Repurposed Fabrics from London

My husband spent some time in London on a 3 month work assignment.  He didn’t really know anyone there so on the weekends he would go shopping.  He doesn’t like to shop for himself so he would shop for goodies for my daughter and I.  How cool is that?  Well it gets even better – he went fabric shopping for me.  (I am one lucky lady!)

He found that he really liked a place called the Liberty House.  While on a fabric hunt in this shop, he discovered these beautifully packaged rolls of repurposed fabric.  The woman who put these rolls together had salvaged the fabric, cleaned and cut them, and then assembled them into these lovely collections.  The collection of greens, blues and aquas was his favorite.  I get a kick out of wondering where these fabrics came from, who wore them, what were they used for, and did the original owners ever think that someone in San Francisco would turn them into a quilt…

One of the best things about the repurposed fabrics is how soft they are.  They felt so nice to work with.  So in keeping with the soft theme, I used a minky fabric for the back.  Talk about nice and snuggly 🙂

Here is the quilt that I made from those fabrics.  I used the entire collection for the quilt, there were no leftover bits at all.  The only thing I added from my stash was the aqua/green border and binding.

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And a close-up…   My friend Sondra does all of the quilting for me – she is awesome!  I love her hoops pattern 🙂

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Posted on November 9, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Did I read that correctly? Your hubby went fabric shopping without you, while he was in London? I am now going to read this blog post to my husband!

    • Tee-hee! He brought back some great fabrics for me to play with – but I think it was because he was getting lonely! Fabric shopping at home is NOT on his top 10 list 🙂
      I love your website – the quilts are fun, Rosie is great and I get a kick out of the extra bits of humor tossed in. I look forward to seeing your posts.
      Linda

  2. I am really impressed with his choice. The fabrics are great.
    I like the way you have used them in this quilt. The fabric in the border works so well and brings out the colours in the blocks. Your quilt is great!

    • Hi Karen – thank you! I was really surprised at how soft they are. It makes me wonder how old they are – it seems like they had gotten a lot of wear before they were cut up and resold. I would love to work with more of them!

  3. Your husband is a keeper! What a nice guy he is!!!

  4. love, love,love the brightness and life you gave this quilt!

  5. It’s so fun to use repurposed fabrics, it gives so much more meaning to your quilt. Congrats on your finish.

    • Hi – thank you! I would have loved to know the history of those fabrics; I bet it would be interesting! Also, I love the Family Tree Quilt you made with your daughter in-law. It’s beautiful!

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