Near Enough

 For those of you who were helping me worry about trying to find more fabric to finish my quilt (see last post), I went in to the original shop today and although they didn’t have any of this left (as I’d bought it all last time)

they did have some of this

Just goes to show it often pays to shop local and what’s a shade or two amongst friends?

He couldn’t tell me the name of the maker – although I suspect he just couldn’t be bothered to look it up – apart from to say it was from the States.  So that narrowed it down a bit 🙄

Still, I couldn’t leave the shop with a mere half a metre of fabric so, with Christmas in mind, or that might just be an excuse if I’m honest, I came away with these two panels to make either cushions or, in the case of the sewing machine, to stretch it around a canvas and hang it on my sewing room wall if I can find any space, which I won’t be able to so a cushion it will probably be – or a bag.

You’ll be proud of me when I say I left a panel with a similar cat wearing a floppy hat and brandishing a paintbrush and artist’s palette behind.

I could always go back for it though.


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  1. #1 by CurlsnSkirls on September 20, 2019 - 16:11

    So glad everything’s working out!!

  2. #2 by Ellen on September 20, 2019 - 16:31

    I love the Captain Cat. Do you know the maker of that fabric? I would love a cat or two from them!

  3. #4 by Ellen on September 20, 2019 - 17:23

    Thanks for the information! I’m in the US, so a bit more complicated than if I was in the UK. I’ll contact the Etsy seller and see what else she has. Thanks!

    • #5 by tialys on September 20, 2019 - 18:18

      Ah! My mistake. I popped over to your blog and you mentioned a place in the U.K. but, now I look again, you had re-blogged somebody else’s post who is in England. I can only see French sellers on Etsy selling these panels. The only other one I saw was this one
      Maybe they are actually made in France which would make a nice change.
      Good luck!

  4. #6 by nanacathy2 on September 20, 2019 - 21:08

    How great you found some suitable fabric. I love both those panels, so unusual.

    • #7 by tialys on September 20, 2019 - 21:21

      I always assume craft stuff I see in France comes from elsewhere but I had a quick look online and these panels don’t seem that common.

  5. #8 by thecontentedcrafter on September 20, 2019 - 21:16

    Oh yeah – go back and get the artist cat and then sell it to me!! I’m glad you got a nearly match and if you got enough to go all the way round it will look like you meant it………..

    • #9 by tialys on September 20, 2019 - 21:21

      I did think of you when I saw the artist puss. It’s very cute I must say.

    • #11 by tialys on September 21, 2019 - 08:24

      I’d be happy to pick one up for you Pauline. I go past that particular shop fairly often.

      • #12 by thecontentedcrafter on September 21, 2019 - 20:59

        That would be very good! 🙂 I’d be equally as happy to put whatever amount required into your paypal 🙂

  6. #13 by magpiesue on September 20, 2019 - 21:51

    So glad you found something you can live with for the quilt. Life is all about compromise, isn’t it? I LOVE the cat!!

    • #14 by tialys on September 21, 2019 - 08:36

      I’m hopeful the slight colour difference won’t look too odd – I’ll probably add it as a bottom border this weekend so we’ll soon see.

  7. #15 by katechiconi on September 20, 2019 - 23:03

    Oh, well done! If the colour difference bothers you, you could always over-dye it with dark grey, just a quick dip or two till you get the right colour. But on the other hand, you could just live with it, and blow the faffing about! I did actually spend half an hour whizzing through 72 pages of grey fabrics from the best online quilting fabric retailer I know, but no luck, not even close. I reckon you were very lucky. Love the sewing machine panel, but not sure about Capitaine Minou… Still, it seems he has plenty of other fans 🙂

    • #16 by tialys on September 21, 2019 - 08:38

      Bless you for trying to help. 😘
      I bet, if there was a glossy black greyhound head sporting a dashing hat, you’d be more of a fan.

      • #17 by katechiconi on September 21, 2019 - 08:53

        Possibly… but probably not. Now, if you were to offer me a fabric with a repeat pattern of stylised glossy black greyhounds, that would be a different matter!

      • #18 by tialys on September 21, 2019 - 15:42

        Have you ever used Spoonflower? You can design your own fabric and they’ll print it out for you on any fabric you want. I can’t draw for tuppence so I’ve never tried but it has always appealed.

      • #19 by katechiconi on September 21, 2019 - 15:50

        I’ve been tempted, but…. Can you do it with just a drawing? I’d have thought they’d want a digital file all tidily done in Illustrator or something. I can draw, but I can’t do the digital thing as I don’t have the software.

      • #20 by tialys on September 21, 2019 - 15:58

        I don’t think so – because you can upload an image, a photo or even a child’s artwork.

      • #21 by tialys on September 21, 2019 - 15:59

        I meant I don’t think you need all the digital doodahs.

      • #22 by katechiconi on September 21, 2019 - 16:01

        OK, interesting. I must look into it further – thanks for the info.

  8. #23 by Lynda on September 21, 2019 - 05:21

    That is a very good match! I am in love with that dashing cat!!! Now I want one! ❤

    • #24 by tialys on September 21, 2019 - 08:41

      The cat is proving very popular. I have a mini cushion – made with a panel in the same vein – it’s a ginger cat as Henry VIII and, if you have a ginger cat as I do, it just had to be done.😸

      • #25 by Lynda on September 21, 2019 - 15:26

        Yes, it would have to be done! Alas, I have searched the internet and while there are plenty of images, there is none fabric to be had at any price. LOL, I haven’t introduced them yet, but I happen to have TWO new rescued ginger cats; they are Peanut and Pickle. Perhaps I should do the introductions today? 😸 😸

      • #26 by tialys on September 21, 2019 - 15:38

        It is indeed very difficult to find. For a change, I think it’s easier in France as I think that’s where the panels are manufactured. I managed to get another couple in my local shop today and then found some different ones in a French shop – though no ginger ones. I think I might make them into cushions and put them in my shop. Those I can part with that is.
        I imagine both of your cats are male – isn’t it true that all ginger cats are male and all tortoiseshell cats are female? Or is that a myth.

      • #27 by Lynda on September 21, 2019 - 15:46

        It is certainly true that all tortoiseshell cats are female, but I hadn’t heard that all ginger cats are male. That said, these two are male and so were the previous gingers we have owned in the past! 😀

      • #28 by tialys on September 21, 2019 - 15:55

        Yes, but not all. The ‘ginger gene’ which produces the orange colour is on the X chromosome. Females have two X chromosomes and so need two copies of this gene to become ginger, whereas males need only one. This means there are roughly three males to one female ginger cat.
        There you go – we’ve both learnt something new today 😀

  9. #29 by KerryCan on September 21, 2019 - 12:08

    I think you found a great solution to the quilt issue! And I like the “cattitude” on that cat’s face–they all see themselves as great and powerful, don’t they?

    • #30 by tialys on September 21, 2019 - 15:41

      They do – they’re so funny without meaning to be – unlike dogs who seem to be trying to amuse us all the time.

  10. #31 by Laurie Graves on September 21, 2019 - 20:34

    Nice! But how could you leave that cat behind?;)

    • #32 by tialys on September 22, 2019 - 08:54

      I couldn’t! He (and a friend) are in my workroom now waiting to be made into something useful 😉

  11. #34 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 21, 2019 - 21:00

    Great to hear you found something new that will work with your quilt, but sad to think your only local shop has an owner that can’t be arsed to help properly.
    As for that cat panel: Really? Have you looked at it’s eyes. I’ll be having nightmares for weeks now I’ve seen them!

    • #35 by tialys on September 22, 2019 - 08:35

      You’re obviously not a cat slave owner – mine look at me like that all the time. Cats definitely don’t have the advantage of ‘puppy dog eyes’ – they don’t appeal to you but command you imperiously.

      • #36 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 22, 2019 - 19:43

        LH is allergic to cats, so I’m immune to that experience.

      • #37 by tialys on September 23, 2019 - 12:12

        A surprising amount of people say they are allergic to cats. I’m beginning to wonder whether it’s just a cunning avoidance technique 😿

      • #38 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 23, 2019 - 17:57

        Maybe, but we once tried the theory of ‘you get used to your own cats’ and had two kittens on the understanding they would be taken back if we couldn’t cope. LH was very very poorly – so I’m sure he’s not making it up.

      • #39 by tialys on September 23, 2019 - 19:06

        Oh bless ‘im! At least he gave it a try. It’s probably just as well in a house full of balls of wool.

      • #40 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 23, 2019 - 21:38

        Ha ha! yes, I’d never get anything knitted.

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