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Vintage-Sheet inspired quilt finished!

First of all, thank you so much for the sweet comments and encouragement on my post last week. That meant so much. I’m always a little leery of sharing TMI, but at the same time finding the balance of keeping it real. That’s a tricky thing for me.
Second of all, I finished binding one of the quilts! I started this quilt ages ago. Well, it feels that way at least. The fabric in this quilt is from a collection for Moda called Dream On by the Urban Chicks. The collection was inspired by vintage sheets (something I really love). It came out I want to say 4 years ago (was it really that long ago?) and I gradually collected bits and pieces because I liked it so much.

It took me a while before I finally decided what to do with the collection – I chose my Double Crossed pattern because I really liked how the green solid (I think it’s Kona Green Grass) contrasted with the busy floral patterns.

Lest anyone out there think that I am constantly cranking out a quilt – because I know it can tend to seem that way in blogland – let this quilt be a good example of the reality behind the scenes.  Fabric purchased 3-4 years ago; finally started cutting into it 1.5 years ago; started piecing blocks last summer; finished piecing blocks at a retreat in February; finally sewed all the blocks together at the beginning of the summer, then it still took me 2 months to add the borders and choose a back; had someone else do the quilting last week. And voila. It is finally done.

The back for this one is a vintage sheet I found at a thrift store a few years ago. I knew I wanted a vintage sheet for the back and it took me a while to find just the right one. I’ve actually cut up most of the one’s I have. Fortunately I’d preserved this one because I liked it so much and it turned out to be a good match. Plus, it was just the right size! And it was so nice not to have to piece a back.

The quilting is a simple all-over meader-loop pattern by Melissa of Sew Shabby quilting. Perfect for the really busy prints.
It’s such a cheerful, summery quilt. Feels so good to even have it done before the end of summer! Bonus.

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65 Comments

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    Paula @ Sewy Stuff
    August 26, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Love how the green frames the florals. It's almost like the flowers are climbing up a trellis. (Lovely quilting by Melissa too!)

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    Krista
    August 26, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

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    Betty Lou
    August 26, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Love the color and style of this quilt——I think I had those sheets back in the early 70's. Now why didn't I keep them?

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    Erica
    August 26, 2013 at 7:50 am

    This might be my favorite of all the quilts you've shared. It is just perfect!

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    ~Damita's Pretty Wrap~
    August 26, 2013 at 7:58 am

    So gorgeous!!! Love the colors!! Happy day! xo Holly

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    Bloggymom
    August 26, 2013 at 8:04 am

    It is a beautiful quilt. Very summery.

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    Melissa
    August 26, 2013 at 8:19 am

    WOW! That is beautiful!

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    Isisjem
    August 26, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Looks gorgeous! The backing is just perfect!

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    Thimbleanna
    August 26, 2013 at 8:49 am

    It's beautiful Amy — I love it!

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    Cille
    August 26, 2013 at 8:52 am

    So much fun and happiness in one quilt – it makes me feel eternal summer.

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    Ramona
    August 26, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I love this quilt. I have some vintage sheets I have been saving and I am going to use your pattern for them. Your quilt is just perfect.

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    Acorn to Oak
    August 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

    It's beautiful! The colors are so cheery and pretty! 🙂

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    Lauren Deel
    August 26, 2013 at 9:48 am

    This is gorgeous! Thanks for the timeline behind the quilt, too. You're right: blogland does make it seem like people are cranking out quilts left and right; but this provided good perspective!

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    Jeanna
    August 26, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Beautiful! I think I'm going to start my vintage sheet collection this week!!

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    sarahquilts.com
    August 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

    So lovely! And thanks for the honest breakdown of your timeline. 🙂 It's a good reminder that lingering projects can eventually get finished. 🙂

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    Heidi
    August 26, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Wrote! That is absolutely gorgeous!

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    Heidi
    August 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Wrote! That is absolutely gorgeous!

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    thriftstorecrafter.com
    August 26, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I love this fabric line and have used it for many projects. Love what you have done with it. Great quilt!

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    girlsmama
    August 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I love it! It is breathtaking. Good work friend!

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    Nanette Merrill
    August 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    It is so darling. I really love it. It has such a good vibe. All your stuff is great but I really love this one.

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    Nann
    August 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks for describing the "serial" nature of this quilt's process. The fabrics are so cheerful. The back is perfect. It's hard to find all-cotton sheets at the thrift shop, but I search diligently — which includes searching for the hang-tag to verify the fiber content. Oftentimes sheets have been washed so much that the tag is illegible.

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    Lynne Tilley
    August 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Love love love this quilt, it's so HAPPY!

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    ChristaQuilts
    August 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    This is gorgeous! I love all the citrus colors!

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    Tara Mitchell
    August 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Great job!

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    Karen
    August 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    All of your design decisions are perfect! I especially love the green contrast. Thanks for sharing another great quilt.

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    Susan Owenby
    August 26, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    It's amazing! Nice work. 🙂

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    meia ameruddin
    August 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    It's lovely! I love the colours. 🙂

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    Tanya Quilts in CO
    August 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing your timeline of getting this quilt done. Many of my own projects have followed similar timelines! You have helped to make me feel better. The quilt is lovely and was definitely worth the wait!

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    Tammy Vasser
    August 26, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I love it! I'm not a vintage sheet collector but your quilt makes me want to start! Thanks for sharing!

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    sewnhenge.com
    August 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! that is all.

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    mjb
    August 26, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Very, very, pretty:):) I love this quilt- well all your quilts are amazing:):)!!!!!

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    Anita
    August 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Your quilt came out gorgeous! Thanks for keeping it real with the timeline 🙂

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    Sheila
    August 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Your quilt is Beautiful! I remember this wonderful collection of fabric. Thank you for sharing this quilt's timeline : )

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    Noga
    August 26, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    The colors combination is great! Lovely for the garden! Just &quot;Hello&quot; from far Israel…. :)<br />Noga

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    margaret
    August 27, 2013 at 12:42 am

    a wonderful quilt, not only a lovely design but the fabrics are to die for, love everything about this one.

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    Michele
    August 27, 2013 at 5:31 am

    It is really wonderful and Yes so perfectly summery.

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    Kathy
    August 27, 2013 at 6:09 am

    That sheet was made for that quilt! What a perfect backing.

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    LandGirl1980
    August 27, 2013 at 6:52 am

    This. Is. STUNNING!

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    MaterialGirlQuilts
    August 27, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Beautiful finish!! Love it these fabrics with that green.<br />Amanda

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    Tammy
    August 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Gorgeous . Love the fabrics and the vintage sheet. &amp; sheets looks

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    LittleLucyGoosey
    August 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

    What is it about vintage sheets that is so appealing? The color? The nostalgic feeling? No matter, I love it. This quilt is gorgeous, Amy! ~Karissa

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    Emily
    August 27, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I&#39;m not normally a one-fabric-line-kinda-gal, but this is one that I LOVE (but sadly missed out on)! Love that it blends so well with &quot;real&quot; vintage as well. Thanks for keeping it real with your time line. 🙂

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    MellieWo
    August 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    So pretty! I agree about the green solid! I like to do that in mine, too. Love how the different florals blend.

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    Nicole
    August 27, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    What a lovely &amp; happy quilt!

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    Katy Cameron
    August 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    It looks great, and perfect choice for the backing :o)

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    Jennifer Bell
    August 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Pretty, pretty colors!

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    Cathie J
    August 27, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    What a beautiful quilt. I love the citrus colors.

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    Tania
    August 27, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Hi Amy, what a lovely quilt, such gorgeous, fresh, summery colours – the sort of quilt that makes you feel happy just looking at it. Really pretty….

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    Megan
    August 28, 2013 at 2:34 am

    I love this! Such a great pattern, and fun fabrics!

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    Rosa
    August 28, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Just stunning quilt and colorful fabrics.Love it!

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    Artsy-Craftsy Ivy
    August 28, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Beautiful quilt! I LOVE the backing!

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    Serena Edwards
    August 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I really love this quilt Amy – it&#39;s amazing what different fabrics do to the look of the same pattern. Never fails to amaze me!

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    @pril
    August 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    This is a great looking quilt.<br /><br />@pril<br /><a href="http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/&quot; rel="nofollow">KoolBeenz Blog</a>

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    deanna
    August 29, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks for &#39;keeping it real&#39; with the timeline! Great pattern + great color choices!

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    debbie m
    August 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    This is such a &quot;happy&quot; quilt..if that makes sense. I love the fabric. For about 5 years the closest shops to me did not carry Moda, so I guess I missed this line. I would definately bought it!

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    VickiLorraine@lefthandednotions
    August 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I so love this one Amy 🙂

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    diane
    September 2, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    this is beautiful and I love the way the green shows of the prints

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    Sarah
    September 7, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I love the green contrast and how it is a nice rest from the busyness of the prints. I have a very similar timeline for finishing quilts!

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    Judith Blinkenberg
    September 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I have a layer cake of this line with extra yardage! I had it on ebay but removed it because its so wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration<br />jlblvn@gmail.com

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    Callie Triarsi
    April 25, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I love this quilt. I have been searching for pattern for my 27 year old son and this is it! I just found you on Pinterest and you are AMAZING! Thanks for all your awesome blogs!

    Callie

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    Stacey
    October 6, 2015 at 7:01 am

    It’s always hard to start something new!!!! I’m so glad you did!!

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    Vicki H
    December 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I follow on Facebook as well.

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