Don’t you love it when nice things happen to nice people?
About four years ago, I had the pleasure of editing a book for Lark Crafts written by Malka Dubrawsky, an Austin, TX, fiber artist with a burgeoning following for her fantastic hand-dyed, hand-stamped fabrics and her colorful blog, a stitch in dye.
The fabulous Malka!
The book is titled Color Your Cloth, and in it, Malka shares her simple, straightforward techniques for creating your own custom dyed and printed fabrics. The experience was a delight from start to finish.
Some of Malka's hand-dyed, hand-stamped fabrics
More of Malka's colorful, hand-crafted "originals"
Although Malka and I have never met, we really “clicked,” and I have followed her continuing success, which has included the publication of a second book, Fresh Quilting, for Interweave Press, a cover story for Quilting Arts magazine, and all sorts of good stuff.
The December/January 2009 issue of Quilting Arts magazine, with Malka's quilt featured on the cover
As luck would have it, the design director for Moda fabrics saw Fresh Quilting and was blown away by what she saw. Before long, Malka was on her way to the company’s headquarters in Dallas with a batch of fabric samples, and a design star was born!
Malka’s new fabric line, a stitch in color, will debut at the International Quilt Market in Houston next week. It features 40 fabrics based on her hand-dyed, hand-stamped designs: 34 prints and six solids. The fabrics are scheduled to hit quilt shops in January 2012.
Coming soon to a quilt shop near you!
Of course, being from Moda, you can expect fat-quarter packs, jelly rolls, layer cakes...
Can’t you just imagine using these fabrics, not just in quilts, but for garments, totes, home- dec accessories, and more?
"Strips and Bricks," made by Malka using a jelly roll (2 1/2" strips) from her new fabric line
Four classic Shoo Fly blocks make a colorful pillow.
Moda had totes like this one made for each of their sales reps. (Surprise! It's "cheater's cloth!")
Stop by and see Malka, her new fabrics, and some cool projects to make with them at her Schoolhouse or at the Moda booth at Market.
And from me to you, Malka, congratulations! Couldn’t happen to a nicer person 😉
Until next time, happy stitching.
Oops! I almost forgot. Since it’s almost here:
"Boo! It's Sunbonnet Sue" from "A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue"
Have a spooky Halloween!