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Put those irresistible packets of fabulous fabrics
- Discover how to showcase your unique sense of color and
texture with these stunning quilt projects.
- Learn the secrets of combining gradated solids with your
favorite printed fabric for fabulous results.
- Enhance your quilts with the rich, saturated colors of
hand dyeds paired with commercially printed fabrics.
Gail had been working with dyeing and painting silks
for many years before teaching herself to make quilts from the few
books that were then available. She then began attending patchwork
classes to explore working with different fabrics and techniques.
Her first forays into dyeing cotton fabrics were to satisfy her
own quiltmaking needs and those of a few friends. Cotton Patch Fabrics
Much to her surprise, suddenly there were not enough
hours in the day to both produce the fabrics and sell them. To enable
her to concentrate her efforts on dyeing, Gail elected to be a wholesaler,
distributing to retail shops throughout Australia.
Gail has worked closely with her fabric supplier to
source the best base cloth available. She uses a soft, even weave,
Quilters' muslin that stands up to her rigorous dyeing and washing
Initially Gail started doing the regular dark, medium
and light values in various colors and then she introduced a few
fat eighths and long quarter packs to add variety to her range.
That exercise started with five or six color packs and as demand
continued to rise, it became the main part of her work. There are
now 22 packs of 10 colors, eight packs of 12 colors, and more than
50 colors, each in dark, medium and light values.
Amongst the packs there is something for everyone:
Pastels, Dusty Pastels and Cottage Garden will be the lightest colors
you will find. Gail sees the 'hot' colors of Australian summers
reflected in Candy Bright, Bold and Bright, Garden, Summer Rainbow
and Summer Haze.
Or for something not quite so bright, there are packs
called Autumn, Federation, Mellow Rainbow, Shadows, Mellow 1 and
Mellow 2. For the Landscape artist, there's Leaf and Litter or Sea
Then there is the JUST range, available in pink, purple,
blue, green and yellow. And lastly the Just Because pack - just
because Gail loved those particular colors together.
Table of Contents
|How to Combine Hand Dyed
and Commercial Prints
|Birds and Bouquet Fantasy
|Fun with Nine-patch
|Not Quite 1000 Pyramids
|For the Print
|NewStar on the Block
|Gail Simpson and Cotton Patch