Still no mojo to be found…

Ack! We’re back from the cottage (sorry, I forgot to take more wallpaper photos) and it was blistering hot here, too hot to sit on the deck so I ventured down into the lovely cool, tidy basement. I had to add “tidy” in there because I cleaned last weekend and haven’t done anything since.

After flipping through the Zakka Style book and folded some laundry, I thought I’d use Robert Kaufman’s vanilla linen and California Girl (by Fig Tree) to make a card trick block. Much cutting later and I still don’t feel like sewing. Ug. Thankfully the temperature has dropped and we can sit outside again. White wine spritzer anyone?

Such delicious fabric, why don’t I want to sew??

Is it a seasonal thing?

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Japanese fabric from China

This evening I received some “Japanese” linen fabric I ordered off Etsy from China. I was dubious but the prints were original, the prices were good and the shipping was super inexpensive. Though the English was a bit broken, communication was fairly good, they were great in telling me when my fabric would ship and were true to their word. Considering this fabric was shipped from China, it only took 3 weeks to get here, not bad!

Chinese Japanese fabrics

This first bundle was purchased as a set, each piece was sold as fat quarters approximately 19″ x 17″. I measured each piece and were all a very generous 20″ x 18 1/2″ and larger however, it seemed like the patterns were silk screened as it felt very thick and rubbery like ink, not dye. All are in the washer (on cold) as I speak, we’ll see how they turn out.

These other fabrics are fantastic, I love everything about them, they feel “genuine”.

 

 

I love this last fabric panel but sadly there’s some sort of stain on it and it came with dirt smudges on it. I’ve asked the seller what she proposes to do about it because I really don’t know! When I purchase an item from Etsy, I don’t expect it to arrive dirty and stained!!

 

I probably won’t order from this vendor again, I’d give them a 50% grade depending on how that group of dots and ginghams come out of the washer. If the colour cracks, I know it’s not dyed and I’m somewhat diappointed that the gingham isn’t yarn dyed. Live and learn, good thing I didn’t spend a lot of money on them.

Paper & Books

My husband introduced me to an awesome new creative iPad app called “Paper” by 53. It’s hard to describe, you need to visit the website and look at the illustrations people have created to understand the beauty of this software! Currently the application is free, you need to pay for all the tools but a few are free, and I’m sure they’ll provide regular updates. (Click the image to see larger.)

And speaking of paper, not only did I receive my Zakka Style book today but also the Denyse Schmidt Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration book! After briefly flipping through it, my favorite so far is the giant orange and red orange peel quilt, YUM! I took photos but I don’t know if I’m allowed by copyright law to post them, even to promote the book so I’ll just play it safe.

I’m going to cut some fabric this evening while watching Mad Men Season 1. We’ve seen it before but want to watch the first seasons again before buying the new season in iTunes, the new episodes aren’t available on tv here in Canada yet, boo! Ooo, getting my hairs cut tomorrow morning too, can’t wait!

 

Another doodle using “Paper”.