Today I got to hand over 2 special gifts!
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!
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!
Among this vintage stash were lots of strips and smaller pieces. So I went with 'strippy' friendly designs.
I popped in a little table cloth embroidery to kick start this scrappy Log Cabin, one of my favourite quilt blocks.
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!
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).
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.
A little crocheted scallop trim finished the 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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Love these Jude and the way you've finished them with the crochet trim is perfect and so fitting for the style. Handmade gifts are always the nicest to receive, I'm sure your friend was delighted 🙂
Thanks so much J! I loved making them, made even more special by my friends' reaction! xo
These patterns do take me back many years, it is funny how things come around again. I like the backs as much as the fronts, and the crochet is a lovely way to trim them. It was very kind of her to gift you the fabrics but I think she won out in the end too. x
Me too! There's something so satisfying in giving new life back to old or unwanted things! So glad you like them. xo