I have talked before on the blog about my long-term love of Marimekko fabrics. (I have been buying and wearing Marimekko since the 60’s.) A couple of years ago the Textile Museum in Toronto had a great retrospective of Marimekko fabrics and clothing and I wrote about it here. There was a review in MacLeans at the time and if you scroll down you can see a video of many of the iconic fabric designs. Flash forward to 2015 and my trip to Boston in June when I was able to buy the two pieces of Marimekko coated cotton which you see below. We were leaving Boston when we spotted the store and my family waited patiently in the car parked in a loading zone while I ran in and purchased the fabric. There was a whole other floor of clothing and household items that I did not have a chance to see. I have plans to turn the yardage into bags with leather bottoms and straps. What a punch of colour and pattern!
This week, at the Belleville library, I bumped into another lover of Marimekko –well not exactly–I came upon her wonderful machine quilted piece of the very pattern which I bought in June. The quilter is Jane Cunningham and you can see her wall quilt at the bottom of this post.