Friday, October 28, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival: French Dreams Quilt

I have been doing some experimental quilting...scary times at the Hideaway House.

The ingredients:
  • 3 floral print night gowns found on Clearance sale at Old Navy (size XXL for more fabric). Please, tell me I am not the only one who occasionally purchases an odd clothing item for the fabric alone!
  • 1 polka dot sheet set found on Clearance sale at Target (you've seen it before and you'll be seeing it again)
  • 1 Simply Shabby curtain panel (forgot to take a before picture)
  • A Michael Miller Eiffel Tower print that was sent to me by mistake, and I was told to keep it (Bonus!)

  • A few of my on hand favorite solids (Ash, Celery and another gray)

  • One very questionable (& rough) pattern drawn up by yours truly.  Its reliability had never been proven, hence all of the pre-stated ugly step-sister fabric selections.  In other words, I didn't want to risk the good stuff (me, of so little faith!)

Mix them all together...

The result, although not perfect, is better than expected for an experiment!



Next time I try this pattern, I might even risk the good stuff.
Although, I must admit, these motley fabrics are kind of growing on me.

The name, French Dreams, is in honor of its nightie origins, with a little dash of Eiffel thrown in the mix. :)

Ooh La La.


40 comments:

Aunt Spicy said...

I am all for unorthodox fabrics...especially after seeing this beauty, its fabulous!

Valentina said...

Fabulous! I also get a lovely vintage feeling about your quilt! Love it! And your design is so amazing, congrats! And yes, I also buy clothing and sheets on sale for quilting! So nice meeting you,
Greetings from Cyprus!

Di~ said...

I love it, great quilt, pat yourself on the back!

Beth at Aunties said...

Amazing!!! I love it! You did it again and along with all the darling Halloween costumes you have been whipping up. WOW!
I think you have had a love affair with graph paper since you were born:) So glad I have been a recipient of this love, thanks again. ~♥

Margaret said...

love the quilt (and the repurposed nighties!)!

Margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Kate said...

Really lovely--the dark blue realty makes everything pop.
I love hunting for fabric at unorthodox places. Found some good stuff at a yard sale this summer.

notes of sincerity said...

Oh my goodness! That is genius! :o) I need to keep my eyes open for as large as I can find, and on clearance. :o) Such sweet fabrics in your quilt. :o)

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Beautiful! I like the fabrics, especially the dark navy blue with the flowers. And no, you are not the only one who buys clothes to use them in patchwork. I once bought a pack of men´s boxer shorts because of the nice fabrics. :-)

Debbie said...

Your creation turned out great - good for you!!

Marika said...

I must say that you made me laugh with that last sentence !
French Dreams suits this quilt really well !

Garden of Egan said...

So beautiful!
I would never have thought of using "clothing" fabric.
You are so creative.

Heidi said...

I actually keep clothing for just such projects :)!

fallingforpieces said...

What a fantastic pattern! Really lovely quilt!

Brigitte Heitland said...

This quilt is special. You got an interesting pattern and I love how you've used up all different kind of finds. Great work!

Brigitte Heitland said...

This quilt is special. You got an interesting pattern and I love how you've used up all different kind of finds. Great work!

Marci Girl said...

Beautiful, and a great story behind it! I love the different fabrics, so pretty!

Jenny said...

One of my favorites! Love your design!

Tanya said...

I love your experiment! And, I love that you used fabric from so many different sources. Very cute quilt!

The Thompsons said...

What a fun way of putting together fabrics. I love when the experiments work- it looks great!

Heather D. said...

This is great! Very creative. I too have purchased clothing items to salvage the fabric!

Ruth Anne Olson said...

What a creative way to use fabrics from such a variety of sources. Good job!

Camille said...

Holy moly! I love it! What a great pattern. Are you going to sell it or make a tutorial?

I bought a ton of old 70s house coats for the fabrics. The lady running the estate sale looked at me all kinds of crazy.

Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

That's really cool- from the fabrics, to the pattern, to the quilting. nicely done!

Kriza said...

I just love your quilt, experimental or not. Never thougth of buying clothes for cutting up and sewing together again, but you gave me a great idea now.

it is a really great quilt!

Kristina
www.priscillacraft.blogspot.com

mascanlon said...

Such fun, don't know whether I like the story of its birth or the fabric more!

Robin said...

Looks like a pretty successful experiment to me! A happy quilt, for sure. :) Does the fact that it worked out mean you're going to make it again, with "real" fabrics?

Lyanna L. said...

It's cute, I like it! I've never thought about making a quilt out of nighties and the like but I'm digging the idea of using sheets as backings.

Eileen said...

Great you were able to see your design to fruition. It's also great you found unusual ways to get the fabric to use in it. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Jessica said...

I love this pattern! amazing.

NancyinSTL said...

Great pattern! It kind of looks like bras. I often buy thrift shop XL men's shirts for fabric, but hadn't thought of buying nighties. Thanks for the tip!

Susan J said...

Very pretty. You have encourged me to be more creative in finding beautiful fabrics.

Mary@QuiltGenius said...

That is lovely! I just started following your blog and say your jelly roll quilt. :) I made one based on your picture and loose instructions. I posted about it on Wednesday on my blog. I hope you don't mind!

Mary
http://www.quiltgenius.com

Tina in Boston said...

Congrats on making a quilt of your own design! You are not the only one to buy unconventional fabric items! I esp. love items from Target.

Kit Lang said...

Lovely! Thanks for sharing. :)

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Cool. :) I like the fabric finds.

bethanndodd said...

Fun use of fabric! I think your experiment was a success! Smiles~Beth

Martha said...

I save clothes to use the fabric and I buy good clothing at garage sales when it looks like something I can use. Great use of fabric...thanks for sharing with us.

sparkle100-havealook.blocgspot.com said...

Wow! your work is soooo beautiful!


My Mom used to do that.

Plus alot of Grannies I knew back then did them.

Church ladies have started again.
I am a Grannie now but I am not a handy lady like this.

shenandoah said...

I buy clearance items and antique textiles / clothing (in excellent condition, usually) for the fabric alone, quite often! Love your quilt idea, too; thanks for sharing.

ice cream cone cupcakes said...

That's an interesting pattern. Different from the regular.