I have a big thing for gingham. (I wish this were a picture of me!)
And when I got a choice of blocks to feature from Lori Holt's new book Farm Girl Vintage, there was no question in my mind. Gingham is my girl.
I also love polka dots. And so I made my gingham blocks using the Swiss Dot prints from Riley Blake. Gingham made from polka dot fabrics? Using patriotic colors? It's a trifecta of awesome!
The secret? I learned this little trick from the wonderful Lori as well: when you need the perfect, just-lighter-than-what-you've-got fabric, you flip it over to the wrong side and voila - a perfect match.
I made the large table runner from Lori's book. And it's on my table for the Fourth of July this year. Complete with apple pies and cherry pies. Because that's what you eat on the Fourth of July! Although it looks pretty great on my piano too:
In honor of Lori's book release, I've got THREE, count 'em, THREE giveaways going. The prizes?
- A copy of Lori's Book Farm Girl Vintage (sponsored by moi)
- A bundle of Riley Blake Gingham fabrics (sponsored by Riley Blake)
- A $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop
To enter, just leave a comment. What do I want to hear? Answer a question for me: have you tried, or are you interested in trying chicken scratch embroidery (where you embroider over the squares on gingham fabric)? Want to see what it looks like? I've got an entire Pinterest board dedicated to Gingham and Polka Dots, with lots of pictures of chicken scratch. Giveaway closes next Friday, July 10th, at 10-ish MST time.