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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Vintage-Style, Stripy Scraps Patchwork Quilt

This colourful lap quilt or throw is made from 1090 individual pieces of fabric. I aimed to achieve a 'scrappy' vintage look with the eclectic mix of fabrics used.

Included are precious snippets of 1970s Summer dresses, vegetable-dyed fabrics, fabrics dyed by me, repurposed clothing, right up to modern day batiks and Kaffe Fasset shot cottons and colourful flower fabrics.

 The colour scheme goes from light to dark in the columns and from red to orange/yellow, green, brown, blue, purples/lilacs to pinks across the rows.

 The quilt is made in a freely adapted rail fence pattern, with stripes of differing widths, (each stripe may be made from one to three different fabrics), and these are made into 144 five inch squares, and finished off with a yellow and mint binding, inspired by an antique quilt.

 The quilting is machine sewn at 2.5 inch intervals using a cream to beige shaded thread. The wadding is 80% cotton/20% polyester and gives a good combination of warmth and drape to the piece.

 The finished size is approximately:-
5 feet square
(60 inches square)
(152.5 cm square)

 The quilt has been pre-laundered to give it the softness and puckering cherished in vintage quilts.

This quilt is currently for sale in my Fire Horse Textiles on Folksy shop, priced at £300.

Posted by Julia of * Fire Horse Textiles * and * Love Buttons HQ *

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Vicki Hodge Model & Actress

Vicki Hodge is an English Model and Actress born in 1946 in Surrey, her father is the 2nd Baronet of Chipstead, Kent.
She attended the Legat school of Russian Ballet when it was at Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent. 
Later she  attended The Lucie Clayton School of modelling and was photographed by David Bailey.
She was the girlfriend of gangster and actor John Bindon and also a former girlfriend of Prince Andrew.
She starred in The natural Contours of the body - a serious film produced by a pharmaceutical company on body shape and weight control. But is probably best known for starring in the TV series Hazell, Confessions of a sex maniac, The Stud and Special Branch.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Colourful Button Packs

Button packs are great value for many craft and sewing projects and ideal if you are making button bouquets for a Spring or Summer wedding.

Don't forget that you can save a huge 50% on all stock by using the code SAVE50 at checkout.

 200g Red, White and Blue Buttons Pack (£8.49 - or £4.25 when you use the discount code above)

 200g Summer Buttons Pack (£8.49 - or £4.25 when you use the discount code above)

 200g Spring Buttons Pack (£8.49 - or £4.25 when you use the discount code above)

 300g Yellow, Orange & Brown Buttons Pack (just one available). £11 - or £5.50 when you use the discount code above)
400g Blue Buttons Pack (just one available). £14 - or £7 when you use the discount code above)

There are lots of other button packs available in the Button Packs Section, and Bulk Buttons Section of Love Buttons HQ. And if you prefer to buy your buttons singly, there are plenty of those, too, starting at just 3p each!

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