It's been 2 years since I last made Crystal mandala fabrics. It's not that I don't love these fabric. I adore them! They are simply very labor, water and dye intensive and they need to be done in the summer. But there's no other way to get the incredible colors and texture that you get from ice dyeing. For those of you who want to do your own I will soon have a free tutorial available, but for everyone else, I have a lot of new Crystal mandalas in the shop. Each of these is at least 40" square.
There will be large quilt back mandalas available next week.
Not quite sure how to tackle one of these fabrics? Check out how three of my customers treated their Crystal mandalas. Click on each photo to see the details.
When I started doing ice dyeing I quickly realized that there was a lot of wasted dye that dripped through the folded fabrics and into the bin underneath. I started playing around with putting fabrics in the bottom of the bin and quickly discovered my favorite fabrics. All of the Galaxy fabrics are larger than 2 yards and all were created through the ice dyeing process. Some are scrunched, some are folded for symmetry and the scrunched and others are folded and arranged carefully in the bottom of the bin.
I love using the Galaxy fabrics in my quilts. For the Antelope Canyon quilt (left) I started with a Galaxy fabric and dyed the blue, brown and green to match. For the Maine Quilt (right) I used a Galaxy fabric for the border of a quilt made with all sun printed blocks. Click on either photo to see more photos of each quilt.
This is your weekly reminder that my summer vacation is going to be a really long one this year so I want to give you notice now in case you need something dyed for your next project. We have plenty of time to get it done if we start planning now. I will be away August 6 - September 5 so the shop will basically be closed the entire month of August. If there's fabric that you need please get your orders in by the end of July. The cut off for custom dyed fabric will be July 26.
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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.