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Rosewood Quilt

It all started with this little boro panel …. it needed finishing, and it needed to be used ….. and I didn’t have the emotional energy at the time to make it up into a full-size quilt like Eve’s Garden …. but it did want to be a quilt.

boro quilt panel

And so, a half-way house …. a little boro panel at the heart of a more conventionally pieced and stitched quilt.

rosewood quilt

I love the ‘starburst’ effect the triangles have created around that little panel of heavily sashiko-stitched boro …. I think it focuses attention on it perfectly, so I’m glad I chose that pattern rather than a simpler one ….

rosewood quilt

The piecing is a variation on the Balkan Puzzle pattern (there’s a tutorial here) …. using only reclaimed or vintage fabric …. and fairly densely machine-quilted using a variation of the sashiko ‘lightning spiral’ pattern on each block.

rosewood quilt

Here’s the back …. which also shows you a little bit of my moment of binding insanity …. I used the foldover method, as I didn’t want to get too fussy with it …. and then found myself getting a bit carried away with the stitching around the edge, continuing and varying the the pattern from the centre …

rosewood quilt - binding

(but I think the end result was worth every second of the to-ing and fro-ing with the machine) …. and I think that giving the quilt that gorgeous green thread – out of my treasured and depleting stash of vintage cotton threads – was the *best* idea.

rosewood quilt

I love this quilt …. it’s very calming to be around and has such a nice comforting weight to it – due to the mix of fabrics, I think – that chocolately corduroy is delicious, and I love the softness of the heavy green upholstery fabric – the overblown roses in it pick up the little pinks in the vintage sheeting I used. It seems just right for an autumn snuggle, now that the weather is closing in.

I hope I can find a home for it soon …. it needs to be used and loved.

It’s waiting in my Etsy shop ….

Burlap and Lace Pillows

Today, I’m sharing with you a little collection of burlap and lace pillows  …. I just love the contrast of the coarse and sturdy burlap with the delicacy of the vintage linen and lace ….

burlap and lace french country cushions

It all started a while back …. I needed to recover a couple of chairs in our sitting room, and it needed to be something relatively inexpensive and hard wearing, as the children regularly throw food, drink and other dirt on the chairs – no matter what I do to try and stop them!

burlap slipcover

The chairs came out pretty well – and are holding up nicely. But I had some burlap left over after I was all done …. and that sort of thing nags at me.

It was rather accidental that I had some lace out, and just noticed how wonderfully it contrasted with the burlap …. but I guess that’s the nature of serendipity. And it seemed to me that the two fabrics together encapsulated everything I love best about modern country style – simple fabrics and textures,  but subtly feminine nonetheless. Shabby chic, without the fuss and frills ….

So – cushions, then …. and a chance to indulge myself and use some of my vintage linens and laces …..

burlap and lace cushion / pillow

Half a lace-edged crisp, white, vintage linen tray cloth appliqued onto one side, and strips of vintage lace trim on the other ……

burlap and lace cushion / pillow

And another, this time with a little cluster of fabric flowers ….. organza, tulle and lace …. set with vintage buttons

burlap and lace cushion / pillow

and with an antique lace doily taking centre stage …. I think this one is my favourite. There is less of a contrast in terms of tone, but the delicacy of the lace looks amazing over that burlap.

burlap and lace cushions / pillows

mmmmm – they look so good together ……

but equally delicious, I think, on their own.

And available now – along with some of my other cushions – in my Etsy store