This is a post about sewing some fun things and quilting in Cuenca. Most of my fabric stash is fabric from the United States. I will admit I'm a tiny bit of a fabric snob in that I really like well manufactured fabric with colors that don't run in the wash and edges that do not ravel easily.
I also love the variety of patterns, designs, textures that one can find in many fabric shops in the US. Recently I was shopping in Cuenca for tela - espanol for fabric - and batting. I have a couple of projects where I need the puffy polyester batting I have never used. But it seems it is not sold in tela tiendas (fabric shops).
My friend and I visited 4 tela shops of fairly good size in the historic shopping district without finding any batting. It was only the 4th store that had stuffing, like for pillows, and a roll of batting that was not for sale to individuals - it was about 20 feet long and the roll was about 3 feet high. The word for pillow stuffing...hmmm..Cannot recall that word in either language. Oh, like polyfill only I found some made out of ostrich down machined into layers. And also the polyester stuffing.
We found a lot of interfacing of all weights so if you need interfacing, it is here in Cuenca in abundance.
APRONS are back in style with a demand to match in the US. Will that fashion come to Cuenca soon? I bought some fabric to make a few aprons - just a fun project to see how much work it is- and some oven mitts to match. Here is the fabric I got here in Cuenca:
I especially like the watermelons.
And here are some fabrics from the US I'm putting together for a 3 tier ruffled apron with contrasting layers.
Quilts, Quilts, Quilts
I recently had the pleasure of hanging some of my quilts and complex quilt blocks at the private art gallery of Gary Myers and Arie Atlas in El Centro.
It was a celebration of the conclusion of the first drawing class Gary taught in Cuenca.
Have a fabulous new week!