I have a surprise this week of more Crystal fabrics! Some will make great stand alone tapestries and some have some wonderful negative space for people who want to add a a strong quilting element. All of theme are about 38" square. Here are 5 but you can see them all in the shop.
I had a great week of dyeing last week and have lots of new things in the shop today.
I know that the pale neutrals aren't the most exciting fabrics in the world but it is the value changes that can make or break a quilt. This is a nice collection of light value fabrics in a wide variety of colors. Sometimes you just need a little to finish off your art quilt and these fat eights will give you a little bit of 10 light value fabrics.
I have a lot of Shades Pack options but I didn't have the grayed green that a customer recently needed. I've rectified that with this lovely soft mossy green that I'm calling Juniper.
It's been a while since I had time to dye some shibori pieces but I fixed that last week too. This photo is just a hint at the new colors. You can check them all out in the shop.
This week I've got 3 of your favorite gradients back in stock!
Meadow Sunrise has a beautiful Spring blue sky with just the hint of sunrise over a green meadow. Candace West made a beautiful quilt, learn and Grow with this gradient. She fussy cut the gradient to remove some of the green and let the flowers shine against the blue sky.
Sally Papin made this beautiful heron quilt using the Abundance gradient. Just one half yard of fabric and she was saved hours of stitching for a custom background.
Under the Sea is also back. It's the perfect backdrop for a fanciful under water scene or cut it up for a wide variety of blues and purples for your next project.
I just love making these fabrics and I'm always tempted to keep all of them.
I have absolutely no control over how they turn out. I fold them, cover them with ice and then sprinkle the dye powders in random patterns. Even when I think I'm "planning" color I'm always surprised. Fabrics like the 3 above are the ones that I think are ideal for lots of custom quilting. There are some "flat" spaces where quilting would really show off.
Then there are other like these three that can be quilted or not quilted. They have enough design detail to stand on their own as a tapestry. If you are stuck for ideas for what to do with them check the Customer Gallery to to see how Patricia Caldwell uses them. To see all 12 new Crystals just visit the shop.
Galaxy fabrics are one of a kind fabrics that are larger than a yard. They have unique texture and color combinations. Check them all out in the shop. Here are some new ones.
This is a big day for me. It means that I'm starting to dig myself out of the giant list of things I need to catch up on. I have a 2 foot stack of fabric that needs to be ironed and listed. These fabrics didn't shrink the pile much but it's a start.
First up is a new set of Pebbles and Rocks fabrics in a Stash Pack. This one is for all of you art quilters. The pack contains 10 fat eighths, one of each fabric in the photo. You are seeing abut a 2" wide strip of each fabric to give you an idea of the color and texture variation in the pack.
Next up are new one yard cuts. I call these Stars. Most of my fabrics are smaller cuts but sometimes you need a little more. That's what the stars are for and here are 3 new ones.
I've been very busy this week getting caught up on gradients for the shop. All of these are now back in stock!
Christine Cetrulo made her art quilt using the Meadow Sunrise gradient.
Deb Levy made Once Upon a Dream using the Twilight Gradient.
Patricia Caldwell made Sand Dune Tree with the Beach Walk gradient.
Forest Canopy and Woodlands are coordinating fabrics that use the same color palette.
Rene Iannarelli made her abstract landscape using the Woodlands Gradient with several other fabrics.
December is gift giving season....even if the gift is one you are giving to yourself. I'm having a little sale to help those of you looking for something special for you or your creative friends.
Color Wheel Stash packs are always on sale but today through December 11, all Stash Packs are on sale for the Color Wheel price.
Stash Packs are sets of 10 fat eighths in a color theme. There are over 20 different sets to choose from. They are perfect for art quilters, scrap quilters and anyone who likes having a variety of color and textures. These fabrics mix great with commercial fabrics on your quilts.
Gift Wrapping Available! If you want the pack wrapped and shipped to a friend just put the correct shipping address in and leave a note on the order to let me know that you want the package wrapped.
While our friends are off exploring DC for a few days I'm catching up on chores and things. I'm doing exciting things like caulking, laundry and ironing. Fortunately the ironing part involves fabric and not clothing and now I have the shop caught up with the fabric I dyed 2 weeks ago. Most of it was custom ordered but I've got 2 of your favorite gradients finally back in stock!
Sassafras is the most popular gradient of all and to think it simply started as "What if I mix these 2 colors?" I loved the result but wasn't sure anyone else would.
Patricia, The Butterfly Quilter, used it to great effect for the background in this art quilt inspired by her new home in Arizona.
Another of my favorite gradients is Gray Skies and it's back in stock too.
Don't like either of these? There are over 50 gradients to choose from in the shop!
Well the fun and games continue around here. Yesterday just after the guys got the old sidewalk we had a downpour that created a pond right up next to the foundation and steps. The guys worked frantically to dig a trench for most of it to drain while I scooped about 20 gallons of water from the new pond. I just knew that it was going to get in the basement but, fortunately, it didn't.
So what didn't happen yesterday is dyeing. After all the drama subsided I was too tired to dye.
Instead I decided to fold some mandalas for some ice dyeing and I ended the evening with some zen quilting on veterans quilts. I'll share those later because today I'm finally getting last week's dyes posted. Here's what's new in the shop this week:
I think of Sundance as my signature gradient (see the blog header on the home page). First Draft Pub in Denver, CO selected Sundance to hang in the atrium of their bar.
Blue Sky is the most popular gradient of all time and it's back in stock! One of my favorite art quilts made by Patricia Caldwell is this one she made with Blue Sky. No surprise that this one sold soon after it was made.
Other new/restocked fabrics are:
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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