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Three Color Study Quilt

by Alice Heckman
(Kearney, Nebraska)

Three Color Study

Three Color Study

This was one of the quilts that grabbed me at the 2010 Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis.

This stunning french braid quilt was created by Alice Heckman. In her description that accompanied the quilt, she says...

"As a hand dyer I am interested in the way colors mix and interact with one another. This quilt is the result of an experiment in color wheel dyeing. Three primary color dyes (a red, a blue, and a yellow) were used to create all of the colors and values in this quilt with the exception of the black (also a hand dyed fabric). By mixing the three primaries and altering the strength of the dyes, I achieved all of the colors in my Three Color Study quilt."

What really pulled me in was the smooth gradation of color and the quilting on the this spectacular quilt.

This is a close up of the pebble quilting Alice used as a background fill stitch. It really gives the quilt the look of stained glass.

Detail from Alice Heckman's Three Color Study quilt

Bravo, Alice!


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Feb 14, 2012
I am a male.
by: Gillon aka Skijack aka Friendo

I have discovered that I love quilting with my fiance'. I am 59 years old, and it is so much more rewarding than watching T.V.

I think this quilt is by far the most beautiful, heart felt creation I have ever seen in the quilt world. We want to make one like it, but I don't know if we'll be able to go with the hand dyed material. Perhaps we will be able to find something close at the shop...I just love the colors. Is the pattern available for this one???


May 05, 2011
by: Anonymous

I love it!!!

May 29, 2010
by: Stephanie

That is a very pretty quilt. It looks like stained glass!

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