Thursday, December 20, 2012

Vintage Corduroy Fabric

This week's post is about vintage corduroy fabrics.  Although corduroy is generally thought of as a winter clothing fabric, its a fabulous year-round textile for quilts, bags, and other accessories.
I find it very easy to sew and love to pair it with similar weight fabrics such as barkcloth, wool tweeds, and printed and cut velvets.

I remember corduroy being very popular in the 1970's, and had a well-loved pair of orange corduroy gauchos when I was a kid.  :)  This cute Penn-Dutch print was likely produced around that same time.
This next one is my favorite ( love the color combo of teal, navy, and olive) and is probably a little earlier, 1960's, I imagine.

It is a great match with the solid teal, as are several other fabrics.  The bright Fairy tale barkcloth is just begging to be paired up with it!

I also have a couple vintage linen towels that pair well with the solids.

Not sure yet what project these combos will be used for.  But what about you? Have you worked with this sturdy, versitile fabric?   Any other fans of corduroy out there? 
There's a lot of nasty weather across the country this week, stay safe everyone!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Back From the Beach

We took off and headed to sunny Florida for a couple of weeks.  We spent part of the time at my In-laws' near Lake Okeechobee, then ventured over to the gulf coast. 

We settled in on Marco Island and enjoyed perfect weather. The beaches are lovely and great for shell hunting (no live shelling, btw).

The sunsets were gorgeous...our i-phone photos don't do them justice.

We did go to a fairly large antique show in West Palm before we left, but not an inch of vintage quilt or upholstery fabric was found!  Lots of pretty embroidered linens, but no fabric yardage. :(
I didn't come home completely empty-handed, though. I did find a cute little apron and a funky vintage kitchen towel.  They are taking a bath right now, so I'll have to add their picture to the next post.
(sigh)  Its a very frosty morning in Ohio...back to reality.  lol