Sometime last year I signed up for the vintage sheet swap that Mary was organising. I'd seen some scrummy vintage sheet quilts made by Judith and really like the idea of making one myself. I kept reading on the Internet that everyone's local charity shop was full of hidden fabric treasures. So I went off searching myself and drew a big fat blank. Not a whiff of a vintage sheet. (Maybe a whiff of something else in one or two of the charity shops, but we won't go into that.) I had hoped I'd be able to go looking in a few different towns. Only I got ill and then it was Christmas and the swap was starting in January. I resigned myself to sitting on the sidelines and watching.
Then the lovely Helen said she'd found some vintage sheets and could contribute some on my behalf. Wasn't that a lovely thing to do? I owe her a drink or two at the FQ retreat (and now I've seen just how many vintage FQ's I've scored, probably owe her a vital organ or something.)
Having not tried to cut up a sheet or two I had no idea how many fat quarters you could get and therefore I had no idea how many to expect. But look at this stack!
You maybe thinking why haven't I spread these out so you can have a proper look. Well, I assure you I'm not hiding any horrors. Mary the organiser is a vintage bedding expert and she'd not send out anything that didn't pass muster. There is a great selection, only my entire downstairs has recessed halogen bulbs that seem to go every few days. I currently have so many lamps out I am sure people passing by think we've forgotten to pay the electric bill. Winter light and lack of light bulbs mean it's just too dark to get a decent shot if they're spread out. I will get more lamps tomorrow, so I can hopefully get some better shots. That's assuming I haven't cut into them, because the need to cut up these up and make a quilt like this is calling me. I've just given them another wash so they're currently drying. Tomorrow I may start cutting and...
Yes, people. Actual sewing may happen tomorrow. I am doing enough nan napping to deserve a nan nap quilt of my own. If you have no vintage sheets and want to use some in your projects Mary stocks some lovely vintage charm packs in her shop.
What are you sewing this weekend?