In July of 2010 I wrote a post for Rae Ann Nilson on her great site Stash Manicure (the site is gone, having evolved into Sew We Quilt and changed along the way.) The post was titled Stash Mismanagement 101, and started out with this paragraph:
Somewhere in my house is a little bit of Heather Ross blue gnome fabric, like in this photo. I am absolutely certain it is here, and recall that there is less than one square foot remaining. I really do want to find it, and use just a teeny tidbit of it. I savor this fabric, and only nibble away at it in the tiniest useable bites. read more . . .
I do admit to loving all my Heather Ross fabrics, but the gnomes have always been my favorite. Most of her earlier fabrics, printed on gloriously smooth and sensual cottons, are out of print. Actually, you can find some of them on eBay, with incredibly high price tags. I saw a fat eighth of the gnomes on pink a couple of months ago, bid up over $43.00.So when the book Heather Ross Prints came out last year, I knew I had to get a copy. I had no idea just what an amazing book it was, though, until I finally picked it up last month. Most often books about a designer, or a set of fabrics, tell how the creative process developed, and give lots of ideas for using the fabric lines. This book is no exception, but it goes so much further.
Heather Ross and her publishers have provided quilters, sewers, and paper-crafters with a book of how-to instructions for reprinting many of her out-of-print fabrics. Her charmingly drawn and nicely colored horses, flowers, frogs, cars, mermaids, bicycles, fish, matryoshkas, fairy tale images and so many others are there. Alas, the original gnomes shows above are not, but the newer version is.
The book also includes a CD full of her designs, suggested uses, and when you buy the book you are completely free to print any of her original designs on paper, fabric, wallpaper, stationary, curtains, or whatever surface you want. Of course, it is only for personal use, not for resale items, but hey, these are delightful designs! The book has complete directions for items from journal covers to decoupage, aprons to votive lights. And more.
Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that not only does Ms. Ross share these prints, she makes it all doable for beginners with lots of instructions. The book includes chapters on how to use a sewing machine, beginning to use programs like Photoshop, and tons of resources. For printing fabric there is, of course, Spoonflower. But I never realized there were places to print wallpaper and many other things as well.
The Giveaway–Enter now through 8/11/2013 at midnight CDT
This giveaway is now closed.
This giveaway is open to all my followers and readers anywhere, not just in the United States. The winner will be selected by a random drawing, and the book will be mailed as soon as they give me their address. How long it takes to get to the winner’s hands will depend on where they are.
To enter, leave a comment below. Additional entries can be earned by commenting on my Facebook page. You can share the giveaway announcement on your blog or Facebook page, but drop me a another comment below to tell me where you put it! And, if you share it on Twitter be sure to tell me below. I will also post this on Instagram, if you do too, please cite @thecuriousquilter, better yet repost my Instagram post and tell me about it. Sorry, I am not putting this giveaway up on Pinterest, but I think I am giving you plenty of options for entering the drawing.
I will announce the winner sometime after noon CDT on 8/12/2013, and they need to email me asap to claim the book.
If you want to learn more about Heather Ross and her fabric lines, check out the Heather Ross Blog. And, in case you are wondering, no one else is sponsoring this giveaway, just me!
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