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My Sunshine Quilt

quilt, DIY, sewing, vintage, fabric

After years of hoarding the fabric, then year ago starting to cut the pieces and a little bit over a a week ago finally proceeded to sewing, my quilt is done. And look at it! It’s glorious!


Excuse the blurry Instagram image but I wanted to show you the quilt in situ. And it’s still glorious!


I might want to consider cleaning the phone camera lens, don’t you think? Anyhoo, piecing the thing together wasn’t too terrible. MOST CORNERS MATCH! But when it was time to combine the backing, batting and the top, I ran out of floor space. This naturally caused some wrinkles on the backing but I think I can live with them. Hello! It’s my FIRST EVER QUILT! How could it possibly be perfect? It’s perfect in its imperfectness. There.

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I probably didn’t use enough pins either. I actually went to buy more but they were those short ones and wouldn’t have worked anyway. So what I did was that I pinned the entire thing in sections before quilting. There wasn’t too much shifting, even as I don’t own a running foot.

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The binding! Which I made myself! I used already quite thinned out vintage sheet but since I’m looking for that eventual weathered look, it works just fine for me. So yes, it will be fraying sooner rather than later but I have plans for that.

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This is where I thought the worst part was over. The top was pieced and I thought the quilting and binding would be a piece of cake. I guarantee that the quilting was the worst. Tedious and felt like it took forever. Of course in real time, the piecing took longer but as you see your progress so quickly with that, the time felt shorter.


As you can see, I didn’t go with the 9 block-route (which I should have but meh, what can you do) but made these 4 square blocks which I then combined in rows of one. I was so excited at this point as I could start visualizing how the quilt would look ready.

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Can’t tell you how many times I first counted and then re-counted my pieces, my duo-blocks and then these four-blocks. I didn’t want to find myself in the end and realizing I’m missing blocks. Let’s just say the original cutting brought me to tears more than once. 572 pieces. 286 patterned ones and 286 white ones. And yes, I really kept counting them over and over again.

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I sewed these pairs in chains. There was no way I was going to cut the thread, lift the presser and the needle after every pair. I tried pressing them in layers too but that just didn’t work so I had to press all 286 of them separately. Took forever but seeing those crisp seams was, ah so satisfying.

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All 572 pieces I think. So much potential and I’m very happy with what became with these. This was a fantastic exercise on patience, long-term planning and artistic effort and it shows.

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As for the question will I ever make another quilt again…Hell no. Maybe.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I will be making another post about the things I learned while making this but that it will have to wait till later this week. Hope you like my quilt and encouraging comments are greatly appreciated ;)

P.P.S. I’m linking up at following link parties:

A Sew Can Do

Gingersnap Crafts- Wow Me Wednesday

Someday Crafts- Whatever Goes Wednesday

Funky Polkadot Giraffe- Too Cute Tuesday

DIY Show Off

Sand and Sisal- Inspire Me Monday

Crafting In The Rain- Do Tell Tuesday

Creations by Kara- Look What I Made

The Turquoise Home- Work It Wednesday


Recently Thrifted…



Some frames I may or may not use for framing my favourite vintage fabrics, some more :D vintage fabric, and yet another silkscreen. The dark fabric is yardage, there’s about 6-7 meters of it. The mustard coloured fabric is a pair of curtains. I paid about 25€ for all of these.

-Thrifty Finn-

Pinteresting: Fashion Revolution Edition



In honour of Who Made Your Clothes? event today, here is a list of amazing patterning, fashion and sewing inspiration:

Dries van Noten-skirt via

Dries van Noten-skirt via

Beauty in simplicity. No darts, no seams. The weight of the fabric and woman’s movement are doing all the work. This is from 1998. Proof that good fashion design stands the test of time.

interfacing tutorial inspired by YSL, threadsmagazine


The quality of good clothes is most often in the things you can’t see. This tutorial for interfacing by Threads Magazine was inspired by Yves Saint Laurent. Even if you don’t have any plans to make jackets, it’s still a fascinating look inside a couture jacket.

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This Portuguese blog is filled with pattern making inspiration. It’s in Portuguese but the line drawings are a good starting point for transforming your own basic patterns. In this blog you will learn to appreciate the magic of patterning.


bodice tucks,

Bodice tucks via

Here’s a fantastic example how a bodice alone can be transformed so many ways. Moving away from the standard princess seam in tops and dresses also helps to create a better fitting and flattering garment. Although I do admit that princess seam is easy to fit and easy to sew.

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Image via

To round this post up, here are some patterns you can use to bring some vintage style to your wardrobe. Click the image and you get to the patterns and instructions. You need some graph paper to get things started and you can print some HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

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Little Velvet Dresses

Remember the dresses I talked about HERE? Anyhoo, on my last visit to Lapland, I managed to take better pics of the dresses and here they are:

Making the bias tape was probably the hardest and most time-consuming part but I’m very satisfied with the way it looks. Tip to you: make the bias a day before making the actual whatever garment. The process becomes much more enjoyable that way. Here’s how I used it for finishing hems and edges:

Here, just for the heck of it, couple of more close-ups. Just to prove that I really should have considered ironing the dresses before taking pictures.

Feel free to leave feedback and thoughts!

Thrifty Finn- Seamstress Extra-Ordinaire, at least to Two Little Girls


Marimekko. Again.

Just two months ago, I posted a LOT about Marimekko’s and Kristina Isola’s questionable ethics and I was furious that they got away with it. Maybe, just maybe, I could forgive this (because this isn’t just about the copyright, it’s about the double standards in Finnish legal system),had it been an isolated incident (it wasn’t) but once again Marimekko got caught with its pants down.

This time the designer with questionable ethics is Teresa Moorhouse and the print we are talking about is “Isoisän Puutarha/Grandad’s Garden”:

marimekko, teresa moorhouse, isoisän puutarha, copyright, illustration, artsLovely, isn’t it? Except those trees (what is it with Marimekko and trees?) are from here:

pat hutchins, rosie's walk, marimekko, copyright, teresa moorhouse

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins, originally published in 1968. 45 years ago my friends. I’d like to quote Snoop Dogg: “Let’s have a moment of mother****ing silence right here.”

Marimekko’s creative director Minna Kemell-Kutvonen defended the work on a morning talkshow on YLE, saying “We trust in Teresa Moorhouse’s standing that she has done the design Isoisän Puutarha from her own point of view, drawing inspiration from the garden her grandfather had in 70’s. Precisely an English garden, which was her grandfather’s garden.”

(The repetition is hers, not mine.)

Didn’t we hear the same bullshit just TWO MONTHS AGO? Seriously? To extrapolate (hopefully a correct word, I’m trying to sound fancy and smart) the insult even further, Marimekko and/or YLE had brought in an art critic/forgery specialist Pauliina Laitinen-Laiho who said following gems: “The apples are red on Marimekko’s print. These red colours are heavier than blue ones. That can change the mood (of the print)”. When asked if Teresa Moorhouse’s print is a copy, she answered: “It’s difficult to say. I’d suspect that the book is familiar (to Teresa) but the print itself is an independent piece of art.”

Let’s go back to the statement “it’s difficult to say”. Doesn’t her website say that she is “a specialist of art markets”? Sigh. A huge sigh. The whole interview seems like a charade. Granted, Marimekko acted a lot faster than last time but the whole process is still lacking honesty, which they were criticized of.

So whose next? What’s the next print that gets busted? If you are interested news about this in Finnish can be found at YLE (comments blocked, quelle surprise) and Ilta-Sanomat. I’ll keep you posted if there is new developments and/or I get around to making a posting about other Teresa-prints and we can all make comparisons.

Thrifty Finn- I literally groaned when I read about this. I mean I’m sometimes slow but Marimekko seems to be breathtakingly stupid.

P.S. I don’t hate Marimekko. I want it to succeed so bad. I see a lot of potential in it and they do have a lot of prints that excite me but this is just…I can’t handle the disappointment that I’m feeling right now.

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