A Lovely Year of Finishes – December

31 Dec

At the beginning of December I stated my goal for the month, to get my vintage sheet scrappy trip around the world quilt finished.

Despite the thought that it might be a simple task to fit in between the seemingly endless end of term events it was a right royal pain.  I managed to find time but the quilting was not easy.

I opted for straight line quilting which is pretty much the norm for me, but for some reason it didn’t go smoothly.

As the fabrics are a polyester and cotton mix I used Gutermann polyester thread and quilted diagonally.  I found that after a large number of diagonal rows the fabric was puckering slightly on the top, but by this point there was no way I was going to unpick any of it.  The quilt has always been destined to stay with me, as a sort of a record of all the vintage sheets that I have found, swapped or been gifted so as long as I can live with it’s imperfections that’s fine.

Handstitching the binding was a happy task, there is definitely something therapeutic in it for me.

So it’s been finished for a week or so and I’ve been waiting for time and sunshine to coincide for a photo-shoot and it was looking less and less like happening, so on Saturday Tobit took some photo’s of it on the kitchen floor:

Vintage Sheet Scrappy Trips

And then on Sunday I woke to sunshine and blue sky so just before lunch we headed to the park for a photo-shoot:

Vintage Sheet Scrappy Trips

Much nicer photo’s than on the kitchen floor!

Vintage Sheet Scrappy Trips

I love the sheet I pulled from my stash for the backing:

Vintage Sheet Scrappy Trips

A common stripy sheet for the binding:

Vintage Sheet Scrappy Trips - back and binding

So there it is, a quilt that was started in April (I think) and finished in December, it’s been a long time since a quilt took me that long to make!

Vintage Sheet Scrappy Trips

To celebrate the quilt finish and the end of the year/beginning of a new one I’m having a big sale in my etsy shop, so if you feel inspired to sew with vintage sheets head on over and grab yourself a bargain, stocks are limited so don’t hesitate too long.

Quilt stats:
Pattern – Scrappy Trip Around the World
Fabrics – Vintage sheets from stash
Binding – Stripy vintage sheet
Backing – Vintage sheet
Wadding – Super-Soft 70/30 Eco-Blend by Sew Simple
Quilting – Straight line by me on my Janome Horizon
Size – Approx 70″ x 58″

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9 thoughts on “A Lovely Year of Finishes – December

  1. It looks fabulous, enjoy it! Although doesn’t sound long to me, my hand sewn hexagon quilt has been in the making for around six years…

  2. It is a brilliant finish and I’m sure you will cherish it!
    I completely love your binding choice, really reminds me of my grandparents! ( why didn’t I keep all of there barely touched sheets!!)
    Your quilting is perfect too Mary! xx

  3. its looks amazing Mary. So glad you have made something for yourself 🙂 Hope you have a happy New Year and 2014 is a renovation free year for you! I have really enjoyed following along with your blog over the last year – thanks for all the inspiration.

  4. Don’t really need to say that I love it but I might as well anyway – LOVE IT! I’m making sure that I keep a few charms of every sheet I use so that I can make a similar ‘memory quilt’ but that will be a long time coming x

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