Vintage Quilt Take Two

Last September I finished a very long quilt making project…..This Hourglass quilt made from vintage sheet fabric. It was a gift for my Mum’s 70th birthday. I’ve always said that I’d love to make another for myself.

Just before Easter, recovering from the flu and feeling a bit sorry for myself, we were heading away to a cottage and my husband suggested that taking my sewing machine might cheer me up (what a lovely man!). I’d already decided to make pinwheel blocks, so by the end of the week I’d made about 60.  I got to escape again a few weeks later on a sewing weekend with friends and the rest were made there. It was pretty labour intensive at times but having company whilst doing a boring repetitive job is always a good thing.


  I finished hand-sewing on the binding on another week away glamping during the May half term.

I totally love it (despite my whites and patterns being at odds with each other in a few places) and I’m thrilled to have it on our bed. The backing was another big double vintage sheet and good old candy stripe binding.

I quilted using my favourite orange peel quilting. I love the windmill effect this brings to each pinwheel.

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.

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

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

 

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

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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!

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I feel a bit sad now it’s gone!

Gifts and Squares

I haven’t posted anything for ages mostly because i haven’t sewn much! I’ve been totally engrossed with planning our big trip to New Zealand at the end of March.

The few bits of sewing I’ve done have been a total joy, just going with the flow, no deadlines.

After a lot of cutting, I’ve made a start on the blocks for my seaside quilt. This one is made up of 2.5 inch squares. I love the vintage feel of it when all the fabrics are mixed up.

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Another mini project was finishing some gifts for family we are visiting in New Zealand. I had another go at an earbud pouch and made a few key loops. Also something for my sister in law from a lovely blue vintage sheet I found a while ago.

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I will have to add those photos later. For now here’s a key loop I’ve made for my mum for Mother’s Day from some Liberty sample squares I won in a giveaway from the Village Haberdashery.

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