Friday, 31 October 2014

Quirky Quilts


This particular quirky quilt is a little vintage number I found in a charity shop a few weeks ago.  It's single sized, unfinished and clearly begun it's life in the 1970's.  


I think this quilt is quirky because it seems to have been made with a hotchpotch of fabrics that look like they've been salvaged from other things; maybe an old frock or two or perhaps some bedding or a table cloth.  It's not going to win any beauty contests, but I like the way that some crafty soul has managed to create something thrifty and modestly pretty through recycling.  


You can see all the hard work that's gone into this piece of patchwork from the reverse of it; I admire anyone who had the patience to hand sew this many little hexagons.  I believe this is what is known as English Paper Piecing in the quilty world.  Florence from Flossie Teacakes has a nice little post about EPP; she is a total goddess in the world of the sewing blogger so you should go check her out.  I'm not sure what to do with it though?  Should I/could I sell it on Ebay as is or should I/could I finish it off and keep it/sell it?  Let me know what you think. 



You might remember that I told you about my plans to make my first quilt?  I very quickly got the strips of fabric sewn up but then didn't have any wadding, so it got put aside and I confess that I forgot about it for a long while.  I've dug it out of the WIP pile and will finish it off in the next couple of weeks. (Oh yes I will!)



Although I should finish that strip quilt before I start a new one, I just couldn't stop myself from buying these super retro fabrics; they are called Rocket Age and are by Riley Blake.  I have plans to make a cot bed quilt for my newest grandson with them based on the instructions in the Nicki Trench book, A Passion for Quilting. 


Recently my current husband had some work shirts that had seen better days in the elbow department and it seemed such a waste to throw them out.  I cut the backs out of two or three of the shirts and ended up with a good amount of checked and striped blue fabric to cut up into squares for the quilt.  I should point out that he does not and has never to my knowledge owned a Star Trek themed work shirt!  I like the idea of little Freddy (new grandson) having a quilt that incorporates some of his Pop's shirts; does that seem quirky to you?  In Nicki's book, she shows a quilt that she made for her adult daughter that mixed fabric from favourite childhood dresses and bedroom curtains with newer quilting cottons.  I love this idea and it completely inspired me for the cot bed quilt.

I hope to have Freddy's quilt ready for Christmas; I can't tell you how much fun it is choosing fabric to make things for him!  

It's a quirky TTFN from Saucy Towers; have a fabby super duper weekend. Galx

Friday, 24 October 2014

Vintage Forever!



Rumour has it that the love affair with all things vintage is on the decline but I beg to differ, m'lud.  I don't give a hoot if other, less discerning flibbity jibbits have jilted collecting all things vintage in favour of some new fangled hobby, it's Vintage Forever for me.



The upside of any supposed decline in those who collect vintage goodies is that there will be more little lovelies for me to discover and bring home (much to the joy of my current husband).  Although, saying that, I have become a great deal more discerning about what I buy on my charity shop jaunts over the last few months.  I try not to part with my cash without some thought and consideration. Oh yes, we've all been mesmerised by the sirens call of a vintage wonder that turns out to be some tatty tut on closer inspection.  Sometimes the over enthusiastic managers of charity shops put such silly prices on things and I simply bide my time until eventually they see sense and reduce things to a more sensible price.  The lovely teapot above had to wait a few weeks on the shelf before she got reduced to half price and became mine. 



  These days, when out hunting in charity shops, I have started looking for things to sell as well as buying things to keep. I loved the green goddess vintage teacups and saucers above but sold them on for a very good price at the last Kitsch and Stitch Fair.  I miss them, but it gave me pleasure to send them on to a new home to be admired and cherished.


I found this picture for a mere £2.50 last week and this is most definitely a keeper.  It looks like a watercolour by a South African artist called Johnnie de Kock (behave).  It is signed and dated 1979 but honestly, I wouldn't care what it's provenance was, I just love it; the blue hues are wonderful. It needs reframing as the glass and frame are grubby but I like the moody, seasonal atmosphere of it.  Notice the not-so skillful photography with the beams of my dining room ceiling reflected in the glass! What a slovenly old gal I am.

BTW, I am currently fiddling with my blog (ooh err missus!) so please 'bare with' whilst I titivate it using my limited bloggy skills.

TTFN. Galx









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