Did you read Carrie's post about her ribbon obsession? I can relate. Carrie and I do keep in touch about other things too, and in my last email to her I thanked her for the ribbon inspiration. "Now I have something to blog about too." People, we take inspiration where ever we can. Just be grateful I didn't decide to post about my groceries again.
So.... ribbon. I have been using the same ribbon on my packages for years. Years. Probably about 30 years. Where do I begin? Well, for one thing. I started quilting before rotary cutters existed. There was a time when I made a template of my quilt shapes (sans seam allowance) and took this template and traced on yardage and then cut out each piece with scissors and a seam allowance I judged "by eye." The seam allowance was less important, because I was hand piecing and sewing on the drawn seam line. Yes, I am as old as dirt.
So..... when I was cutting this yardage out, whenever I needed big pieces for borders and backings, I did not use the scissors. I tore fabric. And, I am going to admit that when I need large pieces for borders and backings I still tear fabric. Do not judge.
So.....when I tore this fabric, I also tore off the selvages. Tons and tons of them. I kept them and put them in a basket and kept them for ribbons for packages. It was well known in my family that whenever they got a present with a weird cloth-like ribbon, it was from me. I still have several baskets of selvages that will live out their destiny as ribbon.So.... a couple of years ago my niece was having a baby shower. She was handed a present and without looking at any tag said, "This is from my Aunt Laurie". She was asked how she knew and she said - "The ribbon." So.... she was untying the ribbon and her eyes got very big. "WOW. How did you get yours and aunt Polly's name on this ribbon?" I told her "I know people." Seriously, one of the best perks of designing fabric is having your own personalized ribbon.Speaking of presents... Polly and I are re-gifting. This was sent to us by Lissa and Deb at Moda and we want to give it to you.
A whole bag of Petit Fours ™ . There are 2 bags, actually. If you comment on this post about anything at all, or maybe about recycling (ribbon) or re- gifting (we won't tell) and make your comment before midnight on Tuesday December 21st, you could win a bag of Petit Fours ™.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
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