Look what I found while searching for background fabric for Phebe!
Isn't it divine! I think my favourite is the one above, I can just see it stitched into a sewing bag as a little border. Maybe on red linen or prairie cloth???
I really hope that this is not an indication of how I am going to progress with the whole quilt. I have been in a bit of a panic trying to find the perfect background fabric. I have travelled many kilometres and three NE Victoria towns searching. I found the darker one pictured above and thought it would be ok. When I got home, I then thought it was too dark so I decided to bleach it. Wouldn't you know it, the dye is holding really well and after an hour of soaking, had hardly lifted any of the colour out.
I did find the lighter fabric that is underneath and I think I have now settled on that. It's a bit lighter than I had planned but I just can't seem to find anything in between and I think once I get all the applique pieces on it will be fine (although I am thinking about tea dying it - or not?)
I wanted to share this stitchery with you. I made it quite a few years ago and turned it into a cushion. So many of my stitcheries have been ruined over the years living as cushion covers and this one I have only been bringing out at Christmas. When going to put it away the other day I thought, what a waste to hide it. I am thinking now I might pull it apart and put it in a frame to hang somewhere. Then I can enjoy it all year round.
I received a lovely email the other day from Erika of We All Sew. They are going to list my blog on their "favourite blogs" next week. I feel very honoured. So, please follow the link above and have a look at their website. They have lots of interesting information and handy tips for us quilters.
I am still working on the 9 patches and the pile is getting taller.