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Occasionally, as it comes to me, I do commission work.   Recently I was asked to complete a quilt that had been started but due to time constraints was constantly making its way to the bottom of the 'must do' list.  All the blocks (and there were lots of them!) had been completed as had some of the sashing.

Can I tell you this is a big, big, big quilt - larger than king size!!  My job was to assemble the quilt top and sew it together.  It was so much fun.  Just looking at all the different fabrics used in this wonderfully eclectic quilt made me smile as I sewed.

So, why the 'old with the new'?  Because,  this quilt top is truly a wonderful example of a scrap quilt.  Many of the fabrics are new (I spied some of my favourite Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt).  However, there are some fabrics with interesting origins and pedigrees.

lovely 1970's vintage sheet

pockets from old aprons

There was even some old seersucker that gave a wonderful texture and offbeat look to some of the blocks. And colour was just in overload but because of the faded colour of the older fabrics the quilt has a wonderfully soft and aged appeal.  The older fabrics worked so well with the new ones - often it was difficult to tell them apart.

My other 'job' was to make a pieced back for this quilt.  There was one block left over and my brief was to use that, together with an old vintage tablecloth and vintage sheets, to make an interesting back.

 'backing' fabric - two vintage sheets and a vintage tablecloth

I was to keep everything 'straight' - no wonky lines - and possibly all squared up.  Sewing with large pieces of vintage fabrics can be tricky and a bit of a challenge - particularly with sheets.  You know how your sheets eventually end up with thin and worn places where you have been sleeping?  Well, they are stretchy and don't like to be sewn into straight lines!!

Anyway,  after carefully ironing and cutting, and with the addition of some of the sashing fabric from the quilt front, it all came together nicely (even if I do say so myself!!!)  However, more importantly, Sonya from Sago on Tuesdays (who commissioned the quilt) loved it.  Btw, Sonya is a bookbinder extraordinaire who does wonderful work restoring beautiful old books and making lovely handmade journals, books, etc using original techniques - see for yourself here.

Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting ....

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