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.