Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Vintage Style ~ a la Grand-mère

It is a busy week here at RPQ with major behind the scenes family celebrations happening all week; let's just say a "big" birthday is fast approaching for my daughter and a much talked about party is imminent.  I have however managed to squeeze in some time behind the sewing machine:


I don't often do soft and pretty, and I wasn't overly confident about how this design and quilt top was going to turn out until I started sewing the units together. Once I saw just how charming the quilt top was I went back to the sewing machine and added some more rows to the quilt; a decision which I might regret once I start basting and quilting!  The quilt top measures 62 inches x 80 inches.


The fabrics include many from my stash, most of which are beautiful Yuwa prints bought locally as well as numerous vintage recycled linens (previously blogged:  Sunday Stash #95) from Whimsie Dots @ Etsy.  As usual I have used Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton ~ White ~ as a contrast fabric.


The response from my family when this quilt was on the design floor?  Um ... very grandmotherly with an emphasis on the VERY.  They're rather blase about the whole fabric and quilting drama that plays out in front of them, and I've learned to take their critique in a light hearted manner.


Loving the vintage floral style and basting a quilt today,
Rita

48 comments:

  1. Okay, so I guess I'm not the only crazy "old" lady, because I LOVE this one! I can't wait to see it finished! You always put a modern spin on everything, which I love :).

    Happy Quilting!

    www.skippitydodahquilts.blogspot.com

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  2. It is NOT "grandmotherly".... soft, yes... but intriguing and subtle... drawing you in closer...

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  3. I love it!! I can imagine this design working really well for a memory quilt... using fabrics from a child's baby clothes. Don't know if I could actually bring myself to cut into them though. ~ Melissa

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  4. I just love your style. You introduced me to using vintage linens in quilts and I can't express how important it is to me. My grandmother died in January and she LOVED flowers, particularly daffodils. Whenever she saw something with a daffodil on it, she bought it. Can you guess what fills the linen closet? Yup, sheets with daffodils and all kinds of flowers. I'm going to her house in June to help my mother clear things out and I kept thinking that there really had to be something I could do with all the linens. Thanks to you, know I know what to do with them. If I'm feeling charitable, I might even make something for a few other members of the family.

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  5. Just beautiful! It's spring & summer all rolled into one gorgeous quilt!

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  6. Even if it is VERY grandmotherly (but I'm not saying it is) there is a place in the world for Grandmothers and their things, and I don't think any of us would be without grandmotherly things.

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  7. i just love this quilt top too. can't wait to see how you finish it!

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  8. me too. i love it, and it's nowhere near my usual palette either. it seems very spring-like to me, though it's the opposite of spring in your parts. come to think of it, it's felt like the opposite of spring in these parts too. maybe just wishful thinking then!

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  9. I really like this one Rit. A gorgeous mix of different fabrics - beautiful x

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  10. very nice! ignore the critics. it's gonna be lovely when it's finished!

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  11. I've got a soft spot for these softer quilts of late. It's loverly.

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  12. Very pretty indeed,feminine radiates through and through!

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  13. I think it looks great! It may not be as graphic and modern as some of your other work, but it's still fresh and contemporary in my books. ;)

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  14. This grand mother gives it a 10;)

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  15. So soft and beautiful Rita!

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  16. just gorgeous, loving the vintage style :)

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  17. Really beautiful Rita! ~ as usual.

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  18. Rita, I think the quilt is just gorgeous, it's so very fresh looking. Keep up with your good work, it's so inspiring.

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  19. I really like all the white in this quilt, keeps it very clean looking and I love the way you've tiled your patterned fabric with white on either side.

    It's funny, I grew up in Quebec, we never used a hyphen in the word Grandmere (or Grandmama), it was always one word. There is a town called Grand-Mere in Quebec. I'll have to ask my Mom this weekend.

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  20. Beautiful!!! You inspired me with my big horse-work (you can see it in my blog) and I decided to quilt just with straight lines!!!

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  21. Oh my, it's absolutely gorgeous! I love it!

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  22. Hmmm . . . not VERY grandmotherly at all, as my grandmother would not have made a quilt like this. It's bright and clean. Love the colours. As always, a beautiful top.

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  23. The fabric is very different from what you typically use, but...you brought your Rita modern quilt in and the two work very well together. I think its lovely. And its always good to expand one's pallet every once in a while.

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  24. I love it! It is indeed very charming! Great work!

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  25. I think it's dreamy. Love the vintage look this quilt has, it's very pretty.

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  26. It's very vintage and dreamy, but also quite "you", which means it's definitely fun. You won't regret it!

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  27. I think this quilt is magical - like walking through a secret garden (one of my favourite stories too!). Love vintage prints, and love your quilt (& I'm not a grannie either!). Jxo

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  28. I love it, and I'm 25. Definitely not a grandma. Put that in your back pocket. ;)

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  29. Wow, simply incredible. I am so in love with this. I hope all our enthusiastic comments have made up for the blasé-ness!

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  30. Mmmmm, makes me think of fresh crisp laundry on the summer clothes line, and I may as well go ahead and run through a meadow of daisies while I'm at it. Good job! Very,very lovely.

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  31. Oh, I forgot to mention that I'm a grandmother, but reat assured that I'm a very, very young one.

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  32. I lean toward bright colored quilt with polka dots and stripes and also funky, but this is a beautiful quilt. I don't know if it is the pattern you chose but it is soft feminine and very charming. I ordered a bunch of fabric from whimsie dots after your inspiring and beautiful quilt made with this fabric. Eve(not scott, same email)

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  33. definitely a step away from your usual but it's so fresh! it's lovely!

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  34. Everything you make is gorgeous, and this is no exception.

    You know kids can't think what their parents do is cool, that is *so* against the rules! :)

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  35. I think its lovely. Fresh and springy.

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