and I turn it into a quilt! This is WIP number 2 finished for the 12 WIPS in 2012 challenge. This WIP started out as a humble stack of charms (ie I hadn't even begun the quilt before I joined the challenge) and I put it together into a quilt top last month.
Then I let it idle for a month while I ordered and waited for the backing to arrive.
Its a pretty simple quilt, a large 60" square size. My couch is over size (3m long).
Much more pastel than I'm used to, but I do really like this quilt because its a bit different. Daughter number 1 asked if it was big enough to use on a bed. I told her it wasn't, but to go right ahead anyway!
So for the back, I used a piece of vintage, but unused, flannelette. It wasn't quite large enough, so I added in two strips of flannelette I had in my stash. Its weird that the ONLY two bits of flannelette I had in my stash worked in well with this quilt.
This fabric has sat unused in my stash for about 3 years. It was an impulse buy and it was hard to find a use for a yard of pink flannelette with little people on it.
For the quilting I used straight lines in white thread 3/4" either side of the ditch.
Binding was a pastel green stripe.
While I love my finished vintage sheet quilt I cant say that I really enjoyed sewing with vintage sheets. They were a bit funny to sew with because I am used to 100% cottons. By their very nature they are well worn and a bit threadbare. I worry about the overall robustness of the quilt.
I had 6 charms left over, so rather than waste them I created a matching mini quilt. I talked about the quilt top and backing fabric here.
I sandwiched with quilt with a left over piece of wool batting. It has quite a high loft and is stiffer than the cotton batting I normally use.
At least the high loft really shows off the quilting.
This quilt will eventually be donated to a hospital Neonatal unit. I am just waiting until a have a few completed and will send them all off together.
I snapped a couple of pics to show you about what was going on around me while I was photographing my quilts. Like most bloggers I tidy up the area that is actually in the photograph so there aren't any distractions. But behind me is normal, everyday messy house stuff!
George having a PJ day, watching 'Born Free' and playing with Mobilo.
This morning kids were having a Wii session (one of them doesn't belong to me). Can you see the larger vintage quilt that has been discarded by someone on the other couch?
I also have a little mini-WIP I commitment each month. This is Februarys Hexie block, taking my tally up to 11 (of 15) blocks.