Earlier in the month, not only was it Mother’s Day but it was also my mum’s 70th birthday. She pretty much has everything that she wants so it can be a real challenge to get her presents. This year I used some vintage inspiration and sorted out a quilt for her.
I didn’t make it myself. I think I could have but as I don’t even own a sewing machine it really isn’t my thing. What is my thing is fabric. I LOVE textiles! Of all kinds and especially anything that is a bit vintage or vintage inspired. My mum’s living room is predominately cream and a pale blue. All very neutral. I wanted to give her something that would add a pop of colour and personality to the room but wouldn’t stray too far from what she obviously feels comfortable with and a nice quilt for curling up on the couch seemed a good idea.
Luckily, my dear friend and Sister From Another Mother loves quilting and doesn’t mind if I pick out the fabrics. She made the beautiful silk brocade quilt on our bed from fabric I brought back from Hong Kong and has done a couple of baby blankets and a lap blanket for my mother-in-law. It always amazes me how fantastic my motley mix of fabrics look when she gets done with them!
There were so many lovely vintage inspired fabrics and I thought to add another colour into the mix of blue and cream would be fun…especially when it’s lime green! Vintage florals, paisley and stripes all in similar hues set the tone. To really get the vintage vibe there is a print that is pear’s and to keep it a little modern a brown with pale blue stripes trimming the edges. When mixing textiles, it’s always fun to put in a little something unexpected so I chose a brown and cream Giraffe print for the backing.
To give the quilt a little more personality and to make sure I added something to it, I went to my favourite little haberdashery shop for a variety of buttons and randomly sewed them on to the quilt to give it a personal touch.
I absolutely L-O-V-E the finished product and certainly hope my mum does too!
I guess if she isn’t in to the vintage inspiration or the quilt…she can always give it away…or ship it back to me!
What do you think of this quilt? Too old-fashioned?
- Vintage fabric prints from the V+A (yesilikethat.wordpress.com)
- Quilting and Inspiration (quiltingismytherapy.com)
- Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Spring 2013 (quiltobsession.wordpress.com)
- !Vintage Treasure Quilted Bedspread (vintagetreasurekingquiltedbedsprera5fra.wordpress.com)