If you follow me at all you will have heard me bang on about the sketch fabrics by timeless treasures an awful lot.
All of the pictures of projects below are made using sketch as the 'solid'. Personally I think it's the best stuff out there, and I say that hand on heart - I buy it a lot. Actually buy it, I'm not getting it sent to me for free by Timeless Treasures, (although people at Timeless Treasures, if you would like to send me it, I'd be eternally grateful, it'd save me a flipping fortune.)
It adds the kind of texture I like from a not-so-solid-solid. It's printed densely enough to look solid from a distance, but open enough to give it that little bit of yum factor (which is a technical term, you know).
I love the added depth you can get from using something with a textured print, it doesn't look as flat as if you were using a regular solid. It feels more 3 dimensional, more alive, just more, somehow.
Now, textured blenders are nothing new - they're beloved of traditional quilters and until recently have been a little bit sniffed at by the more modern types.
The traditional quilters are probably (and justly) laughing right now at the young 'uns finally jumping on the bandwagon and shouting from the rooftops about how awesome a textured blender is.
Alice at Backstitch has sketch in her shop right now. So that is excellent news for the UK and European peeps, we don't have to order from far, far away lands and hope and pray for the package to slip through customs without a nasty charge. I'm thinking of using purple for my new scrap vomit quilt. Or maybe lipstick. Or possibly tangerine. I don't know - I just want them all. Alice has that covered too - she's got a bundle for sale. Oh pretty bundle (I wouldn't be able to cut into it though - it looks so gorgeous as a stack, doesn't it?)
Overseas folks - you can order from Brenda at Pink Castle or Fat Quarter shop, that's where I have always bought from before now and both are excellent stores with excellent shipping times and service.
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