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Have you used our Quilters Dream Green batting before? If you have, how do you like it? I am becoming more and more sold on this batting the more I use it for our customers and ourselves in our sample quilts. There are several reasons for this.
So you see, there are 3 great reasons to try Dream Green in your next quilt. If you quilt your own quilts, you can just buy the batting. It comes in sizes from craft (36” x 46”) for $7.95 to king (120” x 120”) at $29.95. Why not give Dream Green a try? If we don’t have the size you need, we can order it for you.
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Our next featured artist is Christine Doolan. Like so many of the Aboriginal artists, she learned her art from family members and, as such, is part of the famous Doolan family. Her art is both bold and neat. Many of her pieces are on display at art galleries in Alice Springs. Let’s look at two of her designs:
We usually recommend that you pre-wash your batik fabrics before you put them in your quilt. Batiks are handmade and can often have dye and/or wax left on the surface of the fabric. For that reason, we recommend that you pre-wash your batiks in cool water with a soap made for keeping the dye from depositing on other fabrics in the wash such as Synthrapol. Just a capful of Synthrapol in your water will be enough to keep the dye from transferring to other fabrics. Dry in a low temperature dryer. This procedure will prevent any dye transfer when you wash your completed quilt. NotJustQuiltZ always has Synthrapol in a 4 oz. bottle for $2.95 each.
Let’s begin our series by way of some background. We feature fabrics from M&S Textiles Australia, the largest manufacturer of Australian Aboriginal designs printed on good quality 100% cotton fabric.
Aboriginal artworks are popular throughout the world and the only living ancient artworks. Its tradition goes back 50,000 years as revealed by carbon dating of rock paintings, cave paintings and so forth. What’s amazing is that many of their artists have no formal art education or training. Their skills and artistry are handed down generation to generation.
Aboriginal artist Nambooka is very skilled and well known, becoming almost a household name for her bold and colorful designs. We’ll touch on just two of her designs today.
Mark your calendars. The Row By Row Experience officially starts June 21 with a theme of water and ends September 8. NotJustQuiltZ is a participating store.
It’s simple to participate. Visit www.rowbyrowexperience.com and look up the list of shops by state. Each participating shop will have a free pattern for a 9 ½” h x 36 ½” w row. They will also have kits of their sample row. Collect all the patterns you want from whatever state/city you visit. When you have at least 8 rows and have make them into a complete quilt (quilted and bound), bring the quilt into one of the shops and if you are the first to bring in a completed quilt with 8 rows, you will receive 25 fat quarters! If you bring the quilt into a shop whose row is included, you’ll get an extra bonus. Remember, while you’re collecting your rows, look for the fabric license plates offered by many stores—they are so cute! Just think what a license plate quilt would look like…
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Check out our Gallery of New Arrivals! – Come see our newest line of unique fabrics. These marbled cotton fabrics from Quilting Treasures are wonderful! We bought 8 different colors so you would have a wide variety to choose from. And, rather than pay high prices for the hand-marbled fabrics that you see at the quilt shows, these fabrics are $12.95 per yard on good quality cotton. Check them out.