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Memory Quilt

Fortunately for my baby boy, my auntie kept almost all of her son’s clothes from when he was a baby and toddler. That means my baby boy received lots of hand-me-downs for his wardrobe. Fortunately for me, my auntie kept almost all of her son’s clothes from when he was a baby and toddler. That means I was able to use some of those to make her a memory quilt for her recent (milestone) birthday. I raided the boxes and boxes of boy clothes, discarded the worn out, put away some for my boy, donated some, and got to cutting up the rest. The result is this quilt, a mish-mash of pieces of clothes and memories.

Finished quilt number 26
Vital Stats:
Finished size – Approx 130 x 130cm
Quilt top – 81 6-inch squares of assorted baby clothes
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – A poly/cotton vintage sheet
Quilting – Straight lines on the diagonal
Binding – 1/4 inch double fold cross-grain hand sewn binding

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Patchwork Quilt



A little while ago I quilted this one, the quilt top had been sitting in a drawer for a few years. It wasn’t as hard as I’d imagined it would be and I love the way it turned out more than I thought I would! There are lots of memories in those fabrics; lots leftover from projects past.

Vital Stats:
Finished size – Single bed size(ish)
Quilt top – Bits and pieces from my stash, leftovers from other projects.
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – A brand new unused vintage flannelette sheet
Quilting – Vertical and horizontal lines on both sides of the seams
Binding – 1/4 inch double fold cross-grain hand sewn binding in turquoise, leftover from Baby J’s Christmas Quilt

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The Fourth Vintage Sheet Fat Quarter Swap

We’re back! Our fourth swap and hoping for the best one yet! If you are in Australia, and want to swap, read on my friend.

The 4th Great Vintage Sheet Swap Extravaganza

It’s back after 3 amazing swaps in 2015, 2016 and 2017 it’s time to send the Vintage Sheet Fat Quarter Love around Australia!

Thouraya and I will be gathering, sorting, swapping and sending back this year!

The Lowdown

Please have your sheets washed, cut into fat quarters (approx 50cm x 56cm) and posted no later than Friday 20th April 2018 – This will give you some time to head out to the op-shops and see what treasures you can find! We will sort out the sheets and pop them back in the post on Monday 30th April 2018 all ready for some sewing!

If you would like to take part simply drop an email HERE to register your interest and get the postal address.

We am happy to take sign ups until the Friday 20th April 2018, as long as you have your FQ’s in the mail by that date.

Spread the word – get it out there! The more participants we have the more range of awesome fabric I will have to share.

We have been using the tag #vintagesheetswap check it out to see some amazing sheets from the last swap.

How many fat quarters you get will depend on how many you give.

Place your fat quarters into a pre-paid parcel post satchel (available at the post office in 500g, 3kg and 5kg varieties). You should be able to fit about 15 FQs in a 500g satchel and 50+ in the 3kg satchel. You MUST also include a self-addressed pre-paid post satchel in your parcel to us for us to mail your new vintage goodness to you.

  • Please send only good quality sheets and prints that you would be excited to receive! All sheets need to be washed prior to cutting and shipping.
  • This swap is open to Australian residents only – apologies it will not work for the time frame for international postage.
  • Your fat quarters must measure approx. 50cm by 56cm and be free from marks, rips and stains.
  • If the fat quarters do not meet these standards they will be sent back.
  • Only cotton or cotton blend sheets please and no cartoon characters, stripes or solid colours. No ugly, boring or beige sheets either. Please!

Quilt by Amelie and Atticus Picnic Blankets by Amelie and Atticus

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Look What I Made: Christmas Quilt

I don’t blog as often as I used to (does anyone these days?), but I still am drawn to documenting the things I make. It seems past generations, without nifty social media and the wonderful world-wide web, didn’t keep records of their creations like many of us do today. I have no record of the creations made by my late grandmother – the expert knitter – besides the few jumpers and cardigans that still remain, at the back of a cupboard. Jumpers and cardigans that would arrive to our door wrapped in brown paper with a blue Air Mail sticker and a green customs notice. (Who could resist peaking at the description of what was hidden inside!) I like looking back at things I’ve made, especially as many of them have new homes.

This past Christmas – my baby’s first – I made him a keepsake gift, a Christmas quilt. I was inspired in part by an Instagram post (there’s that nifty social media) by Kelle Hampton who decorates her children’s bedrooms for the season. Brilliant! I chose somewhat non-traditional colours, so it still fits with the rest of his (current) room décor. I did um and ah over using snow-themed fabrics because their ain’t no white Christmas in Australia. But I reasoned Santa comes from the North Pole and there is snow there, and Santa is Christmas! Dilemma solved.

Vital Stats:
Finished size – 126 x 104cm
Quilt top – Dashwood Studio Merry Little Christmas by Jane Farnham, and assorted Prima Homespun and Christmas fabrics from Spotlight
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – Nordic Holiday by Amanda Murphy
Quilting – Vertical and horizontal lines on both sides of the seams
Binding – 1/4 inch double fold cross-grain hand sewn binding

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Look What I Made: Giant Granny Squares Blanket

Yep, I made a baby! A pretty cute one too. And a blanket, a pretty big one at that. Three years in the making, off and on. Probably more off than on. Now it’s all done, just in time for…Summer.

Blankety Facts:
Size – about 275 x 230cm, big enough for a queen size bed
Squares – 72, each with 10 rounds, joined on-the-go
Border – Seven rounds of black yarn
Yarn – A mix of soft acrylics like Stylecraft DK and Panda Magnum Soft 8ply

Am I the only one who keeps a record of what they make? I have a list for crochet blankets and one for quilts.


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Update: A Very Vintage Wedding

We got married! On a sunny Saturday in November (yes, six months ago). In a gorgeous little community hall – Woodville School of Arts and Community hall in Woodville (Maitland, NSW). You can hire the hall for three days and bring in anything and everything your heart desires for your event. Perfect weather not included, but we seemed to get it! We were in engaged in June and planned a short engagement with a Spring wedding. Then we found out our family was about to become a family of three so our baby boy was right there with us. We didn’t know he was a boy back then though!

Of course I wanted to use vintage linens in the wedding decor. Let’s just take a moment to appreciate how understanding and accommodating my husband is. He likes the nostalgia and romance of a lot of the vintage things I like, but I thought a vintage sheet wedding might be pushing his limits. It wasn’t. He repeatedly told me he wanted our wedding to be just as I wanted. I didn’t want to spend a fortune. Neither did husband. All we wanted was an afternoon with our family and friends. I liked the idea of old school weddings where women bought a plate to share and you were married in your parents’ backyard. With that in mind, we planned our wedding with the help of some very special people.

We were married under a beautiful Cape Chestnut tree on the hall grounds, which just happened to be in full bloom. The wind that threatened to cause havoc ultimately only added to the picture, blowing pretty pink petals around us. The chairs belonged to the hall so we didn’t need to hire them. And do know you what? We were married by the end of the ceremony even without paying for white chair covers. I don’t think anyone minded either.

This little bunting photo album was $4 from The Reject Shop, with photos printed at home.

We bought drinks and hired a fridge to keep them cool; my lovely family helped bring the drinks inside for people to help themselves. The frames were all second-hand, and husband spray painted them for me. I donated them back to the op shop after the wedding.

I was a little disappointed the lovely big chrysanthemums we ordered were replaced with daisies. They were pretty but didn’t have the same impact. My auntie did a great job of arranging them in tin cans (I collected for months) which were adorned with a strip of lace. I narrowly avoided the Mason jar cliché but still wanted to use something cost-effective, and easy to find and make. The doilies were sourced from local op shops, I shopped around and didn’t pay more than a dollar or two for each.

Is there any better friend than one who offers to help with decorations? Jess made this bunting which was attached to an op-shopped tablecloth. My Nanna thought I’d pinched it from her cupboard! That says a lot about my tastes.

My hair was by Leah Ferguson Hair & Makeup and makeup by Georgia at Sublime Hair Skin Body. I didn’t skimp on these two things as when else does a girl get to be made up to look all pretty? Our photographs by Peaches on Sunday were great, all we wanted was a record of the day and those who were there. Jaz did exactly as we requested and as we only hired her for two hours it made having professional photographs affordable. It also took the pressure off asking a friend or relative to do it for us.

I bought my dress online from Tiffany Rose, their service was great. I ordered two and returned the one I didn’t want without any fuss. It was a risk buying from the UK but it worked out perfectly.

A benefit of marrying a carpenter is he can hang your vintage sheet bunting from way too high on a ladder with no trouble. The fabric was all from my stash and I made metres and metres of it. The hall had just been painted so it looked extra special. The stage and the grounds outside meant the kids had plenty of room to run amuck. What’s a wedding without kids, I say.

While we hired Caterforce catering to cook and serve finger food, my wish for homemade desserts came true. My relatives helped by bringing a plate (or five), and there were plenty of gluten-free options. Jess’s sister-in-law gifted us the delicious cupcakes, because you know I wasn’t going to get married without cupcakes. The sweets table was popular so there were not enough leftovers for my liking! I made Kitchen Sink Cookies but somehow they weren’t put out for guests, so I guess I got my leftovers after all.

The Chocolate Jaffa Mudcake from Bec’s Cake Creations was a wedding gift to us from a very special relative. We would have gone with something more simple otherwise, but it was lovely to have a “real” wedding cake for guests to taste.

The favours were good, old-fashioned lolly bags. I wanted a thank you that people could enjoy without giving them something to clutter up their home. On the front of the bag was a scrap of vintage fabric and a Project Life card. I bought the incomplete sets of cards on Ebay for much less than buying a whole packs.

At the end of the day we had the wedding we wished for. Lots of loved ones in a casual and relaxed afternoon gathering. We were blessed with so many guests, well wishes and gifts. And now we are living our happily ever after.

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Look What I Made: Clementine Dress

Look what I made! A dress! With the Clementine Dress pattern by my uber-talented friend Thouraya from Amelie and Atticus (she sews, crochets, cross-stitches, bakes, has three children and among other talents works full time!). Clementine Dress This dress is a size four and the sweet vintage-inspired fabric is The Linen Cupboard by Emma Jean Jansen. It won’t be the last Clementine Dress I make, especially if this little bun in my oven is a baby girl!

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Look What I Made: Corner-to-Corner Blue Blanket

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A warm and snuggly blanket made with Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 8ply. My cousin asked if I could make her a blanket a little while ago, with the only request the blanket be shades of blue. This one now lives in the United States, on a couch in a house by the sea.

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It would be great if I could remember where I wrote down the finished size of this one…It is definitely at least 120cm x 120cm…I think. It would be fantastic if I could remember which pattern source I used. I think it was a YouTube tutorial but this Red Heart pattern seems to be the same. The border is a row or two of  US single/UK double crochets, I had just enough yarn left for it.

It was hard letting this blanket go but that’s just all the more reason to make one of my own!

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Look What I Made: Rainbow Vintage Sheet Quilt

This wee quilt now has a new home! I can’t keep all the quilts I make. Apparently. It’s a little, super soft baby quilt, play mat or lap quilt.

IMG_6348 Vital Stats:
Finished size  – 82 x 82cm
Quilt top – 36 squares cut from vintage sheets, purchased from local thrift shops, Etsy and some swapped with fellow vintage sheet lover Thouraya
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – A gree floral vintage sheet
Quilting – Vertical and horizontal lines on both sides of the seams
Binding – 1/4 inch double fold cross-grain hand sewn binding 

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The Second Vintage Sheet Fat Quarter Swap

We’re back! To do it all again. Thouraya and I enjoyed the last swap so much, and we’ve had requests from those who missed out last time so we knew it was time. FQ
The Lowdown

Please have your sheets washed, cut into fat quarters (approx 50cm x 56cm) and posted no later than Friday 8th July 2016 – This will give you some time to head out to the op-shops and see what treasures you can find!

We will sort out the sheets and pop them back in the post on Monday 18th July 2016 all ready for some sewing!

If you would like to take part simply drop an email to us HERE! As you sign up we will send out all the necessary information!
We are happy to take sign ups until the Friday 8th July 2016, as long as you have your FQ’s in the mail by that date!
Spread the word – get it out there! The more participants we have the more range of awesome fabric we will have to share!

Link back to this post for new members.

We have been using the tag #vintagesheetswap check it out to see some amazing sheets from the last swap.
How many fat quarters you get will depend on how many you give!

Place your fat quarters into a pre-paid parcel post satchel (available at the post office in 500g and 3kg varieties). You should be able to fit about 15 FQs in a 500g satchel and 50+ in the 3kg satchel. You MUST also include a self-addressed pre-paid post satchel in your parcel to us for us to mail your new vintage goodness to you.
Please send only sheets that you would be excited to receive! (this is not the time to get rid of less-than-beautiful sheets).

  • Please note that all sheets need to be washed prior to cutting and shipping.
  • This swap is open to Australian residents only – apologies it will not work for the time frame for international postage.
  • Your fat quarters must measure approx. 50cm by 56cm and be free from marks, rips and stains.
  • If the fat quarters do not meet these standards they will be sent back. Only cotton or cotton blend sheets please and no cartoon characters, stripes or solid colours.
  • Feel free to ask any questions and have a look at this quilts I’ve made with vintage sheets from the previous swap: FullSizeRender
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