Just a couple of years ago I struggled to find text prints on and would snap up any that I discovered quick as they were such hot property. Since then, availability has improved so much and they are much more widely used. Amy Friend is running a Texty challenge- Texting Whilst Sewing contest. The aim is to use text fabric imaginatively in a 12" quilt block. I am lucky enough to be judging the top ten entries with Ayumi! There is a lot of potential with such an open brief for creative ideas and there is ample time - entries need to be in by the end of August.
Text fabrics are an essential part of my stash and I find they fulfill a range of functions. They are great blenders, providing background interest and texture, as seen in this graffiti print by Keiko Goke for Yuwa. White/cream fabrics with a mono print are so useful- they lighten a mix of fabrics and provide a bit of space whilst the dynamic scribbles create direction and a bit of life!
This print by Yoshiko Jinzenji develops abstract lines adding pops of colour, illustration and text. I bought this a while ago and as soon as it arrived I realised how great it would be for clothing. It is a very fine cotton- you can see the print of the layer underneath- and the print is random so needs no matching up.'What's the Time' The curves were exactly what I needed when i planned the grocery scales block for Ayumi's Vintage grocery store theme Ringo Pie. The background is a lovely pinky shade of cream too, a nice variation on neutral colours.
Other text prints lend themselves to fussy cutting. This is another Suzuko Koseki print. You can find a coral colourway available here. There are instant images and text so you can almost code your work with messages! I sometimes feel like my mini quilts tell a story with fussy cut words and pictures.
This Kei fabric is also ideal for fussy cutting, love those cute retro telephones- the cord making the word is genius!
You can find a good variety of text prints at Eternal Maker- look under Numbers and Letters Fabrics and also under Japanese Imports. I hope some of you feel inspired by Amy's competition to have a go and submit a block- I look forward to seeing what you come up with- and check the prizes out, that might be enough to push you over the edge to enter!