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Show 1305 - "The Sky's the Limit" with Hand-Painted Fabric

Featuring: Mickey Lawler / Gwen Marston

Posts On: August 26, 2013


Quilt artist Mickey Lawler began painting sky fabrics in the mid-80s when she couldn’t find the pieces she wanted for her original quilted landscapes. Before long, her company Skydyes was born…and the rest is history! Mickey visits the TQS set to chat about her newest work, engages Ricky in a fun, hands-on fabric-painting exercise (complete with tips), demos how she builds a landscape design by combining painted fabric with touches of piecing or appliqué, and shares her practical method for designing a quilting plan that enhances the finished quilt top. As an added bonus, we track down the legendary and "Liberated" Gwen Marston on the road in Sisters, OR, where she shares her method for creating "skinny finishes" and Amish-style bindings.

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From Chapter One:

  • Mickey Lawler shares her journey into the world of quilting and how she created her innovative Skydye fabric. Mickey then discusses how she effectively uses her Skydye fabrics.

From Chapter Two:

  • Mickey teaches her tips, tricks, and techniques on how to create your own Skydye fabric.

From Chapter Three:

  • Mickey teaches how to create stunning landscape quilts using her Skydye fabric.
  • Mickey Lawler's SkyQuilts: 12 Painting Techniques, Create Dynamic Landscape Quilts by Mickey Lawler
  • To order Mickey's fabrics and other products, click here.


From Chapter Four:

  • TQS goes on the road and meets up with icon Gwen Marston. Gwen shares the tricks to making a single layer and a single Amish binding.

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