Book Review: Colorful Fabric Collage by Sue Bleiweiss

So not only is my crazy Thermofax 101 blog hop (are you entirely bored of it yet!?!) almost through, but this is the last stop on the blog hop review of Sue Bleiweiss‘ new book:

TA DA!!!

Gotta say – I’ve loved every project Sue has been involved in so I knew going in that her book would turn out great! The first chunk of the book is all about the techniques she uses in her wonderful and whimsical artwork. She covers sketching, dying cloth (I learned a couple of different ideas from her methods that I hadn’t used before!) fusing, quilting, and embellishing. Each topic is covered with clarity and in enough depth to be able to understand and proceed with her process.IMG_1094
I have a little project in the book. It’s a little on the “different” side for ways to use fusible web.
For this piece, I laid some Misty-Fuse on a piece of crumpled then smoothed parchment and painted it with watered down purple acrylic and blue paints. After the paint dries I lift it off of the messed up parchment and sandwiched it between two layers of a teflon pressing sheet. I then ironed it to smooth it out, waited for it to cool, then cut and tore this sheet of fusible paint into the shape I was looking for.
I fused it down to my quiltlet (this piece is 12″ x 12″) then did another strange but very fun thing. I put the teflon pressing sheet on top, ironed it to heat up the fusible web, quickly pulled of the pressing sheet and laid down a piece of foil. I quickly (but carefully – you don’t want to burn yourself) rubbed a few areas with my thumb to adhere the foil in a few places over the web. Let that cool then lift the foil sheet and there you go.
And you know me – I can’t resist beads so of course I had to add some of those as well for added texture. (If you are interested in purchasing this piece send me a quick email.)
Enough about my crazy ideas, back to Sue’s book. There are a lucky 13 projects in the back of this book for those of you who love to work with patterns! The only reason I don’t use patterns (I love them) is because I dan’t focus long enough to read directions. Her directions are great!
So – would I recommend this book? Absolutely!
To add to the fun, Sue is giving away a prize package that includes a book, a stack of 10″ squares of her hand dyed fabric, some spools of Aurifil thread and a package of Mistyfuse.  The book will ship directly from Interweave so International commenters will receive an electronic version of the book and not a hard copy. May 15 drawing – all comments left on all of the blogs during the hop will be eligible.giveawaypack1That’s a very short time frame so get busy and revisit each of these blogs and leave a comment for your chance to win! I wish you the best of luck!!!
May 4: Sue Bleiweiss:
May 4: Jamie Fingal :
May 5: Leslie Tucker Jenison:
May 6: Terri Stegmiller :
May 7: Deborah Boschert :
May 8: Desiree Habicht :
May 9: Kathy Sperino :
May 10: Barb Forrister :
May 11 Kathy York :
May 12: Lyric Kinard :
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  1. Love, love, love the bright wonderful colors!! 🙂

  2. Therese says:

    Thank you for sharing your project. I so want to see this book – the variety of projects previewed in this blog hop is amazing!

  3. Carolyn Morgan says:

    Love your creative spirit!

  4. Nice to get a peek inside the book at your wonderful project. It all looks like great fun. Thanks for participating in the blog hop and offering a chance to win a copy.

  5. I’m sorry to have the blog hop end. It has been such a romp – I am so full of inspiration I can barely sit still!

  6. Sandy Cooper says:

    This books looks so comprehensive! I can’t wait to read it, thanks for the chance to win it.

  7. Wow… Thanks for the great review!

  8. Thanks for the chance at a lovely prize!

  9. Lisa Marie says:

    Inspiring! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Love this book!

  11. Love your Art+Quilt book! Congrats on being in this great book too!

  12. Love learning about your foil trick. That might be a good thing to try on my piece from your class. Thanks,
    Hugs from Mary

  13. MelodyJ says:

    This looks like a good book.

  14. Thanks for this fascinating blog post! Creative approaches like yours and others make me really want to read this book. Thanks for sharing your beautiful artwork.

  15. Jennifer says:

    I have only painted fusible webbing a few times and I like your idea of adding foil. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Jessica P. says:

    The blog hop has been a blast. I have enjoyed seeing all the lovely creations. Thank you for sharing.

  17. All of these reviews have clearly inspired me — definitely wanting this book for sure!

  18. Thanks for sharing your unique process with Mistyfuse and thanks for the chance to win.

  19. wow…fabulous book to have ….thank you…marta

  20. stanleybeagle says:

    wow! what an amazing piece!

  21. Oh I love your piece… love the foil idea! I have problems following directions too!

  22. Loving your idea with the fusible and foil.

  23. Peggy McDevitt says:

    i love the ideas I have learned from you and others posts. Thanks so much for the chance to win this wonderful package

  24. Lori Morton says:

    New to fabric collage projects…but this Hop has definitely inspired me! Looove the beading you did on yours! Awesome!

  25. Every new blog about this book makes it sound more exciting!

  26. deborah m says:

    Have just recently begun to play with fabric collage. This bunch o’ goodies would be great fun! Thanks!

  27. You are all very creative. This looks like a great addition to the library!

  28. Wow I love the idea of adding metal leaf this way. Creativity truly has no limits. I would love to win the prize package

  29. Kathi Potter says:

    Very exciting designs in this book. Can’t wait to receive it.

  30. Allison CB says:

    Love your quilt – beautiful result!

  31. My eyes have been opened! I’m in awe of your creativity!

  32. Janis Hudson says:

    crazy is creative! thanks for the detailed description. Good to know that there are projects with instructions to help the user be successful. Would love to have this book!

  33. Annmarie says:

    Awesome mini! Your creativity is amazing!

  34. Laceflower says:

    What an interesting way to manipulate Mistyfuse!

  35. I have enjoyed this hop and seeing all of these ideas!

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