I made this waistcoat for my husband several years ago and never blogged it. No idea why. I’m writing about it now because the quilt group I belong to, Welsh Heritage Quilters, are putting on an exhibition 26th March – 9th April (Minerva Centre, Llanidloes) and I thought I’d show this.
The top is made of stretch velvet stabilised with interfacing. The underneath layer is silk taffeta. I beaded with glass beads and the machine threads are a mixture of variegated threads from cheap to expensive – silk to manmade.
Does he wear it? Yes, for several New Year parties or anything else where bling is an option.
These were the main raw materials. Anyone else think plastic shiney sweet wrappers are a terrible waste but very seductive? I collected them over Christmas and sewed them to a piece of donated fabric – not fabric I could have used for anything visible.
Close up of quilting & binding. The binding was made from strips from a pair of lace tights I tore when I put them on on New Year’s Eve. I found it quite tricky to attach the strips because of the stretchiness but at least it went around corners easily.
As you probably know by now, I’m very interested in historic quilting. I’ve often looked at Victorian crazy quilts and wondered whether to try a version. All the embroidery on the nineteenth century versions is a bit too ornate for my taste but I figured I could still use the principles to make a quilt.
Inside my head I saw autumn leaves in a maze. I didn’t put anything down on paper for once, just started to see where it went.
I made it from cotton scraps rather than the traditional silk and I did everything by machine. The “embroidery” is zigzag stitch using variegated silk thread.
It’s a stash bust too – I used only fabrics and threads I already had.There’s something very satisfying in making something out of nothing. You might want to take a look at Vix’sinspiringtake on this topic.
Do you like making something with just what you have already? It would be lovely to see what you’ve made.
I have just seen Loulou’s gift decorations from coffee filters. I think you might like them.
My beach skirt! We’re not going to the beach until September but I’m ready for it.
I made up the patchwork as a piece of fabric and then cut the pieces out of it. The pieces are all cut on the bias and unfortunately I cut some the wrong way and had to make extra fabric. I used a Burda pattern; there’s a back zip and a slightly elasticated waist.
I’m inspired by Loulou’s blog to show this quilt I made a few years ago of the Toronto skyline. It’s one of my favourites – I don’t keep them all, the dog gets to sleep on them after a while.
For a look at Loulou’s wonderful photos of Toronto look here.
I made it using scraps left from other projects, charity shop clothes and my own old clothes. For example, the binding is cotton velvet taken from the legs of very old evening trousers and I’ve used the rest of the orange wool tweed to make a skirt recently. The columns are strip-pieced on to the wadding and backing using a sewing machine.
I started the process with these photos.
Toronto from the CNN Tower. Taken about 1990 – sorry I can’t get the photo to show up well – this was taken pre digital cameras and had to be copied to get it here.
It was a hazy day and I tried to capture that in the quilt by using mainly muted colours. I used the orange tweed to try to represent the golden bank building that was so obvious from the tower.
I made the collage to help me move my ideas along from the photos to the the final quilt. It helped me get the shapes into my head. After that, I auditioned fabrics and shuffled them around until I was happy with the look.
I’ve shortened the dress in my previous post and I’ll be showing the change soon along with the “Flower Power” shirt I’ve just finished. Thanks for all the helpful comments about the dress.
This isn’t strictly a quilt: it’s a patchwork cover with no quilting involved. My grandmother made it for me in the 1970s.
A lot of the pieces have faded now but the bright orange lives on as good as ever. Most of the fabrics were dressmaking scraps from my clothes or my mother’s. Where my grandmother needed extra fabric she used scraps from her own and my aunt’s dressmaking. It’s made from hand pieced hexagons and reflects the zany 1960s and 1970s clothes colours. She gave me the cover for my 17th birthday and I took it to college with me where I used it every day for three years.
A lot of the pieces are very worn now but I love the quilt and keep it where I can see it every day. It was a lovely present from a lovely lady.