Tie Dye Quilt Finished

I finished the tie dye quilt today.

I started this quilt with a tie dyed panel of fabric that I  purchased last year at an AQS show.

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I cut the panel into strips and added gray strip of fabric between the strips

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I cut the finished piece in strips the opposite direction and sewed them together with the grey strips again…creating the grid…..Teddy was a big help.

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The finished top was bigger than the starting panel because of the addition of the strips.

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That extra panel will be another quilt some time soon.

here is the finished top.

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The quilting is done by hand.  I used cotton batting ( Quilters Dream Cotton Select)  and Aurifil 12 weight thread and an embroidery needle.

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I did all the quilting in my standing hoop.

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with some careful supervision from Teddy

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I didn’t want to add a separate binding because it really didn’t need another visual element.  To bind the quilt I cut all three layers, top, batting and backing, even with a large ruler and rotary cutter.  Next I folded back the top layer and cut the batting 1/2″ shorter.  I then turned in the top 1/4″ and the backing 1/4″ and pinned them together , and then top stitched them together close to the edge. I should have taken pictures of this step but I guess I was too excited to get it finished.  Anyway here is a picture of the finished edge. (and how I signed this one)

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Here is the edge from the back

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The quilt finished at 56″ square after it was washed and dried.   I always wash and dry them when finished because I like the look I get from the shrinkage of the batting.

Here is the back of the quilt

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And here are some pictures of the finished quilt (click to enlarge)

Now its time to get back to work on one of the many other projects that I have in progress.

Happy Quilting


26 thoughts on “Tie Dye Quilt Finished

  1. Sara says:

    That is one incredible quilt! wow, I need to look around here and find something to cut up…..
    And I like your version of binding, that looks nice!

  2. At first it was a little hard on the eyes but once I got my head wrapped around it, it is beautiful!!

  3. Ruth Funk says:

    Great quilt, love the backing too!

  4. Sharon Eshlaman says:

    Wow, you and Teddy sure had a vision for something special. That is beautiful – stunning. I hope you realize what special talents you have. Some people can quilt but not everyone has the vision and inspiration to make such one of a kind cloths. Pat on the back for you, Tim and Teddy gets a hug.

  5. Cathi says:

    It’s fantastic! What a great way to use a piece of fabric like that panel!

  6. K says:

    Tim, love this quilt! Thanks for sharing so much of your process and how your did the edges really rocks… love your quilting style 🙂 Kathi

    • timquilts says:

      Thanks!! I always wonder how people will respond to a non-traditional quilt…..I like all kinds and don’t want to just make one style….both very traditional…and very non-traditional

  7. Regan says:

    This is fantastic in every way! I love it!

  8. Bertha Mallard says:

    You mentioned that you quilted this quilt on your standing hoop. Please tell me the brand name and size you use. I have been thinking about buying a standing hoop for myself. Can’t quilt away from me so a frame would never do. I work in a hand-held hoop and I get tired very quickly. Help me, please.

  9. Siobhan says:

    Love it! I’ve been debating how to quilt my Charleston Baskets and I think this gave me the inspiration I needed! Need to dig my standing hoop out of the closet…Also, this quit reminds me so much of my Mom who loved to teach tie-dying and made some really fun t-shirts!

    • timquilts says:

      how great!….I love how a quilt can evoke memories…and differently for each person….
      I love the standing hoop…since I got it I hardly ever use the others…keeps all the weight of my arms and I can go a lot faster

  10. Pamela says:

    Your vision for this quilt from the tie-dye fabric shows such creativity. Like how you finished the edge of the quilt.

    • timquilts says:

      Thanks Pamela!….this was so much fun……no pattern….just cut and go!…what a fun change for the very precise work on the whole cloth quilt I was working on…..I love bot ways of working, but they are very different

  11. So effective! Great visual impact.

  12. Very nice quilt! I’ve been doing a similar thing for a while with large format (usually Japanese) fabrics for a while. Mine are a little on the regimented/ precise/robotic side, but I really enjoyed your approach.
    Here’s an example- just a runner. Anyway, enjoyed your quilt.


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