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4.28.2010

vintage patchwork love.

Every now and again I am called to my sacred little box of vintage fabric scraps to sew something up. This is a belt that I made for my sister (a special request) for her birthday today. I made one for her when I was just learning to sew and wasn't aware of all the interfacing and batting available to make a project substantial for everyday use. Perhaps I was thinking she wouldn't wear it everyday.
However, the belt soon became her 'signature piece' (we're simple girls, she and I) and all that wear made the belt limp, serving her best for pretty, but certainly not practical. I hope she likes this one, it's built to last!
On another note, I picked this beauty up at an antique store earlier this week. At first I thought it would be a great cutter quilt, but now I don't dare.

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16 comments:

ma zawi said...

wow..i sure would love to see the inside of your craft room!

Joanne Huffman said...

What a great present for your sister. The quilt looks to be in great condition, I can see why you may be reluctant to cut it (my cutter quilts have giant holes or stains or tears).

abby o said...

LOVE the belt!! I made one a little while ago with stiff interfacing but it still flops around quite a bit. What did you use that you are so confident in? I'd love to try again.

Terriaw said...

love the belts! I would love to wear one of those. What a great birthday present. Happy birthday to your sister! Love that quilt too - those colors look so warm and rich and snuggly. Lucky find!

Leslie said...

what an amazing amazing find. you are so lucky! that quilt is so beautiful

Cyndi said...

That belt is beautiful! I love the combination of all of those vintage fabrics...it's going to look so wonderful with jeans! And yeah, I don't think I could cut into that quilt either. What a great find.

Happy birthday to your sister!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Dresden Quilter said...

The belt is amazing. I would have never thought of making one that way. You are so creative.
The quilt is absolutely gorgeous.

cutfingerproductions said...

Yay your here! PLEASE don't cut that beauty up....Please! It's not like the lady making it is going to make another one:)So I am happy that you changed your mind!! I have some as well that are truly in Bad shape and I still can't cut them!!! Also lovin that belt. Really special!! She sure has a great sister:)

Sese said...

That belt is gorgeous! How did you make it, is there a tutorial for it? I would love to give it a try!

wishes, true and kind said...

That quilt is awesome! What a great find!

Wendy said...

Very sweet belt, and that quilt, what a lucky day for you!

Stephanie said...

beautiful quilt! I wouldn't cut it either. I've made belts just like that for myself and I love them, except mine have gotten a bit floppy too, so what did you use in this one? Looks very sturdy.

Rebekah said...

eek! That quilt is gorgeous! Don't cut it up!

And, the patchwork belt is so cute...you always do the best projects with patchwork.

Anonymous said...

Love the belt. Tutorial please! Glad you won't cut up the vintage quilt. Old quilts seem sort of sacred, or something like that.

sewtakeahike said...

your belts are so cute Erica! Yeah, I don't think I'd be able to cut into that either. It'd have to be in serious dis-repair for me to do that!

ayumills said...

I'm so sure your sister loves the belt because I definitely would!! Ever since I saw this belt here, I've been wanting to have one like that. It will be great with a simple white dress!

The quilt is beautiful too!