If you are going to the quilt show in Paducah make this your first stop. Judi does this as a one person operation, so while she has been dyeing like crazy to get ready for the show, she still will only have a limited number of these. When they are gone, they are gone.
I previously mentioned that my friend Judi Yakab would have these snow dyed Mandalas available for sale at the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky.
She will be selling at the Finkle Building in downtown Paducah from April 26-30th.
That means you can go see her before the other vendors open on Wednesday, as she will be starting to sell on Tuesday.
I was fortunate to be able to purchase these mandalas from her.
No one else has mastered snow dyeing to the level she has. Look carefully at this piece and you can see the textures, shapes and water color effects she has achieved.
They are 36" x 42" and sell for $25. That is a great value for the money.
These make wonderful whole cloth quilts or wall hangings.
Any parent would be thrilled if you made their baby a quilt with one of these.
But that is NOT the only thing you can do with them.
The textures are so great that you can cut them up and use them for applique or piecing.
I have a great idea for you for using these if you are afraid to cut into them.
Take photos of the pieces you buy and then print them each out to fill a sheet of paper.
1. You can place tracing paper over them to trace shapes. You may want shapes to use in piecing or applique.
2. You can also cut up the paper and play with placement of the pieces you cut it into.
a. You could cut an entire mandala into horizontal strips. You could cut a second mandala into vertical strips. Then you could weave the two together. What an exciting quilt that would make.
b. Use one whole mandala for the center of a quilt. Cut a second in half vertically and put one half on each side of the whole mandala. Cut a third in half horizontally and place one half on top and the other half on the bottom of the whole mandala. Cut a fourth in quarters and fill in the corners with these quarters.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for ideas to use these.
I would also suggest you think about buying some of her other snow dyed fabrics, as well as her regular dyed fabrics to use with these. You'll thank me later for suggesting you get some of her other fabrics to use with your mandalas.
My suggestion is buy 1-2 or more yards of her other fabrics to go with each mandala. The quality and texture of the fabric she dyes is wonderful to sew with.
What ideas do you think of when you see them?
Please share in the comments section.