Patchwork Quilt – Handmade Monday
21/08/2011 § 20 Comments
“In a Cottage Garden” …
This quilt started life as a pair of ancient curtains that I spied lurking in a corner. However unloved they first appeared, I loved the quality of the ribbed cotton fabric and the floral print – oh those flowers! Fuschias, pansies, lavender, auricular and bluebells just bursting into bloom. I can imagine the curtains hanging at the window of a little old cottage, surrounded by a fabulous garden and tended by a little old lady.
I didn’t get close enough to investigate the garden, but this hideaway cottage in Wales would have been the sort of home where those curtains would once have lived in, I’m sure.
Here they are, freshly washed and dried on the line with the raggedy lining and hems chopped off. There’s a vein effect running over the whole fabric and it’s ribbed across every half inch or so. And those flowers – seriously pretty and perfect for today’s vintage revival.
Some fussy cutting later, I decided to use just 4 focus panels in a quilt. Ages – seemed like hours – was spent rummaging through my fabrics for others that would compliment these colours. I love working with Susie Watson cottons and have yards of various vintage pieces, so there was plenty of choice.
I just loved putting this project together. Quilting was rather a challenge, but Mavis came to my rescue – see previous post.
We added a label – stitched on my Elna embroidery machine – it didn’t want to be left out of all the fun!
The back is a Susie Watson subtle pink and white striped cotton.
And the moment you (and me) have been waiting for …
So, here’s my quilt – living up to it’s name – In a Cottage Garden.
I’ll be putting more quilted pieces on my website soon – it’s had a bit of a revamp over summer – what do you think?
Pop over to Wendy’s to see what everyone has been making for Handmade Monday No 30!