Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Worn And Washed Workshop

Earlier this year Kim Porter, the creator of Worn and Washed, asked for name suggestions for one of her new recycled fabric rolls. As the rolls are made from recycled shirts, tablecloths and bedding, I suggested "Washday Blues". Kim liked this idea best and invited me to one of her workshops in Olney, near Milton Keynes. Olney is a beautiful village and great to look around, with lots of individual, vintage shops and some lovely cafes.  We stayed on a Caravan Club CL site on a farm about a mile from the village.
The day is based around a roll, which is 5" wide, and produced a quilt roughly 50" x 60". The pieces from the roll can be quickly sewn together in strips and by the end of the day you end up with a quilt top. Some of the ladies worked super fast and they managed to get their quilts basted and some had booked 2 days and so had the luxury of the Sunday to finish them off.
Kim sells the rolls at quilt shows, on line and also in the Liberty Shop. Also there is a Worn and Washed Quilt Show in Olney in the Spring.

Kim asked which colours we would like and some chose some super soft flannel fabric.

The fabric strips could easily be cut in half lengthwise to add variety, or even cut into 5" squares.

I would credit the lovely ladies that made these, but we were all far too busy sewing and eating cake to chat. Oh yes, there were lots if yummy cakes and a lovely lunch too!
I have had the Syko Frosty Baby Quilt from the Scandinavian Stitches book on my list to do for a while, so I asked Kim if it would be possible to have blue and white background fabric. Kim was extremely helpful during the day, providing me with fabric pieces in a variety of widths. Also when I had a disaster as I trimmed one strip section too narrow Kim was on hand with a good suggestion.
By the end of the day I had turned my pile of used shirts and sheets into this.....

It is about 55" x 70" so I had to scale up the fox, trees and the birds. Thanks to Karen at Listen to the Birds Sing, I had a variety of greens and so I decided to piece the trees - which still need trunks.
Syko Frosty baby quilt

I also thought I'd add some small embroideries from the Doodle Stitching book by Aimee Ray to add a bit of interest in the sky. If you have not visited Aimee's blog and need some embroidery tips, she has some great tutorials on there.
#embroidery #doodlestitch

So tonight I will be embroidering these while eating trick or treat sweets - unless the village kids are around!
Linking to WIP Wednesday and also to Lily's Quilts small blog meet up.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Pirate Quilt.....Finished!

#pirate #quilt finished!
Tim's Pirate Quilt is finished at's taken me a while but I'm really pleased with it.  We started with Tim's sketch based on the Cowboy Baby Quilt in the Material Obsession book.
Pirate Quilt design

I had to scale up the block size due to the size of the ships and skulls on the Emily Taylor Pirate fabric from Riley Blake. The only thing I didn't like about this fabric was that the two creams from the collection were different colours. The red is a Japanese print from FabricWorm and some precious Heather Ross dots/canon balls.
Looking back in my Flickr photos I can see that I finished the top back in January! I couldn't decide how to quilt it, as Tim would have liked some skulls or waves, but I just couldn't see it.  In the end I quilted straight lines, 4.2426" apart, to make squares!
Pirate quilt
pirate quilt

Finished at last....

#pirate #quilt finished at last
and in time for the Fall Blogger's Quilt Festival over with Amy.

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats - Entry No. 480
Finished quilt measures : 61″x 55″
Quilted by : Me!
Category : Baby Quilt, Machine Quilted at Home

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Vintage Sheet Swap


Mary Emmens is setting up a Vintage Sheet swap, in January 2013, for FQ's of retro sheets.  Earlier this month Mary found this sheet below and she thought it was the "wackiest sheet" she had ever seen and wanted to hear from anyone who had one as a child........mine was a bit brighter,,,,,

Vintage sheet - pixes, tortoise, mushrooms
This is my one - though the background looks blue it is actually a deep purple colour. I still love it now.

My 1970's hippy quilt cover - not for the swap as I still love it!

I'm now searching the charity shops for some more sheets, I have until January to find some.  I have this one, but I'm not sure how old it is, or if it is suitable. This is the front and back of the pillow case, so that you can get an idea of the scale.
Pillow case to give an idea of size. FRONT Pillow case
.......and just for fun, this is my old pillow case. Tiswas - I watched sometimes, but I was more of a Swap Shop and "Why Don't You" girl.
Tiswas 1980's pillow case.