Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hand Printed Fabrics

I have a new obsession.  It's still fabric related, of course, but not your normal old fabric.  Hand printed fabric has stolen my heart!

It was only recently that I "met" Karen of Blueberry Park on Instagram and Leanne of The Little House Martin via the Fat Quarterly retreat last month.  (Instagram has opened a whole new world of quilters, artists and crafters and I am simply thrilled to bits. Join me @fluffysheepquilting.)   Leanne and Karen print the most gorgeous fabrics!

I first picked up a rainbow goodie scrap pack from Karen via Instagram (@blueberryathome).  I had been watching Karen for a short while printing away in her happy studio, but when a little fabric pack came up for sale I couldn't control myself!  I had nabbed it and gave Karen my paypal address before I realized what I had done!  Anyway, they arrived at the house and they are more delicious in person.



I have not made anything from them yet...I'm still in the happy petting stage.

Then, at the Fat Quarterly retreat market, I very briefly ran by Leanne's stand.  As I had my own shop that I was supposed to be watching, I could not hover for long.  But then over dinner my friends were showing me the gorgeous charm packs they picked up while shopping and I could not believe I did not have my own!  I hopped over to Leanne's Etsy shop and picked up a bundle for myself.  Happy happy days!



Now here's the question.  I'd love to use these in a single project where each print gets to shine as much as possible.  Any ideas?  Maybe in a quilt like this mixed with matching solids?


15 comments:

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

oooh I'm no good for suggestions but what beauties! I also have a delicious Blueberry Park scrap pack to use.
That teal one of Leanne's at the bottom is calling my name :)
xx

Kirstie Cantegreil said...

That's exactly how I felt about your Rainbow Charm Pack swap. In the end I just sewed the charms together (without the white sashing)and am still in love with the throw sized quilt that they became! I'm loving those hand-printed fabrics....might have to go and take a peek! xx

Anne said...

These are all beyond gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the links, Cindy. :o)

pennydog said...

If it was me I think I'd pet them a bit longer *quickly hides bundles of fabric*

Blueberry Park said...

thanks cindy for such a lovely write up and can not wait to see what you make...always love a little Fanny Park action! xx

Canadian Abroad said...

Love the fabrics all laid out like that in a beautiful rainbow. Not sure what pattern you do but - most definitely - the fabrics must be the feature, not the pattern.

Sarah Lou said...

Argh, I want to buy them now! I have no suggestions, but they are gorgeous, whatever you do will look good I'm sure :D

Nicky said...

I have been hoarding Karen's fabric for ages and have now got around to cutting them up in this project

http://mrsssewandsow.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/great-balls-of-hexies.html

They look fab with Kona solids Well fab anywhere really - Karen uses them in her quilts so her blog is a great place to start!

cheeky monkey said...

So gorgeous fabrics! The colors are just perfect

Leanne said...

I have both a charm pack from Karen and some prints I bought from Leanne at the FQR, I agree with you about hand printed fabric. I am thinking to make improv log cabin blocks showing them off, but your idea is lovely too.

Janet M. said...

Beautiful fabrics!

Katy Cameron said...

I do love me a little hoarded hand printed fabric. I haven't actually made anything with my burgeoning collection for a while mind you *ahem*

Tammy said...

Beautiful fabrics.

Ella said...

Honestly, I love the idea of a hexy quilt like the layout you have.

Flying Blind... said...

I have sewn with both Laenne and Karen's fabrics and they are lovely. I am incorporating some of Leanne's scraps into my Holiday memories quilt, but afraid I am no help on what to do if I had more!!

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