Book Review: Colorful Fabric Collage by Sue Bleiweiss

May 12, 2015
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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    May 18, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Love, love, love the bright wonderful colors!! 🙂

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    May 17, 2015 at 5:49 pm

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

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    Carolyn Morgan
    May 16, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Love your creative spirit!

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    May 14, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    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.

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    May 14, 2015 at 11:38 am

    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!

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    Sandy Cooper
    May 14, 2015 at 9:05 am

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

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    Karen Alexander
    May 13, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Wow… Thanks for the great review!

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    May 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks for the chance at a lovely prize!

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    Lisa Marie
    May 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Inspiring! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Beth Pekins
    May 13, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Love this book!

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    Beth Pekins
    May 13, 2015 at 9:37 am

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

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    Mary couch
    May 13, 2015 at 8:43 am

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

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    May 13, 2015 at 5:13 am

    This looks like a good book.

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    Pam s
    May 12, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    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.

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    May 12, 2015 at 9:41 pm

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

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    Jessica P.
    May 12, 2015 at 9:17 pm

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

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    May 12, 2015 at 8:33 pm

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

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    May 12, 2015 at 8:08 pm

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

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    May 12, 2015 at 7:44 pm

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

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    May 12, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    wow! what an amazing piece!

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    May 12, 2015 at 5:13 pm

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

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    Roxanne Hawley
    May 12, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Loving your idea with the fusible and foil.

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    Peggy McDevitt
    May 12, 2015 at 4:19 pm

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

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    Lori Morton
    May 12, 2015 at 1:36 pm

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

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    Charlotta Norby
    May 12, 2015 at 1:28 pm

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

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    deborah m
    May 12, 2015 at 12:53 pm

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

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    May 12, 2015 at 12:47 pm

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

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    Gene Black
    May 12, 2015 at 12:31 pm

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

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    Kathi Potter
    May 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm

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

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    Allison CB
    May 12, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Love your quilt – beautiful result!

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    May 12, 2015 at 11:44 am

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

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    Janis Hudson
    May 12, 2015 at 10:43 am

    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!

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    May 12, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Awesome mini! Your creativity is amazing!

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    May 12, 2015 at 10:07 am

    What an interesting way to manipulate Mistyfuse!

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    Jean Marmo
    May 12, 2015 at 9:31 am

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

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