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Find Gilly Thomson and Kekfesto Cotton at these events in 2017
NEW: now available online
Nordic Star Quilt Kit
Having had many requests for a kit to make a copy of my 'Nordic Star' Quilt - here it is!
Finished size is 80 x 110 cm / 31 x 43 in.In ordering the complete kit, some of the fabrics may vary from the original. You may even specify the border of your choice when ordering, if you wish.
Choose from the complete kit which includes fabrics and full instructrions or kit instructions only. You can change the quantity after clicking 'Add to basket'.
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Hungarian Blue Print Quilt Video
Luana Rubin of eQuilter.com inteviews Hungarian textile artist Anna Maria Dolanyi - the founder and former President of the Hungarian Patchwork Guild - about the 'Hungarian Blue-Dyed Quilts' exhibit at the 2012 Quilt Festival in Houston.
youTube: Hungarian Blue Print Quilt Video
Enjoy one of my great Charm Packs
Ever since I launched my website with secure online shopping, fans of Hungarian blue print fabrics have been asking, 'When will you have Charm Packs?'
Well, now you have them!
What's in my new Charm Packs?
Each Charm Pack contains 50 different pieces of Hungarian blue print fabric. These pieces are square: 12 x 12 cm / 5 x 5 in, approximately. Patterns will vary with stock available. The image shows a representative sample.
Great price incluces FREE postage
Only £20 per Charm Pack. And, post and packing is FREE.
About Kekfesto Cotton
Kekfesto Cotton provides a vast range of hand-printed blue dyed fabrics imported from Hungary.
These 100% cotton fabrics are perfect for patchwork and quilting.
All of these fabrics are hand-dyed in small quantities. This means that most patterns are always available or can be re-ordered.
Because the fabrics are hand-dyed, the blue colour can vary slightly, which can add to the charm of the finished quilt or other creation. If you want to ensure a consistent blue colour, be careful to order fabrics with the same code letters. For example: "DB" or "SZ". The code letters identify the individual source of the fabric.
There are quite literally hundreds of patterns and I am always trying to add new fabrics to my collection - so come back often!
I hope you enjoy browsing through the fabric swatches. If you have any questions at all, please email me.
Email: Gilly Thomson
A bit of background
My first visit to Hungary was in 2002, when I discovered their traditional blue and white cotton. Then in May 2003, the Hungarian Patchwork Association [www.hunpatch.com] held an International Exhibition of Quilts, made from the traditional blue-print/kekfesto cotton. Quilters from over 30 different countries contributed to the exhibition, but I was the only one from the U.K. who attended the Official Opening of the Exhibition.
One of the reasons for organising the event was to get the blueprint better known outside of Hungary. These quilts went on to be exhibited at the European Patchwork Show in Val d'Argent in France in September of that year.
The blue-print material is considered very ordinary in Hungary, as it used to be widely available. I liked it so much and felt that others would too, so the idea of setting up the website just fell into place.
The cotton is colour fast and fade resistant, and ideal for patchwork and quilting. There are only eight family run businesses left that produce the material in relatively small quantities, five of which I deal with on a regular basis.