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.