Tomorrow is my birthday. I am wishing on a star that this would actually happen, but I figure if I get enough people interested I stand a better chance of it actually happening.
I can be quite persistent you know.
Extra wide backings. I get my knickers in a twist over these on a regular basis. I have most of my quilts long armed, and pieced backings aren't as easy for the quilter as a nice smooth single piece of fabric. All those additional seams, they can lay funny, quilt up a bit awkwardly, add bulk to a quilt that doesn't need to be there.
I quite often buy flat bed sheets from Ikea because they're all cotton, the quality is pretty good and they're cheap. But they're also a bit on the dull side. What I want is a fun print, not the regular extra wides which are usually way too traditional or the wrong colours for my quilts. Don't get me wrong, Moda have started producing a few more modern prints (some dots) but there could be more and there could be a whole heap of really awesome stuff.
Imagine this - your favourite designer's fabrics, with one extra wide fabric in each collection, not one of the focal prints, but one of the co-ordinates, a dot, a stripe, a little floral, or whatever. Or even every other collection, or every 3rd. Most designers have a 'theme', they don't stray too far from the path they feel safe on, so you could easily mix and match one of the older prints with the newer ones, right? Especially with backings.
Let's take my friend Aneela as an example. The co-ordinates from Pips such as the square dot (sorry Aneela - I am useless with names and have completely forgotten what it's called) would look fantastic with Little Apples or Walk in the Woods and also her next line Cherry Christmas.
Hands up who would want to back any quilt with any one of these?
Pez in extra wide - yes please.
So who else wants this to happen? I might have to start a little campaign - email my favourite designers and mention to them that if they submitted a co-ordinate for extra wides when they submit designs for their regular collections it would be kinda cool. Then Moda could print them and we could buy them and we would all live happily ever after. Yes?
And it would be the best birthday present ever.
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