Tuesday, 4 May 2010

teflon foot love

(yes - ignore the fact that I didn't have any matching thread...it's contrasting, ok?)


A little while ago I got sent some Amy Butler fabric from Harts in Santa Cruz. I set it aside and planned to use it in a quilt, but never quite got round to cutting into it. It's such a great print I couldn't quite bring myself to cut it into little pieces, like I'd planned. So it sat there, taunting me (like fabric does, I have to shut it away to ignore it's little pleading cries). Until one day last week when I remembered I'd bought a teflon foot to sew oilcloth with (after my bit of masking tape around the regular foot method wasn't entirely successful). 'Ah!' said me 'I'll make a bag to carry fabric in when I go shopping!'. Because what else would you carry in a shopping bag? Groceries? Nooooo, surely not. Fabric is what is best carried in shopping bags.

I'm rather pleased with it. I'm not a bag maker, I get VERY confused by bag patterns (or patterns in general actually) so something this simple has made me feel rather proud. It even has a little snap closure to avoid pick-pocketing types from whipping out my precious fat quarters and stealing them from me when I'm unaware.

Have you been to Harts Fabrics in Santa Cruz? I haven't been to the real life shop, although I am going soon - next month in fact. According to a friend of mine it's like a porn shop, but for fabric lovers. See why I needed the bag? I just ordered some Kaufman carolina chambray from the website, which is like a shot cotton but with a slightly lineny feel to it. I know what I mean even if you don't, it's lovely, take my word for it - you most likely need some, I'd go and buy some if I were you - just in case. My friend Katie got me hooked, she uses them all the time and then started me panicking because they're not too easy to find. I probably could have waited until I got to Santa Cruz to buy them, but then they'd take up suitcase space and I will need to buy more stuff, won't I? I wonder if I could fit bolts into a suitcase? hmm.........


14 comments:

quiltygal said...

oh wow.. so you going overseas?? hope you will be back before sept ?? have to let you know that I have brought a subscription to Fat quarter mag I loved it I dont consider myself a "modern quilter" but I loved all the projects on there..will do your flying geese first..I have some great polks dot material which I think will be fantastic for it..

two hippos said...

I love the bag and fabric! Lucky you, fabric shopping in the US - a two suitcase holiday!

alobsiger said...

All right, I LOVE the bag. So, what pattern did you use? Also love those Carolina chambrays. So, you're coming to visit me, did I get that right?? :-)

tagskie said...

Nice blog you got here... Just droppin' by to say hi! http://www.arts-and-entertainment.info

MichelleB said...

Yes, actually, I HAVE been to Harts. A great store! There's a lady with a blog and on Flickr that works. there! Heaven.

sewkatiedid said...

the charcoal is my new favorite.

Lovely bag, favorite fabric too.

Anita said...

I've been to Harts once, it is a very nice store. I didn't get to spend too much time checking out the fabric. It should definitely be included in any west coast fabric tours!

Beth said...

I love how you did the handles for this. Might it find its way into FQ?

picciolo said...

I love the fabric you used as the lining, what a gorgeous bag! I'm thinking though that you will definately need more than one if you are visiting the shop itself!!
: )

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Teflon foot huh. Hmm sounds interesting. Your bag is great.

Lily Boot said...

the bag is divine and of course it's for fabric! what sensible person would use it for anything else. As for contrasting thread - I'm a great believer in this :-) Lucky you venturing across the pond to the land of fabric porn - oooooh imagine what you'll come back with. And if the less than welcome customers of quilt shops can fit fabric bolts down their dresses, than I am SURE the ginger monkey suitcases can hold plenty of bolts! Just don't take any clothes - lots of nappy wipes and clean knickers should suffice :-0

stacey said...

I have been searching for chambray for almost a month and couldn't find ANY! Thanks so much for the link...you always know where to find the best fabrics!

Have fun in California...my favorite place to visit!

littlebluecottage said...

I'm so thrilled you like your fabric Katy! Hart's loves you too!

Beth said...

I love that my *Fabric Porn Shop* comment made it into your blog post. Hee Hee. Really its better then porn. I'm really not fond of porn unless it is in the form of fabric touching. I could live in Harts.

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