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Too Much?

As I have said recently, much as I love making patchwork quilts, tragically my quilting skills are not up to much.

So, in an attempt to disguise any imperfections, I’ve decided to avoid using plain backings as they are too unforgiving.

Of course, trying to find extra wide fabric for quilt backs when you want to avoid a join is not easy.  Patterns are limited and the majority are to be found in the U.S. which usually mean the shipping costs more than the fabric.

This, in miniature (as I’ve only completed one braid so far), will be my next quilt

FriendshipBraidQuiltPrep (2)

I searched for some suitable backing and have actually ordered a chevron design from the U.S. at a bargain price and, even with the shipping, it is still cheaper than I would get it here or the U.K.

riley blake chevronsThis is from Riley Blake and, as well as going quite well with the front, I thought the chevrons, which are two inches apart point to point, might give me some guidelines for quilting.  This should be winging it’s way to me across the pond as we speak.

However, on Friday, I went charity shop rummaging and came out with ten vintage sheets.  As you do.  I think they will be good for a number of things.  Cutting up and making a quilt top from fabric that is already nice and soft and worn giving the resulting quilt a nice vintage look.  Making a dress or blouse.  Using as sheets (there’s an idea!)  Or – using as backing for quilts.

Vintage Sheets (1)

So, spot the green and white check one on the bottom.  What do you think about using that for the Friendship Braid quilt backing?  Too much?

VIntage Sheet Quilt Backing

All comments invited and welcome but not necessarily taken any notice of 🙂

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Went to Post a Letter – Came Back with a Cupboard

…….as you do. Well, I’ve been trying to tidy up my workroom, which is at the top of the house and nobody else goes in there, so it is allowed to get into a bit of disarray whilst I’m working on stuff.  Modesty (or is it shame) prevents me from showing you a photograph of it.  Anyway, I remembered that there is actually a sofa in there – it turns into a bed and is meant for surplus guests – but I had forgotten because it is covered in pieces of fabric!  So, I thought a cupboard would be more practical.  I found one in the local charity shop (a rare animal in France) which is being delivered next Wednesday.  I was going to paint it but the wood is quite good, might be oak, so I don’t know now, what do you think?

I usually think it’s a shame to paint furniture if the wood is in good condition.  I’ll see what Mr. Tialys thinks when he gets back on Friday.  It might just benefit from a bit of a clean up.

Prior to this, I had been wandering around with a big, old one-eared bear under my arm, like a character from Brideshead Revisited or something, as I had seen him when I first got there and – oh, his little face!  Once I’d decided to buy the cupboard, well and one or two other ‘bits’, I thought I’d better put the one-eared bear back as I had spent far too much already.  But when I went to pay, the man asked me where the bear was and, when I explained, he threw the bear in for free.  Bless!  I’m going to take a great big black sack of donations there tomorrow to balance out the karma (and make more room in my house).

By the way, never did get to the post office.

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