It’s time for my second Maudlin-Free Monday giveaway (and yes, I realize it is Tuesday, but are we really going to quibble about this when I’m giving away free fabric?)
A little bit about this second batch of fabric I am giving away…
I have a huge love for painting, dyeing, stamping, stenciling, screening, and printing fabric in my free time, and in the summer of 2010 my (then future) colleagues at Quilts, Inc., invited me to come to La Grange, Texas–the same town as the new Texas Quilt Museum–to play with them and teach them some of my favorite surface design techniques.
We dyed fabric:
We did deconstructed screen printing:
And oohed and aaahed at the results:
And oohed and ached and jumped for joy as they flapped dry in the Texas wind…
We also played with Thermofax screen printing:
And yes, we played until the cows came home.
I have learned that a team that works and plays together, stays together!
Want to win some fabric?
All you need to do is answer the following question and I’ll choose a winner randomly this upcoming Friday.
My Question: We all love to learn new quilt techniques. In fact, in case you might have missed it, we have a quick online survey that we would LOVE for you to take to help us offer classes you want at International Quilt Festival.
But back to my question: What is the one thing you want to learn how to do right now?
For me, I want to be brave enough to try bobbin embroidery. I recently met with Ellen Anne Eddy and she made it look so easy (and fun)! So that is next on my list. What about you?
I’m a new quilter, so what I want to do right now is the next step in my current quilt — adding borders.
I want to learn to free motion quilt like the pros!
I want to learn how to burn my own silk screens. Thermofax machines seem to be expensive or non-existent. So, I thought I would go back to the good old fashioned way of making my own screens. Well, that is the thinking today. Tomorrow may be carving blocks or hand painting. Hummingbird mind is a dangerous thing – flitting from one pretty technique to the next! 🙂
I have several unfinished quilt tops. I never know how to quilt them. So my UFO pile gets bigger. I want help.
I would like to learn some of the surface design techniques you shared here.
I want to learn how to design, dye or print my own fabric. Especially using non-cotton fabrics such as silk, ???.
Would love to learn gel printing.
Hi Pokey! Personally, I want to learn more about using Mixed Media involving Art Quilts, incorporating papers, fabric, paints, etc into one project.
I think it would be fun to learn more about layered journaling. And using silk more. I have not tried much of that. Thank you for the opportunity to win.
I want to improve my free machining to outline screenprints etc.
Hi! I really would love to learn machine applique techniques.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Right this minute, I wanna know what the heck deconstructed silk screening is. Even after a friend explained it to me, showing me something she had done, I still couldn’t wrap my brain around it.
Learning how to clean the goop out of the tension disks in my machines without taking it in for service would be nice too…
btw – tell Ruth “hi” for me. She probably doesn’t remember me, but she was a joy to work with back in the days when I was helping with the Quilters S.O.S. project.
I would like to learn how to add more designs/circles/other small blocks to the top of my quilts to make them look more arty. I want to make my quilts “pop”.
You have inspired me to get the silk screens that have been living under my bed for years out to do some printing fabric, but I want to learn now about removing color from fabric…. reductive process & can it work in reverse with a the shibori dying process?
Bobbin work …. I have seen it done but have not tried it yet. What makes a bobbin work type of embellishment successful?
I want to learn how to play more with PSE and actually print something on fabric and make something special with it ! 🙂
There are so many things that I want to learn right NOW! But if I had to choose…thread painting! Thanks!
My greatest desire is to be able to do free motion quilting on the machine that looks like what I picture in my mind and sketches….and consistently accomplish this with my projects,
I hate “messing” with the bobbin, but bobbin work sounds interesting.
I would like to learn how to print on fabric. I love the look of handdyed and hand printed fabric. I would like to know all the secrets. Thanks
I would love to learn how to screen print on fabric. I love the look of hand-dyed and hand-printed fabrics. thanks
I want to learn how to thoughtfully and effectively combine free motion quilting motifs with fabric collage and hand embroidery. I’m always working on this — but sometimes I feel like I’ve got too much of one thing and not enough of the other.
I’d love to learn how to make a fabric book. I love adding fabric to my “paper” projjects and pages, but love the feel of a good fabric book! Linda
I’d love to learn how to make simple clothing that fits ME.
I want to learn about design and composition so my projects look interesting with lots of details but having it look like it all belongs. I guess I would like to be able to design something that has variety and cohesiveness at the same time.
I am dying to do pictorial art quilts, but am not feeling confident about how to do it and what techniques to use. I have one in mind featuring the Colorado Street Bridge in my hometown of Pasadena!
EASY machine quilting – nothing fancy. I have a hand-me-down Bernina (a gift from my sister when she up-graded) I just want to learn something beside a “stitch in the ditch” method. I’m loving your stuff!
I’d like to be more confident with free motion quilting 🙂
I would love to learn how to do some sun printing on fabric…I’m moving to Houston from Calgary and will have loads of time to quilt but I want to be able to sun print, dye my own fabrics (another new thing for me) and my darlin Hubby got me a felting machine a couple of years ago and I would LOVE to learn how to use it! Those are my big three…. they say good things come in threes….and what can beat anything that hangs off of a good art project on its own or off of a good quilting day/week/month….
Ideas for incorporating surface embellishment — beading, buttons, fibers, mylar candy wrappers ………. , and techniques for getting them to stay in place.
I would like to have a go at screen printing. I have a couple of books on the technique but not been game to take the plunge yet. Thanks for the chance to win your gorgeous fabric.
Just help me free the artist within. Get me to my machine or paints more readily. Maybe how to work while walking the dogs? I’m joking of course. But we can all use help with getting over the first hurdle, no matter what the technique. I guess I’m asking for one of those crafts/sewing evangelists to boost our spirits and free ourselves to trust our own creative spark.
Great photo of all of you at your workshop! I was looking for Karey and there she was!
To be proficient at free motion quilting and thread painting.
I’m love to learn how to do Screen Printing, it looks like so much fun.
A class in using things already in your kitchen, garage or that catch- all drawer. I get frustrated when I see great new ideas but find I need to buy $$$$ worth of
products to try a new technique. ( although I realize companies pay to have their
products mentioned) 🙂
I want to have a chance to play with a teacher using paints that are available to most people. I would like to print and be able to do surface design. Too mant ideas and so little time.
Torn between “Bobbin Work” and “Thread Painting”…… Basically I just want to start using up some of my pretty threads so I don’t feel like such a Hoarder!! LOL
I would like to learn all about long-arm quilting – from loading the quilt to quilting to maintaining the machine.
I’m with you and would love to learn bobbin work. I love the textures and effects you can achieve!
I want to learn to monoprint fabrics!
I want to learn to put in a simple zipper – so I can make all the bags I have in my head.
Effectively apply metalic accents to my silk scarves and other fabrics.
I want to take a 2 day workshop in screen printing!
That was pretty specific, Jane! Not one day, or three….TWO DAY WORKSHOP. Weee! 😉
I want to learn how to use encaustic with textile!
Learn more fabric dyeing and printing techniques.
I want to dye my own fabric! 😀
I would like to learn how to do free motion quilting and like it when I’m done :o)
I’d like to learn more about using several techniques when making a quilt top… such as applique`, plus piecing, plus paper piecing just to name a few. I think mixing things up makes for a great quilt.
My pal and I are playing each weekend with dyeing…experimenting with peoples techniques…and honing our own…
I’d love to learn screen printing, especially deconstructed screen printing, with dyes! And I’d love to win this fabric stash to spur me on!!
My big desire is to learn how to do free motion quilting.
I want to learn how to do free motion feathers on my home sewing machine.
The correct way to applique.
I would love to takes class on machine quilting. I want a teacher to show me all steps from piecing, to batting, to boarders, to basting and machine quilting. I have the quilting bug. 🙂 I’m hoping this fall Houston will have a class for me 😀
Sorry typo I ment take a class. 🙂
I have an immediate need to make my own rubbing plate(s) of iris plants with cardboard and glue gel. I think it will work (tracing paper wasn’t strong enough to make the glue stand up). I want to put “ghost” irises in the border I’m working on for a round robin, just a hint of shape, probably with pastel, to extend the images in the central panel. I’ve used a similar idea before with a commercial rubbing plate that worked for that application, but now need a design that I can’t find elsewhere. That’s this week’s investigation! Surface design is what makes my mind fizz; I love it.
I want to learn how to manage my time and become more efficient with the time I have and get more projects completed.
I want to learn how to FINISH a quilt! I have several that are ready to be quilted and I just get stuck on the quilting design. But other than that, I really want to learn how to get back to quilting now that I have a child. It’s been 4 1/2 years and I miss it so! I started just today on a block, just a block, of a neat design- Japanese X and + block and I hope to learn the ability to work in very small chunks of time instead of my preferred uninterrupted blocks of hours and hours late into the night. So that’s what I want to learn! Thanks for the giveaway- the fabrics look great and I’ll have to check out the museum- its not too far from me in Austin.
I would love learn how to dye my fabric as free as that design!
I’m new to quilting. I’d love to learn free-motion quilting. 🙂
I would like the opportunity to learn how to install a (large) quilt top, batting, backing onto a longarm machine, quilt the quilt on it, and decide if having a longarm is a good idea. I think I’m going to look into a 2-day workshop that allows use of their machines. I don’t want to buy one until I’m sure I would like it!
I would like to learn how to use a needle felting machine. I just love the look, colors and texture you can create with it. I think my creativity would explode if I started to play with it.
I’d love to make some batik fabrics for the first time. I only buy batiks, hand dyes and paint and dye my own fabrics. I even have all the supplies to do it and I collect interesting shaped objects to use as wax stamps. I’ve just never taken a day to go for it. That’s what I would love to try next.
I want to learn to machine quilt. Currently everything is hand quilted, but for smaller quicker projects the machine would be nice.
I am a beginning quilter and I really want to learn how to make a crazy quilt!
I really want to learn Brazillion embroidery I think this type of embroidery is beautiful!
I would like to learn to dye cotton, wool & silk fabric & yarn.
I would love to learn to make a crazy quilt! 🙂
I would like to learn how to dye fabric!
I’d love to have a lesson on choosing colours and layouts for fabrics. Thanks for the chance, your dye technique is awesome – the results: fabulous!
I would love to learn free motion quilting techniques to get a better handle on it.
Thankyou – beautiful fabric!!!!
My grandma ,who passed away when my mom was little, knew how to make the most exquisite drawn thread embroidery, like lace,. That’s what I want to learn .It would be a connection to someone who is a part of me that I never got to meet.
If I could, I would like to hand piece and hand quilt a traditional style quilt.
I really want to learn how to free motion quilt withe style and ease!!!
First up on my T-=Do List is learning paper piecing! I want to make those wonderfully intricate blocks with perfect seams and points!! Thanks for the chance to win!!
Right now I am really into hand embroidery and using it for art Quilts and in art journals. I am just beginning to do this specialized sewing and so I take a simple design and work until I can master it! It all began two years ago when I sewed my daughter an apron for Christmas. It had a pretty Poinsettia on it, printed on the fabric, but I wanted to actually hand sew the flowers and leaves. It has exploded since then with my love of art journals entering into the picture as well. Thanks for the chance to win. ~Gin~
Hi, I have just started dyeing my fabric, so Im going to try to go and learn how to dye with some wax, and screen painting my fabric. even try to paint on it, for the quilt that I may be working on. I found a company that has all the stuff to do these things, and so Im going to try one after the other. .This is something that I have never done, but with their products and telling you how to do it, Im jumping in head first as I do on anything I start that is new to me. By the way, the fabric I have dyed from their products It has cime out so very nice. The Company is Dharma Trading Co. .com. just in case someone wants to try doing these things. They have kits for anything you want to try. Thank You. Gerry
I want to learn to dye and print fabrics.
I want to learn how to use some of the new gadgets on the market to make the creative process easier; like markers, Accuquilt dies, misty fuse, beads etc.
OOOOWWWEEEEEE! I want to learn how to transfer old photos and print material onto fabric and make mixed media quilts.
What i want most (at the moment lol) to learn, is how to free motion quilt!! 🙂 My daughter in NC & I (in Ohio) are learning to quilt together! : ) We are making the same pattern, then when we get to see each other, we are exchanging quilt we each made—-for the other! Is a complete surprise to the end!! Cool fun, huh? Anyhow, I would LOVE to free motion quilt mine.
Thanks for chance to win such Awesome fabric!!! 🙂
Looks like a lot of fun!! I would love to learn to do screening and some batik-like techniques. I love dyeing my own fabrics! ;^)
Embroidery would be fun!
I’d love to learn an easy batik method!
I recently purchased a used quilting machine and frame, but need to learn to use it – especially how to prepare the layers on the frame.
I want to learn it all!!! But seriously,right now I want to learn to print on fabric with my inkjet printer and how to use my recently acquired paint sticks.
I want to learn how to do quick and portable projects, i.e. a tote
I want to learn how to finish the two quilt tops I’ve made and left unquilted. They’re not so pretty folded and tucked away in a plastic bin in the closet. I can’t wait to see them on a bed all finished!
I want to learn free motion quilting. After 2 classes I still can’t seem to get loose enough to do it. I think I just need to practice, practice, practice.
Thanks for a chance
I want to open to my inner muse and learn to be more creative and less judgemental of my work. I saw a lesson on doing quilts by picking scraps of fabric out of a bag and just “winging it” mmm might do that next the winging it project…would love to have your bundle of fabrics Pokey as the 23rd is my birthday…i turn 65, how does it get any better than that! Still growing and learning and being open to new possiblitlies for my creativity..
I want to learn how to do a shabby chic beach landscape quilt !!! Thank you sew much Pokey!!!
I would like to make multilayer embellishment fabrics. Those that go over a previous embellishment on fabric, but do not completely cover it.
i want to learn to print on fabric
I want to learn the precise way to contruct a double wedding ring block quilt so that the pattern will be outstanding and engaging.
I want to learn how to properly dye fabrics and floss for my cross stitch projects.
I quilt and sew but would so love to learn more about color, dying, and more art style projects. Color is what I really would like to learn more about!
Well I’ve only just discovered the world of art quilting having being a traditional quilter. I would quite like to have a go at the glue stick applique method, though I know how it works, I’ve never tried it myself. I’m also going to Google thermofax now because that seems exciting!
I would like the Magic Quilting Fairy to visit me overnight and when I wake up tomorrow morning I could FMQ beautifully.
I’m not able to quilt by hand anymore, so I want to learn to machine quilt on my Bernina.
Right now I’d love to learn to crazy quilt. Thanks.
I am no longer able to quilt by hand. I need to learn to quilt with my Bernina.
I would love to learn to dye my own fabric.
I love your “ponderings”.
I need to learn how to hand quilt properly so that my fabric does not bunch in the back.
I want to learn how to transfer photos to cloth so that I can make some personalized family memento quilts
I want to try letterpress printing. The new tools available make it look easy.
I want to learn to use my mid-arm quilter that I bought about 8 yrs ago, didnt have a place to set it up – have now remodelled the house to accomodate it. I have about 8 quilt tops ready to go!!! Then I want to win the lottery so I can buy a beach house with a sewing WING! so it will have a grand and glorious home, with enough drawers to accomodate all my fabric
I actually want to learn how to do exactly what your giving away. I have watched several episodes of Quilting Arts, but haven’t gotten up the guts to try it yet. Would love to take a class and try it. I could even drive to La Grange as I don’t live far from there, if there was a class to take. Love the fabric.
Thanks for the giveaway.
I’ve always wanted to learn how to crazy quilt. The quilts always look so cool and artistic. One of these days…..
I am wanting to learn free motion quilting…I just upgraded to a Singer machine and one of the feet allows this. I cant wait till I can find a class that offers this. 🙂
I want to learn how to hand-dye fabrics! I was going to teach my friend Debbie how to tat, and in return she was going to teach me how to dye fabrics, but then she moved before we ever got around to it. It sounds like wonderful fun though and I’m still determined to eventually learn how.
I want to learn to be a better fabric cutter. of all parts of quilting, it’s the cutting that takes me the longest, gives me the most fits, and intimidates me! Drives me nuts. Overwhelms!! Why do I suck so bad at it? 🙁
I’m actually not much of a quilter – just a beginner, so I want to learn it all
I don’t know much about quilting so I want to learn it all
I have only recently started making Quilts. Thats because when I was young my Grandmother was always doing it, and I have always said that I would do some for myself. So that time has finally arrived, I have not looked into how to make one, so I am trying to do what I remember. So far it doesn’t look too bad, but any help I can get is greatly appreciated.
I would like to do thread painting
I want to make my first quilt and would like to know the basics of putting it together
I need the confidence to think about quilting my projects. I love to piece, but the quilting —not so much — make that not at all.
I would love to try hand dying some fabric!
I would love to learn to do bead embroidery and ribbon embroidery, sooner rather then later Just Sayin’. But while I am here and waiting to start learning, I will be happy to relieve you of your excess fabric. :p Thanks for a very nice giveaway.
Oh, RIGHT NOW I want to learn to sew curves well (I can already sew them poorly, time to improve!)
I would learn to love some fabric collage to make a nice wall art….just couldn’t get my hands on good fabrics and your giveaway seems to me like a sign!!!
First off..love all the fabric you created..awesome. I am really new to quilting and I really need to learn how to put on the binding. Elaine Akers
I would love to learn how to do better applique–my applique is terrible. 😛
I would like to learn how to make a monkey fist knot. My attempts are horrible. You’d think after 5 or 6 different tutorials I would have it learned.
I would like to learn how to hand applique. So many beautiful ideas.
I want to learn beading – jewlery as well as on fabric.
I am reading a book on machine quilting and would love a class about this. Also, crazy quilting with embellishments.
How to applique on wool!
I am creating a series of landscape CQ blocks for the Crazly Quilt Journal Project 2012. I want to learn some great way of putting them together in an awesome fabric journal so that they don’t have to sit in a drawer somewhere forever. I intend to add to them and to create another series of some type next year. I want to learn some way of making a cover for the finished blocks that will be easy, great to look at and where the cover art can be altered to fit the contents of each series.
I am a newby quilter and I’d love to learn machine quilting
zig zag quilting, I am a newby and want to join in on a sew along
I’m a new quilter working on my 1st quilt and loving it! I want to learn how to do bindings as I’m just about at the point.
I want to learn how to make a Tumbling Block pattern using the English Foundation piecing and Hand quilt it.
I would like to learn how to screen print.
I want to learn new techniques in Surface Embellishment. Lulu
There are so many things I would love to learn to expand my knowledge and capabilities, it is a mind boggling whirl wind LOL. I suppose it would be fabric painting with paint and/or thread. The list is really endless. I have a goal to do a landscape quilt in the near future. These techniques would be so valuable to learn.
To make a fiber and quilted baby mobile
is that MY kerry who is dying fabric – love you sis!
I would love how to paper piece!
This! I would love to dye fabrics. Thanks, email@example.com
I am a new quilter and having problems keeping my sewing lines straight and even. I would love to learn how to do that.
I want to learn surface embellishments like beading.
I would love to learn how to make a dress!
Two things, really, at least for this week, general and specific: Learn to not over-think, just take an idea and start to play with it. (I kill many great ideas that way.) And learn to hand embellish with yarn/ribbon/thread for dimension. I love the look of hand work and the slow pace is a nice balance in the day.
I did the survey, I want to learn fabric dyeing, and more crazy quilt making, I want to learn it all, I can make a log cabin, and flying geese.
I’d like to start and make some quilts with all the lovely fabric I’ve dyed and printed…but then I’d have to cut it up!
Hi Pokey! You may recieve this message twice, one by email and one on this site—anyway, I am always interested in acquiring new fabrics to use in a future Fiber Art project. I hope that I am the lucky winner this time.
I am always interested in acquiring new fabric pieces to use in a future Fiber Art project. Hopefully, I will be the lucky winner this time..
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