Friday, February 10, 2012

The Gingham Phase

Earlier this week I ventured out to my local Spotlight Store (I gather it's much like an US version of a Joann's Store), in search of maybe finding some of the more recently released Denyse Schmidt fabrics.
I did find some DS fabric, but nothing that needed to come home with me.  As I made my way out of the store the section of gingham fabric caught my eye ~  100% cotton, woven fabric in an array of colors that immediately set my head in a spin!  Why had I not seen these before?


The team member at the cutting counter eyed me with curiosity even asking what I had in mind.  Huh?  A quilt, of course!


Since then I have enjoyed the fabric play, auditioning prints, retiring some and calling upon my vintage sheet fabric collection for dainty floral prints that work well with gingham.


I had such a wonderful time creating the first quilt top that a second followed soon after!


We'll call this the gingham phase, and I hope you'll bear with me as I ride out this creative whim.

I am busy working on completing the second quilt.  Basting, quilting and binding are yet to commence.  More pictures soon.

Rita

63 comments:

  1. wauw its beautiful, enjoy love marion

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  2. I've been looking for 100% cotton gingham. May have to pop into Spotlight.

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  3. Love this Rita - just beautiful

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  4. Ride away I say!...nice to see what you have come up with.

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  5. Love the gingham, especially the orange! Have you washed any of it yet, i am curious to see how wrinkled it is and how much ironing it needs after washing. had a disaster with a 100% cotton gingham at Spotlight once.

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    1. Eep! I've now soaked the finished quilt in the tub, in warm water, spun it in the washing machine, and it's tumbling away in the dryer. Fingers crossed and will definitely report back!

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    2. Phew! It's out of the tumble dryer and with relief it isn't any more wrinkled than usual, no color run. I was surprised by how quick it dried!

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    3. That is great - I will definitely have to go and get some!

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    4. Do you wash your fabric before cutting it? I love stripes, but it's always a pain when I wash it because the stripes never come out straight.

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  6. I do like their ginghams but am more partial to their spots - in both positive and negative prints!

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  7. I'm loving your gingham phase and finding inspiration for a journey of my own perhaps.

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  8. I love that you are always open to exploring new avenues in pattern and color - something I am learning to do as well. Also, I am finding new ways to incorporate fabrics that I purchased long ago during one of my previous 'phases'. It's all good!

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  9. I love the gingham,just gorgeous!

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  10. Makes me want to get out the picnic basket and go to the park!

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  11. I've loved gingham ever since I was a little girl (a long time ago!). These are such fun pictures. I'll have to look for all cotton gingham around here. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I saw the ginghams but walked right past them - you have done a great job!

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  13. Mmm can't beat a good bit of gingham and if you throw in as many colours as you did - just delish!!!

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  14. I love your gingham phase, keeping it going. The quilts are fab!

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  15. you are, simply, amazing! adorable quilts!

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  16. How cheery! I especially love your second gingham quilt.

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  17. this is gorgeous...makes me want to run right to the fabric store and load up on ginghams

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  18. You have such an eye for color and pattern. I thought I was sick of gingham from years ago but not so with these quilts. They are so fresh and happy.

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  19. I live gingham! I've been buying it myself lately, though I still want more. Haha. Your topper already looks fab and we haven't even seen the whole thing. :)

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  20. I heart gingham!! Love how these turned out- i'll have to mix some vintage sheets in now :)

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  21. I love the way you mixed in the vintage sheet fabric to break of the gingham!! Wonderful quilts!!!
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  22. Oh my! I just love how you intermixed the floral and dot with the gingham.

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  23. Wow! I hope the "Gingham Phase" lasts for a while. You've done a wonderful job here.

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  24. I have a gingham quilt that my grandmother made me when I was a little girl. It's starting to fall apart now, but it is still one of my favorite possessions!

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  25. MARAVILHOSOS ESTES TECIDOS,SOU APAIXONADA.NÃO ENCOLHEM, NEM AMASSAM COM LAVAGEM,E FERRO CORRE SOLTO NA PASSAGEM.

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    1. To ensure that the fabric doesn't shrink and the colors don't run I have washed the quilt by soaking it in a tub, and tumbled in the dryer. The quilt was wrinkly after drying, however no more so than other quilts after washing. No color run.

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    2. Can you get Tide Color Catchers? They work great when you throw them in the washer with quilts.

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  26. I'm so glad someone else (who's taste I respect) looked at the new DS line and thought, "Meh."

    Gingham is a perennial favorite of mine. Your quilts are adorable.

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  27. Yes, let the GP continue! I love it!

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  28. Looks great. I like color but I'm not sold on flowers most of the time so gingham is a nice way to have pattern but not flowers for me. It looks great.

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  29. I love gingham. I wish I could find more cottons and colors as you have. Lovely quilt.

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  30. What a happy & colorful quilt! Smiles~Beth

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  31. Ooh so lovely and bright, great fabrics and great quilt

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  32. I love your gingham phase! Spotlight is a favourite Store for me when I am in NZ and have bought some lovely fabrics. Looking forward to seeing your two quilts when they are both completed.

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  33. I adore gingham! I believe gingham is my favorite color! I even have a pintrest board for it: http://pinterest.com/auntspicy/gingham/ And I super adore how you used all the colors and patterns, so fun!

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  34. The gingham phase seems to be working very well for you. Especially like the orange!

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  35. Good find. I do love gingham - think is is nostalgia. Growing up in the 70s and 80s when school uniforms were gingham.

    Our (grotty) Spotlight seems to specialise in poly-cotton ginghams. I have been searching for a light/bright blue cotton gingham for ages.

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  36. Love the gingham! Beautiful quilt. What size squares did you use?

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  37. I was wondering what the size of the squares are too.
    Love the gingham. I used 4 colors of gingham for my son's nursery quilt, bumpers, curtains, etc, 25 years ago. Of course back then it wasn't all cotton. Nice to see it in a quilt again.

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    1. Nancy, the squares are cut as 5 inch squares. Any size square will work though.

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  38. Ooh so pretty. You are not alone. I've recently been eyeing gingham checks myself. I think it would make adorable things for my Granddaughters.

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  39. Fresh ,cosy and homely...add to that the Rita factor...and WOW!

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  40. Beautiful! I was eyeing off gingham in spotlight earlier today wondering what I could do with all those colours and sizes! Now I know!

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  41. Oooh! - that's my favourite fabric at Spotlight too! Can't resist gingham in anything, but of it has been used to back my recent collection of quilts. It seems like such playful fabric. Love the quilts you made with it, Rita!

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  42. Both of your quilts look very fresh and beautiful. My only question to you is - do you ever sleep? I am amazed at how much you are able to achieve.

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  43. I love gingham! Can't wait to see them done!

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  44. What a great idea to use ginghams...they are always so fresh and cheery. Thanks for the idea!

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  45. What a fun quilt! I love it...keep 'em comin'

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  47. Rita! We're so pleased that you're enjoying the Gingham at Spotlight - so much so that we're featuring your quilt on the Behind-the-Scenes Spotlight blog! Check out the post here: http://thewarpedtheweft.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/red-hot-gingham.html

    Keep up the great work!

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  48. Lovely - can't wait to start on an orange (one of me fav. color) gingham and polka dot project now ...

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  49. This is such a beautiful and playful design. I can't wait to try it out. I am also grateful to have found this site.

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