Background -- Cotton Couture by Michael Miller in Stone
Waffles -- Squared Elements by Art Gallery
Quilty Magazine has lots of block based projects in the latest prints and solids. They really target confident beginners but they also satisfy those with more intermediate sewing skills as well. Quilty has a contemporary vibe and is lots of fun.
OK...this is about all of the excitement I can take for a while. :o)
So the mister and I went to dinner last night and stopped in Barnes and Noble to have a peek at quilt magazines. Well not just any quilt magazines but a specific one, The Quilter. Why?
I guess most people would be more excited over having a project published in a magazine but an advertisement sure floated my boat. Suitable for framing. Giggle. Oh and the magazine is also filled not only with great ads :o) but really fun projects too.
(Fairlane before quilting--the wagon is from my childhood)
The quilt featured in the ad is Fairlane. It's one I made specifically for Dad, who will be 95 on July 1. Shhh....Guess what his birthday gift is? I'll be hand delivering it. He doesn't read my blog. But for now I'm sending Mom and Dad the magazine with the ad.
This is just about one of the most squeal-worthy feedsacks in my stash.
Completely different is this amazing more contemporary looking blue and white feedsack. I love mixing old and new and playing with textures like linen.
A new project is hot off the ironing board and waiting to be pin basted. It's made from a pile of prettiness. Meanwhile Candace shared THIS photography link with me so I played this morning and learned a little about ISO, aperture and F-stop. No more automatic setting only! I'll be playing more with all of the dials and buttons. Thanks Candace.
A gift in progress. These are all 1930s reproduction prints -- most from Mom's stash. For this project I decided to do all of my cutting then I can sit and sew.
A little Winter Story:
Sixteen years ago when our family came to Ohio to find a house before our move, the theme in nearly every house was wall paper. Everywhere. One house we looked at had wallpaper on every wall in the house and even on the ceiling in one room. When we left the house I told the mister that must be how Ohioans spend the Winter months. We're from California where you can be outdoors almost every single day. After the Winter we've had with record setting snows and temperatures, I can understand the need for activity. However, I'm not a wallpaper person. I'm thankful for quilting. I did have a fleeting thought that some of my fabric would look lovely covering a wall or two. If Winter doesn't end soon I just may give it a try. :o)
"Images from Uncommonly Corduroy by Stephanie Dunphy, Martingale, 2014; used by permission. Photo by Brent Kane. All rights reserved."
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Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by and showed your support and enthusiasm. I'm delighted to know that lots and lots of you are curious about using corduroy or happy to re-love it. A big thank you to all of my Supremes and to Martingale for helping share the love.
(son, daughter, Mom corduroys)
Now to answer a few questions:
*Many of you have asked if I took the book photos. If only I was that good! Thank you, but no. All photos with the exception of just a few were taken by Brent Kane. He's awesome.
*All corduroy used in the book is 100% cotton. I pre-wash all fabric and yes, there is some shrinkage, just like any other fabric. The amount of shrinkage really depends on manufacturer. Other than a piece of vintage corduroy all of the corduroy I used is 21-wale, ultra fine and soft as a hankie. There is a section in the book giving tips for working with corduroy. No special needles or threads required.
*As to where you may purchase corduroy, I have a resource section in the back of the book. It's available on line at Fabric.com and Beverly's. I'm sure there are other sites but these are the two I use the most. Corduroy is available in the US at JoAnns Fabrics as well as Hobby Lobby. Robert Kaufman and other manufacturers are producing it so please contact your local quilt store to see if they have any in stock or perhaps if you ask they might consider ordering some. I mention Robert Kaufman most often as they have the biggest selection of prints and solids.
I have a new project just back from my quilter using this Robert Kaufman corduroy. To view more corduroy goodness please click HERE.