March 3, 2013

Vintage In The Attic

I posted a couple of years ago about my mother in law's fantastic find in her attic.  I lost my blog after that to the great unknown and did not realize that I had not re-posted about it.  She found these fabulous salesman samples that had been given to her mother many years ago!  Can we say VINTAGE!!!  If you look really close you can see they are pinked all the way around the edges.  I would say that maybe Layer Cakes were cool when they didn't even know to call them a layer cake.  These measure 10" square.  There were close to 100 of these beauties in all!


 So, I decided that instead of being a little biased... I would be a little antique... ha!  .. And as we all know... When we are a little antique, we can wear any and all colors together and wear big flowers in our hair cause it doesn't matter. We just wanna' have fun!


All of the fabrics that went in to creating my piece were cut from the vintage fabric squares!  I sewed 2 pieces together to get my background and used another piece for the borders.  Her dress, sunglasses, hair, hand and face are all vintage fabrics!  I hope you love her as much as I do!

Here is a close up... Don't look at my embroidery too closely.. I am not the brightest student when it comes to embroidery!  I quilted around her body and around the borders, stitching in the ditch, and then put a back on it and sewed it in the pillowcase method.  Now it is ready for some fluffy stuffing and to be made in to a pillow!




I also wanted to show you what I am doing with the vintage squares.. I am bordering them with solid white fabric and then sashing them together with solid black. This way the entire piece of vintage fabric is showcased.  I will have about 7 quilts in various sizes when I finish with them.


79 comments:

Madame Samm said...

nooo not a trojan...I so agree. we need more people quilting....
now your antique lady is a blast and her orange bling in her hair is lovely ....

Sowing Stitches said...

I am SO GLAD and HAPPY for you that your computer is back to the land of the living! It is so very frustrating when stuff like that happens! The Vintage fabrics just MAKE this pillow project! Love the hairbow complete with sparkle!!

Sallie said...

Cute! Thanks for the giveaway! I love vintage fabric and jewelry.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

So Cute! I love your bedazzled antique lady and sorry that of all days, your computer had to crash now...

Judy B said...

I am so glad you got your problem fixed. Love your I Am A Little Antique! She is precious.

sew.darn.quilt said...

She's a real sweetie!
I love the vintage fabrics displayed like Kodak snaps! Waaaay cute :)

Fiber Babble said...

Your AAMe has sooooo much personality. Love her!

Amy C said...

I do love anything vintage. I made sure I inherited all of my grandmother's stash of fabric when she passed. Lots of thing from the early 1900s.
campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Scrapatches said...

I stopped in earlier when your computer was having its meltdown and I am glad you were able to get it fixed and am sew happy I remembered to come back. I love vintage and antique ... good thing, too, as I am myslef ;) ... Your vintage beauty is fab-u-lous, dah-ling! I love antique quilts though I do not have any or any real vintage fabrics in my stash. I do have repros. They are treasured. I would be happy to give a nice home to this lovely lady. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Quilting Babcia said...

Oohh, I just adore your little lady's dress! I am also antique and I LOVE purple! What a lucky find in the attic. I wish we had one - attic that is! With a trunk of quilting lovelies would really make my year!

Tammy said...

So glad you were able to get your computer fixed. I hate all thos enasty virus's. You would think the government would do something to crack down on it....I cam by earlier and this is my come back trip to visit today. Love your anitque lady with the flower in here hair. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

Caroline said...

So glad you got your computer fixed and blog up. I would have been sad to miss your antique square! How fun! And I can't wait to see all of the quilts, the one you posted is lovely. :)

karen flick said...

Cute Idea!! pretty coooool !

Amy said...

Cute little lady! Glad you got your computer up and running!

Linda J said...

I love vintage! How neat that your lady is antique, rather than biased! Well done. Glad you got past your computer problems in order to post this.

gpc said...

How cute, I love how you made it All About You!!! :)

Gmama Jane said...

I LOVE Vintage fabric!! You found quite a treasure!! Thanks for sharing
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Elizabeth said...

What a cutie! LOVE the vintage fabrics. And what a great idea to showcase those swatches in quilts! Thanks so much for sharing!

LynCC said...

Whoa!! Oh my gosh! Those samples look so fantastic showcased like that. :D

Vicki H said...

Great block. Wish I could make a find like you! Thanks for sharing.

Patricia said...

She turned out great! Sorry you had a rough time today of all days! Murphy's Law is still in effect.

Kathy H said...

I love how you are making the quilts with those vintage squares. ANd your antique lady is just perfect. Thanks for showing us all those great projects.

Sharon said...

Oh she looks great in all of her vintage wear...you did a great job. And the fabrics will look wonderful in quilts dressed with black and white. Kudos to you for all you went through today and still made your post....take care.

carla said...

Hi!! I love her!!! I am waiting for the time I can wear whatever matched or not and crazy hats!!! I think I am about ready now!!! Woops!!! Love the vintage fabrics you used!!! So pretty and cheerful!!! I really love the vintage car fabric in your quilt!!! I know lots of guys who would love something like that in a quilt!!! Thanks for the fun!!

lynaeve said...

that is super cute. thanks for the chance!

Susan said...

I love your vintage fabrics and she is lovely! There is a certain freedom that comes with age and it is a good thing. Thanks for sharing.

Jeanne Gwin said...

Thanks for sharing you with us. The 'Me" in all of you is so great.

Jeanie said...

Sorry about your computer problems....I'm glad you are back and up and running. What a treasure to have those vintage fabrics! I'm sure you'll find many more uses for them. Vintage is good!

Susie Q said...

Oh dear, I know what its like when your computer goes. I use mine for work and play and am really stuck when it misbehaves. Glad you got it fixed. I love your mini me, I think the colours are great. Thanks for sharing and the Giveaway. Susie x

vicki said...

Wow I love how the vintage squares look! Sorry about your computer. Your lady made me smile. Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

Kathy L said...

Love those vintage squares and what you are doing with them.

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Glad you got the post up with your lovely photos. Nice work all around!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Oh my goodness I'm so jealous of your vintage squares! I love vintage everything - and your quilter lady is darling. Great orange flower - just darling. :) The quilt is going to be simply gorgeous too - the squares look like pictures in a frame! blessings, marlene

DeAnna S. said...

Your squares are awesome! I love the "Antique" on your design and the orange flower is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Patty said...

I am so glad I came back to see you. Your picture is great! I love the vintage squares. I grew up with them!

Debra Lee said...

The flower is precious!

tink's mom said...

You were worth the wait. Sorry to hear about the computer issues. Always at the most inopportune times. The antique fabrics are terrific. What beautiful quilts are in the making.

Lisa in Port Hope said...

What a great find! And I love the flower in her hair.

Cindy said...

Love the flower in her hair, so cute! Thank you for sharing...

sandra said...

Those computers can drive us crazy, I just got. An IPad and I swear the screen moves without me eve n touching it. You rendition of you in anti que fabrics is so cute.

Mamacessories said...

I love all things vintage and your lady is lovely! I know what you mean about computers -it is funny how just 10 years ago I rarely turned one on at home and now it is a huge part of my every day life!
Maria

LJ said...

Wonderful to have gotten all those vintage fabrics and I love your idea of showcasing the fabrics - perfect. I also thought I'm a little antique was great. Totally loved that you used all those different fabrics and the flower in your hair was tops!

Gwen said...

So sorry to hear about your computer woes--we can all relate! What an incredible find for you and your mom! And how nice that you were able to use them in your project. Great job!

Createology said...

I am enjoying this hopping and seeing all the variety of quilts. Yours is very fun and unique. Thank you for participating. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

ShirleyC said...

I know I'm Vintage! LOL That is too cute. Sorry about your computer. I've had one of those in the past. No fun!

Needled Mom said...

She turned out so cute and I can relate to the "vintage". I love what you are doing with the squares. It is a great way to show off those fabrics.

Deb C said...

I love the vintage look to her! And I think it is a great idea to use the other blocks "framed" in quilts. They will be gorgeous!

Farm Quilter said...

Woohoo, you made it!!! I'm sorry your 'puter got sick - what a PITA! But your self-portrait was worth the wait!!! Love the flower in your hair :) Your vintage fabrics are fabulous and I love the way you are using them to make quilts - such a modern setting to show off fabulous vintage!!! A marriage made in heaven...or your studio!!! Love it!!

Vivian said...

Love the flower in your hair.

Heide said...

So glad you got your computer up and running. I collect vintage hankies. One of these days I'll figure out what to so with them. I've already made a crazy quilt wall hanging with some of them. Love your "antique" lady. Especially like the quilts you are making with the rest of the vintage squares.

barbara woods said...

Love it enjoy your blog

lefuntz said...

Love the quilts. They are the perfect way to show of your vintage squares. Your vintage lady is very cool. I prefer vintage to antique. She does make me think of the commercial though. "I'm so old I went to the antique store and they sold ME!

MoeWest said...

Your antique lady is wonderful! I like what you are doing with your vintage fabric squares too.

InGa said...

Your lady turned out really biased, and antique. :-)
Would love to participate in your give away.
And your vintage was a good idea. Like fotos in frames.
Thanks for sharing.
regards from Skåne, Sweden

Mystica said...

I like the vintage fabric squares so much. Would like to be counted in for your giveaway.

mystica123athotmaildotcom

Lou said...

Love vintage!!!!
Also love the idea of framing squares of fabric like that.....totally awesome!
Thanks!

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Oh my goodness - last time my computer went to the doctor I felt like I lost a limb for a week. It was horrid! lol.
I LOVE vintage - I cracked up at your project, it made me laugh out loud!
At the moment I'm searching for the perfect Singer 15-91... not too expensive, not too banged up, etc.
Thanks for the chance to win, I loved your project, lol!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

What a treasure trove! And the quilt is beautiful!

patchouli moon studio said...

I love vintage too. I suppose a lot of my fabric stash might be considered vintage depending on how many years back you count, lol.

Colette McDonald said...

Great use of the vintage and the purple dress, I know that somewhere I have a southern Belle block that was appliqued and embroidered by one of my ex husband's grandmothers.

Carin said...

She is great !! That fabric is so nice too.

Linda said...

Your little "me" is just adorable!!! I've had internet problems this week so I understand how frustrating that can be, especially when you need to be in a blog hop!

Annette Schultz said...

YOur vintage gal is just great ..... nice to see some fabrics never die or really go out of quilting style.
thanks for sharing
in stitches

quiltmom said...

I think your antique lady is splendid. She is fun and beautiful to look at- I love antique things- I do have some dishes and wish I had an antique quilt or two. yOu have created some wonderful blocks.
Thanks for sharing and participating in the blog hop. Your winner is going to love your fun lady.
Regards from Alberta,
Anna

Connie said...

I'm so happy to hear your computer is fixed and your antique lady is so fun! Love the big flower in her hair!

becky said...

Love your antique lady is very cute very antique and I can relate to that Thanks Becky
derry04@yahoo.com

Theresa said...

Lovely antique lady!

Brittany Love said...

Too Cute!

The Nikkels said...

Love them. I can't get ahold of you!! I don't have your email and the link above doesn't work cause I don't have Outlook set up as my mail client... Email me girl!! Please :)

OhioLori said...

Your lady is Awesome!!! Love the vintage squares too....what a great find for sure! Love what you're doin' with them too...what treasures you're creating.... Awesome!!

Quiltsmiles said...

Nicely done with a unique antique twist, way to go. thanks for sharing. Jane

Nellie Duclos said...

I don't know what is worse, no computer or no sewing machine! Thank God I have a back-up sewing machine or I'd be bored to death. Love your quilt with the vintage squares. I have been re-organizing my sewing porch getting ready for a move, so I have lots of vintage(old) fabric that I have to use so my husband doesn't make me give it away or throw it out! Some men don't appreciate fabric. I don't collect shoes, pricey knick-knacks or expensive jewelry like other women I see on TV. So how do I make a case for keeping my stash? I love your It's all about me version of AB's pattern. She sure has a way of incorporating humor in her designs. I did a cat artist a while back for a colleague. Thanks for sharing.

Kaynik said...

I like you went 'antique' with your hanging. What a tremendous find on your part.
I love the way you are using them as the focus in your quilts! Thanks for sharing.

ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

Michele said...

Your antique lady is just great. Nicely done.

Holli said...

What a great vintage ME! Those fabrics are such a wonderful find, and your showcasing them with the white and black is just perfect. I have had a bit of a look around your blog - really some amazing stitching, you!!

PatSloan said...

What a Totally adorable take! This is such a fun hop.. my day is here http://blog.patsloan.com/2013/02/its-all-about-mmm-me-you-who.html#comments

Brenda said...

I really enjoyed reading your blog. How fabulous to find and use all of the vintage fabrics. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

Jean Burke said...

This is great - love the flower in your hair. Thanks for sharing your story.

Scrapatches said...

Thank You! I am sew lucky! I shall give this lovely vintage lady a comfy place of honor to sit in my sewing room and I will smile when I see her and think of you ... :) Pat