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Sometimes the simple things...

by Andrea Kelter on 06/10/15

A few weeks ago, I had one of my many "gotta buy more fabric" moments, and visited Shabby Fabrics, one of my favorite online stores.  Among the stunning fabrics they had in stock was a Michael Miller print called "Bleu Paris".  I fell in love.  Totally in love.  And added several yards to my very full shopping cart!  As it turns out, it was a good decision.

When the fabric arrived, I was in raptures as I opened it.  This lovely collection is quintessentially "pretty" - sometimes an insipid word, but not in this case.  "Pretty" just totally describes it!  In my case, I found it so pretty that I was loathe to cut into it.  So what to do?  And then simple inspiration struck.  A wholecloth table runner, reversible. Perfect.

And serendipitous.  Because right about then my mother needed a gift for a Dutch friend in Ontario - who loves anything blue.  Bleu Paris?  What could be more perfect?  I then searched my stash for a Delft-like blue and white coastal fabric I bought a few years ago from Hancock's of Paducah.  It is called "Beacon" and is from Timeless Treasures.  It's just a sweet, pretty, summery fabric that I've been searching for the right project for.

The runner was the right project.

And here it is...

This side is the Bleu Paris fabric...very simply quilted with stippling, and bound with an off-white Kona Cotton.


And here's the Beacon side....I love the Delft-style fabric.  It makes me think of tulips and windmills on a Dutch spring day!

Both sides of the entire runner...

Once this piece was finished, I liked it so much that I began to make placemats - also reversible, very simple....and, just....pretty.


I hope you think so, too.

Linking up with Connie over at Freemotion by the River, and Lee over at Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts.

Comments (14)

1. dinanak said on 6/10/15 - 01:33PM
Lovely~sometimes simple works! This fabric has it all done for you :)
2. Andrea said on 6/10/15 - 03:48PM
This is GORGEOUS fabric!
3. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 6/10/15 - 04:40PM
Thanks, Andrea! I love it too!!!
4. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 6/10/15 - 04:42PM
Hi Dina! I just love art fabrics...and really do not like to cut them up too much. You're right...they do the work for me!
5. JainineMarie said on 6/10/15 - 06:13PM
Well, now, this just makes my Dutch heart happy!
6. Kaelyn said on 6/10/15 - 09:53PM
Wow! It is so charming!
7. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 6/11/15 - 08:06AM
Thank you for stopping by, Jainine Marie! I love those blues and whites....they make my heart happy, too!
8. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 6/11/15 - 08:07AM
Thanks for leaving such a nice comment, Kaelyn!
9. Connie said on 6/15/15 - 11:15AM
What a beautiful tablerunner and placemats! Love the fabric!
10. Teje said on 6/16/15 - 10:12AM
Hi! This is Super beautiful and the Fabrics gorgeus! x Teje
11. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 6/16/15 - 10:23AM
Thanks for stopping by, Connie, and for leaving such a lovely comment! Much appreciated.
12. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 6/16/15 - 10:24AM
Hi Teje, I just loved these fabrics when I saw them....they are so pretty, they really stand alone!
13. SarahZ said on 6/23/15 - 09:55AM
Wow! You nailed it with this! It is simply beautiful ;)
14. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 6/23/15 - 10:09AM
Thank you, SarahZ. I am so pleased you like these pieces!

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