I’m having a very quiet and thoughtful weekend, so I felt like surrounding myself with peaceful, bundles of calm,in the shape of solids.
I’ve always been keen on solids … but my first forays into quilting last year were pimped by ebay and I just went print crazy! It’s not so easy to find solids here in the UK but thanks to Mandy @ Simply Solids & Alice @ Backstitch, things are looking up.
I thought I’d bang on about Klona Cottons a bit more. I’ve been using them for a while now, and as I said in yesterday’s post, I like them.
I think they are slightly coarser than Kona, but that could just be the dressing on them. They stitch, iron and wash beautifully and soften up a fair bit when washed. I’ve had such fluctuating quality in Konas when I’ve bought from the US that now I buy the majority of my Konas from Mandy @ Simply Solids and they’re and always consistently tip top reliable, but for me Kona also has some tonal gaps and Klona fills them …
Alice at Backstitch has started putting together some fab ‘Hurricane’ Solids Bundles (she also does great print bundles too)
I have to confess that I’ve only ever won a bundle of fabric in blog giveaways, I’ve never actually bought one, but these babies are pretty tempting, pay day end of the week … yay!
Howzabout this lovely Full Bundle ..?
a FQ set of all 41 colours ... woot!
I love the hunter green and the cardinal red - they’re quite dry and fierce.
I'm weak at the knees for this pastel bundle ... Me? Pastels? Yeah, I know, but trust me I have some and they're gorgeous ... The light lilac (6th down in the bundle) is to die for.
I have an incredibly geeky quilt I’ve been planning in my head for about two years, using pastels and white, that I’m now nearly good enough at sewing to attempt!
I really like the neutrals too ...
Quite often I have trouble truly matching greys, Konas tend to be warmer, with more red in them and that doesn’t always work with other, cooler greys in some prints … These greys are bluer in tone. I’d love if they brought out a really dark charcoal grey.
I love to use fabrics like Osnaburg and unbleached medium weight calico (UK) - I think it’s known as muslin in the US? I get so confused living in two fabric zones … online and offline!
It works really beautifully with linens or linen blends - I’m using Osnaburg for my Feel the Fear HST Echino quilt (oh the WIPs!)
Sometimes though, calico & Osnaburg can be just too coarse for other fabrics. The seeded natural (bottom of the neutrals bundle) is a great alternative.
Do go take a peek at the bundles over at Backstitch …
Anyway, tell me, are you a pre-bundled bundler? Or do you just buy your own little selections?
What are the disadvantages or advantages of print bundles - do they make us lazy or provide inspiration? whadjathink??
If you’re after the Loulouthi by Anna Maria Horner giveaway it’s over here - runs until 29th July - note: PLEASE don’t ask for other fabrics. It’s a giveaway for Loulouthi ONLY!