Cotton felt and Quilt Festival in Ireland

It’s all happening at last.  I’m off to Ireland in June for the International Quilt Festival of Ireland, 3 days of quilt heaven (sigh 🙂 )  I have my tickets and booked to do classes with Ineke Berlyn, a quilt artist I have long admired, and who I met when in Birmingham some 7 years ago. Only 3 months to go, and counting down …..

Meanwile, I haven’t been idle textile wise …  I have been dyeing and felting cotton batting to see if I can get similar results to the same techniques with wool batting.

soda soaking cotton backing

DSCN6978 cotton batting batching 6Feb2013

This time, being cotton, I didn’t use the microwave for the felting procedure, but with Procion MX dyes and the agitation and hot water of the washing machine, the result was a beautiful soft fabric.

When it was half dry/still a bit damp, it looked and felt like chamois (shammy), and there was quite a bit of shrinkage, so I was glad I hadn’t cut into very small pieces before dyeing.

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After stitching, I lined each piece with a cotton interfacing for strength.

Don’t they look luscious …

And while I was in the mood for book covers, I used up some scraps to accompany this tie-dyed flower.

Now after all that fun, it’s back to finishing off some more fire relief quilts, counting down, only a couple left to quilt and bind.

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