Friday, November 20, 2009

The Hits...

...keep getting better. I have got so many deals for you today, I feel like I'm that furniture salesman in the Gallery Furniture ads (fellow current and former Houstonians get this reference, the rest of you, just smile and nod).
At the beginning of the month I introduced you to my lovely, new sponsor, r0ssie and her amazing supplies for all things itajime. Well, r0ssie has a special offer for you today and I've combined that with a dye tutorial and...Dharma Trading Company, home of more dye supplies than you could shake a turkey leg at, is offering my readers, that's you people, a special freebie. It's all so amazing I don't know where to begin.
How about a little encouragement for those of you who might be on the fence about trying this technique.



I finished this quilt earlier this week and like my Twinkle quilts both large and small, all the shapes are dyed not pieced.



And, lest you think I'm the only one whose piecing tops and making quilts using this dye technique, feast your eyes on this:



This is r0ssie's latest itajime venture. She's not only combining a variety of differently sized shapes, but an innovative shape she designed called the reverse twinkle.



The circle is cut out of the square. It's brilliant and practically makes my head swim with possibilities.

If you're still concerned that this craft might be more than you can handle then let me provide you with all the knowledge you'd need to clamp your own fabric sandwich, mix a dyebath and dye your fabric. I've titled this tutorial Clamping and Dyeing Fabric: A Basic Itajime Primer. If you click on the link in the right hand sidebar, it will take you there.

Are you ready to get started? Do you want to gather your supplies and dye like a crazy person? Good.
The first step is to get some of the essential materials you'll need to craft your own amazing fabric. Where should you go? I'm so glad you asked because I have a definite opinion about this. I have been a customer at Dharma Trading Company for at least 15 years. I buy all my dyes and undyed fabric there. I used to dye pre-sewn white garments and I bought those at Dharma as well. I love the place and I'm giving it my stamp of approval. You don't have to buy large quantities to purchase from Dharma. They sell dyes in 2 ounce containers. You could pick up a few colors and some of the auxiliary chemicals(check the tutorial for a materials list) and you'd be ready to go.
Also, because I want you to try this technique and r0ssie wants you to try this technique and the folks at Dharma want you to try this technique, Dharma Trading Company is offering a free 2 ounce jar of dye to anyone who places an order using this link.

The second step is to get some of r0ssie's wonderful shapes. You can do that by following the link on my sidebar directly to her online store or you can leave a comment here and be entered to win what can only be described as a smorgasbord of shapes including her newest offerings, Reverse Twinkles.
The shapes offered in the giveaway are the same ones r0ssie used to create the quilt top pictured. She calls this design her Kalka Quilt because, "it is half inspired by Kaffe Fassett and his lovely way of scaling blocks up and down and half inspired by Malka Dubrawsky and her twinkles."

I am so blushing.

An entire Kalka bundle is up for the taking. That's three pairs of 2" circles, three pairs of 3.5" reverse twinkles, two pairs of 4" circles, two pairs of 6.5" reverse twinkles, one pair of 6" circles,and one guide for cutting a 9.5" block with a 6" circle in the middle.

This is an unbelievable giveaway. There are no excuses left. Leave a comment, stop over at Dharma Trading, and let the fun begin.

107 comments:

Angie said...

I really want to dye fabrics again. I also wanted to ask about your quilt hanger, is that from IKEA? It looks similar to one I've seen there. I need a better way to hang quilts and I love what you have.

Amy said...

So wonderful! I would love to try your techniques, and having the right tools would definitely go a long way toward being successful at it, I'm sure!

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Ok, I'll do it! I have a pdf of your technique I got from the web last year. Give me those shapes and i'll go over to Dharma this week! I do live in Austin ya know ;)

Julia Wood said...

I would so love to try this! It would be like an early Christmas present!

Sarah Seitz said...

Wow, this is so neat! I really want to try this but am still feeling nervous! This post helped a lot!!

Sarah @ http://comeandseetheseitz.com

yahaira said...

I've been tempting to try this technique so I can't wait for the tutorial!

Quilt or Dye said...

I have spent a small fortune to take art classes that I have had to adapt to fiber. I am so excited for artists like you that share information with us newbies!

mjb said...

I only have gray dye so I need to invest in a wider variety!

Maggie said...

Love love love this stuff! The possibilities are just swimming around in my head. I want those shapes more than I can say.

Isa said...

I would love to win this giveaway. I've been wanting to try this for quite awhile, but been unsure where too begin.
Thank you for sharing!

epban said...

We watched you do this on quilting arts and my daughter and I wanted to do this...I just ordered a couple shapes on Etsy but would love to win this set! Thanks for inspiring and making it so much easier to get started!

nanann said...

You definitely have me interested! What an awesome giveaway - so hoping I'll be dying my own fabric very soon!

PrairiePeasant said...

Definitely something I want to try! You are very generous in sharing your "trade secrets"!

Azreada said...

I recently watched a Quilting Arts program showing this technique and would love to do this project with my daughter. Your finished quilts are amazing.

Rosa said...

i would love to try this. I'm very excited by this technique. It offers an entire new take on quilting that i'm itching to experiment with...

lizzcorner said...

Man, I just ordered some other shapes, wish I had waited to get some of these too, would be awesome to win some! Will have to buy some regardless, the possibilities are endless!

sewtakeahike said...

oh my good.ness Malka!!! I have some of Rossie's shapes but haven't used them yet since I'm still collecting other necessary supplies. I'm REALLY loving the triangles, so awesome! Thanks for offering up this amazing giveaway!!

superstahr said...

This is the perfect excuse to try a new technique, LOL! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win :)

schnoobie said...

I AM SO DOING THIS!!...I love the idea of the reverse twinkle!.. but I think I'll have to wait till next summer when the weather is right for playing outside!! Some day I will have a dye studio in my basement!... ( after the new septic system is installed..)~sigh~

Kathy said...

I would love to win, and try this out.

Kate E said...

I would really like to try this technique and having these tools would obviously go a long way toward getting me started. Thanks!
brannanandkate[at]yahoo[dot]com

Peggy said...

How clever clamping the open circle shape down and then dying the fabric. I did some great dying many years ago and now you have INSPIRED me to take it up again. Thanks for the great give away. OOh I hope I win.

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Jenny said...

Yep, this is something I would like to try. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

robyn's nest said...

Looks like it's time to finally invest in some REAL dye!

stacey said...

my word! This is too good to be true!!! I am SO excited about this technique! Amazing!!! What a generous give away! :)

Shari said...

What's the chance that this quilt will appear in your shop? My new office is begging for a burst of color!

twrightgirl said...

this is awesome. would love to try this out.

Sharon said...

I am scared to death of this technique and yet fascinated so bring it on and I'll give it a try...winning would ice the cake!

lilsis said...

I don't know which I love more, your windmill quilt or that awesome green wall. I have been dying to start dyeing again... it's been years. This would be the perfect reason to get my feet wet again. *fingers crossed*

Joyce said...

I have been dyeing to try this technique so please count me in and please, please, pick me!

angela said...

That's awesome! I have some kids to work on a project with, and I think this will be perfect! Thanks for the Dharma link - hurray!

colorific said...

So excited Malka! I cleaned out my toolbox and found 4 clamps last week. I was so excited because I read your first post about r0ssie's shapes. I just placed my order for dye with Dharma. The only thing missing is the shapes. Thanks for the inspiration ... and the dye!!

Andrea said...

Aack - The Circle in the Square - bloody brilliant! I can only imagine the fun you will have with this idea. Sign me up for a chance to get in on the fun, too, please - and congratulations on inspiring a quilt together with Kaffe!

Sweet Em said...

Ack Ack Ack. I need need need! :)

Sequana said...

It's really hard to believe those triangles are DYED. I need to find out more about all this.

Karen said...

I absolutely ADORE that triangle quilt you made. I looked at it on flickr.... made it as big as I could to study what you did. It's really really fabulous. I would LOVE to win the tools (though tbh, I'm pretty close to buying the stuff and just jumping in!)

Liz said...

Oh I would so love the goodies. I've been dying my circles with peanut butter jars (empty) weighted down with cans and Dutch ovens. this would be oh so much more practical and efficient!

pklaw said...

Very cool quilt - so vibrant! Who wouldn't like to try this technique! Thanks for all your help and the opportunity to win!

folksmith said...

i love this technique. i love to freezer paper applique and i love circles...right up my alley. put me in the drawing. thanks!

susan said...

first off...I GOT YOUR BOOK AND I LOVE IT!!!!! thank you, you did a really great job. i bought an electrical wok for a dollar at st. vinnie's to melt wax but mark took over and made us homemade french fries with johnson's potatoes (they are a local potatoe farm up here) and they were incredible. so i guess i am on the lookout for another electric fry pan. i still want to use soy wax, do you think this will be a problem? i am going to get some of rosie's shaps as soon as i can. i already do the folding and dipping but have never clamped yet, so am excitied about trying that. god has thrown a big rock in my path the other day and i am trying to deal with that with positive thought and prayer until we find out what really is going on. the wrost...incurible bone marrow cancer...the best just funky blood levels for the rest of my life, hey, maybe it just goes along with my healthy heart that has its own little funky rhythm..we can only hope and pray that is it....but...your book is fabulous and cannot wait to start doing a bit of batiking. have lots of dyed fabric that could use something and i think i know what it is :-)

marjay said...

Wow,

This is one giveaway that I REALLY REALLY REALLY would love to win. I love your work and would enjoy the chance to learn your exciting techniques.

Amber said...

This is such an awesome giveaway - you guys rock!

hyphen_eight said...

I've been using the Procion dyes (from kits) to die t-shirts for years and always wanted to buy some other colors, etc., so thanks for the nudge - I just ordered some.

Your triangle quilt makes me drool. Not sure if I'm brave enough to tackle itajime, but it sure looks terrific!

I need to get me to a bookstore so I can look at your book. Once that happens I'll probably break down and buy it... ;)

Karen said...

Both of those quilts are beautiful! I would love to learn how to make the second one with the circles! It is amazing! I love learning new things, even if it's sometimes scary!

gill said...

wow
i'd really like to try this

Leisurely Lesley said...

If I happen to win I promise to try this technique and send an image of the final product. I make promises because I can't break them, therefore it makes me do things, instead of just thinking about it.

Cynthia said...

Too cool! I'd love to try this.

textilejunkie said...

I've been lost in lust for the past month checking out this technique and all the beautiful pieces it makes. Your quilts are amazing! I would love to win this and be excuse free from giving it a go.

Veitch said...

I am on the fence about trying this, but winning some of the supplies would certainly knock me off the fence. I definitely love the way it looks and why not give it a try? Thanks for the opportunity.

Barb said...

What fun!!! Can't wait to try this, whether I win this package from you or not.

Tara said...

These are both already on my Christmas list and I've been collecting found objects for using as resists! Love you book and thanks for the chance to win!

Deven said...

I would love, love, love to try this! Just looking at the photos made my breath catch!

Trina said...

Wow! What a great giveaway and a fantastic tutorial.

Julia B. said...

This would be the perfect introduction to fabric dyeing for me! How awesome!

Life in the Oliver Lane! said...

Sounds fun! I would love tot ry it.

Debbie said...

Thanks for the tutorial, Malka. I'd love to try this. Please count me in. Thanks.

nan ran said...

Wow, I have been on the fence about trying this out. It is so creative what you are doing and thank you for sharing this with us.

sufi said...

okay, I'm finally ready to take the plunge!

Kathy said...

Wow, this is so nice of her and you. Love your book by the way.

I do have a question though - HOW DO YOU CLEAN THE WAX off? That was the only thing I could not find mentioned in the book. And before I try this I would like to know that. I do own quite a few stamps like you used in the book, so I am really excited about this!

Kathy

Nancy said...

I have wanted to try this since I saw your article in Quilting Arts Magazine! It would be great to have this nice collection of tools to get me started. The reverse twinkle is awesome. nacyanne@sbcglobal.net

sallgood said...

Okay, I'd have to make the plunge if I won!! I'm ready to dive in!!!

lettuceknit said...

i would love to try this technique and if i win the shapes i will do it and love it for sure!

Patricia said...

As soon as you mentioned the shapes from rossi, I ordered them. I am now just waiting for the time to try them out. I also already have dyes from Dhrama---hope I am still eligible to win.

Kathy said...

How Exciting! I love your enthusiasm. I am very excited to try out your dying technique. Thanks for writing the tutorial. I am constantly amazed by the generosity you and other craft bloggers show!!

Fran said...

Your quilt is wonderful ! So much movement as well
as color....a really nice combination. And a big thank
you for sharing your technique & know how...you
are very generous & a great teacher. I'd love to give
it a try....count me in !

Malka Dubrawsky said...

Kathy- About removing the wax, check the chapter titled, "Finishing Up: Aftercare for Waxed and Dyed Fabric". There's a part titled removing the wax that explains how to do just that.

Susan- You can't use soy wax with the type of dyeing I detail in the book. Soy wax is water soluble and the dyeing I do is immersion dyeing. If you'd like to use soy wax, you're going to need to use a dye painting approach to coloring your fabric.

Rishi said...

wow!

Rishi said...

wow!

upstateLisa said...

Wow! my head is dizzy thinking about how much fun it would all be! I love those triangles! and those circles!!!

Jessica said...

Is dyeing fabric as addictive as dyeing yarn? If so, I'd love to try it, but it's quite possible that I might have to give up sleeping to find time for dyeing....

Sue said...

I'd really like to try this technique, but not having the shapes was a big stopper. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Organizing Mommy said...

Hey, I am so excited. My Mom is getting me your book for Christmas. Now I need to win this, and all will be so crafty!

sophie said...

I love your work and would love to give this technique a try.

Ingrid said...

Thank you for sharing the technique,the quilts you made are gorgeous!Would love a chance to win:-)

Mom4Two said...

I've been so fascinated by your technique and would LOVE to try it!

kathy york said...

Okay, you got me now! I would love a set of shapes to start clamping and dyeing like a crazy woman! I love your new shape in your twinkle quilt, it is truly wonderful!!
Congrats on all your wonderful successes!

Walden said...

So very nifty! I would love to get into dyeing again. It's so much fun.

Melissa said...

Fantastic! I keep wanting to start dying, but I never take the leap

Renee said...

I love your latest quilt! Would love to get into dyeing. The colors you get are just so vibrant! Saw your Quilting Arts segment and am inspired!

rubidoux said...

oh no, i feel a new obsession coming on...

pattynubs said...

What great information! I have a good quantity of dye just waiting to try this. Then to have a giveaway is wonderful.

Monique said...

Can I play?

EA said...

I'd love to try this!

Carol Ludington said...

I am fasinated with this technique and want to try it!!!! This would be great to win!!! My order is in to Dharma and I can't wait to get started.

caraj said...

i've been wanting to try this technique....my fingers are crossed. thanks for the chance.

Tasha said...

I cannot wait to try dyeing fabric. Twinkle is gorgeous and reverse Twinkle is pretty cool too. You and r0ssie are both inspirational!

leah said...

bought your book malka!
i love it... you're brilliant!
bought my clamps and circles from rossie...
would love to win the reverse ones!
pick me!

lynn said...

I would love to win. Already have the dye, a gift from an old friend - would love to try this technique - Malka, you are such an inspiration! Thanks Rossie.

Anonymous said...

Just saw this technique on Quilting Arts the other day! It is amazing, Fingers crossed, and hope to win!

Leelee

larissa said...

Malka, I love your book and can't wait to try the dying. I used to dye my own fabric following a tutorial on Lisa Call's blog years ago. Buit for the past several years I have been using commercial fabric and didn't even think of dying it to make it my own - you are brilliant for coming up with this. I've been following your work for years via the quilt national catalogs and never cease to be amazed by you talent and ingenuity. congratulations on your book and it's success - you so deserve it!

Cheryl said...

I love this! I've been wanting to try dyeing, and I've been just a big chicken. I am so encouraged with all of the help that you have offered here, there can't be any more excuses! Thanks so much, and I absolutely love what you did on this quilt!

Fulvia said...

What an amazing ride you are on!

Heather said...

"Saves you money!" What would Houston be without those ads? Ok, but really I'm so excited to try this! Thanks for the tutorial and for the great book!!!!

Michelle said...

I am so excited to have a source for plexiglass, and on etsy too! :)

I recently bought your book and am a long time admirer of your work! I want so badly to give dyeing a try, but with having a newborn, and Christmas coming I've only got as far as drooling over the book lol! This prize package would get me so much closer to actually dyeing, how fun would that be! :)

handsofgold said...

I would love to win this giveaway! Already have been doing discharge dyeing and a little itajime. The reverse circles in the giveaway sound exciting. Happy Thanksgiving all!

Tiffany said...

WOW. I am just getting into dying fabric/thread, and this would be fun to win! Thanks for the chance!! :)

Sue said...

Wow, what a terrific giveaway and collaboration! I just received some of rOssies shapes in the mail and love them. I can't wait to give this all a try this weekend.

Teresa said...

Such a cool idea. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

I love your twinkle kit! I've been wanting to try this technique for a while so I think this is the push I needed to give it a whirl!

Colleen Kole said...

These are wonderful. Christmas a month early!

Colleen Kole said...

These are wonderful. Christmas a month early!

ann said...

I am so excited. I recently bought your new book, Color Your Cloth, and can't wait to go to goodwill to look for an electric skillet so i can start a project! I have a friend that's been doing it for years and always thought it was too involved, but you make it seem like play and i love to play with bright colors and fabric piecing! You did a great job of explaining the process!

Tracy T. said...

So cool! I bought your book, I've been a Dharma fan for years (I typically hand dye my quilt backs - and particularly love Dharma's Quilter's Sateen fabric) and am very intrigued by this technique!

Cloth Diapers said...

These are amazing. I just stumbled on this blog and I love the idea of combining my love of dying with quilting. At any given time I have like 20 pounds of Dharma dyes sitting here.

Gina McCaleb-Rudder said...

this is just about the coolest thing I've seen in a loooooooong time! Can't wait to try it (and winning that bundle would be a great start - smile)

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