Several of the vendors were selling fat quarters of these woven plaids and stripes made in India - they have a nice weight to them, not flimsy. The ribbon says "Fabric Freedom" which is a British company, but I don't see anything like this on their website.
Siobhan bought some of this as well. Doesn't it look lovely on the washline?
And why is it important to pre-wash your fabric? Well at 4:00am other night, one of the cats (I'm looking at you, Habibi) knocked a plate and one of my favorite mugs onto the kitchen floor, making all sorts of crashy bashy noise. I couldn't get back to sleep and groggily went out to the recliner. In my stupor, I knocked my current hand-quilting project Orphan Train onto the floor.
I've mentioned that one of my cats, Howler, is a problem child. He wees on the sofa and has also gotten various bits of clothing and our bed (now we have to make sure the bedroom door is always closed). Well, you guessed it. He peed on Orphan Train. Twice. Aiyee.
Later in the morning, still too early for clear thinking, I used the nearby spray bottle of Urine Gone. That stuff works great on the sofa, but after I used it I panicked that I'd just sprayed smelly chemicals on my quilt. So I rushed it into the tub and dashed water on it. Of course my husband had just taken a shower so it was hot water. Sigh. One of the hand-dyes bled all over, but luckily I think it just dyed the backing and batting.
So yes, it could have been much worse, but "accidents happen" is one more reason to pre-wash quilting fabric (in addition to getting rid of the chemicals in the fabric sizing). I didn't pre-wash this hand-dye because it had supposedly already been washed twice. sigh.
Yesterday I had a delightful lunch with Margaret who is taking a weekend break here in Paris. We wandered through the the fabric shops of Montmartre and I managed to hold off from buying more silk, which always calls to me from those shops.