Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Spring Carnival Paper Piecing {plus a giveaway}

First of all I have to say thanks so much for all your support yesterday for Fabrichicks. It was amazing, both here and on facebook, twitter and instagram, so much support and so many kind comments. It felt like a really big deal to Kate and I yesterday and it was awesome to find you all excited for us too!!

 I've been getting up at 6am this week to watch the last two hours of the Tour de France. I love it, and it's been terribly exciting the last couple of mornings. Before the tour started I decided it was time to break out my Spring Carnival templates and get stuck into making my quilt. Ages ago I was inspired by all the cool colours of vintage board games and decided it would be fun to make a quilt in those colours. I pulled these fabrics so long ago, I can't even find the post I wrote about them!!

  I thought I'd start and see how far I got, you know maybe a pincushion (if I really hated it) or a cushion (if I ran out of steam) or a quilt. But I'm loving it. I used to hate paper piecing but I'm loving it at the moment. (I also have my giant hexagons on the go too, they are slowly coming on) It's so peaceful and simple and the blocks come together beautifully.
 Maybe after this, I might be brave enough to try this one from the Material Obsession book that Little Island Quilting is doing. As an aside you really should read the Little Island Quilting blog. It's beyond inspirational and one of my absolute favourites!
 This one is my favourite so far, but I'm loving how the bright fabric in the centre works with the sage green triangles.

 To be honest I've only made two and a half blocks, but I'm totally in love with the colours and the process, so I think it might be a quilt!


Just to finish, as a thank you for all your support on our new wee venture, we'd like to giveaway one of our vintage sheet rolls. For a chance to win, leave a comment below telling us what vintage fabrics you most like to use....

27 comments:

  1. Must go and check out that Little Island person ;-)

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  2. I love using vintage fabrics that have a faded glory. It's hard to describe but the floral fabrics of the past are not so crisp in the manufacturing process, they have the feel of art rather than computer design. I love the full overblown chintz style, bold 70s design, 50's atomic art......I could go on but I could also bore one to sleep.....lol.

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  3. Can't wait to see this Quilt finished. I love using the fabrics from Vintage clothing, they instantly have that loved and used look. A favourite was one made from Vintage Aprons-yellows, blues, orange and red. G;ad you had a good day yesterday. x

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  4. I love using vintage fabrics like Vyella; I hate that I can't get it anymore as it's such a wonderful fabric to use. I made several pairs of pj's for myself a couple of years back from bits my MIL had kept for many years. They're a real mismatch, but so warm and comfy!

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  5. my favorite is using vintage sheets...they are so bright and cheerful and nostalgic. thanks for the giveaway chance. i love these pieced rounds you are making they are really fun

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  6. I'm most delighted when I see a vintage piece that I recall, or one that is similar to one I recall.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  7. I love vintage sheets! So cheap, bright, and you are bound to find one that has been on your bed at some point!
    Congrats on the new store too, how exciting!

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  8. These are looking great! I love vintage baby fabrics (and tons of others too) with their sweet images.

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  9. Love the bright colors in your blocks! I have quite a collection of vintage sheets. I love using them in quilts.

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  10. These are looking gorgeous Deb!!
    I think I like barkcloth vintage fabric the most, the texture and look are fab!xx

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  11. Vintage floral sheets are my favourite. They have such a worn, warm feel to them and always sew up beautifully.
    x

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  12. Such cheery colours for the spring carnival!
    Hmm vintage fabrics - I love those bed covers with the small flowers all over (my grandma likes them too so she won't let me cut them up) - clothing - I used a lot of my mothers old summer dresses and blouses to make shopping bags(I just lined them with a sturdier nettle cloth). All I can think of at the moment. Ohh no there is more - old ties, the good silk ones ... a dream

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  13. beautiful blocks! that quilt will look gorgeous... I've never used vintage sheets and I'd like to try...

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  14. Vintage to me is fabric with lots of small and sometimes big flowers like the 70's bed sheets.
    Love those.
    I'm trying to make a quilt of those right now!

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  15. I love vintage florals, vintage embroideries, vintage sheets, fabric with quirky prints..I like the lot really. Your new shop is great, I look forward to visiting often.

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  16. I love patterned cord, and stretch towelling. Perfect fabrics for kids cothes, but so hard to get hold of these days!

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  17. My favs are the mad 60s prints in purples, blues and greens. Especially florals and paisleys!

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  18. I love vintage florals :) love the prints.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  19. I love to use vintage sheets as backings to my quilts! I look for ones with less white and more design...but really I just like what I like and make it work. I prefer the brights vs. the soft pastel tones though

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  20. I think I'm like Renee - I love a print that takes me back to a time and a place..an item of clothing Mum might have made me, or the drapes at Momma's house. I go particularly gaga over vintage liberty lawn and tiny Laura Ashley circa early 70's prints, dotted swiss aka hailspot is also a favourite.

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  21. I like using vintage sheets. I found some really nice ones at the neighborhood garage sale for $1 (whole box). There were some great purple flowery ones that look like about 1960's ;)

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  22. I have only ever used re-production vintage fabric's so finger's crossed I win the real thing ;-).
    Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win,your carnival blocks look lovely and vibrant by the way.
    Hug's Georgie x

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  23. I was SURE that I'd entered this already!
    I must admit to being a bit of a new convert to vintage fabrics. I'm beginning to find the odd vintage sheet sneaking into my sewing here and there and I'm loving the effect- may have to start using more now that I've got a good local source ;-)

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  24. I love working with vintage sheets, I've made a few quilt with them and love the variety, I even found a few more at the car boot sale this morning -thanks for the giveaway

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  25. I love vintage lace and embroidered tablecloths and napkins. Find lots at charity shops and cannot believe the work that went into them and suddenly they become unwanted. I have told my children if they put any of my work to charity shops I will return to haunt them LOL x.

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  26. New to blogging & oops - I think I just left my first comment on the page of someone's thread who had recommended you-I thought I was back on your page. Live & learn. So here goes-tough choice but I think the retro purple is my favorite, it's so happy. The red quilt you are making for your brother looks stunning & will be a wonderful gift! Best of luck with your online store!

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  27. I love vintage fabric of kitchen prints or any other yummy prints:)
    andri_chama(at)yahoo(dot)com

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