Last-Minute Dye-Job

Sometimes, things do not go exactly as you planned.  While I have been working away trying to finish my quilts for the upcoming quilt show, I ran into a problem.  No fabric for my binding for the last quilt I am completing. 

Part of the reason was that I mis-cut the border fabric that I had originally intended to use leaving me with way less fabric than I needed.  I had the bright idea to use this tutorial to bind – since it required smaller cuts of the binding fabric.  I thought I had enough of the accent fabric left from the quilt to complete the look.

As I drag the fabric out, I notice the cuts of the fabric would not be conducive to binding fabric – too many seams – most of them were only 6” x 5” pieces of fabric.  Oh boy.  What do I do?  The accent fabric is a hand dye that I made a while back. I don’t think I can duplicate it because it was fire red dye over dyed with Chinese red.  I then go to my stash of dyes and find out I have NO Chinese Red dye!  OH NO!

I have only until Tuesday to complete this quilt; there is no time to order more dye and get this completed.  I prepare some fabric in my soda ash solution and hope for the best.    I know I can’t duplicate the color because I just dumped the rest of my Fire Red (about a tablespoon and a half) and about a half tablespoon of Fuscia.  At the last minute I decided to add some Golden Yellow (the Chinese Red is an orange-red).  I think I usesd maybe a quarter teaspoon of it.

Here it is fresh out of the dryer!  Trust me – the photo does not do it justice.  It is still a tad bit damp for one and the red is a bit harder to photograph. 

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