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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. 


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


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….


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….


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




  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.

  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..

  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'

  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.

  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!