Thursday, February 16, 2012

a labour of VINTAGE love

over the weekend, i finished my raggy quilt.
here it is on the spare bed in the study.

i started it back in October last year and would've had it completed within a few days,
but i ran out of wadding! the wadding had been purchased years ago, so of course Spotlight didn't stock it anymore! i couldn't find anything similar to the wadding i had already used, so
i packed it all away. i carried a sample of the wadding with me everywhere trying to find a match but to no avail :(

i then made a cot sized raggy quilt which you may have seen in this post here.

a couple of weeks ago i ended up buying some wadding because i just couldn't bear
the quilt sitting unfinished! the wadding isn't as soft, but once all put together you can't really tell the difference.

so here's where it all began!
i got out all my larger fabric pieces and folded my favourites into squares to work out what
looked best together.
it wasn't long before doilies entered the plan

here are the fabrics i decided to go with. mostly vintage, but a few are from Spotlight.
wadding squares ready to go

i used an old flannelette paisley patterened sheet for the back.
here are a few squares laid out after being sewn together
i didn't have many small white doilies, so most doilies used were cut.
now it's coming together!
1st two rows are attatched
a few months later, almost at the end!!
here i'm about to join both halves of the quilt and can you see the tiny scrap of cotton left
on the reel??!! ARG!
then about 2 hours of snipping all the edges to get the raggy effect going and wha la!!
complete :)

i started running out of fabric towards the end so had to cut up a few linen hand towels- this pretty embroidered one was a fav.
it has ended up being a generous double sized quilt.
i sooo enjoyed making it and hope to make more in the future.
next sewing project- a patchwork tablecloth!
if it looks any good, i'll be back to show it off to you!
Kate x

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  1. Labour of love alright. Totally gorgeous Kate. Love it. Well done! x

  2. Wow that is stunning. I love the vintage fabrics you used its so pretty and i also love the rag affect edging. What a gorgeous memory keep sake for years to come. dee x

  3. Wow - what an amazing quilt! It is absolutely gorgeous!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  4. This turned out so well! I love how you added the doilies to some of the plainer fabrics. So pretty!

  5. Hey Kate. That's so pretty...I really admire your patience :)
    Cas x

  6. Absolutely beautiful! You are very clever and patient - this would take me 5 years to complete :)