I have just spent the best part of half an hour searching for labrador fabric. Yes, the black (must be a black one) doggie we Brits idolise. I have a quilt commission in the pipeline and part of the design brief is the inclusion of a black labrador- and the prospect of appliquéing a fiddly, four spindly-legged shape onto a quilt that would withstand washing was giving me cold sweats.
Instead, I though of just using a labrador printed fabric for the backing of the quilt instead. A quick internet search came up with two options: saccharine, panting labs or this admittedly beautiful fabric which costs £55 per metre. Yes, £55:
So I asked on a rather well known internet forum for a bit of assistance and have not been left disappointed. After metaphorically wading through yards of this sort of thing and feeling progressively more like being sick, I have been enjoying the amazing delights of the Spoonflower website. Not only can you design and print your own fabric, you can browse and purchase fabrics other people have designed. It’s American, and certainly not cheap, but with fabric designs like the Mexican papel picado featured at the top of this post, it’s truly fabric heaven…
I came across this Christmas dog fabric with a particular friend in mind who loves Christmas and dogs in equal measure:
This silver birch fabric is also just beautiful:
I could actually spend all night on there (god what a geek), and it was impossible to chose just a few fabrics to put on my blog- I could even get badger fabric printed! I leave you with my two labrador potentials; enjoy. The first is a really large print, the second is a smaller, closely repeated print. If you click on the images you’ll get a better idea.