In the days of skyrocketing fabric prices, I frequently get asked how I have managed to keep my Hand Marbled Fat Quarters the same price.Â When I started Marbled Arts in 2003 ( eight years ago), everything was purchased at retail pricing.Â As my business has grown, I can now buy more supplies at wholesale rates.Â 600 yards of PFD fabric, 55 pounds bags of chemicals are not for the faint of heart.Â I will try to keep my prices as reasonable as I can for as long as I can.
“Do not look back and ask why, look forward and ask, why not?”
This is my new favorite quote.Â I found it on the back of Dove Sugar Free Chocolate wrapper. Â I do not want to dwell or live in the past, because there is just so much to look forward to in the future.Â I won’t know if I can fly until I jump off the roof.Â I like to think that my glass is always half full.Â On that note I leave you with the quote below:
“Slow Down, take notice, savor the moment”
Our newest Featured Fabric in our latest design, Light Lavender in the Feathers Design.Â I tend to gravitate to deep bold colors.Â Much of North America has been battling heat and drought, the Pacific Northwest had been rather gray.Â I felt like I needed to lighten up a little, Light Lavender just feels fresh and light & airy.Â And I am completely smitten with the Feathers Design.
Finally! Â I was able to take photos of these fabrics.Â They are beautiful Gradations of color Dark to Light.Â Many of you have asked andÂ I was able to add them to my website.Â As you can see I had to go outside to have enough room to take the photos.Â And thenÂ I had to wait for a day without snow, rain or sun.Â Overcast works best to show the real colors.
We made Friendship Bags at our last Quilt Guild meeting.Â It is a charming little bag that was easy to make.Â Â Carol (who taught the class) had a bunch of them made up in all sizes, shapes and colors.Â She found the directions on a site calledÂ psiquilt.com. Â I thought I would share it with you as the site has all kinds of projects and ideas.Â To go directly to theÂ Friendship Bag click here:Â Friendship Bag.Â Â Have Fun!
Welcome to my warehouse.Â I was finding that my studio was so packed with wonderful things to tempt you that I did not have space to work.Â I was becoming afraid of being crushed in an avalanche.Â So my husband and I have been trying to come up with a way to easily increase my storage space.Â My nephew found me a used Job Sit Trailer.Â One of those mobile offices that you would find at construction sites.Â This one was a reasonable price, with some elbow grease,a fewÂ repairs and some dirt work it is moved in and usable.Â My husband calls it either my shack or myÂ Hobbit Hole,Â I think of it as myÂ Pop-Up Warehouse.Â Â I am still getting everything situated inside, but it sure made life easier during my Spring Dash of Quilt Shows.Â I finally had all my inventory in one place and could restock quickly and easily before dashing off to the next wonderful quilt show.
Here we are movingÂ the warehouseÂ into its new home.
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Q: Do you sell your Hand Marbled Fabric by the yard?Â I make the majority for the fabric in Fat Quarters 18″ x 22″Â With a few pieces in Fat Half sizes 22″ x 36″.Â Each piece of fabric must be gently lowered onto the marbling base in one fluid motion.Â The larger the piece of fabric the more chance of things going really wrong.Â The higher the rate of spoilage the higher the price.
Q: How can I learn to hand marble on fabric?Â I learned to hand marbled on fabric from a book.Â I found “Creative Marbling on Fabric” by Judy Simmions while at a Quilt Show in Alaska.Â In my opinion this is the best book for learning to marbled on fabric, as that is the main focus of the book.Â Greatfor beginners.Â Â Good resources for supplies are Dharma Trading and Pro Chemical.
Q: Do I teach hand marbling on fabric?Â Â On rare occasion.Â I am happy to say the making hand marbled fabric, keeping up with my web site, blog and shows have been keeping me very busy.Â Freeing up enough time to teach is getting harder and harder, but I do teachÂ ocasionally for groups.Â Â Their is an onlineÂ Marbling Yahoo Chat group they you may want to check with to see if you can find someone teaching in your area.