Repurposed Textile Gifts


By Judith on November 11, 2020
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A good friend of mine recently moved into a long awaited new home.

This friend is my equal with regards to her love of repurosing textiles, especially vintage sheets and denim!

So I slipped into my happy place and made her a few items for her new home!

 

Denim Coasters:

 

Denim Coasters

 

These are ‘Quilt As You Go’ coasters, quilting each little piece of denim on to wadding before the next is added.

 

Denim Coasters

 

Approximately 5.5″ in diameter (including binding) they are a substantial and durable coaster, plenty of room for any size mug!

 

Denim Coasters

 

I love how robust denim is, for both using and washing, and I wanted to get a patterned bias binding to add a decorative touch!

I deliberated over various coloured and floral bindings in my stash, feeling that none of them were quite right (too floral, too bright, too girly, too light etc.!!!).

 

Denim Coasters

 

So I went to my local haberdashers with navy in mind and was delighted to find a stretch knit bias, subtely patterned and a dream to attach.

 

Denim Coasters

 

Now that the coasters have been received my friend told me they perfectly co-ordinate with the blues in their kitchen! Yay!

 

Vintage Sheets Basket:

My friend entrusted me to ‘look after’ her vintage sheets collection while she was travelling for a year!

 

Vintage Sheets Basket

 

So I felt it was time to return some of her collection to her in the form of a cute storage basket for her craft room.

 

Vintage Sheets Basket

 

I used my Selvedge Basket design and again used a ‘Quilt As You Go’ technique to sew strips onto heavy sew-in interfacing, incorporating some of my own vintage sheets with my friend’s.

 

Vintage Sheets Basket

 

These gifts were delivered by post, so I only included some of my friend’s vintage sheets collection.  But one day I will reunite her with the rest, and I hope they will inspire her to return to sewing when she is settled in!

 

Vintage Sheets Basket

 

There are a few more denim projects on the sewing table at the moment too (shhhh, it’s a secret!)  which I hope I’ll be able to show you soon!

 

Happy sewing!

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Just Jude & Friends: Horseplay Cushion


By Judith on July 24, 2020
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We are in week 4 of my Designers collaboration on Instagram.

 

 

This week is all about Kerry’s Horseplay Cushion pattern, a combination of piecing and applique.

 

 

I decided to pull some fabrics and try a few blocks to see where the creative juices would take me.

 

 

I wasn’t sure if I wanted another cushion, so kept my options open about what I might end up with!

 

Horseplay Mat

 

And I ended up with a cute mat!

 

Horseplay Mat

 

I paired 2 contrasting Tilda prints with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Denim and interchanged the placement in each little block.

 

I liked where this was going, made another 2 rows and got them all sewed together.

That’s when I knew this 12.5″ block would make a perfect mat or table topper.

 

Horseplay Mat

 

Then the big question – How to quilt it?

 

Horseplay Mat

 

After some deliberation I decided on simple organic matchstick quilting.  This condensed quilting technique made sure all those raw applique edges got well bedded down.

 

I love the texture and ‘solidity’ of the matchstick quilting on this mat.

 

Horseplay Mat

 

Some narrow black and white striped binding and a little leather loop completes the look!

 

Horseplay Mat

 

This is a sweet pattern by Kerry, with lots of creative possibilities!  You can purchase the pattern here.

 

Horseplay Mat

 

And do you like my vintage glass cake stand?  I found it in a skip I was walking past the other day!  Well, I couldn’t just leave it there, could I!!!!!

 

Happy sewing!

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Vintage Sheets Cushions Gifted!


By Judith on August 6, 2019
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Today I got to hand over 2 special gifts!

 

Vintage Sheets Cushions

 

Angie, my very good friend and fellow sewist, had been travelling for a year and before she left she gave me her precious and treasured stash of vintage sheets!

 

Vintage sheets

 

I too am a collector of vintage sheets, so I instantly understood the value and meaning of this archival gift.

 

When I protested to Angie that I couldn’t possibly accept her treasures, she jokingly said I could make her a cushion from them for when she returned.

 

Well she returned last month and I got to hand over the cushions today.  She was delighted!

 

Vintage Sheets Cushions

 

Among this vintage stash were lots of strips and smaller pieces.  So I went with ‘strippy’ friendly designs.

 

Vintage Sheets Cushions

 

I popped in a little table cloth embroidery to kick start this scrappy Log Cabin, one of my favourite quilt blocks.

 

Vintage Sheets Cushions

 

The quilting was sinple ‘echo’ quilting of the Log Cabin rounds and some of the bigger pieces went into the envelope back.

 

As you can see, I was having so much fun that I couldn’t possibly stop at just one cushion!

 

Vintage Sheets Cushions

 

The solid pink fabric in cushion number 2 was also in Angie’s vintage stash because it was edged with a sweet trim (used in the back).

 

Vintage Sheets Cushions

 

Using my ‘strip pieced block’ tutorial, I made 4 x 10″ blocks, joined them together, quilted them and then hand quilted some coordinating running stitches.

 

Vintage Sheets Cushions

 

A little crocheted scallop trim finished the cushions.

 

Vintage Sheets Cushions

 

I had so much fun making these, enjoying the vintage prints and softness, and reminiscing back to my childhood bed linen (oh those 1970’s purples!).

 

Thank you Angie for entrusting me with your vintage treasures and giving me an excuse to ‘play’!  I hope you too get new opportunities to ‘play’!

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