A Very Special Quilt

I started this quilt in earnest back in March. In fact the idea and initial cutting spree (until I got bored) was at Christmas last year. So it’s been almost a year-long project, with a the goal of being my Mum’s 70th birthday present.

I wanted to make something with the vintage sheet fat quarters I got through a swap and I knew that some of these prints would be wonderfully nostalgic to my mum.

I settled on the hourglass block after seeing Rita’s hourglass quilt and tutorial.
This is a double quilt, so there were a lot to make – 200 and something! (I guess I could have made them bigger!) I found a very handy labour saving half square triangle ruler on Amazon, which did help a lot.


and then to start sewing them all together. There were even some perfect points!



Then I sewed them into blocks of 12 in a rainbow-ish colour sequence



There was some basting agony (isn’t there always?!)


After our holiday to France and my sewing machine had made a trip back to the mothership for some attention, it was time to quilt!
I chose to do my favourite orange peel quilting. The curvy lines really helped break up the geometric look of the blocks and create these lovely flowers.


And then with the addition of some lovely vintage stripy binding (which you can buy here!) it was finished (yes the backing fabric is a very funky vintage sheet!)


My husband and I had a lovely couple of days in a Shepherds Hut in Somerset while the kids were my mum’s. This was the perfect chance to hand stitch on the binding in the cosy hut with the woodburner and enjoying the last evenings of summer. It was also perfect for photographs.



Today was her birthday and we presented her quilt, she was really thrilled  with it and says she can’t wait to put in on her bed!


I feel a bit sad now it’s gone!


Vintage Lovelies

I’ve had a couple of nice vintage charity shop finds recently. The first was this eiderdown. It has a gorgeous vintage cotton floral top and that lovely snaggy fluffy nylon backing. I have got rid of the moth ball smell and now it’s in our living room for cosying up under to watch the TV. I just love it! It takes me back to being 6 and staying at my granny’s house.

Yesterday whilst going to the post office, I couldn’t resist popping into a couple of charity shops ‘just in case’. I found this; a knitted shawl. I can’t say that I’ll ever wear it but the colours are so lovely and it’s price so reasonable, I just couldn’t leave it behind! At the moment it is draped over the arm of the sofa. I can sense my husband starting to wonder what I will bring home next! I love these little finds, I wonder where they came from and who else has loved and cherished them over the years.


Vintage Fabric Love!

A while ago I mentioned I was taking part in a vintage fabric swap organised by my friend Mary. A after giving Mary about 62 fat quarters of fabric, today I collected my swaps. What a fantastic selection! The other swappers were from as far afield as USA, Switzerland and Ireland. It’s so nice to have such a unique collection. Thank you one all all (especially Mary!)



Wine Box

Last week I went back to my home town of Totnes with my friend Mary for a look round the Friday market. Mary in the hope of some vintage sheet finds.

Unfortunately a lady with a vintage fabric stall had all ready bought up supplies (and hiked up the price!).

We did have a nice morning though and got very distracted in the sale section of a toy shop. We also came across a man selling these lovely wine boxes. All waxed and polished and only £5. I wish I had bought more now!


Vintage Fabric Finds


I’ve joined the UK and Ireland Vintage Fat Quarter Swap – if you have no idea what that is then you aren’t far behind me!  My friend Mary Emmens is coordinating the swap.  We all send her fat quarters (1/4 of a metre squares) of fabric we want to swap and she redistributes it, so we all get a wonderful new selection of vintage fabric.

I’ve been scouring the charity shops for the last couple of weeks trying to find some more fabric i can send off for the swap.  I came across a fabulous funky floral sheet this week. It’s HUGE and lovely colours. It says ‘Made in Canada’ on the very faded label. The week before found the this green floral.  I’m also going to enter a couple of other fabrics I’ve had lying around. The rest of the pretty floral duvet cover I used to make my reversible skirt back in the summer and the orange and brown caravan curtain material I attempted to sew with a while back. This one needs looking at to see if it’s up to the grade, I don’t want anyone to get anything awful and worn out that they can’t sew with, even if it is a great print!

I can’t wait to see what I get back, it will be great to have a whole new selection of fabrics I may not have otherwise found. There are lots of lovely ones appearing on the flickr group 

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Retro Family Fun

I found this very retro game in the charity shop today. It seems very familiar, so I’m sure we must have had it when I was little.

For the past couple of Christmases I’ve tried to get as many second hand presents as possible (much to the horror of my family I’m sure).

It’s so easy to find great kids presents in charity shops, especially stocking fillers. This will go under the Christmas tree this year, probably as a present from the cat (another weird family tradition!)