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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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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: 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: 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.

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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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Look What I Made: Favourites Vintage Sheet Quilt

I saved some of my very favourite prints for this queen size quilt. I really love it! I let it come together without too much planning. I put the quilt top centre together and added a large border of white fabric. I then cut the border down to suit the backing sheet. There is only minimal quilting as I don’t really have the space to properly baste a queen size quilt. It all came together without too much trouble and can see it getting a lot of use in the years to come. vintage sheets quilt 3 vintage sheets quilt 1
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Vital Stats:
Finished size – 210 x 220cm
Quilt top – 42 9-inch squares of vintage cotton and poly/cotton sheets
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – One of my very favourite poly/cotton vintage sheets in a gorgeous green
Quilting – 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: Reversible Tote Bags

Bags are such fun little projects to sew, and my favourite way to use a little of my favourite fabrics. This pattern is one I’ve made seven or eight times.
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This gorgeous vintage floral was found by my friend Jess who promptly brought it home for me. Hurrah! Can’t wait to sew some more with it. The bag is loosely based on the pattern by Dana.

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Look What I Made: Pink, Yellow and Orange Vintage Sheet Quilt

This wee quilt was made for J & E’s second baby, a little girl! Three years ago I made a crochet blanket for her big brother so I went for a quilt rather than crochet this time. Welcome to the world sweet baby J!

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Vital Stats:
Finished size  – 90 x 90cm
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 pink floral vintage sheet, purchased locally
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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Vintage Sheet Fat Quarter Swap

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Amelie and Atticus and Katie’s Kitchen Present:

THE GREAT VINTAGE SHEET SWAP EXTRAVAGANZA!

As lovers of vintage sheets, Thouraya and I have been planning a vintage sheet swap for a while and the time has come to share some vintage love with our fellow collectors, sewers and vintage enthusiasts!

You can turn your vintage sheet into a rainbow of designs for new projects!

 The lowdown

  • 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
  • Please have your sheets washed, cut into fat quarters (approx 50cm x 56cm) and posted no later than Friday 25th September 2015 – 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 Monday 5th October 2015 all ready for some springtime sewing!
  • We are happy to take sign ups until the Friday 25th September 2015, 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!

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  • 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-addresses pre-paid post satchel in your parcel to us for us to mail your new vintage goodness to you.

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    ****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 timeframe 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.

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Look What I Made: The Linen Cupboard Quilt

Some fabric is just so pretty you need to chop it all up, whip up a quilt and just sit and look at it. This fabric range is inspired by retro floral linen, so of course I love it.
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Finished quilt number eleven
Vital Stats:
Finished size – 150 x 150cm
Quilt top – 49 squares of The Linen Cupboard by Emma Jean Jansen
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – Some grey homespun from Spotlight and a dozen squares of the low-volume polka dot fabric in the range.
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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