I love to work with batik fabric and hand dyed fabrics. Batiks have such wonderful colors! They are my absolute favorites for making my little pineapple quilts. The colors can change all throughout and the play you get within the blocks is just amazing. I often make nine blocks with just two fat quarters. I'm always fascinated by how they turn out.
Do you remember when you were a little kid and you'd look at clouds in the sky, trying to find pictures in them? You may even still do it today. I do this with hand dyed fabric. I don't really try to see things in the fabric, but I almost always do. For instance in the picture of the fabric here, I see a black cat snuggled on a white blanket! Do you see it? (This is the piece of fabric that I'm going to try the couched writing on. I wanted to share it with you before I start to work on it.) I've always loved hand dyed fabrics, but now that I've started to notice "pictures" in them, they have become favorites to collect. You can bet that if I pick up a beautiful piece of hand dyed fabric and see something in it, it's going home with me! I've been tempted to just frame some of the fabric I see things in. I may someday or I may eventually cut them up and actually use them in quilts. Until then, I'll pet them and look at them and just plain enjoy them. If you aren't a quilter or into fiber, I'm sure you don't understand this, but if you are, you know exactly what I'm talking about and you are very lucky!