Apr 15, 2010

Grand Opening Giveaway- Day One



Today's interview and giveaway are from the lovely Anne of Pins and Thimbles   I will be posting a tutorial by her after the grand opening event is over.



How many vintage sheets do you have right now?     
I limit myself to one large storage tub at a time.  The variety and quality of patterns is limited in Australia, and I order most of what I use from the US.

Any fun projects planned using VS?  
Oh, yes!  I have just finished a quilt top in sea-coloured vintage sheets.  Oh, it's so pretty.  I made it with bluesand greens and yellows for sun rays over the ocean.  It was custom ordered by a lovely couple who wanted a quilt 3x3m -- to drape over the sides of their king size bed.  It's enormous!  It's been a joy to cobble together the prints for the project, and I can't wait to see it quilted and share the photos -- sad for me, I have to let someone else do that because there is no way I am getting that much quilt under my Bernina!   

I've also been playing with little frame purses and hope to have some in the Etsy store  soon.  For me they're a perfect way to showcase the extraordinary prints.



How long have you been sewing? 
Probably since before I could walk.  One of my earliest memories is of making a stuffed 'snake' out of quilt squares my Mum had cut for a project.  I think it was made by sewing one side of a square to another and shoving some batting inside.  She was a very tolerant Mum and was very proud of my strange little 'projects'!

I was very motivated to sew clothing, too, because I'm 6 feet tall and nothing fits me off the rack. In fact, this year I'm working on something big: a line of clothing called Sarah Vain and Tall for women 5'10" and up.



What or who inspired you to start sewing with VS's?
I think the first time I became aware of vintage sheets was when Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson
announced her swap.  I was smitten right away.  I scoured Aussie op shops for weeks to get prints that were worthy of that swap, and it cost me $$$ in postage too -- totally worth it because I found enough prints for 
this project.

It was my first foray into machine quilting and it brightens up my Grandma's room in the nursing home.  She gets great natural light in her room and the floral prints catch it for her.



How long have you been collecting vs's?
Since that swap, I'm hooked, a helpless addict.  It doesn't help that my lovely clients keep requesting the quiltsand cushions.  It's a hard job but somebody's got to do it :)


Do you have a fav vs print?(Photo)
  I have been looking at photos for half an hour trying to choose, so I think the honest answer is; no -- for me, the magic is in the patchwork, the way the prints dance with one another.


Any prints you are coveting at the moment?(Photo)
I am always coveting more!  But I can't choose!  My dreams look a lot like this 
:D


Where do you find your VS's?
I do find some whole sheets at op shops and Ebay, but Mandy at Whimisedots
puts together packets of colors for me when I need them.  She's amazing and such a sweet soul to boot.


Now On to the Giveaway: Please leave a separate comment for each item you complete. You can do one or all of these things.

Become a fan of this blog.


  


Go to Anne's Shop and come back here and leave a comment telling me what you love most in her shop.

Blog about this giveaway. Make sure to leave a link to your blog post in the comment section.

  Enter your comments between now and April 29th for a chance at a free pdf pattern on how to make a reinforced cushion out of vintage sheets: find the pattern here.


Check back tomorrow for the next giveaway!



58 comments:

Deb said...

Oh I'm first- hurray! I've blogged about your great blog. Love it. It's so pretty xxx

serendipity said...

hi there,
luv Annes vintage pillows..luv the colours
ciao
joan in italy

Sewn With Grace said...

I'm a new follower to your blog and have added you to my blog roll. I'm off to find vintage sheets so I can join your swap (didn't want to sign up before I had any). Vintage sheets are a whole new world I didn't know about for quilting. I visited Anne's shop and just love the coin purse she made. Have a blessed day!

ktquilts said...

I am following!
Blessings,

KT

ktquilts said...

I like Anne's pattern for the cushions the best!

Blessings,

KT

qltmom9 said...

I definitely LOVE the blue cushions in her shop!

Lucy

Jessica said...

I love everything in Anne's shop, but I would have to go with the vintage sheet coin purse as my favorite.

Jessica said...

I became a fan of the Vintage Sheet Blog on Facebook! (And I snagged your button for my blog, so excited!)

Jessica said...

I couldn't get the link to Pins and Thimbles on Facebook to work, so I did a search and became a fan.

Here is a direct link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pins-Thimbles/191376465244?ref=ts

I love the Sarah Vain and Tall clothing line concept, a) because I am 5'10, and b) what a great reference to a great book :)

Brenda said...

I love the little coin purses. great giveaway.

Amanda Drietz said...

Well, first of all, I must say that while Anne is one of my favorites customers, i am one of her biggest fans! It makes me just giddy to see the fabric I ship to her being created into some of the most striking and beautiful things-she is fabulous! I have adored her cushions forever but I am really loving the new little coin purses! She has an amazing eye! It was fun to read your interview! Blessings

Phone Home Designs by ET said...

I'm also a fan of Pins and Thimbles of Facebook :D

Phone Home Designs by ET said...

I'm a fan of the Vintage Sheet Blog on Facebook :D

Phone Home Designs by ET said...

I think the coin purses are so adorable! I wish I could be that creative!

Kelly said...

Am now following you! (found you through Deb's blog) I love vintage sheets and spend hours searching op shops to find what others consider ugly sheets!

Kelly said...

Just fanned you on facebook and added as a page favourite on my page :)

Kelly said...

and I have to say the coin purses are my definite favourite - gorgeous!

Kelly said...

and all blogged about

http://elijahsmum.blogspot.com/2010/04/vintage-sheet-blog.html

I feel silly leaving so many comments!

Kelly said...

forgot to add that I'd fanned Pins & Thimbles and added them as a favourite on my page ;)

Seaside Siblings said...

Oh I LOVE the Five Vintage '40s Red Casein Heart Buttons!

Seaside Siblings said...

Just became a follower!

Seaside Siblings said...

and became a fan a fan of pins and thimbles on FB :-)

Jessica said...

Blogged! http://narniamum.blogspot.com/2010/04/vintage-sheets-blog.html

Megan said...

I am following this blog!

Megan said...

I became a fan of The Vintage Sheet Blog on facebook!

Megan said...

I absolutely love the vs coin purse!! It is so cute!!

Megan said...

I became a fan of Pins and Thimbles on facebook!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I have just signed up as a follower of your blog :-)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I went to Anne's site and I love her stuff. The pillows are adorable! Thanks for entering me.

Wendy said...

I became a facebook fan, too!

Wendy said...

I follow!!

Phone Home Designs by ET said...

I blogged about your site and give aways at Phone Home Designs by E.T. Click on my identity to check it out!

fairychildheirlooms said...

I'm a Fan Pins & Thimbles on Facebook

fairychildheirlooms said...

I'm a fan of this blog

fairychildheirlooms said...

from the shop... I love the coinpurses! too cute!

fairychildheirlooms said...

I'm a fan of The vintage Sheet Blog on facebook

fairychildheirlooms said...

blogged the giveaway here: http://fairychildheirlooms.blogspot.com/2010/04/pins-thimbles-giveaway.html

serendipity said...

oops forgot to say became a follower of your blog
cioa
joan in italy

Brenda said...

think the coin purses are so adorable! I wish I could be that creative!

Brenda said...

I am a follower.

sandandstarfish said...

i'm a fan on facebook

sandandstarfish said...

fan of pins & thimbles on facebook

sandandstarfish said...

I love the wrist wallets :) perfect for when I go running!

Jenny said...

wow, how fantastic is Large Cushion Made with Vintage Sheets (Roll On Summer, 1 of 2)! love love love the strong citrus feel of these colors. thanks so much for a chance!

Marcia said...

My favorite items from the shop are the owl buttons, and the cat coin purse is too cute. Please enter me in your giveaway. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Rachel said...

Facebook Fan!

Rachel said...

I follow your Vintage Sheets Blog

Rachel said...

My fave item in the shop is the Smitten Kitten Purse, so pretty!

ROLLERWRITER said...

I am a fan of VS on Facebook

ROLLERWRITER said...

I am a follower of the VS blog

ROLLERWRITER said...

Oh the little vintage fabric coin purse-yummy!

ROLLERWRITER said...

I blogged about the giveaway here:
www.rollerwriter.blogspot.com

ROLLERWRITER said...

A fan of Pins and Thimbles on Facebook

fiberdoodles said...

I am a fan ov vs on facebook!

fiberdoodles said...

I am already a fan of Ventage Sheet Blog on fb

fiberdoodles said...

I fanned P&T on facebook

fiberdoodles said...

I have your giveaway on the sidebar of my blog

http://fiberdoodlesandwhimsy.blogspot.com/

fiberdoodles said...

Oh I so love her coin purses! I need one so, so bad!!