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Thursday, October 20, 2011

My creative space

My creative space is all about binding today.
I've been cutting and stitching strips of fabric to make the binding for Lulu's vintage quilt.

I've used a beautiful flannelette sheet I thrifted at the oppy for a couple of dollars.
It is all worn and snuggly and I think it makes the perfect binding for this quilt.
There are some patches of the very same yellow floral throughout the quilt, only they are cotton and came from a thrifted pillowcase. Can you spot it?

When I saw this flannelette sheet, I just knew it was my binding.


PS I'm joining in today with this creative community.

PSS Thank you for your lovely comments on yesterday's post. In answer to your questions...
Mel, I used a 4 inch square template. I picked the quilter's business card up at my local quilting shop ages ago. Some stores will have a machine quilting service as well. My quilter is also in the yellow pages. She has a huge and gorgeous studio(shed) at the back of her home.

Sophie and Kylie, the machine quilting for this king single size quilt cost $85.00!!! which is a GREAT price. I dropped it off without getting a quote(they can quote you if you give the measurements) and was told it would be somewhere between $100-$130(which is what I have paid previously at another quilters). When I went to pick it up she charged me $85.00 Very happy indeed!

Because all the fabrics were thrifted sheets and pillowcases, that really kept the price down as well. I have quilted myself previously(just sewing straight lines or not so straight lines) but as this quilt is Lulu's first quilt for her big girl bed I wanted to make it a bit extra special by having it quilted professionally.

I am very much a 'beginner quilter'. This is my third quilt and I was expecting the smaller squares to be a bit tedious but they actually came together pretty easily. I didn't follow a pattern. I just grabbed a square-any square and stitched it on.

13 comments:

Swirlyarts said...

Ooooooh - look at all that vintage goodness! How do you make your own binding? I've always gone for bought binding in boring single colours so would love some tips :)

Yvette Adams said...

Wow Lea it looks wonderful! And what a BARGAIN for the quilting! You know Tassy's at the same size cost about $250!!!!! Looks like a similar leafy design. That price included the batting and thread, but it's WAY more expensive than yours! And she had it for over 3 months! Lulu's looks beautiful!!

deux chiens et un garcon said...

Love the quilt and yes what a great choice for the binding. You clever cookie. All the materials look soft and loved.
x

Zara said...

Your quilt looks amazing. I'm in the process of cutting up vintage sheets for my first quilt. Yours gives me a good idea of what mine should turn out like. x

Roslyn@Sew Delicious said...

Wow it's really beautiful. I am always looking out for some vintage sheets at my local oppys but haven't had luck yet - I think I need a day trip to shop at some country ones! They always have great stuff.

Bungalowgirl said...

Wow, it looks gorgeous. Can't wait to see it with the binding on and thanks so much for your tips. melx

Suz said...

Gorgeous. Can't believe the price for machine quilting - that sure is tempting!! Thanks for visiting my blog - following you now...yours has some lovely inspiration! Suz

Fiona said...

Beautiful quilt! I've been dabbling with some patchwork / quilting recently but nothing on this scale. Love the fabric you've chosen for the binding!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog.

Tammi said...

Ooh that quilt is absolutely stunning...I can't wait to get started on one :)

trudi@maudeandme said...

It's beautiful. I'm sure it will be treasured.

Mardi said...

Lea...omgosh....its GORGEOUS....I have been putting off beginning one for so long....Im just not quite sure how to do it....without losing the beautiful patterns on the fabrics...
Yours is adorable....
I must start!!
Mardi x

Miriam said...

Absolutelty stunning work. Vintage sheets are such a delight. This is an absolute treasure

Sheree said...

Wow Lea it's so gorgeous!!! Can't wait to see it all finished with the binding on!

Sheree xx