We're back with Flashback Friday featuring Barbara Brackman! We've talked about oranges, blues, and reds, and today we're going to touch on some green hues! Read on to learn more from the master!
print designers know that applique artists looking to create red and green
masterpieces are on the lookout for greens. Not just any green. We hope to find
a green with a slight yellow cast.
quilt from about 1860
classic look came about more by accident than design. Mid-19th-century green
cottons were usually over-dyed -- dyed once with a blue and once with a yellow
dye. Results: medium green. But the blue dye was not so colorfast as the yellow
and a little laundering could shift that green towards yellow. A little more
laundering and the green becomes lime green as the blue dye fades away.
mills and the customers just called these prints "Green." Quilters
sometimes call these Poison Green, but the real poison green was a more minty
shade, a single-step green dyed with arsenic -- bad idea!
applique - about 1850
greens aren't over-dyed and they don't fade away. You can go with a medium
green to echo the quilt just off the frame or a yellow-green to capture a
time-worn look. Check out
a few in stock at Fat Quarter Shop
that are accurately colored to reflect an old-fashioned look!
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