Fabric Salad

Green goodness for quilters and sewists

October 2012 archive

Age and beauty

Rich colors, glorious patina, the beauty of a life well-lived: It’s all there in the vintage Indian quilts offered by MUNY (a blend of Mumbai and New York).

Quilt with sari border

MUNY vintage quilt

Bye-bye baggies

My daughter pointed it out to me first: Using plastic baggies every day in her lunch was really wasteful. Hard to argue with an 8-year-old tree-hugger, so we bought a few reusable cloth bags for her sandwiches and snacks. Anything that doesn’t fit in the bags goes into a reusable container.

The High Fiber ups the eco-quotient in their snack bags by lining them with unbleached organic cotton fabric. And, they’re adorable, too.

The High Fiber snack bags


Vintage charm in the bag

Something about the cheery floral patterns on vintage sheets always reminds me of the Brady Bunch. Whether you spent your Friday nights with Marsha, Jan and Bobby or not, the homey appeal of vintage sheets is irresistible.

Heather Grow shares a tutorial for transforming a vintage pillowcase into an adorable grocery bag on her Vintage Sheet Blog.

Vintage Sheet blog tutorial

G’day, it’s Wombat Day!

Here’s a holiday I can heartily embrace: Wombat Day. Held each year in October, the holiday celebrates Australia’s favorite burrowing, nocturnal mammal, and includes (sign me up) chocolate cake, fudge and gumdrops. Where has this holiday been?

Fortunately, this year, we’re all in the know, thanks to Lindsey Rhodes,  over at LR Stitched. She whipped up this adorable tunic from organic cotton in the Wombat Wonderland collection by Saffron Craig. Take a look at the line and enjoy savings today from Honey Be Good online fabric shop.

A special thanks to Wombania for information on all things wombat.

Leaf it to Janie

The leaves are turning gorgeous colors here, but how cool would it be to see trees decked out in the luscious colors of Daisy Janie’s new line, New Leaf?

New Leaf from Daisy Janie


Raking leaves would be so much better if they fell in hot hues of lemon, berry and tangerine.
Designer Jan Dicintio crafted the line of 100 percent organic cotton and included Festoon, a  selvedge-to-selvedge repeat pattern pictured in the middle of the photo. You could cut strips parallel to the selvedge and use for borders or sashing, use it as a cheater panel or just enjoy the happy jumble of colors in a whole cloth quilt.
Jan (who blogs here) previews this line at Quilt Market next week, and expects it in stores this winter.

A new hue or two

Tangerine, plum, berry…the new fall color shades in the Pure Organic line from Robert Kaufman sound juicy. Not feeling fruity? How about colors like lagoon, lake, grass and sky? Either way, you can’t go wrong with fabric that’s 100 percent organic cotton and colored with low-impact dyes. Wrap it up! I’ll take it!

Pure Organic Fall 2012

A sort story

Craft Buds photo

Once upon a time, I had two large plastic bins filled to overflowing with scraps of fabric. I just couldn’t get rid of any of the little pretties. Clearly, I heart scraps.

Back to those overflowing bins: One day, I realized that the bins would fit under my guest bed, so now I can have all my scraps, but I don’t have to look at them every day. And I lived happily ever after. The end.

Bet you thought I was going to tell you how I carefully sorted through my scraps, organizing them by color. I did do that once, a long, long time ago…at least I think I did.

Take heart! Unruly scraps can be herded into sweet little piles. Take some tips from Lindsay Conner at Craft Buds. She’ll walk you through the process and get you fired up to turn those leftovers into a feast.



Use ’em up!

For our first family pet, naming rights went to my daughter. After trying out several options (Butterscotch and Nemo), she settled on “Squiggles.” It is pretty perfect for our sweet orange boy.

But, if another cat falls into our lap (being very careful of what I wish for), I’d name him or her “Scraps.” That’s how much I love my scraps. I save every bit of fabric. I save long bits of thread. I almost started saving empty plastic thread spools the other day.

So is my inability to toss any fabric scrap larger than a postage stamp thrift or the first sign of a deep disorder? Debatable, but in the “Yea for thriftiness!”  column, I’d place this runner I made from bits and pieces I had in my scrap bin.

scrappy runner


Add to the scrap happiness this project from Sandi Henderson’s book, Sewing Bits and Pieces. The instructions for this adorable pinwheel project are on her web site. Sandi blogs about sewing, crafts and the stuff of life.

Sandi Henderson pinwheel project

From tatters to treasure

Ann Wood Owl

So, have you ever picked up a tattered piece of centuries-old clothing and immediately thought, “I can make this into a breathtaking owl!”?

No, neither have I.

But Ann Wood does. She fashions the most amazing birds, boats and bats out of salvaged tidbits, scraps and buttons. You can find more of her awe-inspiring creations on her website and read about her creative process on her blog.