One of my very favorite things to do on Gen Q is write book reviews. When Julie approached me about being part of her blog tour for Fabric Printing at Home – Quick and Easy Fabric Design Using Fresh Produce and Found Objects the answer was an immediate, “YES!!” Often what I find is something personal, an intimate connection that just speaks softly but makes a huge impact. And I found it.
In her dedication Julie shares, “To my son and “studio mate” Aaron, who had a front row seat to the creation of all the artwork in this book – I continue to appreciate your directness tempered by kindness. I’m so proud to be your mom.” There is so much that I see in this dedication but the words that speak clearly, “directness tempered with kindness”. This kid has an ability to see things, speak to them in an way that leaves you with an openness to making some kind of change in the work.
A whole couple of pages later Julie shares how she took over the family room as her studio when the time was right. The space was right for her and she took the time to make it her own after spending some time visiting the studio’s of other artists, looking at their space to see what might work and not work so well for her. This is something we all long for: the right space and the right set up that continues to give us the room to create and explore the depth of our boundaries as quilt makers and artists.
One of the things that I appreciate about most is the accessibility and home-yness of Julie’s approach to printing at home. She uses vegetables and cutlery, foil and plastic wrap, freezer paper and quilty stencils to create dynamic fabric that has many potential uses from quilts to garments. Thankfully Julie does not use chocolate though I could see cocoa beans providing great texture…oooh coffee beans too. Won’t they look ever so fun?!
This is one book that will stay in my collection offering wisdom as one day I head down the road of making my own fabric with paint. Fabric Printing at Home is that simple guide to getting started, giving the right tools and encouragement along the way.
Julie is having daily give away’s on her blog so be sure to visit there. There is an opportunity to win a copy of the book. Please leave me a comment answering the thought, “today I will take a risk by adding . . . . to my quilting” by February 15th, one week from today I’ll hit the random number generator and choose a winner.
Please be sure to visit each one of the other bloggers on the tour! There are always more opportunities to get a copy of the book.
Feb 1-14: Julie B. Booth Thread Born Blog
Feb 2: Lisa Chin Something Clever About Nothing
Feb 3: Lynn Krawczyk Smudged Textiles Studio
Feb 4: Jane Davila Chary Sprouts
Feb 5: Carol R. Eaton Carol R Eaton Designs
Feb 6: Judy Gula Artistic Artifacts
Feb 7: Susan Purney Mark
Feb 8: Teri Lucas
Feb 9: Jennifer C. Qudeen
Feb. 10: Deborah Boschert
Feb 11: Lynda Heines Bloom Bake Create
Feb 12: Cheryl Sleboda Muppin
Feb 13: Terri Stegmiller
Feb 14: Jackie Lams Studio Lams
32 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Fabric Printing at Home Julie Booth”
Today I will add SCREEN PRINTING to my quilting!
I will take a risk “by adding my own voice” to my quilting. Thanks for the chance to win.
Today I will take a risk by adding monoprints using a gelatin plate to my latest art quilt. I’ve been printing, but have not had to courage to incorporate, but today is the day.
Today I will add IMPROV to my quilting!
Today I will take a risk by adding “drawing with stitch” to my quilting. 🙂
Today I will take a risk by adding threadpainting to my quilting.
Today I will take a risk by adding my own creative voice to my quilting.
Today I will take a risk by sitting down at my sewing machine with a bunch of little squares and just start sewing with no plan in mind. Except to have it end up as a dolly quilt for one of my great-nieces. Dollies don’t mind it if risks don’t always lead to successful products. And three- and four-year olds will love anything that has pink or purple somewhere in it! Like the back, perhaps.
I am loving this book based on reviews and the hop. I really love the corn printing.
Hi Teri. It lookslike a good way to use the tools I don’t use to cook with.
you would be right there Carole! 🙂
Today I will take some of the practice fabric samples I’ve made and actually USE them!
Today I will take a risk by adding sea glass to my quilting.
Today I added wood shavings from hubs shop.
Today I will take a risk by adding some veggie printing to my art quilting!
The book looks Fab! and would become part of my permanent book collection as well. (textilerecycler at yahoo dot com)
Hhmmm….will take a risk by adding play into my quilt world. A daily risk by daily play and this book would certainly be a big catalyst for that as it looks like playing with your food! What fun, especially with the grandkids!
I love how you mentioned the dedication too…. how sweet. Love to get my hands on this book!
Today I will take a risk by adding water colour pencils to my quilting and just playing with the FMQ to enhance it. This books sound like just the thing I could use to help me take a few more risks.
Today I will take a risk by trying some fabric painting. I KNOW I have some of those paints around here somewhere!
Today I will take a risk by using a color that I find hard to work with. Thanks for the chance to win this book!
I will take a risk to make a mini quilt for an upcoming auction.
This past week I took a risk by finally vat-dyeing some curtains that have been in the works for over a year. This coming week I will take a risk by moving forward with my next curtain project, which will be stenciled or printed in some way.
Today I will take a risk by adding colors to fabrics to add interest to my quilting. This books looks like good inspiration for doing that!
…by adding paint to my quilted surfaces..
I will take a risk by adding hand work to a t-shirt quilt.
Today I will add painting to my quilting!
Today I’ll take a risk by adding painted layers to my fabrics for quilts.
Today I will take a risk by adding confidence in my creativity to my quilts. I’m a nightmare self-doubter! In actually not making a quilt today, I’m sewing a surprise gift for my husband so I want it to be perfect. This book looks like a lot of fun.
Today I will take a risk by randomly piecing some quilt blocks.
First finish my top, quilt, and then add beads to my quilting!
I’ll take the risk of not thinking it out too much and just do it and see what happens!