When I spotted this fabric recently I immediately thought “vintage” and then just as quickly I began to have second thoughts. The muted colors, especially the brownish green, and the old-fashioned motif put me in mind of a fabric from the early 1960s, but something was not quite right. That something was the “hand” or the way the fabric feels. A dressmaker cotton from the early 60s would usually have a very smooth texture, but this fabric felt more like a quilting cotton.
It wasn’t until I checked the selvage that I knew with certainty that this fabric is recent. Printed there I found “Jinny Beyer for Mr. R.J.R. Fashion Fabrics.” I’m not familiar with Jinny Beyer, but just the way it was worded let me know that this is a modern designer quilting fabric.
Still I bought it as I like the print and there is over two yards of it. One can never have too much good novelty print, even if it was made yesterday.
Call me old fashioned, but I do not have a smart phone. But for you who do, I hope you are using your phones when shopping. This is a perfect example of how useful a smart phone can be. Use it to google names on labels and on fabric selvages. I even know of a group that twitters their thrift store finds using #thriftbreak as a hash tag.