Tuesday, 10 July 2012

a word from my sponsors

 Being an independent quilter I don't rely on sponsor's*
for my fabrics.
However I do have my own fabric sponsors
they are my family and friends.
 Last week was my birthday week
and it was overflowing with fabric.
The first was a luscious bundle across the pond from my pal Mary
I'm sure you have all met her by now,
but if not go take a look,
she is a true inspiration.
Thank you Mary!!
 Another bloggy friend who is never empty handed
gave me these two above.
Fabric is fabric,
I don't care if they've had a past life,
I can give them new lives.
The turquoise has already been chopped!
 The very pretty rose floral is a huge pair of  rescued curtains
courtesy of my Mother in law.
I thought they would make great outdoor cushions or
hang them as they are!!
That was until I found this beauty.
£5 from a charity shop!
I think it's vintage...it's called anemone from fothergay.
There is at least 5 metres of  it.
I think it would make an awesome door curtain for our new extension,
just don't tell the old man!
How lucky am I?
I think I shall make a new resolution
that my birthday week will always
contain fabric in some form or other.

*ps I'm not immune to the idea of a fabric sponsor,
I'll do anything for fabric!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

project gingham reveal : crosstown traffic

 cross town traffic or candy boy?
 I'd love to say that the creating of this runner was all good...
whilst I loved working with the jazzy gingham
I did not enjoy working with the polycotton 
and neither did my machine!
It really should be called Calamity Jane.
 As I am only using fabric from my stash this year,
I've used an old flannelette pillowcase for the backing.
It was actually a bad purchase from ebay,
when it turned up
it was one of those 'I'm never going to use that' moments
Don't you love it when a plan comes together?
 I've not used wadding for frugal reasons...
I drew lines with a ruler and a water soluble pen  
hand quilted with two shades of turquoise perle cotton.
In an effort to find the brightest part of the house,
I've been going from room to room,
and have just realised these two above go so well together,
hence the 'candy boy'.

More gingham reveals can be found here

If you've been inspired to give gingham a go
remember to use a cotton gingham,
you wont regret it!

Happy 4th of July.

don't be tempted to bind with stretch gingham
it's not clever and never pretty....