Windham Wednesdays and Bedrock Gingham

Gingham? Does Windham make gingham fabrics? Do you even know what I'm talking about?

To be fair, let's first define it (for those who never wore it or sewed with it in previous decades):

"Gingham" comes from the Malayan word genggang, or "striped." The way we identify gingham, as being a contrasting-check shirt, was not the way in which the fabric was originally known. True gingham is distinguished primarily for being a "dyed in the yarn" fabric, meaning the yarn is dyed before it is woven.

I prefer to let a picture communicate what I'm trying to say. Take a look at the various colors in the image below. I bet you've seen fabrics like this (or maybe you even wore a shirt or dress in these prints!)

Gingham in lots of colors
And here's one that I used for inspiration:

Black, Gray and White gingham
This is the first of two posts. I'm waiting for Windham to send me more of their Bedrock fabrics so I can make a larger quilt. All I had to start with were 3 fat quarters and an idea. Let's see what I have so far:

Three distinct blocks that will be used for my gingham quilt
Since I almost never plan before I jump in and start sewing, I discover (more often than I care to admit) that I can't get where I'm trying to get to with what I have on hand. (You may have to read that sentence more than once to figure out what I mean!)

So, I wait for more Bedrock to arrive. I know you will be inspired to make your own gingham quilt. And in whatever 3 colors you prefer.


  1. Hi Debby! I love gingham and have sewn with it a few times. It is definitely a classic print and it looks like Windham has updated it with a slightly larger check along with some fresh colors to join the classic ones. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Windham has NOT created gingham - I did with 3 colors of Bedrock! I caught you there!

    Stay tuned for next week’s post where I show how to recreate gingham for patchwork possibilities. Take a look again at those 3 blocks and you will see what I mean.

    Thanks for stopping by today!

  3. Really cute blocks! Enjoy your day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  4. I remember my mom sewing with gingham. I remember making an apron using gingham. I have never made a gingham block. This looks interesting and I am looking forward to seeing how this progresses.

    1. Stay tuned, Susan. You will enjoy seeing how easy it is. Though I have NO clue how the “inventors/creators” of gingham thought it up. Only in the mind of a creative person can these things happen. Me? I take things apart!

  5. When I hear the word "gingham", I think of my blue and white checked, floor-length Easter dress, circa 1977. I loved it. My mother made it just for me, as she had to because I was so skinny we couldn't find anything in the stores that would fit me that wasn't made for kids far younger than I (as she used to say, "Everything else has Winnie the Pooh on it"). To me, gingham always feels so fresh and spring-y, and I'm excited to get a look at Windham's new line.

  6. I used a yellow gingham to smock a maternity dress all those many years ago. Still love gingham and have used it in baby quilts. Anxious to see how you incorporate it into a quilt.

  7. You are making me want a piece of each color in the Bedrock line -- shame on you! LOL


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