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My Sunshine Quilt

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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!

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

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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.

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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…

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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-

I Made Things: A Skirt Project

In May my cousin Jonna cornered me on Facebook and got me to promise that I’d make a skirt for her. And ta-dah, only two months later, I’m done!

JONNAskirt2 My cousin’s clothing size is 158cm but I used Burda’s petite pattern for the skirt as the measurement matched. The fabric is heavy wright cotton I had in my stash.

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I love the fabric myself but I’m not sure how much an 11-year old will appreciate it. Oh well, if she doesn’t like it, she can send it back and I can sell it and make her another one. Either case, I’m proud that I got something finished!

Speaking of finished…Craft market in couple of weeks time and I haven’t started making things yet. I see a late night sewing sessions ahead of me.

Thrifty Finn- Doing the advertised crafty thing for a change

Pinteresting vol. XII

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Oh how the time has flown! Just the other day I was sharing pictures of a seagull and today I’m posting about my latest pins. Where does the time go?

Shopping. It goes to shopping. I bought piles and piles of new underwear (sexy kind and no cotton in sight!!!!) and two new pairs of shoes.

I’m so happy right now.

Still need a new purse though. My tradition is to buy from Accessorize’s -70% sale but they only had half off right now. But maybe next week! Till that glorious discount day comes, I have to keep myself busy with pinning:

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This is how I felt when I came home from shopping. And I’m pretty sure I looked equally cute. Via Pinterest as I couldn’t find the original source :(

dries van nooten wrap skirt DIY Pinned on my Sewing-board. I love the simplicity of this. I think if you find a large scarf, you could make a skirt like this from that. Anyway, this is perfect for the autumn months, don’t you think? Via tumblr. Speaking of sewing…How about:

perfect waistband tutorial by handlondon

 

A perfect waistband? Very simple tutorial with sketches AND photos. Via Handlondon. But what if the waistband goes wrong even with these instructions? Don’t worry, you can always use some choice words to relieve the sewing madness:

merde, lavenderia font Merde. Because sometimes you need to say how it is. Via tumblr. But let’s finish this post with something über cute and sweet:

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Via tumblr.

Thrifty Finn- On a mood for cute. And cursing. Curtsing?

 

 

Pinteresting vol. X

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Hah! Finally a new banner. I had to re-download some digital scrapbook papers from Pixels & Co to get going (and bunch of new fonts from interwebs) and here’s my new masterpiece! Genius!

My obsession with Pinterest is still going strong and I have quite a few interesting things to share. Starting with:

someecards, of course it burns, exercising, fitness Yeah. I have a gym card but I haven’t gotten any exercise done in two weeks. Fine, OVER two weeks. I’m going today. Seriously, I’m going today. And I will be getting my fitness on. From my board “Funny”.

mid-length red lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana

This dress is gorgeous. It’s by Dolce & Gabbana‘s A/W14-collection. I pinned this on my Sewing-board because I have a horrible, 90’s lace dress that I was going to donate but I realize that I can do something similar to this with it. Hah. I’m so clever!

But we all know I’m never going to get around doing it. Or maybe, just maybe, this time I will.

Hah again.

you have the potential to make beautiful things, quote Hah again. Potential, yes. Ability get started, not so much. From “Quotes”.

makers gonna make, quote, temporary tattoo But then again I could re-adjust my attitude. Haters gonna hate, makers gonna make. I added this onto my board “Font Book” but I think the Quote-board would be a better fit.

vintage sheet dresses

Speaking of making and a better fit…Me loooves! Now I’m hoping that no one will make an offer on my fabric stash so I can make couple of these babies. I have few Burda-magazines from the library and I know couple of nice patterns that would look GOOD on me. And then the leftover scraps of fabric I could use for:

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Making ties.

Thrifty Finn-In a fabric and sewing and general making fever.