Simply Solids Bee: April

April’s bee block was chosen by Lisa in Port Hope, she designed an original paper pieced block called “Modern Butterfly”. Lisa’s original block was created in pastels but since we’re scrap busting, I decided to use brights, butterflies have bright colours to warn predators that they’re poisonous. To offset the bright colours, I used my go-to grey, Kona Coal.

SSB Butterfly

I hope Lisa likes it.

A few weeks ago I asked Pam from Mad About Patchwork about Kaffe Fassett’s Shot Cottons from Westminster, I haven’t seen shot cottons in person and was wondering what all the fuss was about. Today I received three lovely, generous sized samples, Pam sure knows what colours I love!

Kaffe Fassett Shot CottonsIn the photo above, specifically the Prune, you can really see the two different colours used the weft and warp of the weave. The fabric itself has a very soft hand, I’d love to make a shirt for my husband out of this, it is gorgeous! The hamsters are working hard to create a special project  Thanks Pam, I love them and will be looking to you for colour recommendations.

Since American postal costs have skyrocketed to $20.00 for a small package to Canada (!!!) buying from Canadian retailers where postage is under $6.00 just makes sense, even if the cost of yardage is a little more! Have your online shopping habits changed since the outrageous American postage rate hikes?

 

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