Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Flea Market Finds

This post is semi-belated as Steph and I went to a great little flea market in our home town Bristol on the first Sunday of the month.

I thought I'd share a few pictures today as I've also been working on a dress for the Make & Do November window display which is made using one of my purchases from the day -a 1970's vintage pattern. It's a very 1940's tea dress shape but there's no denying it's from the 70's as just look at the hairstyles and those sleeves!

The pattern has a facing not a lining, but due to my fabric choice I decided to take the time to fully line it piecing it all together like a big jigsaw puzzle! You can see in the picture above that I gathered the sleeve head and lining as one and will then hand stitch the bodice lining at the armhole to reduce the bulk. I've done the same with the under bust gathers.

I love the little button loops and I'll use fabric covered buttons. It's still just pinned so when it's finished I'll take some better pictures to share.

So back to the flea market! I set out with a few things in mind to purchase, namely a small bookcase, a vintage beveled mirror (the kind hung from a chain in you Nan's house) and some sort of glass pendent lampshade for our bedroom. Luckily I managed to get two of the three things on my mental list and then 3 vintage patterns for the bargain price of £2 each!

My first find was the octagonal mirror below. It's a little beaten up but I like it's character. The other is a beautiful 1930's white glass pendent shade with dashes of yellow and pink -just perfect for our bedroom. The chain to suspend it needs replacing but I thought it was a steal regardless.

Unfortunately it's getting to that time of year when the light starts to fade as I get home so gloomy pictures! I'll take more once they're installed and hung.

A great haul! Definitely planning to go again.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Lily's Small Blog Meet

I'm pretty new to quilting, having dabbled with some basic rail fence designs and recently tried my hand at english paper piecing (I've gone hexie mad! Photo evidence here!), so I'm always on the hunt for inspiration ahead of a couple of pretty large scale projects which I have in the pipeline.

Lynne's blog 'Lily's Quilts' is a quilting goldmine, and I mentioned recently that Steph and I were lucky enough to run into her at the NEC Festival of Quilts.

Small Blog Meet

Anyway Lynne hosts a 'Small Blog Meet' which I thoroughly recommend checking out if you're also interested in patchwork / quilting as there are some great small blogs listed which are well worth perusing. A couple of my favourites so far include some gorgeous long-arm quilting over at 'QuiltingIsMyYoga' and a bright zingy wedding band quilt at 'DorisBatting'.

I'm always after more reading material so if you have any craft blog suggestions then do drop them in the comments below!