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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Paula Nadelstern introduces limited edition Kaleidoscope Giclee art prints of her work.

From Paula Nadelstern's art show at the American Museum of Folk Art, this is one of 12 art prints she is offering in signed limited editions. Isn't it a fabulous way to be able to see her work. Here are what some of the people who have made purchases have to say:

This is beautiful art! And I love being able to look at Paula Nadelstern's handiwork in these prints "up close" and seeing how the design blends so skillfully across seam after seam. I'm a beginner at learning her techniques, working my way through the 'Puzzle Quilt' book right now, and many of the pictures I've seen of her kaleidoscopes can look so intimidating. These prints are a fantastic learning experience that let me see more clearly what she is teaching in her books, and they give me more confidence that, while I will not likely attain anything close to this level of mastery, my learning journey is being guided by a superb artist. These prints with their breathtaking detail are far more beautiful than any book or internet pictures of her work can possibly convey. -- P.B., Texas

We have two of these prints hanging prominently in our living room - they are stunning and draw the attention of everyone who visits. For a quilter, this is an ideal way to disply the artistry of the craft. -- J Ewing, Providence, RI

Paula Nadelstern's quilts are stunning. The colors and design sing a song to you. Having watched her quilts for years, it gives me great joy to look at one of her quilts everyday by having one of her giclee prints on my wall. The colors are so true and the medium is a good fit for the complexity of the quilt. --C Cunningham, Long island City, NY

To revisit the prints, Click Here.

By the way, we do not profit from the sale of these prints, but we do plan to own one in this lifetime!! And we think you might want one too.

Also, from this collection of blocks, we still have a good stock of the beautiful notecards, Click Here.

And Paula's newest fabric line - Nuance, Click Here.

As well as, previous fabric lines books, patterns and supplies, Click Here.

To visit our Kaleidoscope Category, Click Here.

We keep a Scope News Email Roster especially for people who are kaleidoscope enthusiasts. If you would like to be added just email us at and ask to be added to the Scope News Email Roster.

The Cotton Club

Friday, February 12, 2010

Marking Fabric - Sewline vs. Bohin Mechanical Chalk

We recently received the following question from a customer: "I was wondering which fabric marker is better, the Bohin Mechanical Chalk or the Sewline?" It is hard to answer as to best. We think it depends on what you are doing and how much money you are willing to invest.

The chalk in the Bohin pencil is softer and flows without much pressure, but it does have to be sharpened. If a consistent width of line is important, it won't be as consistent. Jami, as a long-arm quilter loves it as she is using it after the quilt is sandwiched. As a hand-quilter (who rarely hand-quilts anymore) I would also love it for marking after the quilt was sandwiched and in the frame. I don't think the Sewline would work well for either of these uses, but I would prefer the Sewline if I was marking the quilt before it was sandwiched, as I could do so on a hard surface.

Because the Sewline pencil advances with a click and is always the same width, it gives a consistent line. With 5 colors, one always works. There is an additional investment. Although some people are happy to have one pencil and change the lead, after I was sold on it, I bought all 5 colors and I have to admit, it is nice to be able to reach for the one you need when you need it.

I found, I LOVED the Sewline when I was putting my Ruth McDowell style Jar quilt together with curves. It is a freezer paper method. In order to sew the curves freezer paper has to be removed. So, each piece must be traced around before removing, leaving a sewing line and hatch marks. Although I have all sorts of markers, it wasn't until I took a white Sewline home for the dark pieces that I really started having fun putting that piece together. The next day I came down and bought all the colors. They have a top on them the color of the lead and I love knowing exactly which one to grab.

Bottomline: If I could afford the Bohin and all the colors of the Sewline, that would be my first choice. Having the Bohin and one color of the Sewline could work too. If only one Sewline, buy the color you use in fabric the least. For instance, if you never use pink, buy a pink one and it will show on anything else. As far as the Bohin is concerned, at the price of $12.09, everyone should have the vesatility it allows.

If you want to see to the Bohin,
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For more information on the Sewlines,
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