Hand Dyes are Simply to Die for…

Kim Schaefer’s hand dyes are simply to die for.  Really…. I mean it.  They are so rich and lush. Kim designed this line using Inktense Pencils.  I have been coveting these fabrics since I saw them at Fall Quilt Market. Kim was kind enough to send me some and Andover sent some to the office so I grabbed a copy of Kim’s latest book, Black & White, Bright & Bold, 24 Quilt Projects to Piece & Appliqué, and made the Boardwalk Runner for my son Jesse’s birthday. I used all the green and blue Hand Dyes and some of Kim’s Salt & Pepper.

Machine Quilting on my Bernina

Black & White, Bright & Bold, Machine Quilting on my Bernina

Trimming in my sewing room

Trimming in my sewing room

Sideview, Black & White, Bright & Bold

Boardwalk Runner Finished Sideview, Black & White, Bright & Bold


Boardwalk Runner, Black & White, Bright & Bold

Boardwalk Runner, Black & White, Bright & Bold

I am really happy with how the runner came together. I brought in the top and Gailen was kind enough to give me some advice on how to do the quilting. I decided to mimic the sheet music lines and only quilt on the B&W fabric. I gave the runner to Jesse yesterday and he loved it. Once again, I am reminded how I love to give handmade gifts because it brings the giver and receiver so much joy.

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  1. Julie Beard
    Posted February 6, 2014 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Love the black and white fabic the design in it is absolutely wonderful. You are so lucky to work with such lovely fabric too! Your runner turned out brilliantly!!!!

  2. Armida Newstedt
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    I am always thrilled by beautiful fabric. The right fabric can make even a simple project wonderful. I am going to search out this line so I can add some of these vibrant colors to my own work.
    Thanks for the look and the inspiration!

  3. CatGirl
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful runner, Amy. Love Kim Schaefer’s work.

  4. CatGirl
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Your runner is gorgeous, Amy, and Kim Schaefer is so creative with her fabric and her designs. Thanks to both of you.

  5. CatGirl
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely LOVE your runner, Amy, and agree with your attraction to hand-dyed fabric. In addition, I LOVE everything that Kim Schaefer brings to our quilting world. I’m so impressed with all the talent within C&T.

  6. Barb R
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely adore the big, bold black and white graphic that is used for the backing. Fabulous!

  7. Theresa M
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Intense colors…….Like them a lot!

  8. Cindy Wienstroer
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Very nice and a great contrast between the colors and the b&w. Good job!

  9. Ann
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Very nice and love fabrics thanks

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