Monday, April 1, 2013

Indigo Beginnings and Finishes

I have a few indigo projects to share with you.
This is my current take along project - Ziploc bag in the car.  I used the center of our Radical Rose Pattern, in the smallest block size.
One block down and 8 more to go.

The sewing clamp is similar to one pictured in the book:
Needlework Tools & Accessories - A Dutch Tradition by Kay Sullivan. 
The clamp is pictured on pg 97
Hindelopen, Friesland 19th Century 
Collection of the Fries Museum Leeuwarden Netherlands 

At the time of this writing, Edyth O'Neil has a couple of similar clamps for sale HERE.

The indigo fabric is a Nancy Kirk Documentary print, no longer available.  A fabulous new line is currently available, "Indigo Crossing" by from Minick & Simpson.  I bought several pieces, of both the large and small scale.
You can see the complete color card HERE.

This is my finish for March:

Blue Rhapsody 
This is a cross stitch project I did in an online class with Jackie du Plessis of It's Fine-ally Finished.

The stitching is done on linen with hand dyed silk thread.
Under the flaps of the reticule bag is a needle keep.
The rich blue silk made me think more about making a silk pieced quilt.

I got Calico Paradise on the quilt frame this week, it's been waiting too long for a turn.  Catherine's Garden is almost quilted, hope to make the binding this week.  

My indigo diversions are fun, variety is a good thing!
Don't we all need some diversions now and again?  What's yours?
Have a great week!

Also See:
Minick & Simpson Etsy Shop HERE
Radical Rose Pattern HERE
It's Fine-ally Finished HERE


  1. YOur Blue Rhapsody is gorgeous! That looks like a very fun project. And I love your Indigo blue applique block too. Very classic and sharp.:)

  2. Your first block looks fantastic. I love those rich indigos. With the feeling of spring in the air, just being outside is a big diversion.

  3. Beautiful pieces, love the indigos. I got some minis to try.


  4. Dawn your blue rhapsody is lovely it makes a lovely change to see this being made in blue and you definitely seem to be in you blue faze.

  5. I love the blue and white/tan.
    Quilting is my diversion--when I divert from that it is back to real life. : )

  6. The indigo is a beautiful colour. Love the bag.

  7. Oh my. I love your quilt block! Gorgeous! Love your Jackie finish too! Congratulations! So pretty!

  8. I agree; your Radical Rose is stunning in indigo~!!~
    love seeing the beautiful lines of fabric and i'm always happy to see when they include good background/shirting prints within a line.

    your cross stitched piece is wonderful and looks right at home with the vintage/antique sewing tools. the silk threads must be so nice to work with.


  9. Love your blue diversions. The Blue raphsody is so elegant.

  10. Unusual your block, beautiful colour. Oh I so wished I did Jackie's Rhapsody, it's stunning!

  11. looks like you have the blues - in a good way.
    Blue Rhapsody is just lovely!

  12. Beautiful block, Dawn! I'm such a huge fan of indigo and white quilts. Your cross stitch pieces are gorgeous too. My diversion now is working on Crabapple Hill's Gardener's Alphabet quilt. Its fun to color again, but my daughter just rolls her eyes...


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