Saturday, August 23, 2014

shoes for a sewist...



Am not much of a shopper (fabric excluded!) but when an additional 40% off clearance prices email from your  favourite shoe store lands in your inbox it is really hard to not go to the site "just to have a look". I could not resist these shoes which are perfect for a sewist. Look at that stitching and those tiny little red scissors?!! Sold...






Sunday, August 17, 2014

quilts on the creek...


It may seem odd to visit a re-creation of a Canadian 18th century pioneer village to buy modern African fabric but that's what I did yesterday. "Quilts at the Creek" is an annual show rather like the "Sisters" show where hundreds of quilts are hung in a beautiful setting called Black Creek Pioneer Village. Unfortunately, rain set in so most of the quilts not sheltered were being quickly taken down before we could see them. I did manage to get a shot of the quilt above made by Valerie Prideaux. It was sewn with  Cherrywood Hand Dyes and was positively luminous in the grey light.


Embroidering under a tree...


Loved this quilt's simple design echoed by the barn boards behind it.


Pioneer woman who devastated M. by telling him there were no baked goods to sample from the bread oven...


Lastly, the Shweshwe fabric. This African fabric is created through a discharge and printed roller technique. It is similar to Balinese batiks but much finer in detail. I have some in the traditional blue and white indigo but thought you might find the green and black interesting. It is apparently called "the denim of South Africa" due to its long-standing popularity. I bought it from this lovely vendor. We are on the move again here and there for the next couple of weeks so expect even fewer sewing posts but hopefully more fabric purchases ones:) Hope everyone is having a great summer (or winter- hello Australia)!



Saturday, August 9, 2014

sampler quilt...


This antique sampler quilt is from the late 1800's. The seller suggests that the fabrics have probably faded with age but the present color combination looks very modern. I've been thinking of making a sampler quilt in the hopes that the variety of blocks keeps things interesting: that is, when I get my sewing room tables back after several large pieces of furniture painted by my other half dry. This kind of friendly takeover is the danger of having the largest flat surfaces in the house. Have you ever made a sampler quilt? Did you use a pattern? Re-create an antique like this quilt? Am thinking of choosing blocks that are symbolic of events in our lives... Thoughts?



Saturday, August 2, 2014

more vintage goodness...



Here is more vintage goodness from 1st Dibs. This quilt from the late 1800's has all my favorite elements- stars, stripes and lots of dots in the fabrics. Timeless!