Mickey Lawler's Skyquilts

12 Painting Techniques. Create Dynamic Landscape Quilts.

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With Mickey Lawler, the best-selling author of SKYDYES, even beginners who have never picked up a brush can learn to paint striking scenes on fabric. She demonstrates how to paint every nuanced texture found in nature, from cloudy skies to rosy sunsets, blue water to green fields, and stone walls to wood grains. Includes a gallery of projects made with lush landscape fabrics that is sure to inspire.

Create your own beautiful fabric landscapes:

  • Master 12 different fabric painting techniques with detailed, step-by-step photos
  • Build your own stunning stash of fabrics with painted landscapes, water scenes, and dreamy skies
  • Learn Mickey's "design strip" technique to make dynamic quilts using large, uncut sections of your fabrics
  • Suitable for all skill levels; 3 projects included

SKU: QM1290

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781607052432

Table of Contents
In Gratitude
    Using Your Painted Fabric for a SkyQuilt
Tools and Equipment for Painting Fabric
    Mixing Colors
    Brushes and Sponges
    Spray Bottle
    Work Spaces
Before You Begin
    Mixing Paints
    Painting on Damp Fabric
    Painting on Dry Fabric
    Drying the Painted Fabric
    Setting the Colors
Painting Fabric for a SkyQuilt
        Blue Skies
        Stormy Sky
        Reflections on the Water
        Green Fields
Painting Special Effects
    Stone Wall
    Wood Grain
    Beach Houses
    City Pillow
Borders and Finishing
    Backing and Layering
Designing Your Own SkyQuilt
    Drawing the Design
    Variations Using Perspective
    Designing from a Photograph
    Using a Computer Quilt Design Program
Gallery 1: Quilts that Showcase Sky Fabric
Gallery 2: Quilts that Incorporate Smaller Pieces of Painted Fabrics
About the Author
About the Author
Mickey Lawler has been involved in quiltmaking since 1968 and is the creator of SKYDYES, a business specializing in her original hand-painted landscape fabrics. Her exhibits and awards for quilting and surface design have been numerous, including a recent retrospective of 23 of her quilts as a Featured Artist at the San Diego Quilt Show. Co-author of Not Just Another Quilt (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1982) and author of SKYDYES: A Visual Guide to Fabric Painting (C&T Publishing, 1999), Mickey also has an instructional DVD (C&T Publishing, 2009), Mickey Lawler Teaches You to Paint Landscape Fabrics.

Mickey has been in demand by guilds and at conferences as an enthusiastic instructor of her serendipitous style of fabric painting for more than 20 years. Her workshop students work and play in a relaxed atmosphere that transcends simply learning technique. In her fabric paintings and her classes, Mickey emphasizes collaboration with, rather than mastery over, the medium. "The difference," Mickey says, "is that students create a personal fabric by learning to listen to the paints as they work and subsequently begin to welcome unexpected results not seen in the commercial fabric industry."

A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Mickey received her BA from the College of New Rochelle and her MEd from the University of Hartford. She has engaged in many independent art studies through universities and private courses. She lives in the town in which she grew up and continues to be inspired by the landscape of New England.

SKU: QM1290

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781607052432