Friday's Fun Fabric

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Never underestimate the power of contrast in fabrics. I seem to have to relearn this over and over.
Notice how nicely the teapot/teacup print and the red check contrast and enhance each other. Then look at the appliqued teapot in contrast to the light teapot/teacup print. Not enough contrast. Even though both are very fun to look at, the teapot melts into the back ground print because of lack of contrast. Oh well. I like it anyway I guess. I wanted to use this really sweet teapot/teacup print Terri gave me but I should have waited to use a different fabric with it for the appliqued teapot. I still have more of the print though so I can easily make another block. I like the contrast of the pink dot with the teapot and I do like the overall teapot shape. That handle was a killer though. I'm not good with very narrow applique. I do really like the vintage button for the top of the lid. I've been experimenting with "tea" themed projects for the "Time for Tea" swap hosted by Stephanie.

It is Friday so I want to show some of my fun and fabulous fabric, of course. First off note the cute pink Japanese bee fabric in the background that Jane sent me. Thank you Jane. It is perfect for me. Sandi surprised me this week with some valentine prints that I plan on using to make more quilted valentines. Thank you Sandi. Both are such thoughtful people.
I like this check with brown/yellows that I pulled it off my shelf to think about making a teapot with. I'm not sure if I will use my own teapot applique from above or Pink Penguin's paper pieced teapot she posted this week. I'm always rather afraid of paper piecing but I will definitely make it anyway. If you haven't seen it - go look at it. It is fantastic.
Above are some feed sack blocks ordered from Glenna. I could show them all to you but we'd be here all day. Take my word for it - they abound in fabulous vintageness. Glenna has a great selection of fabrics. She showed us her stash on her blog recently and I was totally wowed. She has fabric heaven at her house. Sigh.

The weekend is upon us. Enjoy!

-nanette
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36 comments

rachel griffith said...

*swoon*

i know you said that glenna has fabric heaven at HER house...but that's how i feel about YOUR house.
tehehe.

and even though there's not alot of contrast in the teapot block, it's still really pretty.
i think that stitching it in a black blanket stitch would have made it seem to pop more. but what do i know??? hahaha.

MichelleB said...

I love your teapot block! That teapot is just adorable. I'm off to look at Pink Penguin's tutorial. I just love teapots!

Annette said...

I always love how you mix and match fabrics. I need to get better at that. The gingham background looks very pretty with the teapot fabric too. And your applique work is beautiful.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Your teapot is darling, love the button! Ahhh fabric, heaven on earth, very cute Valentine prints. I love Glenna's fabric too, and grab as much as i can whenevr she sells it!
However I would love to sit and look at all your fabric and oooow and awww and hug it!

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Hey, I could sit here all day and look at your fabric so post away! I have fallen in love with the feedsack fabrics. Ahhhhh ....

Love your little teapot. It's charming!

Happy day!
Lea

Pat aka Posh said...

I like your tea pot pattern the best and even tho there's not much contrast I still like the one you put together.

Susan said...

I'm with you about thin curved handles appliqued. For me, I am going to keep practicing. The teapot is cute. I can't find red gingham to save my life.

Carla said...

I like your teapot. I've never tried applique. Too much arthritis in my hands. The bee fabric is cute but I love the brown!

Jackie said...

Your teapot is fantastic. I, like you, have tea projects swimming in my head for Stephanie's swap. I think I know what I will be doing, but am flip flopping somewhat. I love all your fabrics you are sharing today. But I have to say, when I saw Glenna's post that day, of her studio, I had to wipe the drool off my chin. She truly has fabric heaven at her home. Love it all!

Sherri said...

Your teapot is adorable...I've been meaning to paper -piece the teapot by Pink Penguin as well. And of course...I love your fabric!

Catherine said...

I adore your teapot!! I'd be tempted to use the backbasting technique for the handle. But your handle looks just fine to me!

I love your fabric Fridays -- you have such interesting fabric. Love looking at it!

Stephanie said...

What a terrific teapot. Love the button too. For the handle...have you considered doing a bias...like making a stem when doing applique. That would certainly "mold" easier.

Lovely piles of fabrics, as usual.

Elizabeth said...

I adore that teapot block! I really need to stop coming over here--your posts always make me want to stop what I'm doing and start what YOU'RE doing!

Momoo said...

Just love reading your blog. I always learn a lot, not only from you but following your links.
Like your teapot, especially the handle, I will have to remember the contrast idea for applique, I would have thought there was enough difference too.

jacquie said...

i've been playing with some tea things too. it's hard to decide what to make. love those feedsacks...total vintagy goodness.

amandajean said...

i need to learn and relearn about fabric contrast, too. i'm glad i'm not the only one!

glenna's stash is oh-so-amazing!!!

Fiesta said...

lovely eye candy!

Candace said...

Nanette - you never fail to please with your Friday reports - great fabrics! The teapot is adorable - and I learned something about contrast - thanks for the tip! Have a great weekend!
Cheers!

CuteStuffInside said...

I love your teapot!

S.W.A.K.
www.CuteStuffInside.blogspot.com

quiltingnana said...

your teapot pattern is great...don't worry about the contrast...you made a fine block

Carrie P. said...

I love Fridays at Freda's. Your handle turned out just great. Such fun fabric you have.

Julia said...

Nanette - Love your Friday reports - great fabrics! The teapot is adorable -
getting the contrast just right is not always easy..
Julia ♥

Messy Karen said...

your's is so purty. i'm still learning to do successful contrast.

Muddling Through said...

I LOVE those Valentine prints. They just make you smile, don't they? I really have to rein myself in on the fabric. There's just somethin addictive about it. :)

Shari said...

Lovely little teapot. She's quiet and elegant and doesn't shout. Sometimes low-contrast is sweet.

Lovely fabrics to work with. Look forward to next Friday's report.

Cheers!

Mimi Sue said...

Such beautiful fabric. Love all your designs. Mimi

Cheryl said...

Sweet teapot...and I am a fan of Glenna's feedsacks also!!!

The Quilt Buddy said...

I love your fabric! You always have the cutest fabric that is always so inspiring! I especially love the colors!

sarahmurray said...

Your fabric collection is amazing. If we were neighbors I would stop by often not to borrow a cup of sugar, but to fondle your fabric. Ha! That sounded creepy! But I confess, I'm a fabric fondler, it makes me happy. And your teapot is adorable! I have a little teapot applique that I started a couple of years ago that I did the same thing with. The teapot blends too much with the background for my liking. So I think I'm going to blanket stitch around the pot with a dark color. I'm so exited about this tea swap! x

Sandi said...

Morning, Nanette,
The teapot block turned out really cute. Sometimes when I do an applique project and an item needs "definin", I just to an embroidery outline stitch around the design. Black would look good around the teapot and Rachel's idea to do black blanket stitch would sure be appropriate to the period of the fabrics. I agree, too, that you must have "fabric heaven" at your house!!!

Caesar Beezer The Wonder Dog said...

When I cliced on the link I have for you it took me to a page that you did on Sept. 17th - only I didn't notice the date at first...you showed the cottage block and asked is anyone would interested in doing a block exchange...I've never typed so fast in my life - I wanted to make sure I got in on antoher one of your block exchanges and just as I was about to hit enter I noticed the date...it's just as well, I have NO time for another project! We just got back from see Last Chance Harvey - very sweet, totally forgettable but just what I needed today. Hope you have a great weekend! The Other Nanette

Caesar Beezer The Wonder Dog said...

When I cliced on the link I have for you it took me to a page that you did on Sept. 17th - only I didn't notice the date at first...you showed the cottage block and asked is anyone would interested in doing a block exchange...I've never typed so fast in my life - I wanted to make sure I got in on antoher one of your block exchanges and just as I was about to hit enter I noticed the date...it's just as well, I have NO time for another project! We just got back from see Last Chance Harvey - very sweet, totally forgettable but just what I needed today. Hope you have a great weekend! The Other Nanette

Thimbleanna said...

Great Fabric Fun Friday, as always Nanette. And I do love your little teapot -- sometimes it's good to have a few blocks that fade into the background!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I love Glenna!!! She's the best.

pratima said...

What a wonderful assortment of fabrics. They are amazing!!
I love the shape of your teapot. The applique came out great!

Nan said...

Oooh another Fun Fabulous Fabric Friday! Love the fabrics, and love the teapot block.