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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Laundry Hamper

I've discovered that my collection of vintage sheets can be used for much more than making quilts. Finding a stand with four TV trays at a thrift store led to what I think is the perfect eco-friendly item. Other than the thread, nothing new had to be purchased to make these up-cycled laundry hampers.

I loved this one which used the decorative top edge of the sheet for the top edge of the bag. A sheet with similar colours was used for the lining.

This bag has more of a masculine look to it with the large green, navy and purple plaid and polka dot interior.

Other combinations of sheets produced different looks.....

Monday, April 15, 2013

Pastel Baby Quilt

I had a request for a donation to a charity event but had only a couple days to get it done. No time to go shopping for material, and anyway I had a large collection of vintage sheets already at my fingertips. I found four that combined well together and set to work. It was a very simple quilt (after all, I wanted it to be completely finished when I donated it!) but I liked the result.

In fact, I liked the result so much that I decided to make another. Only this time I had no time constraints so, while I kept the same basic design, I added a light green sashing between the blocks.

I also added a bit more interest to the border by diagonally piecing together two of the prints and adding them to the quilt so that on the ends both of the corners were framed in a different print.

Another floral sheet which had the same blues and greens as in the front, but with the addition of a soft tan and coral, was used for the backing. The soft green binding, the same sheeting as that used for the front sashing, created the perfect finish for both the front and the back of the quilt.