Tuesday, 23 April 2013

cobbled quilt

I love vintage curtain fabric with big blousy flower prints like Sandersons and other firms but would not put them up as curtains (drapes) as I like very simple, integral patterns and plain colours for my curtains. Lyn was given some wonderful vintage fabrics some time ago....and I acquired a green base fabric which was the same print my aunt had her suite covered in, in the 70s, but in the mustard base. When she bought a new suite I got the old settee with the mustard print loose covers. So pure nostalgia and happy memories. I didn't know at the time what I would do with the material, except I knew it would have to be cut up....maybe cushion covers etc to show off the print. The pattern reminded me of the 50s and 60s...and I started to look out for more curtains with a stripe in as I also associate stripes with   50s and 60s....(I think I associate it with a toffee tin decorated with stripes and a picture of a ballet dancer I got one Christmas in the early 60s)....then I spotted more and more vintage curtains with big flowers patterns......
My favourite charity shop is the end of a chain.....donated goods are offered at the shops in the more affluent areas, moved to another area and down the chain to this shop where everything is 25p, 50, or £1and so I got the curtaining that I needed for £1 a pair.
Now real quilt makers look away NOW.....I made no attempt to piece this together....tack or pin....or bond....I just grabbed the front and the back piece and stitched. The top and bottom row is the wrong way round....after spotting the 2nd and 3rd were different to the first I simply made the 4th to match the first.... It's not intended to be a heirloom piece just something of the moment which  satisfies my needs at this moment in time. Just something I could throw on the lawn and picnic on, read, sun bathe...etc
Here it is hanging on the line in my "bus shelter" letting the breeze blow away the fluffy bits from snipping the seams.
and the other side.....I made it 4 panels by 3 and cost about £5. Each panel is a large cushion size. It will be thrown over a settee in a room where the walls are painted a similar green and a dusky plum colour and two walls magnolia. Its going to be MY den.

1 comment:

  1. I love it! love the ragged effect and youve used the stripes to great effect too.
    Its worked really well.......it needs a matching poufe mind lol