Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fun Fabrics for Fussy Cutting

At the moment I am really into using small pieces of fabric that you can fussy cut to show off lovely little details, this is a great way of using up scraps but I increasingly find myself buying fabrics that I can do this with. The most recent makes of mine that use fabric in this way are my Sew Mama Sew giveaway prizes and my Christmas Stocking.





Earlier today I spent some time (a lot of time) browsing The Fat Quarter Shop, I then read this blog post over at Quiltstory which led me to this great competition and so I decided to put together my own bloggers choice bundle. I could have put so many together as I loved so many fabrics and I think I have pretty eclectic tastes (read that as mixed up!!!) but this was my final choice

Man alive did I have trouble doing that mosaic, I don't know if Christmas has addled my brain but I could not for the life of me do it, I normally use mosaic maker and flickr but I could not manage to 'borrow' the images from the fat quarter shop and put them onto flickr so I could not make a mosaic! I have a mac and it would not let me just copy and paste the images into mosaic maker. In the end I made a pinterest board, then copied all of the images onto a word document then had to turn it into a pdf and from there I was finally able to save it as a jpg. This in the end has taken me hours of trial and error trying to do it in so many different ways, even now its not perfect as it has a massive white boarder that I can't get rid of. So am I just being very blonde? Anyone that could shed some light on an easier way of doing this?

So that was my mosaic and here they are individually













































I do like bright colours but I also like that these can be toned down with neutrals and linens. I'm loving fabrics with text/lettering and I'm always drawn to nautical (in fabric and fashion). I'd use these to make cute things for my boys bedroom, quilts with larger blocks and cushions using small fussy cut pieces, as well as cute purses, cushions and pouches for me. I also love the paper pieced blocks that are being done over at Pink Penguin, Very Kerry Berry etc. and I think some of these would work brilliantly.

So what do you think? Would you buy any or all of these? do you like to use fabric in the same way that I do? I find it fascinating to find out how other people make their fabric choices

These bloggers choices seem to be popping up on alot of peoples blogs at the mo, here are some of my favourites i've seen so far: Leila has done a gorgeous one, I want to buy it, I love her blog, she does some gorgeous work. Arianes is another one that I would buy and use. I like Kiries unusual choice of colours. Maureens is lovely and bright and modern and Michelles is too and it contains toadstools which I love at the mo!


6 comments:

Elisa Black said...

I LOVE all your fabric selections-- and you did such a nice job coordinating them all! I have a bad habit of just picking out a few, and then have to find fabrics later on to match them. I'm very into fussy cutting lately also-- esp Sherbet Pips and Little Apples (a little behind the times). I visited the Fat Quarter Shop for their post holiday sale (and made a nice little purchase)-- can't wait for it to arrive. Hope you had a great holiday! (I'm quite behind on blog reading for the last week-- just catching up now).

susan said...

I love your choices. In regards to the mosaic - I was having problems too until I saved the photos of the fabric from the FQ Shop to my desk top and then loaded them onto the mosaic maker from there. That worked fine but I was stumped until I figured that out.

Katy Cameron said...

I think I've already bought some of your selections lol This is on my 'To Do' list for later...

Sarah said...

Love the prints you selected, they work great together!

jednoiglec said...

Great bundle! You've got right: this contest push us to fabric shopping:)

my meller said...

I like how your choices are so whimsical!