Friday, October 31, 2014

happy halloween...


Happy Halloween everyone! I'm not sure why there are not more orange and black quilts perhaps because the colour combination is so closely tied to a specific holiday. This striking quilt is from the 20's or 30's and can be found on Ebay. Love this Lone Star...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Miniature quilt and pumpkin madness...



Quite by accident, we went to a miniature show. Truly, you can find a quilt anywhere. The one above is a scant 6 x & 7 inches. Other recent fall events have included weird and wonderful things to do with pumpkins...




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

tenugui and furoshiki...


One of the few downsides of the internet is a degree of sameness when it comes to fabric. All the collections are available everywhere all the time. In the solely bricks and mortar era of retail, going to a fabric shop always had a degree of mystery because what you found was so dependent on the owner's personal taste, interests and even geography. In the pursuit of different material, thrift shopping for men's shirts and unusual prints can be rewarding but this has also become more difficult as everybody else seems to be doing the same...

So over time, I've been collecting Japanese tenugui and furoshiki which are cotton hand towels and wrapping cloths to make things with. They are generally about 15" by 36" and 16" by 16" respectively and are printed with the most interesting patterns. The weave of the tenugui is a little looser than quilting fabric somewhat like a bandana. On the lighter colored ones you can spray baste some white voile with temporary adhesive on the back to give the fabric a bit more body while sewing. When my brother lived in Japan, these fabrics were free;) but now excluding the incredibly fast and inexpensive shipping, they generally start at around $3 and up each on Ebay. A quick search comes up with these and these beautiful cloths...


My most recent favourite is this sushi towel. If I was ever reincarnated as an animal I would love to be a seal. There are few better things I can think of than living on a diet of raw fish:). Now your turn, what other sources of cool textiles are out there? Where do you find your fabric? Please tell...


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

zippers...





I saw these great zippers at Willow Lane Quilting. The owner Priscilla Knoble was recently featured on "The Quilt Show" speaking about Japanese quilting. They are excellent quality and I could not resist the pulls which are tiny sewing machines, irons and scissors. Mine are going in a version of this great jacket...



but they would work well in any quilted bag or pouch...