Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
This is my Valentine:
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Vintage Hexagon Quilt Pieces Re-purposed (Part 2 of 2) & For the Love of Vintage at the Pink Attic Cat
Love working with the Hexagon Quilt Pieces I found at an estate sale last summer (2015). Re-purposed these vintage gems into functional and decorative kitchen towels. All towels are 100% cotton and created using vintage trim.
Also, a reminder of my friend Amy's Pop up event at the Pink Attic Cat tomorrow, Thursday through Saturday.
I highly recommend attending the CreativiTea. Amy gives everyone access to a great assortment of wonderful vintage materials to create something special. I will be helping out at the shop. I love to watching Amy's customer's create wonderful one of a kind items, just in time for Valentine's Day.
This one is a bit different than the others. I used a vintage embroidered pillow case and re-purposed it into a kitchen towel. This is one of my favorites, perhaps became I remain drawn to hand embroidery and butterflies.
January was a good productive month!
I have also been working on my basement Studio space. I have been de-cluttering. Trust me, that has been quit a challenge. That project is still in progress but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am pleased with the results so far.
Lots of old scrapbook papers and stamps have found new homes with several of my creative friends, including the Art class at my neighborhood elementary school where I work as a substitute teacher.
After I get my Isa Creations books all taken care of, I plan to continue to work on more vintage quilt pieces. Including a large stash of square quilt pieces I found during the summer of 2014 during a trip to my hometown of El Paso, Texas. This find is special to me because my sister and Robert's sister Bea went with me to an estate sale in the Rio Grande Valley. I see these square quilt pieces becoming houses and roofs (maybe even a camper) in the future.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Vintage Hexagon Quilt Pieces Re-purposed (Part 1 of 2) & For the Love of Vintage at the Pink Attic Cat
In the last few years, I realized what I re-purpose or create depends largely on my local estate sale finds. Every once in a while, I find true treasure. For me, it usually involves unfinished embroidered quilt pieces which I can re-purpose into a number of things. It can be a pin cushions, a bag (different types), a garland/ bunting or even a pillow.
Last summer I was lucky enough to find hand stitched quilt pieces. I have worked with tattered quilts but not pieces yet to be put together into a quilt. The color combination had absolutely no color coordination. It was literally scraps of fabrics, all colors and textures stitched together. I love how randomly these pieces were put together.
Working with these type of quilt pieces was a challenge for me. I usually know what something will be re-purposed into. This time; however, I had to take time to figure it out.
All it took was a trip to Walmart, Target and TJMaxx in early January. I found an assortment of flour-sack white cotton towels and colorful but basic kitchen towels. It really started with a pack of flour sack white cotton towels I found at Walmart. In that moment, I knew how I would use those special quilt pieces. In my 2 previous post, you can see how I re-purposed the wedding ring quilt pieces into one of a kind kitchen towels.
However, in this post I will share what I did with the vintage Hexagon Quilt Pieces. Again, the color combination for these pieces may not be traditional but I love them as well. My first rule is every piece of vintage linen I use is washed in hot soapy water. This also means, it all has be ironed. A tedious part, I admit, but necessary.
I fused the hexagon quilt pieces (used wonder under fusible web) to an assortment of white four sack or colorful cotton kitchen towels. I added a new favorite of mine, vintage pom pom trim and of course, my most used trim - vintage rick rack trim (ALL the trim I use is ALWAYS washed in hot soapy water and iron as well). Some kitchen towels have lace or crochet trim.
I created so many kitchen towels, I am splitting my blog post in 2. This is part 1 of 2:
These will also be available this Thursday through Saturday at the Pink Attic Cat pop up event-
For the Love of Vintage
Here are the details.
I love re-purposing these vintage hexagon quilt pieces into lovely kitchen towels.
They are all truly one of a kind
thanks to someone
who took the time to piece these
Hexagon quilt pieces together many years ago.
Love, Love, Love all this trim:
More Kitchen towels using the vintage hexagon quilt pieces:
Love the assortment of vintage trim:
A favorite of mine. I used a vintage embroidered trim for this one: