The health Gods are really messing with me now. I was feeling better from the cold but yesterday after walking to the mailbox (it's a long walk) I knew that something wasn't quite right. Fortunately my doctor could see me yesterday afternoon and now I have antibiotics for pneumonia. Fabric dyeing and other very physical activities are further delayed. I'm supposed to teach Saturday and hopefully I'll be all better by then. I will say that pneumonia doesn't feel nearly as bad as the first 10 days of that horrid cold!
So, just what does a girl do when she's sick and doesn't feel like quilting,, dyeing or mosaicing? She things about all of those things and buys new supplies!
The only commercial fabric is buy is an occasional solid and ALL of Paula Nadelstern's fabrics. She does a new symmetry collection every year. usually I make a sample for her in the fall but I wasn't able to do it this year. I had to wait on the fabrics to arrive in the store like everyone else! They jsut came in this week and, as always, I LOVE them. Once I finish putting together the applique quilt top and preparing the borders for applique I will be starting a new symmetry quilt. It will probably be something from Paula's new book, Fabricadabra.
If you also need some of these fabrics Paula has a 2-week Pop-Up Shop open on her web this week! Check out the whole collection along with the book and coordinating thread collection.
On the way to the doctor's office I checked the mail and saw that this long-awaited book had finally arrived!
I don't buy many books anymore because most of them are hugely disappointing. I bought a longarm book recently that I felt was very weak on usable content. It had about 3 pages on technique and the rest was patterns for the author's quilt samples. I don't need to replicate her quilts. I wanted to see many examples of her design process. Frankly, it was a waste of money.
Playful Fabric Printing, on the other hand, is how books should be. It's a comprehensive book on printing fabric with thickened MX dyes. There's ample information on mixing dyes and getting the perfect thickness for printing. The rest of the book has a lot of detail instructions and samples for various methods of printing cloth including stencils, stamps, multiple color stamping, screening and texture. If you are at all interested in fabric dyeing then you will want to add this book to your library. The sections on methods of design and printing are totally applicable to fabric paints too. It's a book that will be a long time reference for me and I couldn't read it all even in the long wait at the doctor's office.
Playful Fabric Printing should be the standard for quilting and craft books. That it isn't is why so many book publishers are going out of business.
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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