Friday, 23 March 2012

A Garden of Flowers Quilt

Spring has sprung and it's time to throw off those layers and brighten up your home with fresh, pretty colours.

This lovely patchwork quilt features an array of gorgeous 1930's reproduction ditsy print cottons and Cath Kidston florals interspersed with patches fussy cut from vintage embroidered cloths. So pretty!

The quilt measures a generous 48" x 68" so will sit atop a bed (the photo shows it on an oversized kingsize bed) or act as a beautiful throw in the living room or even garden now the better weather seems to be here. The quilt has quality 100% cotton batting inside and a cosy cotton flanelette (white) backing. I have bound the quilt with vintage candy striped cotton which I have hand sewn to the reverse for a professional finish. There is a little vintage embroidered linen name patch. The quilt has been machine quilted 1/4" either side of the main seam lines.

Your quilt is easy to care for and may be machine washed at 30 degrees then line dried. The cotton batting may shrink a little on washing (only up to 3%) but this will just give your quilt that lovely slightly crinkly look vintage quilt collectors so covet. A cool iron is possible if you like to restore a crisp finish. Most of all, this is a quilt that wants to be used and loved and become a family heirloom wrapped up in happy, snuggly memories.

Sold, many thanks This lovely quilt is priced at £180 including Special Delivery (fully insured) postage in the UK. Regular airmail overseas is available for an additional £5 (insurance to the full value would be extra).

A truly unique quilt for a special home.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Pinny Peg Bags

Banish those wash day blues with a pretty and practical little dress-shaped bag to hold all your pegs while you're putting the laundry on the line.

Each peg bag is lovingly made from pretty floral, polka dot or gingham fabric with a little pinny made from vintage embroidered linen or floral feedsack-style fabric. There are co-ordinating bindings, ric rac trim and folk-style braids to finish the look. The cute pinny on the front is actually a little pocket, in addition to the main peg pocket.

These peg bags are really quite sizable. They measure approximately 16.5" high and 13.5" wide to hold many wash day pegs. The handpainted wooden hanger is removable so you may wash your peg bag, but is tied on with a bow of attached gingham ribbon.

Each peg bag is priced at £22 including P&P in the UK (add £2 for overseas postage please). Please specify which of the peg bags you prefer from the four available:

- yellow stripe
- blue gingham
- pink feed sack (SOLD)
- red polka dot (SOLD)

Monday, 5 March 2012

Sweet Treasures Cot Quilt

A while back, I happened across a beautiful vintage linen textile which had hand embroidered animals on it. I'm not honestly sure whether it was meant to be a table cloth or a sheet but I thought I could use it even better!

What followed is this really beautiful and unique crib-sized patchwork quilt. The fussy-cut embroidered patches have been interspersed with traditional 9-patch blocks in the most gorgeous cottons, mainly 1930's reproduction in style, in really delicious colours. I then added a little something extra with blocks bearing appliqued heart motifs which I then hand quilted with prettily coloured silky perle threads.

The materials used in this quilt are all natural. The quilt is backed with simple white cotton flannelette which feels so deliciously cosy to snuggle into and just gets softer with use. Natural cotton batting is inside and I have traditionally bound the quilt with a cute pastel polka dot binding which I have, of course, hand sewn to the reverse for a truly professional finish. The quilt has been machine quilted with white thread and hand quilted round each heart motif in different pretty colours. I appliqued the hearts traditionally with a secure machine zig zag stitch and did not use any fusible web so that the quilt will remain lovely and soft.

The quilt measures 34" wide X 42" long so should fit cosily inside an average crib (please use your tape measure should you wish to make sure). It would also make a superb play mat on the floor or wall hanging and is big enough to move to a little one's bed, too. It's an ideal size for a little one to manage on their own because it's not too big or heavy. Perfect for snuggling up for a read on the sofa.

Easy to care for, I machine wash all my own quilts at 30 degrees and then line dry them. A little shrinkage may occur but this just gives that delightful slightly crinkly look vintage quilt collectors so covet. I love my quilts more once they've been washed! If you choose, you can restore a crisper look with a light iron.

A little name patch is hand stitched to the reverse. There is space to add a child's name or date of birth if desired. This is a really special quilt which is destined to become a family heirloom and hold such sweet memories for your child and/or for you.

This one-of-a-kind quilt is priced at £130 including postage in the UK by Special Delivery (insured) or regular airmail overseas. My sales policies can be read in my side bar.


Pretty in Pink Dolls Crib

Ah, this doll's crib has been a little labour of love and is now looking for a super new home.

I have refreshed this traditional wooden crib with several coats of pretty pink eggshell paint (having properly primed and sanded the surfaces first). There is a pretty hand-applied vintage-style rose decal to the end. I've then had a rather enjoyable time, I must admit, custom making some beautiful bedding for the crib. The crib has a new calico-covered foam mattress and lots of gorgeous bedding to keep dolly cosy and little hands busy at play.

Let's look at the bedding. The mattress is covered with a pretty cotton flannelette ditsy floral bottom sheet. Dolly can then nestle under a vintage wool blanket, satin bound at one end, and blanket stitching in perle cotton round the sides. On top of this is a vintage embroidered top sheet and I must say that this one is a beauty. It has been exquisitely embroidered with little bunny rabbit motifs and spring flowers in sugary shades. On top, dolly can enjoy a miniature patchwork quilt, made just as I make my full size quilts, with a top patchworked from many little 2" squares, cotton batting inside and a flannelette backing with pink polka dot binding, hand stitched to the reverse. Finally, there is a new little pillow with a removable vintage embroidered and crochet edged pillow case. All bedding can be removed and machine washed at 30 degrees.

The crib measures approximately 24" long, 12" wide and 17" tall. I would say this is a medium sized crib as compared with the other few I have made over, so even suitable to fit into a fairly petite nursery.

I rarely find these cribs and make them over and they are fortunately always in demand because they are all special and unique and not "off the peg". They are eco chic recycling at its best and of course, made-over by hand here in Blighty, by yours truly!

This crib is priced at £95 and may be collected from South East London or South Somerset/West Dorset by arrangement. Alternatively, the crib may be posted in mainland UK via parcels service for £15 P&P.