That would be because some of it's over here...
...and lots of it, now neatly chopped up, is over here, waiting to be ironed.
All shall be revealed, my dear readers!
Whilst I was going through the Cath K stash armed with my rotary cutter like a woman on a mission, I thought we might enjoy having a look at the patterns, all so lovely.
Some of my favourites, these stripey, flowery ones...
The rose gingham was introduced on kitchen items, noticeably teatowels, but the yardage was only ever (to my knowledge) available in the green and blue in the shops and was quickly discontinued. I snapped up a bit at sale price. I can't understand why it was discontinued so soon as I love it. I bought the yellow and pink versions on eBay but only small pieces. The yellow "rose wiggle" fabric you can see (bottom, middle of photo) has been discontinued some time. I spotted it in Cath's book Vintage Style and went on a mission to hunt some down. I found a metre on eBay but have never found any more. I'd love some of the pink (pretty please, Father Christmas?!)
There are plenty of spotty and starry designs. To my eternal dismay, several of the star colours were discontinued (only the pale pastel ones remain, boring) and seem to have been replaced with more spotty designs which just aren't as exciting and definitely not as cowboy-ish, as the Munchkin would tell you. I bought a few teatowels at Bicester purely to have a bit of red star "in stash" for future cowboy projects!
There have been several more graphic designs. The kitchen print was soon discontinued as were all these patterns with the exception of the popular "pop flowers" which is currently enjoying a reincarnation. Of course, the new "electric flowers" is quite similar and rather delicious in my opinion, adorning the Roberts' radio as it does. I shall be adding a bit of that to my stash on Saturday when Mr HH and I pop to York.
Not forgetting the fabby pictorial prints. I don't go a bundle on the ballerina design or the racing car one but boats and cowboy are simply fab. I rather liked the ponies and the football (wish I had some football fabric to make the Munchy a peg bag for school). It is our enduring wish that Miss Cath brings out a fabulous steam engine design.
Onto pretty flowery prints. These below are all in a lighter weight cotton than the cotton duck which makes them very useful for certain projects where the cotton duck would be too rough or thick. The paisley pattern always seems to be produced in the lighterweight cotton. I adore the posy fabric (fourth from left), so simple but very vintage in style and lends itself so well to many projects. I was only thinking today that most of Cath K's prints are quite large scale, this one is a bit more dainty and in certain projects, all the more useful for that.
Onto "classic rose". I have it in four colourways. I think the white one (bottom right of photo) might be in production but I think the others have had an "early retirement"?! The one on the taupe background is lovely, snapped up at Bicester.
More flowers, old and new designs, with blue and grey backgrounds. I adore the grey fabric (second from right, the name escapes me but I'm sure you'll know). It's been discontinued a while. I'm surprised I like it actually, grey is not what you would think of as an exciting colour and certainly not very Cath K but I think this fabric works beautifully. I made my knitting bag out of this and have very little left now. Sob! I also love the little blue Clover design (left) which I bought from Bicester and used for dining room curtains at the cottage. Sadly, I have virtually none of that left either. The Textured Rose design is possibly my favourite of the new prints (third from right).
More flowers, this time with more neutral backgrounds.
Vying for "most favourite fabric" is the Vintage Posy pattern. I had a little bit of this in the blue and white colourway, I've just cut up the last of that today. I saw more of the gorgeous pinky version in Bicester recently and snapped up a couple of metres. I cut into it for the first time today but first, I thought I'd have a bit of fun with it on my chair. Hmm, quite luscious!
Ah well, the rotary cutter has steam rising from it, I think I've got a blister on my little finger but the stash is restored! It's the first time I've ever got the whole lot out and had a good go through it. I didn't realise I had quite so much! She's quite a prolific designer, our Cath.
But what have you been doing with it, Hen, surely you're not so sad that you just got it all out to fondle it?! Oh no, there's been much stripping, seaming and so on...
Not to make book covers this time, which is what I have used my stripey patchwork for previously, but to make something to rest my little tootsies on whilst relaxing in my chair.
Yes, a funky, bright, comfy, squishy, patchworky "pouffe" (love that word)! Useful and beautiful I believe, Mr William Morris. I made a barrel shape from the patchwork fabric (took quite a lot to make that, I can tell you, a full 5' long), inserted a zip into the side so I'd be able to stuff the pouffe once finished (and launder it thereafter of course), attached it to a round piece of plain calico on the bottom and chose a piece of vintage embroidered cloth for the top (backed with iron-on interfacing for strength). I've stuffed it with some cheap foam-filled cushions I found at the sewing shop yesterday. The shape will improve as it settles a bit and gets squashed a bit! Et voila!
Ah, after that morning of hard work, a spot of relaxation is in order!
I'll just put my feet up!