Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Pink fingers

And no I don't have any photos of my pink fingers. Why do I always skip putting on gloves when doing messy stuff. You'd think I'd have learnt by now. My journey started with seeing this fabric used on several quilts while surfing a few quilty blogs. Of course I only decided I "needed" it a few days after coming back from a UK trip where we were within  spitting distance of an Ikea in Southampton.
It doesn't come across online that the lettering is large but I knew from quilts I'd seen that it was largish. I was getting impatient as I'd finished a top that I could use the fabric for as a backing. Quilt 60" backing 59" so two lengths would be needed. I pondered how to get my hands on some as I drove to my parents to take them to the airport. Who would be near an Ikea with more than just hand luggage so that 3 metres could be stashed away. Damn, that's when I realised my parents would be in view of an Ikea later that day. Well the long and the short of it is, with the help of the Premier Inn, I got details to Mum & Dad and they purchased enough for me at £3 a metre.
Fast forward to Monday and I checked the repeat on the fabric and there wasn't enough for the intended project BUT Jenny will be at Ikea on Monday with a car, so I need to try out the fabric so she can buy me some more if required. So I cut up the fabric and dyed two lengths. One I dyed brilliant red with a hint of black to make it darker and the other fuchsia which pretty much worked.

So now I'm going to load up my machine with this quilt, the plain pink of which I dyed myself a few years ago and I think the dyed Ikea fabric works pretty well with it as a backing.

I decided not to go to my quilting group this morning and press on with this quilt, it would be lovely to have another UFO finished.


Gertie Pye said...

Never thought of dyeing backing before but that IKEA backing is perfect for dyeing isn't it?

PippaP said...

ohhh fab idea, do u use the dylon stuff ?

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

So clever of you! I'm making my 1st trip to IKEA on Monday and am hoping to pick some of this fabric up.