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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: 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 Quilt No.1
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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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Look What I Made: Vintage Sheet Quilt No.5

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I’m excited! My biggest quilt to date, just for me! I’ve been collecting vintage sheet fabric for a few years now as you may have noticed; however they are getting harder to find around Sydney, and more expensive too. I’m just taken with the pretty retro floral fabrics, I can’t get enough! Now I just need a cute cupboard with a glass front so I can admire my quilts while they aren’t in use. Where I will fit that cupboard is a mystery, but one day I will have room I’m sure.

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Finished quilt number twelve, the biggest one yet.

Vital Stats:
Finished size  – 200 x 215cm
Quilt top – 240 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 purple and 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 Quilt No.1
Vintage Sheet Quilt No.2
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Vintage Sheet Quilt No.4

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Look What I Made: Vintage Sheet Quilt No.4

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This one belongs to my number one fan, my nanna.

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Vital Stats:

Finished quilt number ten
Finished size – approx. 120cm x 120cm
Quilt top – 16 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 purple floral vintage sheet, purchased locally
Quilting – Two vertical and two 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 Quilt No.1
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Look What I Made: Vintage Sheet Quilt No.3

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I’m in love. Again. They said it would happen again for me, and it has. I’m in love with this quilt. And all of the ones before it actually. I was surprised to realise this is my ninth finished quilt.

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Anyone who quilts has a few unfinished quilt tops in their stash, but we don’t like to speak too much about those. Especially when we are so in love with the new quilt on top of the pile.

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Vital Stats:

Finished quilt number nine
Finished size – 120cm x 94cm
Quilt top – 154 10.5cm 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 that I adore, 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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I’ve been thinking lately about why we make the things we do. I know I make things (bake, crochet, sew) because I like the process of making. I like the creativity of it. I like that I can make something to share or give. But I wonder why we are often drawn to making a particular type of thing. Whether it’s crochet or sewing, I’m drawn to blankets and toys. Why is that? Both my mother and grandmother knitted, however both made clothes and toys, I don’t remember either making blankets. Perhaps there is no real rhyme or reason behind it, but I have a sneaking suspicion there is. Something to ponder, perhaps.

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Vintage Sheets Quilt

This quilt has been added to the I-could-not-possibly-part-with-it pile. It’s a keeper this one!

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Look What I Made: Vintage Sheet Quilt No.2

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I’ve been going through my stash and finishing up some half-completed projects this week as you might have noticed. This quilt is smaller than the first vintage sheet quilt I made a few years ago, however the squares are larger at a finished size of 7½ inches each.

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Vital Stats:

Finished quilt number eight
Finished size – 114cm x 114cm
Quilt top – 36 squares cut from vintage sheets, mostly purchased from Etsy
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – A purple floral vintage sheet, purchased locally
Quilting –  Three lines on the diagonal  through each square intersection
Binding – 1/4 inch double fold cross-grain hand sewn binding 

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I swear those lines are actually straight!
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Thouraya from Amelie and Atticus has been playing with vintage goodness too, check out her latest quilt!
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Work in Progress

I’m a girl on a mission at the moment. I’m on a self-imposed ban on starting new crochet projects until I finish the UFOs (unfinished objects) in my stash. This is following on from my self-imposed 10-day ban on crochet altogether. It’s a bit all-or-nothing with me sometimes, isn’t it? Anyway, I had a bit of a rest from crochet last month but am back in full swing now. I’ve actually already crossed off one UFO from my list this month.

UFOs to be finished:
* baby granny-square blanket
* baby wool ripple blanket
* hodge podge #2
* African flowers cushion
* large granny square
* neon chevron cushion

The good news is this baby ripple blanket I started in, um, 2009 is almost done. Why did I stop working on it for so long? It’s Shepherd Baby Wool Marino 4ply on a 3mm hook. I’m wondering what to do with the leftover yarn.

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And in other crafty adventures I’ve been sewing here and there, most recently this wee pink and grey quilt. It will be pram-sized when finished and all fabric is from my stash. In another case of “Katie Isn’t Quite as Bright” it took me quite a few days to work out what this quilt block might be called. It’s a combination of two half-square triangles. What about quarter-square triangles, Katie? So obvious in hindsight.

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My points are getting better the more I quilt but here’s a bit of a reality check – not everything I make is perfect. Far from it! Sometimes the pursuit of perfection can be stifling. I wish I could put that fear of failing aside more often. Or, I should say the fear of being less-than-great-at-something aside. In the spirit of not stressing about perfection here are two shots of the quilt, taken at different times so the colours look a little different in each shot. Scandalous! And those points! I guess they aren’t too bad, are they?

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Look What I Made: Fly A Kite Quilt

I finally bought a walking foot* for my old sewing machine. I love it! It’s amazing! Why didn’t I buy one years ago?! I think I was put off by the name, “walking foot” sounds complicated. But it’s so not complicated. It’s easy! It made quilting this project much easier and much less painful than it would have been using my regular presser foot. Still time-consuming but there’s no getting around that, it’s a labour of love.

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This is a “just-because-I-like-the-fabric” quilt with no home to go to just yet. Although if my nanna has her way she won’t let me part with it, but that’s true of almost everything I make.

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The quilt top fabric is from the Fly a Kite range by October Afternoon for Riley Blake. It’s out of print now so I’m glad I snapped some up late last year from Poppy Seed Fabrics. The quilt measures 92 x 105cm (36 x 41″) and the batting is 100% cotton.

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I made the binding (I use ¼ double-fold cross-grain binding) from some spotted red fabric from my stash. I hand-sewed the back of the binding, which is almost my favourite part of quilting.

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I splurged and bought some more Fly a Kite fabric from a local retailer for the back. It’s hard when this would retail for about $10 a yard in the US but $22 a metre here in Australia. I couldn’t find anything else to match the top though and I love the little flowers.

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Check out some more Fly a Kite quilts here, here and here.

*I ordered the walking foot/even feed foot from Singer Australia. It was $33 plus $12 shipping fee and arrived in about four days. I did first try a generic walking foot that is supposed to compatible with most low-shank sewing machines (from the local chain-store craft-supply store). It was awful and broke two needles in no time. The feed dog mechanism on the Singer branded walking foot is a much better design. No issues and no broken needles in the rest of the quilt.

 

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Work in Progress – “Fly a Kite” by October Afternoon for Riley Blake Quilt

Riley Blake produces some beautiful fabric ranges including Summer Song which I used for my first quilt and this one, called Fly a Kite. I love this fabric but I just noticed it’s been 10 months since I bought it. Some months ago I did cut the fabric into rectangles, and started sewing them together for a quilt. I stopped working on it as I wasn’t sure how big I wanted the quilt to be (cue craft anxiety and indecision) so it’s been sitting in the cupboard since.

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I had a lovely morning sewing the rest of the pieces together, and was almost finished when I realised my silly, silly mistake. Somehow I’d sewn the first half of the quilt top with a different seam allowance to the part I’d been working on that day. The two halves wouldn’t fit together. And there was absolutely no way to disguise or work around it. I’m not sure how I didn’t notice sooner but the next few hours was spent with the seam ripper and a broken heart. Ok, that’s going a little too far but needless to say I’ll never make that mistake again!
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Yes, my expression was much like this when I realised what I’d done.

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I just love when the seams come together so well. It was careful, careful cutting and patient and precise sewing. And a little luck, after all I’m no expert sewer/quilter.

I splurged on some matching backing fabric so this quilt may even come together this week. I don’t look forward to the quilting portion of the project but I love hand sewing on the binding. This time I think I’ll make some red polka dot binding to finish it off. What’s your favourite part of making a quilt?

 

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