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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: 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: 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

Look at my lovely fat quarters! These are the ones I received in the swap Thouraya and I hosted not too long ago. So much sewing, so little time!

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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: 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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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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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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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: Scrappy Vintage Sheet Quilted Pillow Case

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This pillow case is made entirely of leftovers. The scraps are off-cuts from my vintage sheet quilts. The binding was a piece not used in my pink and grey quarter-square triangle quilt. The back piece of the case is part of a grey sheet I used on Lauren’s vintage sheet quilt.

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So this project was really free right? I didn’t buy any new materials, I modified the design to suit what I had on hand. Free craft! Love it. It reminds me of my friend Jackie, who considers it to be “free baseball” when a game goes over nine innings. Those extra innings? Free baseball! Extra time in a basketball game? Free basketball! A blanket made of scraps? Free craft! Get on board with free craft. It’s totally a thing. In fact our grandmothers or great-grandmothers likely did free craft. Out of necessity and a desire not to waste. Back when drinking out of Mason jars was done because there weren’t enough glasses or cups to go ’round the whole family dinner table, and patchwork quilts were made from scraps of fabric so you wouldn’t freeze during cold winter nights. Food for thought perhaps.

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Edited to add:

It occurs to me now that I should add some notes on how I actually made it. In case I forget and want to make another!

For the front I sewed scraps together in rows and then trimmed the sides down so they were straight. The rows are different widths, and I didn’t measure anything. I just matched up scraps of similar widths. I then sewed the rows together until the piece was roughly as big as a standard pillow case. I quilted the top with some cotton batting and a leftover piece of a grey sheet. I added binding to one end of the top.

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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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