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Using hand-dyed fabrics for a Valentine wall quilt

Using hand-dyed fabrics for a Valentine wall quilt

by Jean Boyd

In my QUILTsocial blog post from December 2022, I showed you how to use a variety of Rit All-Purpose dyes to create some special effects on fabric. Rit dyes are readily available in craft and art supply stores. This week I’ll show you how to use some of those hand-dyed fabrics to create a unique wall quilt for Valentine’s Day and also some smaller items to use up the leftover fabrics.

Valentine wall quilt with appliqued hearts and circles, Valentine card and mug rug made with leftover fabric

Valentine wall quilt, Valentine card and mug rug



  • ⅞yd [0.80m] for front and back of quilt
  • ⅓yd [0.30m] for binding cut 3″ wide for a ½” finished-size binding
  • Small scraps (4″ – 9″ square), fat eighths or fat quarters
  • 23″ x 27″ [60 x 70cm] batting

4 different red fabrics for applique and black and white fabric for front background and backing

Fabric for the Valentine quilt


In addition to the hand-dyed fabrics, I’ll be using the following:

TIP When using the Oliso iron, simply touch the handle and the iron lowers, ready to work. Take your hand off, and the patented scorch guards lift the iron off the board preventing scorches, burns, and tipping. It’s not only safer to use, but also saves time as well as your wrists!

Yellow Oliso Pro Plus Smart Iron and a bottle of Mary Ellen’s Best Press next to a spray and misting bottle

Oliso Pro Plus Smart Iron and Best Press for perfect fabric preparation

Red and pink fabrics, Mary Ellen’s Best Press with spray and misting bottle, OmniArc Circle Cutter Ruler, Komfort KUT 28mm Rotary Cutter, HeatnBond Feather Lite Iron-On Adhesive, Oliso PRO TG1600 Pro Plus Smart Iron, SCHMETZ Microtex (Sharp) needles, UNIQUE applique pressing sheet

Supplies for this week’s projects

Let’s Get Started

For this project, I quilted the background before I did the applique. My background, backing and batting were cut to 22″ x 27″. I sprayed the fabric with Mary Ellen’s Best Press Starch Alternative. This removes all the wrinkles from the fabric and gives it a little extra body. And of course, my Oliso PRO TG1600 Pro Plus Smart Iron was so easy to use for pressing the fabric!

After the pieces were layered, I stitched straight lines ¼” to ⅝” apart, using my open toe, even feed (walking) foot.

Now the background is ready for the applique shapes.

Quilting with an open toe foot on the background fabric

Quilting with an open toe foot

Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you how to prepare all the applique shapes for your Valentine wall quilt!

This is part 1 of 5 in this series

Go to part 2: Cutting out hearts and circles for applique


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