I rarely buy commercial fabric anymore but then a week like this one comes along and I bring home 2 collections!
This first set of fat quarters were free! One of our quilt club members is a sister of one of the head designers at Henry Glass and she graciously offered/agreed/was coerced into doing a little presentation for our group about the process of designing and producing fabric. She was a wonderful speaker and was very open and generous with information. She shared the design, selling and production processes and brought along dozens of the design boards of various collections. We were awed by the number of collections that her team produces each year.
We also got some inside news on the ultimate fate of the Free Spirit and Westminster fabric lines that was very reassuring for Kaffe Fassett and Tula Pink fans.
At the end of the meeting she generously gave us some patriotic fat quarters. I'm going use mine to make new placemats for my patriotic holidays.
Then Friday we made our annual trek to Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. I usually don't buy much there but Anne and I have a favorite vendor: Usha at Handloom Batiks. I safely passed the booth once but then Anne went there and bought a bunch of stuff and found out about these vintage Indonesian Batiks that I had missed. Usha said her husband used to collect these Indonesian Batiks with so much beautiful detail. They aren't made like this anymore. She found 2 boxes of them in a closet in her home and didn't want them to be given to Goodwill when she dies so she cut them into half yards and is selling them. They were quite expensive but the fabrics are as exquisite quality as the prints are beautiful. I had to have some.
Specifically I had to have 10 of them! I've washed them and they only bled a little. The colors are beautiful and I came home and planned a quilt.
The pattern needed to be simple to show off the fabrics and I bought so much fabric that I can easily make a queen sized quilt. I found the perfect eggplant print from one of Paula Nadelstern's collections in my stash for the background and fortunately The Cotton Club still has it in stock. So that's ordered. I even ordered a ruler to cut the diamonds. In the next week or so I'll cut this out as another kit. It will be a good project to take on one of my vacations because most of my vacations also include a sewing machine.
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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