Vintage Love


I am very attracted to all things vintage. My piano is a vintage Broadwood - it used to have candle holders on it, but unfortunately they were removed  in an attempt to modernise it before I bought it. Much of my furniture is walnut and in the Victorian style - velvet and deep buttoning etc.


So you can understand how pleased I was when I was asked to contribute to Patchwork & Stitching Magazine's Vintage issue!  I love making beautiful stitching accessories so I chose to make the Vintage Dreams Sewing Folder:


 It has pretty embroidery, a lace motif, sweet charm, beading, and plenty of pockets and places for sewing bits and pieces:


You can find it in Australian Patchwork & Stitching Vol 15 No 4:


I could happily make vintage sewing accessories as a full-time job!

However I have a long 'to do' list and last week I needed to start thinking about deadlines. A sweet stitchery has been posted off to a magazine editor (forgot to take a photo!). I rejected my first attempt at a patchwork bag I had to make. I've never made a bag which includes a quilting block before and I soon realised that the block I had chosen for it was far too big and was never going to look great, no matter what I did with it! A change of fabric, a change of size and sudden inspiration ... and I now have a bag which I really like and will be happy to have my name on!

I seem to be stepping out of my comfort zone a bit this year! I've committed myself to making a Christmas candle mat and I want to try out a new technique. I've never made a candle mat before and I'm not sure how my ideas are going to turn out, so I am having a trial run with this design. So far I think I like it but the jury is still out!

Back in my comfort zone, I boxed up some more charity projects for our Church market stall:

Some key rings:


A sign:

  
A cot quilt:


We are having absolutely perfect weather for Easter and hubby and I took advantage of it yesterday to go for a long walk in our beautiful Australian bush which sits on the edge of the Bay.  The cassias were making a beautiful sunny show:


the birds were delighting us with their songs, the water was crystal clear and the company was great!

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful season, celebrating the fact that Jesus is ALIVE!

Val


7 comments:

  1. Happy Easter. Love the vintage sewing folder. It is gorgeous. But all your projects turn out gorgeous. Just love to see your creations.

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  2. WOW!! Your creations and stitching is wonderful.. really is.
    And OH so pretty too.
    Smiles and Happy Easter :)

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  3. Your new pattern is lovely, Val. Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  4. Très joli ce nouveau modèle ! mais comment se procurer cette revue ??? bon weekend de Pâques, amicalement, chantal45

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  5. What gorgeous flowers! Thanks for showing your vintage piece for the magazine. That's really lovely, as well as completely useful! I love your piano, too. I grew up in a museum of antiques from my parents' travel, and I miss that sort of thing.

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  6. Val I love your sweet vintage sewing folder...and those cute projects for your charity projects. But the flowers - just stunning! blessings, marlene

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  7. Can't wait to make the project in the book!!
    Barb :)

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