in my stash at all. So rather than making a rainbow with horizontal or vertical lines, I decided to let the colours run diagonally, blending the edges together.
Runner: 'Evaluation of a Quilter's Stash'
This quilt top was machine quilted it using my 40+ year old Bernina sewing machine. This everyday quilt will replace my grandma's quilt which sadly wore out after many years use. I think Grandma would approve of the scrap nature of this quilt but perhaps would have thought it should have been hand quilted as hers was.