February 19 ~ Quilt of the Day

on February 19 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 67 Comments

Twinkle Quilt
By Malka, a stitch in dye

Malka’s quilt measures approximately 36″ x 36″ and was made with her own trademark mix of commercial, discharged and hand-dyed fabrics.

Malka adds, “I machine pieced and quilted it. All the circles were created using a shibori technique called itajime. I cut fabric (some commercial, some my own hand dyes) into squares and then clamped a plexiglass circle to both the front and back of the square. I basically made a sandwich with the fabric in between two plexi circles. I then discharged (bleached) the fabric. The plexi keeps the bleach from seeping into the circle area. Sometimes, after discharging, I overdyed the squares into another color. Once I had enough squares, I started piecing them together. My idea/inspiration comes from how much I love commercial fabric, but I want to find a way to incorporate my love for dyeing and surface design. I think that totally drives my work.” If you are not yet familiar with Malka’s beautiful quilting, please make a point to visit her a stitch in dye blog. Malka’s work is amazing.

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67 Responses to February 19 ~ Quilt of the Day

  1. min says:

    I love polka dots and so polka dots within polka dots is totally fun and mesmerizing!!!

  2. Dawn says:

    So cool!

  3. Jody says:

    Wow! Thank you for sharing this quilt … I love that the technique is so different … and inspiring.

  4. Cara says:

    I’ve never heard of that process before. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Dorte says:

    Oh, these circles and dots – absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

  6. Red says:

    I love all the dots!

  7. Staci says:

    This quilt is delicious! Layers upon layers of polka dots, what could be better? I never would have guessed at how she achieved the look, truly amazing.

  8. Kate says:

    This reminds me of the summer, going to Baskin Robins after a long, hot day of walking around down town. There are so many different flavors of ice cream and they all look so delicious! It’s hard to pick which flavor. Will it be the plain, but classic and delicious vanilla? Or will it be the colorful cotton candy bubble gum? I say, go crazy and slap them both onto a waffle cone!

    Well, basically what I am trying to say is, this quilt has a little bit of everything good, and it uses combinations that might surprise you work well together ! 😀

  9. mj says:

    That dying is amazing! I couldn’t figure out how she had pieced circles in squares.

  10. LadySnow says:

    I don’t know that I have ever seen a quilt like that. 😀

  11. Katie says:

    I love this quilt! It is so unique and gorgeous! What fun to dye your fabric yourself.

  12. Kieny says:

    Love the quilt, great colours!

  13. Christine says:

    Ooh! those are my favorite colors. What a beautiful quilt!

  14. upstatelisa says:

    Way cool! Sounds complicated but the results are stunning!

  15. Becca says:

    This is fab! All the quilty-goodness with a circle twist!

  16. Jody says:

    Wow, that’s beautiful! I’ve never seen anything like it before…very unique!

  17. Carol says:

    Well that’s a very unique technique!

  18. Pat says:

    Love it!!

  19. Dana says:

    gorgeous and such an intriguing method.

  20. Sara says:

    It’s absolutely beautiful!

  21. Angela says:

    Wow! What a cool idea. And it turned out so beautiful.

  22. jill says:

    I love this quilt. What an original and beautiful way to leave a mark on purchased fabrics. Its a real case of “dialogical quilt making”, where the fabric designer and the quiltmaker are interacting in the space of the fabric.

  23. Katie says:

    Love the hand-dyed!

  24. jackie says:

    wow. what a wonderful and creative lady and quilt!

  25. Ashley says:

    Oh, yay! I love Malka’s work. So inspiring.

  26. britt says:

    So cute!

  27. Courtney says:

    I’ve never heard of this technique and it is so interesting. It does sound like a LOT of work though it is a magnificent quilt!

  28. Carrie says:

    I love this quilt and featured it and Malka on my blog, too. http://wholeclothdesigns.wordpress.com/2008/02/05/coolest-quilter-on-etsy-a-stitch-in-dye/

  29. Cassie Ogle says:

    Lovely quilt! Thanks for including how the circles were cut. I’m new to quilting and circles and curves are a bit scary right now.

  30. Michelle says:

    I love polka dots!

  31. malka says:

    Wow! Thanks everyone!

  32. Char says:

    I’ve never heard of this technique before–thanks for sharing it here! Did Malka make the plexiglass circles and clamps, or are they available to buy somewhere? PS Malka’s blog is one of my favorites.

  33. Tabitha says:

    Wow–I thought all those circles were stitched when I first saw the quilt. What a great idea. Beautiful quilt!

  34. Sue says:

    I happened to catch a quilting show on HGTV this morning that also focused on circles, using a freezer paper technique. May want to check it out, as they also showed what happened if you moved the circle over pieced fabric, or used multiple circles.

  35. Carrie says:

    Love the circles and colors! I’m a huge polka dot fan, so this really appeals to me…it makes me happy to look at it! And the technique she used to make it is so cool…I would have never thought of that.

  36. Rose L says:

    The circles are so cool!

  37. Sandy says:

    okay, that’s just amazing!

  38. laurie says:

    Love the discharged circles. I’m enjoying this month of quilts. Thanks.

  39. Suzanne says:

    You do beautiful work with your fabrics – love your blog!

  40. Mellissa says:

    Very creative and beautiful

  41. Michele says:

    Great blog! I really like the pillows she’s created.

  42. Sarah says:

    Oh my gosh, that method is amazing! I love the result. What a neat way to combine commercial and home-dyed textiles.

  43. alison says:


  44. Andrea Elizabeth Johnson says:

    This quilt is so darling! It has so much color and movement!

  45. Grace Sheppard says:

    What a great idea! Can’t wait to break out the bleach.

  46. Lil' d says:

    What a great idea.

  47. What a cool technique! Thanks so much for sharing this. Love the idea of over-dying after bleaching. It really looks awesome.

  48. Ritz says:

    I LOVE IT!

  49. Your quilt is beautiful and your blog is great. Now i want to try to do some hand dyed fabric. Thanks

  50. Gretchen Bradley says:

    This is awesome. I checked out her blog and her work is beautiful. Wish I had some of that talent!

  51. Alissa says:

    So so beautiful!! What a creative way to see all of the fabrics we’re used to in a new light! Wonderful.

  52. renee says:

    Love the circles. I have such a hard time with them and they always end up crinkly so that i’ve given up on anything with circles. 🙁

  53. Regina says:

    What an interesting process -it is wonderful to read of how people are thinking out of the box – or “off of the bolt” to come up with something so unique.

  54. mary says:

    Wow! I’ve never seen anything like it!

  55. Trish says:

    This quilt is amazing!! What an unusual technique!

  56. Kristine says:

    This quilt is as beautiful as her pillows! Love it!

  57. Jennifer says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us! Malka’s interests are very much like mine. I think I’ll really enjoy her blog!

  58. Julia D says:

    wow. This is amazing!! I love circle quilts, and I love that this is dyed(undyed)! Very cool!

  59. Amy says:

    This is really great. I love the combination of the commercial fabrics with the hand-dyed fabrics.

  60. Amanda says:

    This is really cool! I love the circles and all the different fabrics! 😀

  61. Barbara says:

    What a fascinating way to make a lovely design. Something that would be fun to experiment with!

  62. Kristin says:

    I just love this quilt and I’m so fascinated by the technique. I agree with Kate that it would be a good experiment with kids (older than mine though). My favorite part is the circle in the top right that looks like it is slipping into the next square 😉

  63. Karyn says:

    Oh my goodness, this is stunning! Thank you for making me aware of her work and her blog.

  64. Sam says:

    i LOVE this quilt!! i’m already trying to figure out how i might get a similar effect without the discharging…

  65. Kate says:

    That is fascinating! The quilt is beautiful and I never would have guessed at the technique used to achieve it. Going to be thinking all week about how to do something like this with the kids, maybe with overdying instead of discharging, but either way I think they would really enjoy the process. Thanks for another great post!

  66. ainhoa says:

    Lovely blog, and beautiful quilts!

  67. Ellen says:

    Love the colors and circles!

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