Color Your Cloth
November 18, 2009
I started following Malka Dubrawsky's blog, A Stitch In Dye, after I happened upon a photo of this quilt on her flickr stream. At first glance, I gasped. The colors are so vivid and the pattern is so interesting - there was nothing about this quilt that I didn't like. After a moment or two of gazing, a few of those fabrics looked familiar. Upon closer inspection, I realized that she didn't piece those circles into those squares. The fabrics were dyed! A whole world of possibility opened before my eyes. Dyeing printed fabric? Wow.
How did she do it? Well now I know, and so can you. Malka's new book, Color Your Cloth, A Quilter's Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago. In the first part of the book, Malka explains in depth the how's and the why's to wax resist and over-dyeing fabric. In the second part, she shares directions for projects that she has made with fabric she had dyed and patterned herself. And her fabric is fantastic - crisp, bold colors that really pop and make me want to run out and buy dyes and experiment a little myself. If only the holidays weren't right around the corner.
Lucky enough for me, Malka sent me a stack of her hand dyed and hand patterned fabrics to play around with. I knew instantly that I wanted to combine the prints with something neutral so they could really sing. I grabbed some linen, my ruler and rotary cutter and got to work. More than a hundred triangles later, I started sewing.
I went with a zig zag pattern that I sewed to a rectangle of linen to make placemats. I used solid linen on the back and cotton batting in my quilt sandwich. I sewed the three layers together leaving an opening and then flipped it right side out then quilted it. I love the way the crisp cotton contrasts with the soft linen. The colors stand out against the neutral ground and the piecing takes a pattern that was already interesting and adds another dimension to it. And the finished placemats look great on my table.
I highly recommend Malka's book if you are looking for more information on dyeing and patterning fabric or if you just want a good dose of inspiration. The sewing projects include small items like coasters and totes and larger endeavors like quilts. Malka has an etsy shop where she sells her fabrics and sewn items. Her book can be purchased from etsy as well or on Amazon.
Malka has generously offered a copy of her book to one of my readers. If you'd like a chance of winning, please leave a comment on this post before Friday, November 20th at 12:00 p.m. EST. I will use the random number generator to pick a winner. Good luck!
I'd love a chance to win this great looking book!
Posted by: Andrea | November 18, 2009 at 03:35 PM
It sounds fascinating, oh if only there were more hours in a day.
Posted by: Jennifer | November 18, 2009 at 03:38 PM
I'd love a chance to win. Looks like it has some great projects to help get through a gray winter!
Posted by: Bridget | November 18, 2009 at 03:50 PM
I loved Malka's work for a while now, since I first purchased a fabulous pillow from her. That got me going with the sewing and quilting.
I can't wait to have her book! Maybe I get picked by Mr. Random this time...
Posted by: Julie Alvarez | November 18, 2009 at 03:53 PM
That book looks fantastic! I love the placemats you made.
Making my own batik fabric sounds like such fun.
Posted by: Heidi | November 18, 2009 at 03:53 PM
Would love to own this book, thanks for the chance, and for opening my eyes!
Posted by: Jenny | November 18, 2009 at 03:54 PM
What a lovely looking book and I can always use a dose of inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win it.
Posted by: Meredith | November 18, 2009 at 03:56 PM
Your placemats are absolutely beautiful. I too love Malka's designs and got her book a few weeks ago. Its so well written and the instructions so clear. I read it front to back the first night! I can't wait to try my own.
Posted by: karen | November 18, 2009 at 03:56 PM
Thanks for a great giveaway. I never been brave enough to attempt dyeing fabric but it is something I have always wanted to try ;)
Posted by: Belinda Harris | November 18, 2009 at 03:58 PM
Great-looking is right--what fun!
Posted by: Celeste | November 18, 2009 at 03:58 PM
wow!! I've been looking at her pictures, her work is amazing. Those placemats are beautifu!! If I don't get it in your giveaway I'll definitely added to my wish list.
Posted by: Paloma | November 18, 2009 at 03:59 PM
I would love to win this book, if only to gaze in awe at the eye candy inside! ;)
Posted by: ~Michelle~ | November 18, 2009 at 04:00 PM
I love your place mats
Posted by: Christie | November 18, 2009 at 04:01 PM
I'm just DYING to start quilting. I don't have a space for myself right now but I'm hoping after the holidays to fine a nitch in my house to carve out a sewing corner.
Posted by: Lindsey | November 18, 2009 at 04:02 PM
the book looks REAllY GREAT! i would LOVE to win
Posted by: sandra | November 18, 2009 at 04:04 PM
Looks like a wonderful book! I love your placemats, too :)
Posted by: Christie | November 18, 2009 at 04:06 PM
i want! i need! thanks for the giveaway!
Posted by: Jeni | November 18, 2009 at 04:07 PM
This book looks amazing....I love it. Thanks Erin :)
Posted by: lookwhaticando | November 18, 2009 at 04:08 PM
Wow! What a creative variation to "regular" fabric. Your placemats look great!
Posted by: Becky | November 18, 2009 at 04:09 PM
OOOh - that concept really opens up the fabric possibilities!
Posted by: Mary Jo, Five Green Acres | November 18, 2009 at 04:09 PM
Ohhh! That quilt is really interesting, I would love to read that book. Those placemats are beautiful!
Posted by: Angela | November 18, 2009 at 04:09 PM
yes please! and i love your pretty new placemats. happy thanksgiving!
Posted by: molly | November 18, 2009 at 04:12 PM
That looks like a great book. I love your placemats and the way you imitated the zigzag with your quilting.
Posted by: Trisha | November 18, 2009 at 04:17 PM
the placemats look fabulous! you rock.
Posted by: emily | November 18, 2009 at 04:18 PM
I'd love a chance to win. Pick me! I think this is going on my christmas wishlist just in case I don't win. ;)
Posted by: Nichole | November 18, 2009 at 04:21 PM
What awesome placemats! I would love to win the book!
Posted by: Weedwacker | November 18, 2009 at 04:21 PM
Oh how exciting, and what a great book! I need that, please include me in your drawing.
Posted by: Caron Mosey | November 18, 2009 at 04:24 PM
Wow, amazing! Thank you both for the generous offer!
Posted by: Vane | November 18, 2009 at 04:28 PM
This whole process is very intriguing to me...and I love that circle quilt of hers, as well. thanks for the post. a lot of people are posting about her book and it's making me more and more curious!
Posted by: [email protected] | November 18, 2009 at 04:33 PM
oh you're right, if only the holidays weren't right around the corner. But looks like great winter project inspiration! lovely work erin!
Posted by: sarah | November 18, 2009 at 04:35 PM
I hope to win... I got to do wax resist my senior year of high school and it was so fun! Thanks Erin for another great give-away.
Posted by: jesse | November 18, 2009 at 04:36 PM
That books looks like a winner for sure--perfect to fill my crafty days during the winter! I do love your placemats!
Posted by: jessica | November 18, 2009 at 04:41 PM
Her fabric's are amazing!!! I would love a chance to win this book and attempt to create some cloth beauties.
Posted by: Karen | November 18, 2009 at 04:47 PM
drooling..... just think of the wonderful clothes you could make for children with that kind of cloth!
love the fabrics and the project you did.
i'm speechless otherwise.
Thanks for the opportunity to win
Posted by: whit | November 18, 2009 at 04:50 PM
The fabric is gorgeous! I would love a chance to win a copy of her book. Thank you for this opportunity!
Posted by: Candice | November 18, 2009 at 04:51 PM
Do I dare try this?!! I think I can!
Posted by: andrea | November 18, 2009 at 05:00 PM
Wow, how inspiring! I'd love to win this book and get to craftin'. Thanks!!
Posted by: Jenny | November 18, 2009 at 05:00 PM
Oh, wow, gorgeous! Those fabrics on your placemats really pop! Thanks for introducing me to Malka and her new book.
Posted by: tracy | November 18, 2009 at 05:00 PM
Ive had a fasination with batiks and hand dyed fabrics for awhile now, this book looks amazing!
Posted by: Joscelyn | November 18, 2009 at 05:00 PM
omg I have so been wanting this book and have it on my Christmas list. I have admired her fabrics for a long time as well. Would scream like crazy if this arrived on my doorstep!! :)
Posted by: Amy | November 18, 2009 at 05:02 PM
Thank you so much for a chance to win...love your blog and the inspiration it provides...
Posted by: Ann | November 18, 2009 at 05:07 PM
Very pretty, Erin! Love the linen with the bright print.
Posted by: Marcia | November 18, 2009 at 05:08 PM
Love the linen/print together!! Such a great way to dress up a solid!
Posted by: Stacy T | November 18, 2009 at 05:11 PM
Your placemats look great!
Posted by: mj | November 18, 2009 at 05:17 PM
I would love a chance.
Posted by: Myra | November 18, 2009 at 05:22 PM
Sign me up!
Posted by: Sara | November 18, 2009 at 05:24 PM
Oh my. I would love to learn more about this process. Thanks!
Posted by: Amanda | November 18, 2009 at 05:30 PM
Beautiful placemats! And what an inspiring sounding book!
Posted by: Kristin | November 18, 2009 at 05:33 PM
I would love a chance to win the book! it looks awesome!
Posted by: candace hudgens | November 18, 2009 at 05:37 PM
Looks like a lot of inspiration to be found in that book!
Posted by: Olivia | November 18, 2009 at 05:37 PM