To Dresden! And I took the dare for myself.
I give you Ānuenue – (pronounced “āh-noo-weh-noo-weh” ) – which means Rainbow in Hawaiian.
if you are just joining me, for the hop, I have lived in Hawaii for the last 5 1/2 years. We are scheduled to move back to the mainland this coming summer. I have loved our time here and will miss all my friends that I have made here.
Every day you see can a rainbow here. When we move back to the mainland in a few months, I will miss my Hawaiian Rainbows. I had to make me something to remind me of them and my 6 years in Hawaii.
I dyed the fabrics for this using procion dyes. I started with Clear Yellow, Sapphire Blue, and Fire Red. Though not a “true rainbow” as it would have been if I Had used the cyan, magenta, and lemon yellows, but I still like it – because Sapphire blue and fire red are my favorite dyes in those colors.
Here is a snapshot of them batching (along with a few other things) from my phone the day I dyed fabric.
and here are the fabrics after the dye process.
After the dresden was appliqued to the quilt top and then sandwiched, i used painter’s tape to mark the grid-lines for quilting. I will have to say though, this is the first time my grid-quilting has come out so flat and pretty. My Janome 6600 integrated walking foot really did a good job!
When I visited some of the blogs on Thursday, Friday, and Monday, I was inspired to do the following.
Here is “Puanani” (pronounced Poo-ah nah-nee) which is Beautiful Flower in Hawaiian. Sorry for the not-so good photo – it was really rainy today so I couldn’t take it outside to photograph it.
I was inspired by these blogs’s posts:
Debby Kratovil Quilts – inspired by her vortex quilts I saw that the circular shape didn’t have to be just a traditional dresden blade; it could be other things. From there I wanted to try to make them uneven sizes. That was the start of this quilt. That vortex quilt really opened up my eyes to dresdens!
Busy Bee Quilts – inspired the white space in-between the colored blades.
I started working on this quilt on Saturday. I had the two different sized dresdens and was playing with them to see what to do with them. I was at a stand-still and thought I would just post this “sneak peak” below and hopefully find more inspiration after my day of the hop.
Sunday I couldn’t do anything; we had bad weather and with the threat of the power going off, I really didn’t play in the sewing room at all.
Then Monday morning, inspiration struck again!
Rosemary B – showed me the solution to a problem that I wanted to do if I overlapped the “petals” of the dresdens and have it look like two flowers together; by having shorter blades in between. I trimmed the one blade that was the problem and voila! problem solved! Sunshine Girl’s beautiful cog quilt helped with this inspiration too!
Quilting Lodge – inspired the double center for the flower.
Thank you everyone for the great inspiration for my quilt. I can’t wait to see what everyone else’s blog’s brings! I was able to finish this up Monday morning (because I have guild tonight- Monday night) and I have to post at 6pm the night before, which is when guild is for me. The little quilt only finishes about 12×16 – but I couldn’t have made it without the ladies from this hop!
And since you have stayed with me this far, here is a treat for everyone: A tutorial on how to make the rainbow-striped binding that I used for Anuenue.
Be sure to check out the other blogs that are taking the dare today:
January 29th, 2013
A Peach in Stitches <<<—— That is me!
Nancy W @ “that Other Blog”