Vintage Scrap Quilt

What to do with those precious left-over scraps of never-to-be-repeated vintage fabric?

I decided that a quilt would be a good way to preserve mine, rather than trying to incorporate them into garments that would probably not stand the test of time.

Starting with a small piece of ’60s cotton in orange/ brown/ yellow/ lime green, I added other fabrics from my stash of scraps until the mix was pleasing. I did need to supplement the vintage fabrics with some new patchwork cottons, to “fill in the gaps”.

I had a lovely ’70s flower-power single sheet, just perfect for the backing!

The 6 inch squares were machine stitched together, then hand basted to the batting and the sheet, ready to hand-quilt. This took over a year – I thought it would never end….but finally, it’s finished!

Hand quilting

I’m glad I hand quilted, even though it was a pain, I’m happy with the results.

Vintage sheet for backing

The finished quilt

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12 comments… add one

  • What an amazing, happy quilt. I love it – especially the backing, I wish I could find vintage sheets like that. Your quilting is so pretty too. All round a beautiful quilt

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    • I have found that the best place to find vintage sheets is your local thrift store… Goodwill, Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul, etc. Not only can you find vintage linens there, you can also help your local charity by buying their goods! And if you’re just looking for patches, you can scour their clothing racks for older shirts and dresses. These can be a great source for vintage quilt pieces! I even found several yards of fabric that had been purchased probably in the fifties, never cut. Cute little kittens on black and white check!! The whole piece cost me $2 at Goodwill. Check often if you don’t find what you want the first time. People clean out their closets and attics every day.

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    • Unfortunately, our charity (thrift) shops in the UK (or at least in my area) do not have the calibre of finds I see on the blogs of US sewists :-(

      The sheets available to me are only really fit for muslins – and not even wearable muslins :-(

      If only I could persuade the wage earner to move Stateside ;-)

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      • sweetpea, I’m in Australia :-)

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        • Oops ☺.
          I’ve been thinking, I wonder if it’s because the UK is such a small place that we just don’t have the range in our charity shops.

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  • My mom use to do the same thing with left over fabric scraps. I think its a terrific way to preserve the fabric and still put it to good use. I still have a quilt she made me about 20 years ago from left over scraps of dresses she made me when I was a little girl. It brings back so many memories, I just wish I had learned to quilt.

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  • Thanks for the compliments!

    Jamie, I confess I’m no real quilter. Two “non-traditional quilting” books by Kathy Doughty got me inspired to do this – “Material Obsession” and “Material Obsession 2″, I’ll post a link here for you:

    http://www.materialobsession.com.au/epages/mama12093.sf/en_AU/?ObjectPath=/Shops/mama12093/Products/%22Material%20Obsession%22

    Lynda

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  • This is a beautiful quilt. Your hand stitches look positively lovely!

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  • This is such a beautiful quilt!!!

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  • Love it! For a scrappy quilt it looks very cohesive and the backing is so fun. What a great way to preserve the past.

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  • This is absolutely gorgeous, I’m in love!
    And the hand quilting is a lovely detail. :)

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