Gorgeous photo books published to document Cherrywood's highly popular Cherry Challenges.
The variety, creativity and workmanship of all these small (20" x 20") quilts is truly inspiring - whether you are a quilter or not. GREAT conversation piece and GREAT gift! All quilts are professionally photographed with detail images. Plus you get the artist's statement to give you even more insight into their creative thinking! Get background information about each contest, the jury process, and more!
SOLD OUT!- The WICKED Cherrywood Challenge 2014
The LION KING Cherrywood Challenge 2016 120 quilts traveled all over the USA in 2017, including a 2-month display at the Minskoff Theater on Times Square, arranged by Disney Theatrical Group.
The VAN GOGH Cherrywood Challenge 2017 This is a 214-page book! Because of the overwhelming response, we decided to collect enough pieces (209) to create three exhibits! The FRENCH Gallery premiered at Houston International Quilt Festival 2017 and was displayed in France for two months. The DUTCH Gallery premiered at the Australasian Quilt Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
The PRINCE Cherrywood Challenge 2018 This book contains 165 amazing quilts made as a tribute to the late Prince Rogers Nelson. The HOME Tour, LIVE Tour, and TRIBUTE Tours traveled all over the USA and Canada.
The BOB ROSS Cherrywood Challenge 2019 The gentle, encouraging, happy legacy created by the late Bob Ross is captured in these 200 quilts. The five exhibits debuted at Houston International Market and Festival, and covered venues in the US and Canada during 2021 and 2022. They will enjoy a long-term showing at The Bob Ross Experience in Muncie, Indiana in 2022!
Synthrapol: hard to pronounce, easy to use.
In the dyeing process, we use hot water and a Concentrated Surfactant (detergent) called Synthrapol to remove excess dye. This product suspends dye particles in water that have not bonded to the fibers. It does not change the color of the fabric. Darker colors have a high concentration of dye so pre-washing our fabrics at home is highly recommended to ensure color does not migrate. Cherrywood has already been washed 4 times in HOT water with Synthrapol before it leaves our studio. Please follow the directions below to make sure everything "behaves."
FIRST TIME Washing (Prewashing):
We encourage you to prewash all of your Cherrywood in a full load of HOT or WARM water with 2 teaspoons of Synthrapol. If you see a large amount of color in the WARM rinse water, a second wash may be necessary. Synthrapol keeps those released dyes from reattaching onto other fabrics. If you have a front-loading machine, you may need to wash more or use a laundry tub. Similar colors may be washed together as long as you use Synthrapol, but is wise to make keep very dark colors separate from very light colors while prewashing. We have tested Color Catcher Sheets by Shout: they work well but may leave a lint residue on the fabric.
SUBSEQUENT Washing (Finished quilts, garments, etc.):
Wash finished projects in Synthrapol in COLD water for the first several times. This is just a good practice to ensure the dyes behave. Complete the COLD cycle. Synthrapol is an inexpensive product to have on hand to use whenever washing hand-dyes and batiks.
Drying and Pressing:
Remove fabric from dryer when slightly damp and press with a dry iron. If dry, lightly mist with water and iron to remove wrinkles. DO NOT let finished quilts/garments air-dry as this may cause wicking (the dyes are pulled from one fabric into the next if they dry too slowly). It is recommended to dry projects in the dryer. Use steam, or lightly spritz with water and use a dry iron when pressing Cherrywood garments to keep them looking crisp.
• Cherrywood is preshrunk. It has been washed a minimum of four times and dried in a hot dryer before it is sold to you. Be sure to pre-shrink any other fabrics that you are combining with Cherrywood in a project.
• Cherrywood is colorfast. As with ALL textiles, keep Cherrywood out of prolonged harsh sunlight, and it will retain its rich color.
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