This week I ventured out to a the Eastern Palliative Care Quilt Show (held annually in October in Bayswater/Melbourne) - which by the way was a wonderful exhibition of inspirational quilts by some very talented quilters and well worth the trip out of town - and I also purchased a few pieces of vintage fabric (yardage) from A Piece of Cloth, one of a small number of retailers there on the day.
A Piece of Cloth is a vintage and antique textile sourcing business run by Jennifer Hyland who sources vintage and feedsack fabrics, as well as quilt tops and quilt blocks, from the USA which are offered for sale online, by appointment at Jennifer's studio in Geelong, and trunks shows around Australia.
These precious fabrics are from the 1920's right through to the 1960's and despite their age are still vibrant in color and in great condition (no holes, tears or wear), although after decades of handling and storage they are in need of a long soaking. My cleaning regime for these fabrics is quite harsh and includes soaking in warm water with stain remover detergent to clean and sanitize, as well as tumble drying. Once cleaned I have no hesitation in using these vintage fabrics in my projects; keep your eye out for snippets of these fabrics in my quilts.
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