Monday, February 21, 2011

Vintage Sheets Baby Quilt

After a couple years of collecting vintage sheets, swapping fat quarters and amassing a collection, I've finally made something with them. (Well, I take that back, I did do my hoops.)  But I've finally pieced a quilt with them!

As I laid out the blocks one night I was worried that I was creating a hot mess. But when I came back to look at the design wall the next day, I felt better about the situation.  The colors looked so much better in the daylight and I accepted that the wild prints give it personality.

You realize, not everyone appreciates a quilt made from, what some might consider other people's grandma's cast-off sheets found solely at thrift stores. You have to have just the right person who would appreciate such a gift.  Fortunately I was making this for just such a person. My friend, Steph and her husband (who is a good friend and co-worker of my husband), just had their first baby girl this past fall (they already have 3 adorable boys).  Steph is a thrifting diva. She finds the greatest stuff. She's also an amazing knitter and even reclaims her own yarn from thrifted sweaters. (Steph shares some amazing creations as well as great knitting tutorials at her blog Snickerdoodle.  She's also very funny.) 

So, as you can see, it was a thrill for me to have just the right person to motivate me to finally cut into my vintage sheets stash and start sewing.  Also throw in the fact that it's for a baby with a gorgeous vintage name like, Stella? Match made in heaven.
Here is happy Stella with her happy quilt. Oh the cuteness.

I was stoked to find just the right tangerine-y orange for binding. Perfect.  Adorable quilting by my friend, Meridee.
I cut my fabric into 6" squares - so they are 5.5" finished.  I had a bunch of vintage sheet fat quarters so 6" squares was the easiest size to cut.  Now I need to make a quilt for myself.  Once I get my quilt laid out, I will probably sell the rest of my pre-cut squares as well as some fat quarters. I make no promises as to how soon this will happen, but hopefully sooner, rather than later.

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74 comments:

Jennifer said...

I love, LOVE it! I back a lot of my quilts with vintage sheets so I certainly don't see them as grandma's cast offs...

The binding and quilting are perfect too!

Jennifer :)

Allison said...

Cute! I've backed 2 quilts with that same backing sheet...its my favorite! -Al

Katy said...

honestly - only a complete fruit loop wouldn't appreciate a quilt made from beautiful, soft, old, vintage sheets. In my opinion, anyways ;)

Q @ JAQS said...

Love the colors!

Laura said...

I think it's wonderful!

Jessica said...

That looks lovely!

g said...

Such a cheerful, sunny quilt.

mapleandmagnolia.com said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I'm a brand new quilter and I'm totally addicted to your site. Love it!

Judith said...

I Love your vintage quilt - I'm a big fan of recycling fabrics, and vintage is so 'in' at the moment. Well done! Judith xo

Bonnie said...

This is such a lovely quilt and it sounds like it was a great fit for Stella! I love the quilting, its just beautiful - Meridee did a wonderful job!

ga447 said...

I love love vintage and their patterns. I get lots of fabric donated and when I have something vintage I look & touch it several times.

Suzie said...

I can't imagine anyone having a hard time loving this quilt!

It is wonderful!

notes of sincerity said...

Hi Amy. :o)
Little Miss Stella is a lucky girl. :o)
That is a darling quilt! There was one particular square that made me catch my breath. It reminds me so much of my "Nanny", my grandma, who was my kindred spirit. :o)
I hope you are off to a nice week. :o)
Sincerely, Trish

DeeRoo said...

Whoa....look at all that snuggly goodness and I even recognize a few of those prints from sheets we used to have when I was a kid....man....guess that makes me vintage too!:)
xo

Beverly said...

I so love this! It actually makes me a little teary-eyed for some reason. I just love vintage color combos and patterns. Lucky little Stella to have such wonderful quilt to start her life.

Wendy said...

That is beautiful. Especially with the "tangerine" binding...perfect!!

notes of sincerity said...

Hi Amy.
Me again. ;o)
How do you purchase {whole} vintage sheets? And how do you know they are vintage? What defines them as such?
Thanks so much!
Sincerely, Trish

A. said...

Oh Amy, it's gorgeous!!

Amy said...

Wow! In my opinion it's GORGEOUS! I really love it. Unfortunately (for my husband and my limited storage space), now I think I'm going to have to start collecting vintage sheets to make one for myself. Adding yet another quilt to my list of quilts to make. ;)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh wow! Thanks so much Amy. I AM SO excited about the Vintage book! And I love your Vintage Sheet Baby Quilt. The colors look awesome.

Nathan said...

That is absolutely fantastic. I need to make one, too!

kris said...

so cute!! It reminds me of the "dream on" line. :)

ScissorsandThread said...

This looks so pretty and spring like.

Amber said...

you're right, that is the perfect orange. And I love all the prints together. But I probably would have had the same reaction had Id been making it myself. I have such a hard time paring random fabrics together. Adorable quilt!

Melody said...

It looks beautiful - you're inspiring me to begin my own vintage sheet collection! :)

Shelley said...

Oh Amy, i love your vintage sheet quilt! It gives me hope for my "someday" vintage sheet quilt...vintage sheets are very hard to find at our thrift shop!

Stay Sew Creative said...

It's so beautiful! Makes me want to make one, too.

Inspired Gal {Crafts} said...

oh such a beautiful quilt! I am new to quilting. I've just finished sewing my quilt blocks together and am wondering about quilting the whole thing. Can someone tell me - Do most hire someone to do it, or do quilters generally do it on their own machine?

Kacey said...

so lovely!

Gmama Jane said...

I Love the quilt!! I am collecting some vintage fabrics from aprons, sheets pillow cases, etc.. and hope to get enough to make a quilt FOR MYSELF!!!!
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Kristie said...

{sigh}
LOVE it!

jezibels said...

AMY! I was just on EBAY last night looking for vintage sheets to make a quilt for myself, a 1st quilt for myself! A vintage sheet quilt!

Karen H said...

I love the quilt! Very nice! Have you checked out this blog? http://vintagesheets.blogspot.com/

Nathalie said...

So beautiful, I like the colors.

Jen said...

gorgeous! I love vintage sheets. Been collecting and swapping for 2 years. Plans to make 4 quilts for the house (one in each bedroom) and 4 for our camping trailer. This is beautiful

Shiree said...

looks fabulous!! I just love it.

Vicki said...

super cute! I recognize a handful of the same prints I have. :)

Cossett said...

It's so beautiful and love the fact that is is going to someone who will love it.
Thanks so much for sharing

Brooke said...

Oh my. Is it so wrong to be jealous of a little baby named Stella? She gets the great name AND the great quilt.

I'd love to snuggle under that beauty. Vintage sheets make my heart pitter patter. You did a beautiful job, and the binding is tops!

Steph said...

Here's the truth: it's even BETTER in person than in the pictures. I love it to pieces and I'm pretty sure (judging by the inquisitive looks she gives it during tummy time) that miss Stella already has a deep and abiding appreciation for it's utter awesomeness.

It will be cherished forever, Amy. Thank you!

Annette said...

Like it! :D

Cindy said...

This is gorgeous, Amy!:) I too love vintage sheets and have started a quilt of my own. I think I'm going to have to make a baby quilt now that I've seen yours:)- such a lucky little girl!

Megan said...

I LOVE your quilt. All the wonderful patterns. And the orange binding sets it off perfectly. A beautiful quilt for the new baby.
I started my collection of vintage sheets by saving the sheets we had when we first got married--and have been adding to it slowly.

Kari @ Ucreate said...

Amy, this is so cool that you made this with sheets...I absolutely LOVE this!!

Sarah Craig said...

I love the way this looks - and those vintage sheets have so much history!! I love vintage fabrics,,,,

Julia said...

I love it!!!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Oh it is stunning...I made one almost identical to it with some of the same fabrics (http://www.flickr.com/photos/westondesigns/5117174043/in/set-72157594426357389/) and it now lives on my daughters bed...just freshens up the room!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

Wow! So Beautiful!

randi said...

this is just wonderful! too sweet!

Laura said...

Beautiful! I have recently come across some nice vintage sheets and can't wait to create something. I can only hope mine turns out half as nice as yours!

Charity said...

Shout it out, LOVE VINTAGE SHEETS!!! There is sooo much color there. I'm holding on to my childhood sheets (with pack-man, and mickey mouse) for just the right project. I haven't figured it out yet. But one day I hope to.

Amelia said...

What a sweet quilt! Looks like Stella really loves it :)

Sherri said...

It turned out beautifully!

MomBrose said...

I love love love vintage sheet quilts! The fabric is already so worn and soft :) She looks like such a doll baby on that gorgeous quilt!

Laura said...

gorgeous - as always! Love your quilts!! You have great sense of how to put fabrics together. I love the backing fabric and binding - perfect finish to a gorgeous quilt.

Samantha said...

Very Pretty Quilt... I love the colors.

Kelly said...

Oh my gosh -- that Stella is a gem! And your quilt is super lovely too - just beautiful! Wow!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

I had to come back and feature this beautiful baby!!!! Somedaycrafts.blogspot.com loves THis!!!

Christine said...

I just came over from Somedaycrafts feature. The quilt is gorgeous, I love it. I just made my first quilt from squares cut from old jeans with a thrifted sheet as the backing. So soft and comfy!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Not only is this quilt beautiful and sunny and happy, the photo of Stella on her quilt is just tooooooo gorgeous.

Elizabeth D. said...

So pretty! And I adore the gratuitous baby picture :) What a great quilt!

Brook said...

Gorgeous quilt!! Turned out just beautifully! Little Stella is adorable too!

Leslie said...

i absolutely love this!

Nina... said...

I love all the bright colors and the quilting is lovely. The orange binding really frames the quilt beautifully!

Karen said...

Such a pretty quilt. Love your choice of backing and binding too.

Patty D from NC said...

beautiful.

Dayna said...

I really enjoyed reading this, and Stella is a doll! I do love that name. Your quilt is marvelous!

Sabra said...

My mom has a baby quilt made from old sheets by my grandmother, more than 30 years ago. So yeah, *really* old sheets :) My sisters and I all fight over who should get it. But my mom insists on keeping it.

Your quilt is beautiful. I love how soft and simple it is. Love!

Rae said...

So cute! Love this. I've got a bunch of vintage sheets with nowhere to go...this is perfect.

Sachiko said...

I love this quilt! I am in the process of collecting vintage sheets. Lookes like you have found some nice ones.
The quilt is so cheerful and beautiful!

Juleen Kenney said...

Oh my goodness, this quilt reminds me so much of one I had as a baby/child.
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Tracie said...

Oh my goodness, is this beautiful and so cheerful! Thanks for the inspiration. I've been hanging on to my Grandma's vintage sheets for years now just because they make me happy looking at them. Now I know just what to do with them, but I'll make a regular size quilt for myself. What a beautiful job you did and thanks for sharing it!

Rendy Tucker said...

I love this quilt and I just had to comment because I made a very, very similar quilt from a couple of Urban Chiks Dream On charm packs with a thrifted vintage pillowcase thrown in for my little baby- Stella! I just thought the colors and vintage prints screamed "Stella!".

secret cake said...

This is just gorgeous! Lucky baby : )