A Very Favourite Fabric

Years ago (and I’m not sure quite how many years that may have been, but I think it’s at least eight), I bought a half yard of this fabric. I fell in love with it at the store the second I saw it.

It’s in Chintz Circles.

And Shabby Chic Joseph’s Coat.

It’s part of the shabby chic Yin Yang blocks, which is still a quilt top in progress with lots and lots more to be done.

It definitely became one of the Pickled Ladies. I had to force myself to do a little swiss-cheese cutting of it for the clamshell, but it was worth it as I got the effect I wanted.

It’s just one of  those fabrics that seems to work well with almost everything I think of making.

It seems like fewer and fewer fabric companies are putting out fabrics anything like this one, so I’ll be a bit sad when I cut that last piece of it to use. How I wish I had bought yardage of it as it would be fabulous for no-waste fussy cutting – not to mention I’d have more than this small approximately 12″ square of it left. It has been portioned out very sparingly and now I think I may be coming close to the last time I’ll be able to use it as there are two new ideas for quilts that I think have to have the last bits of this in them. That said, I’m going to think long and hard about both ideas and make sure they’re ones that I will commit to finishing.

It just struck me, looking back over this post, that every single quilt top I can find pictures of in which I used this fabric involved my very favourite thing – curved piecing. So I think the new projects have to also involve curved piecing – my favourite fabric and curved piecing clearly go together and make me happy. At least I know that with Inklingo there will be very little waste when I print the last precious inches of  this with templates to make whatever those projects will be.

“I choose them all!”

I’m not sure what Jake’s look says. I think he was trying to tell me to get the latest favourite toy away from Baxter for him or maybe he was trying to hypnotize me.

Baxter was alertly looking at something above my head when I took this photo.

10 thoughts on “A Very Favourite Fabric

  1. Are we talking about Moda’s Robyn Pandolph fabrics here? I have some of her first Folk Art Christmas fabric. And some other fabric she did as well — and it looks like yours. Like you, I’ve hoarded it, waiting for that special quilt that deserves it.

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    • That fabric is actually one done by Ro Gregg when she was with Northcott. Those wonderful fabrics by Robyn Pandolph are so stunning that I think we all find it hard to even cut into them!

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  2. I love your pickled ladies quilt. The others too though. Your curves are awesome. If big chintzes go out again, perhaps you can find them on some lighter weight upholstery fabric. My grandmother loved big chintzes and so do I. There is a lovely warm feeling they can give to a room. Warm sunny conservatories perhaps?

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    • Chintzes and toiles are my very favourite fabrics for decorating. There are still a few quilt fabric designers who are making the pretty designs, but nowhere near as many as there were a few years ago! I like your idea of perhaps some lighter weight upholstery cottons. I know they always seem to have beautiful chintzes available in upholstery cotton! A room decorated with beautiful chintzes and toiles makes me think of an English country cottage.

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  3. I read the comment above and googled Robyn Pandolph. There is a store 15 minutes from me that carries those fabrics. I also looked at images of Robyn Pandolph fabrics on ebay. There is a fabric very close to yours. Take a look. I too like the fabric you have.

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    • I’ve always check eBay for some of the older Robyn Pandolph lines. I’ve searched on there for this particular fabric that was by Ro Gregg but no luck yet. Etsy is another great resource for finding some of these wonderful fabrics that are out of print.

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    • Thanks, Jean – I keep checking on eBay and Etsy for it. I can’t believe I didn’t buy more of it when I saw it in the quilt shop all those years ago!

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    • The fabric is gorgeous – and could never, ever have been used by me so well as none of those blocks/tops would have been made without Inklingo!! Inklingo + beautiful fabric = fabulousness!!

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