Sunday, June 5, 2011

Doona 1# covered.

Hello!
What's cooking good looking??

I'm good. I've spent so much of the weekend sewing. I've finished the bedding for the bottom most bunk bed in the caravan.

One pillow case, one fitted sheet and the mixiest-matchiest doona cover.

Many, many 22cm squares of vintage sheeting, measured, cut, ironed, over-locked and sewn together. Basically, lots of sheets cut up to make more sheets.

More than once I wondered what I was doing and why was I doing it. We all have perfectly good doona covers already. Why was I letting my gang trash my house, cook up all sorts of wild and wonderful snacks and change clothes about a hundred times, so I could sew? Why was I rushing through meals, being impatient with phone conversations and Jazzy's friend's parents, just to sew more squares together?

I guess I knew I couldn't leave it unfinished or I'd never get back to it.

So I sewed and sewed and sewed and sewed.

But then when I finally finished and laid it out on the bed and stood back and saw the bigger picture, I understood. It's bright. It's colourful. It makes me happy. If I am to live in a caravan for up to six months, it may as well be styled to make me happy.

Ok, now that's done I'd better go and hang out the washing, clean up the bomb site that is my house, be friendly Mum to Miss Jazzy's friends and their parents when they arrive, relight the fire, bake something for lunchboxes tomorrow, think about dinner, and then maybe I can pull out some sheets for Miss Jazzy's doona cover. Bigger squares this time I think.

I guess I can no longer tease my quilting friends about cutting up fabric to sew it back together again.

Have you had a great weekend?
Hope so.

Bye now. xx

69 comments:

  1. Yep, the weekend has been awesome, precisely because I cut up fabric and stuck it together again! I agree it's crazy, but you've got to be happy about that beauty of a doona cover.

    (how many more to do?!)

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  2. Wow it's beautiful Kate!
    There's nothing better than a bed that makes you happy when you look at it (and I think you sleep better in it too)!

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  3. OMG, it is so beautiful, so colourfull, so gay. I might sew one myself for next winter.

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  4. Awww ... it's just beautiful. Truly ruly beautiful. So much caravan fun awaits... especially lovely lie ins at beautiful locals under that gorgeous doona cover. Ace.

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  5. That quilt is gorgous!A very happy quilt indeed.
    Yes my kids will often hear me say to them "just a minute" when I'm engrossed in a project. Today my youngest son actually stood by my side and counted to 60 to make sure!I finished my cushion without injuring any more fingers too.
    And just relighting our fire too.

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  6. What that looks fantastic! I might have to give this a go myself.

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  7. That looks great Kate. We are all sick here - somehting a little different and dr's bills plus half a fortune in medication and fingers crossed we will all be on the mend soon. He did not want to give me anything but wrote one up just in case - yeap, I filled in just in case - I can not get any sicker than this.
    This will definitly make you smile on your trip - still on the count down - not long to go now.

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  8. I love it - it makes me so happy that I may just start collecting vintage sheets (if there are any left!) and make one for myself!

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  9. Wow. That is one fantastic doona cover! Well done.
    By the way, thought I let you know that next Saturday is World Wide Knit in Public Day! We are having a little public get together in over in Castlemaine, in case you are in the area....
    have a good week,
    Alex

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  10. oh, that is gorgeous(the photos and the doona cover...) and absolutely justifies the cutting up and sewing back together again. I agree, a happy and beautiful space is important (for too long I'd ignored that in our home, but I'm beginning to change that now...)
    I've loved the better than expected weather here, and I hope you have a lovely week!

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  11. Oh I am in love. I am also wondering how big your vinatge sheet stash is lol.

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  12. wow, this quilt looks so happy! Its absolutely gorgeous

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  13. I totally agree with the vintage bed sheet thing, it's addictive and necessary to love your manchester! Hence i started making them and goving them away! Then came to my senses and started stashing them again haha

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  14. Love it Kate. It's beautiful. You must have had a huge selection of sheets because the colours are fantastic and so varied! It makes me smile too : )

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  15. Quilting is addictive, especially the big ones, you want them finished & what more can i say, you're now an addict too, join our club!! What a wonderful journey you're going to have, colourful linen & all those happy smiles, love Posie

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  16. Oh Kate that is lovely. Super duper. I adore it.

    Sounds like you were well & truly "in the zone".

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  17. that is sublime.

    and so is that little sausage snuggled up in there.

    It's good to have happy things around you. It makes life more sweet.

    I love it when the manic mode hits me too - the rest can wait until the perfection is achieved!

    xx

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  18. That is all sorts of awesome Kate!

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  19. OH KATE!! You probably hear this all the time but that sheet...the one with the girl ??fishing ??holly hobby or something.... I totally had that on my bed as a girl and my curtains too..... just down the road from where I live now actually WOW!!

    LOVE the doona cover so much and the pillow combos are so sweet. You are rocking the mixy matchy mash up!!

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  20. Gorgeous! Love it all together.

    I just read the above comment about having the holly hobby sheets, looked again, and I think I might have had one of the pink squares on my doona cover when I was younger.

    All the best with the house recovery! Why does there always have to be such a choice!?!

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  21. That is gorgeous!! So worth the mess to clean up around the home after.

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  22. What a fantastic array of vintage sheets you have there...I think that was the perfect thing to have done with them....the whole notion of quilting is crazy but they tell me rather satisfying none the less.

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  23. Looks fantastic. I would love to have something like this on the bed at home, all the time, to make me happy!!

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  24. Hi Kate. Just stumbled across your blog. Love it already! Have joined as a follower and look forward to reading more. Ange

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  25. Oh Kaye, it is just stunning. How could you not wake up with a smile on your face if you were sleeping unde that?

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  26. Abs gorgs!!!!
    (shortened)

    I sooo want to make one of these too! It must feel good to get onto these caravan things - love it Kate.XX

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  27. The cover is gorgeous! I'm sure it will make you smile every time you look at it.

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  28. That is beautiful. Somewhere I have bed sheets that were given to me 20 or more years ago and I never used, I'm thinking this would be such a good idea. My favourite square in yours is the one with the tree, it stands out so beautifully.

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  29. Confession time...
    At first I wondered what all the fuss about vintage sheets was. I mean there are so many vintage fabric scraps to be found and had out there right? I would go for velvet and wool and texture first, oh! and silk if I could find it.
    Okay I 'got' that sheets were big, and I got they were pretty, retro style, floral but I still wasnt a total die hard fan and passed many a folded sheet up until I finally saw the light after Melissa from Clothwork 'had me at patchwork'.
    Kate, this is too gorgeous! I wont be able to control where my sewing leads me this week after seeing this quilt cover. I was going to do a few simple ones for visitors coming soon but not now. Theyre going to have to be stepped up a cut or two, x

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  30. this is so nice, now i'm gonne save some fabrics too and make my own one day.
    and yes the house and the rest of the world has to wait then ;P

    nynke

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  31. Hahahaha you've been sucked in!!!
    Enjoy being patchy xx

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  32. Kate I love, love, LOVE the doona cover and pillow cases. I have started collecting sheets to do the very same thing for when my littlest moves off the cot mattress. You have an awesome sheet stash. Your van will be amazing. I can't wait for the tour!

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  33. This is sooo beautiful! All that hardwork was definately worth it - especially for that gorgeous little poppet!

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  34. God Kate I absolutely LOVE it! I totally understand the dire need to see it done, gorgeous work..x
    ...my word-veri is "under" & I can't help but think of being under that cover,love it!

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  35. I absolutely LOVE it. Quilting is dreadfully addictive, welcome to the club :)

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  36. You're a sewing machine ... ha!
    I completely relate to that tunnel vision feeling of trying to finish something. And look what you've made, you clever thing!
    Can I just say, your girl is SO CUTE!

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  37. Wow. I love it! You are going to have the hottest caravan around! :)

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  38. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!!!

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  39. Oh it's so gorgeous Kate, no wonder you couldn't stop sewing until it was done. Totally worth all the effort!

    I acutually have a whole sheet of that green floral fabric, but I'm keeping it for something really special one day, I love it so much. That makes me sound bananas I know!

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  40. What a masterpiece Kate! I can totally understand that doona cover making you happy, it's bright, colourful and utterly gorgeous... the little lady modelling with it & her teddy are utterly gorgeous also!
    It may have been a big effort, but it looks so worth it. Well done!

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  41. Kate forget the doona cover, that Pepper is so cute I could just take her home right now and tuck her in with my Liongirl. You could use her to accessorize a sack and everyone would think it was gorgeous. Having said that, the doona cover is the most beautiful combination of colours, as always you keep inspiring. I am getting slightly anxious as to how you will keep the creativity coming while caravanning? melx

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  42. It looks amazing! All of the cutting and sewing back together was absolutely worth it...no store bought quilt cover could ever compare. Well done :)

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  43. It's bloomin' gorgeous and well worth the trouble - you should feel very proud!

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  44. Magnificent. I scanned from pic to pic with my jaw dropping wider and wider as I went! And, oh, Miss Pepper is growing big...
    xo,
    w

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  45. It's gorgeous! It will be lovely to snuggle under when off on your travels!! Cx

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  46. Oh that is the most beautiful ecclectic mix of vintage fabric squares sewn together, just beautiful and so inspiring xox Love yor blog by the way x Penelope

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  47. it looks so, so beautiful and i don't even know what a doona is! (am guessing it translates as duvet in the uk??)
    adore your blog too. x

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  48. It looks beautiful, great job.

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  49. Absolutely,delightfully, delicious duvet cover! Well worth neglecting your entire life for. My husband questions why I make dresses for my daughter out of old pillowcases, but make pillowcases from scratch for our beds.
    You are right - it's all about being happy.
    Your caravan will be enviably sytled.
    Have a super week.
    Carmel

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  50. That doona cover just sings with happiness! Sometimes you just have to sew and ignore the rest of the world!

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  51. I LOVE IT!!!! Super cool kate....love, love, love it! xx

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  52. Fabulus. It will be like sleeping under a rainbow.

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  53. I have just gone to heaven ... heaven!! WOW ... I am totally in love with that doona cover.
    Now to convince one of my sewing friends to make one for me.

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  54. It's fabulous Kate - just love it :) Kx

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  55. Gorgeous pics Kate and the bedding is so sweet, you must be having so much fun making them.

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  56. Doesn't Pepper have the face of an angel? Dear little girl in a whirl of colour, a rainbow bed that looks like spring time. I love my own mixed up quilt, and I so know what you mean about it making you happy. Just think it won't be long before you head off on your big adventure, how exciting!! Missed you tonight xo

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  57. O.M.GOSH Kate...Speechless!!!

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  58. I did an obsessive amount of cutting and sewing back together this weekend- to the detriment of well, the household ticking over smoothly!

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  59. I soooo like this bright and happy topper! I have one going to quilt this summer before the winter sets in that is all darker, jewel-toned blocks. Just like to change for the season and it looks warmer!

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  60. It's so beautiful!
    Maybe the best doona cover I've seen.
    It's just so colourful and happy.

    You guys will definitely have the most prettiest caravan ever...

    I'm very inspired!

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  61. it is sublime kate. and that miss pepper melts my heart. the first photo is a keeper for sure

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  62. Holy hell woman - that is a mammoth effort. Huge. Love it! Maybe even big long strips - even quicker than squares? Our weekend was over to quick...we looked after my friend who just had a little baby and has POST-eclampsia, bit scary but we couldn't leave her alone and her husband had to work. Baby girl is so sweet and tiny tiny tiny and reawakened my wanting. Saw another friend yesterday with her new baby boy, my wanting was confirmed.... now where is that husband of mine??!!!

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  63. Gorgeous, I love it all! Wondering if I can fit in the caravan and come along too?!

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  64. What can I say, except it all looks just so fantastic.

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  65. hello from a fellow crafty mumma! Following you from Digital Parents...... that quilt is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, I want one for my own bed!! Love.

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  66. Amazing pictures and great work Kate! Very impressive and sooo beautiful what you did to the sheets...Wow!
    Love, Maaike

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  67. Hi Kate, this is such a brilliant idea . I've been thinking about making a patchwork quilt but a duvet cover id so much more useful really .
    Have you thought of making these for your shop...I think they would be really popular .
    Jacquie x

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  68. your bed linen is absolutely inspired kate it makes me feel so happy looking at it I love it I wish I could wave a magic wand and have a house full of it

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  69. Oh my, that doona cover is beautiful. I wish I had something so gorgeous for my little girl's bed.

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