Shibori indigo dyed quilt advice
I normally hang out on the gardening forums, but a new project has sent me here for ideas. I would say I am a novice quilter with some sewing experience. I did some patchwork and quilting many years ago but only made a few small things. Now after failing to find a replacement quilt to buy for my bed and a new-found interest in tie-dye, I have gotten the idea to make own shibori indigo dyed quilt.
It is going to be more about having fun making it than having a high quality art piece, so I am hoping to keep the cost way down but still have it look decent. I also have three cats and a dog that frequent the bed so it has to be very washable and reversible. I am hoping to keep the actual quilting stitches to a minimum because my existing quilt is full of snapped or pulled stitches from animal nails snagging them. I'm thinking just enough quilting to keep the layers together and not shifting. I did a small quilt before with yarn tie pompoms but I think that is out of the question with my kitties now!
This blog with small dyed samples is where I got the idea.
http://honestlywtf.com/diy/shibori-diy/. I think it would look pretty cool to have these pattern blocks framed with some solid or mottled indigo dyed borders, then a backing fabric of one large dyed pattern. I have no idea design wise what would look good as far a scale for a full/queen quilt though.
I was thinking it might be cheaper to get some 100% cotton white flat sheets king sized with 250-300 thread count instead of fabric by the yard. I also like the idea of not having to have seams in the backing so it would look good reversed. Plus I should be able to fit the sheets in the washing machine without worrying about unraveling to pre-wash them. I'm hoping that a wash or two with hot water and special detergent followed by a high heat drying will remove any fabric treatments on them so they take the dye well. Hopefully that will prevent much shrinking on future washings.
Does this seem like a feasible plan for a novice? I can see from the other postings that most of you are quite advanced quilters with beautifully detailed quilts. Any advice for this sort of newbie would be appreciated. I am going to check out some library books on quilting to refresh my memory on some things too.