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Friday, May 6, 2011

My contribution to the debate and mail sent

I know I said I wasn’t going to get involved with the modern/traditional debate, but this is something I’ve been meaning to blog about for a long time….a good laugh at me….

Since I entered the world of quilt blogging about nine months ago one of the trends I’ve heard a lot about is “vintage sheets”.  I was curious.  Where I live second hand stores and garage sales just don’t exist the same way they seem to elsewhere.  We have a Salvation Army store in Whitehorse, but my insider knowledge is that they send all the really good stuff down south (although rumour has it that someone bought a functioning Bernina for $50 there the other day).  In my town there may be one garage sale a year, and I just don’t go to the city on weekend, after commuting all week for work. 

So I don’t get to see a lot of the second hand world and I didn’t really know what the vintage sheet craze was all about.  One day I saw a good deal on a blog for fat quarters of vintage sheets and I ordered some, just to find out what exactly everyone was talking about. 

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I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw them.  See that darker blue one on the top.  I owned that sheet.  Well probably not that exact sheet because I’m pretty sure the one I owned wore out and got ripped up to be used as rags.  But the same sheet.  I think I had two fitted twin sheets.  And maybe top sheets too.  I can’t remember – it was so long ago.

So I guess that means I’m vintage…..  Or is it antique? Or retro?  I’ve thought a lot about these words and I’ve decided that retro is most recent – say the 70s and 80s, vintage stretches back to the 50s and 60s and antique is before that.  I have lots of vintage in my house.  I’m sure some of you have noticed my vintage kitchen table where I photograph lots of quilty things.  I have a lovely vintage sink in my bathroom

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Or maybe it’s antique…

Anyway I think I’ll quit while I’m ahead.  I had to wash the sink so that it was in an acceptable state to take a picture for the blog.  I don’t want to start cleaning my whole house. 

I just think it is funny:  I’m a traditional and eclectic quilter living in a modern world, surrounded by vintage and antique items.  I wonder if I have anything retro.  Ah labels…..

If anyone wants to correct my definitions please go ahead.  I would love to be educated.

On a happy note I got two items sent off in the mail today.  The pin cushion top for Jacqueline is on it’s way to Sue in Australia for it’s finishing touches….

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Good thing too, because I received Marina’s top in the mail today.  The third and final one I will be working on.

And my hexie flowers for May are off to the UK….

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My partner wanted blue/green in both the centers and the petals.  I hope I’ve hit the right combination.

Cheers! 

Janet

5 comments:

  1. I am not into all that vintage stuff and garage sales either. had to laugh about the sheet.

    How cute is that Koala on the pincushion!!!

    lovely Hexies too.

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  2. I had a laugh about you recognising the sheet.... I always thought of retro and vintage as much the same thing.... and I am very happy to use it if it is good condition - I find some of the fabric lovely quality.... I have saved the pincushion picture for my next update..
    Hugz

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  3. Isn't it funny how everything seems to come back - again and again and again - what's new is old, and what's old is new, no matter the 'title'

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  4. Labels, labels, labels! who needs 'em.
    I don't get the difference either. I go by- did my mum have one, did my grandmother have one, did I have one. And I am not revisiting the '70's no matter what label they put on it! lol
    Love your addition to the base, they are really moving ahead. I will be posting Sue's today to Jacqueline.

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  5. The Eucalyptus flowers turned out very nicely! I hope there's a few more gum trees off to the left of the one the Koala's in. If not, (s)he'll get pretty hungry! I don't think they eat sunflowers - or are they black-eyed Susans?...Very fun!

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