Friday, July 5, 2013

Picking Ticking

 I might have a problem. 

I may love picking fabrics... too much. (The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, right?)  I could spend hours-no, days- at Joann or Hobby Lobby or Hancock's in the fabrics.  This love generally results in 137 pillows in coordinating fabrics  on the couch. That's my husband's favorite. Not.

Seriously, I started picking fabrics for our guest bedroom before we had a bed.  Before we even moved into the house. (Inevitably I pick some sort of ticking.)



Like I said, I might have a problem.




I also picked fabric for the daybed in my office before we moved in... and got to sewing the second day in the new house


Evidently I have a thing for toile too.   I love the airy feel of the white, appliqued fabric.




If you're the type of person who likes a formula (Hey, I'm a pharmacist- I understand the appeal of having one to go by): start with a patterned fabric you love.  Make sure the weight of the fabric is appropriate for the project.  If you're recovering a chair or making cushions, upholstery fabric or a heavy twill is best.  If you're making pillows that won't see a great deal of use, you can get away with a lighter weight.  Find a solid fabric in a color found in the pattern, then one other fabric. That's all you need!

Maybe I'll run into you sometime perusing the fabric aisle for hours on end :)

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