Monday, June 27, 2011

Vintage Sheet Test Quilt Complete

 So here is the result of my first venture into quilting with vintage sheets!  I am very pleased.  These are simple 6 inch squares set on point. The quilt is 44 by 52.  I quilted the width of my presser foot along each seam with a wavy line in a pale pink thread.  The backing and binding are also cut from vintage sheets.  The batting is some lovely cotton bamboo that I bought a few miles of when I saw it for a great deal at my favourite liquidation store.  (Click any photo to enlarge if you wish)
 Last post I got a few questions about these sheets.  I thought I'd do a little Q and A in case anyone else is wondering ...
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1.  What do you mean by vintage?  These are between about 30 and 40 years old in my nearest guesstimation.  Some actually had dates on the tags.  Some I remember from childhood.  Some you can just tell after looking at a lot of these sheets -- simply by the style of design and colours used. 
 2. Are they 100% cotton? No. They are a 50% cotton and 50% polyester split. I specifically bought ones that were a 50/50 combo. I am a fussy, er, I mean discerning fabric shopper and in most cases the 100% cotton sheets I saw looked too worn to me. These cotton/poly ones really don't show their age much, other than being slightly faded in colour in some cases. They are not obviously bally or fuzzy looking, nor do they seem worn (just soft). The 50/50 blend makes them very durable to stand the test of time.  I know it is hard to tell in the photos, but the quilt looks very fresh and clean and new. 
 3.  How can you tell what they are made of?  Fortunately most have labels.  But after handling a few you will be able to tell by the look and feel.  The labels are usually near a corner of the sheet sewn into the seam.  They should indicate 50% cotton and 50% polyester.  They also may say things like "no iron muslin" "no iron percale" or "percale."
 4.  How are they to work with?  Great.  They are super easy to cut and I managed to cut up to ten layers at once a couple of times!  They sew well.  The only thing that was a bit funny was the ironing.  Because they are "no iron" or I guess wrinkle-resistant is what we say now, it was tricky to press the seams open.  My seams didn't lay, or stay, as flat as with cotton.  And when I folded the binding and pressed it, the fold gradually came out as I stitched it to the back of the quilt.
 And the best thing about these sheets -- the price!!  The total cost for fabric in this quilt was less than $5.00 -- and that's including the backing and binding.
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Plus I should mention that the quilt is cozy.  It passed my Sunday-afternoon-nap test and Tess slept with it last night.
And since the Vintage Sheet Test Quilt is a horrible name for a quilt, the quilt shall be known from now on as Summer's Parfait which was suggested by Devona and suits it so well.
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And yes, my vintage sheet adventure continues with another work-in-progress which I have about halfway done.
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And for some linky fun, I'm hanging with other crafty sorts at {Sew} Modern Monday, Manic Monday , Made by You Monday and Fabric Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by!
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Posted by Riel Nason on The Q and the U

25 comments:

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

I have a set of sheets in my closet that are made from the pink fabric with the pink and orange flowers. They were a wedding gift from my husband's grandmother (a quilter). We've been married 41 years this month. I never use the sheets as they are for a full sized bed and I no longer own one. I just never could part with them. Your quilt is so beautiful!! Great inspiration too!

Lynne said...

It certainly does look fresh and new - I had no idea you were using "used" sheets, I thought you had sourced vintage "new" ones!

Well done you!

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

So beautiful! You are so quick to crank out the projects...I love what you did with these vintage sheets, your quilt looks so light and airy!

Suzanne said...

Your quilt seems to have passed its test with flying colors. Congrats on another great finish!

Melissa said...

Gorgeous quilt made from some beautiful sheets. I think you may have inspired me to finally make the quilt I have been hoarding my collection of vintage sheets for.

Stray Stitches said...

Beautiful quilt! I have read so many pros and cons to using vintage sheets for quilts but your posting made a lot of sense. Thanks :)

DeVona said...

Great quilt and blog! I'm also delighted you named your quilt Summer Parfait!

Dresden Quilter said...

I love the look of it.

LynCC said...

I love the new name, and it turned out so very pretty. :)

Needled Mom said...

I love the beautiful colors in the quilt. The name is perfect!

beth said...

It's beautiful!

smallt0wngirl said...

Your quilt is beautiful!

Terri said...

Beautiful quilt. I love the quilting idea, too. Kind of frames each square with a special look. How did you get the scallops so even?

SewSister said...

Your vintage sheet quilt turned out beautifully! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!

Tabatha

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

That is very nice and flowery. Love the colors and flowers. Thanks for posting the tips on the sheets.
~Kimberlee

Teje said...

Hi Riel! 'Summer's Parfait' - perfect name for a perfect quilt! It looks so summer, ice cream, flower garden!!!

Amanda said...

That's a brilliant bit of recycling and I love the look of all the patterns and colours together.

Leslie said...

i love all vintage sheet quilts...but yours is gorgeous. the colors are so vibrant and fun.

Cathy said...

It looks lovely! Way to g. Love the name for it!

CityHouseStudio said...

This is gorgeous - I love how it turned out!

Lisa Ann said...

Oh my! I love your quilt! Those colors are what I would have chosen...Nicely done!

Sara said...

I have acquired a lot of vintage sheets recently and will be joining you! Just waiting for the shipments to begin from CA to NC;)

Did you starch at all? It was recommended to do so to me recently.

The pinks in your quilt are soft and pretty. As a whole it is simply gorgeous and very feminine!

i am linked up to Quilt STORY too.

susan said...

I think that quilt is absolutely scrumptious. Makes you just want to be wrapped up in it. I didn't see the appeal in vintage sheets until now. Thanks! I may have another new obsession!

Rachael said...

What beautiful colours! This quilt looks great. I wish I could find some vintage sheets like this! I'll just have to keep searching....

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Megan said...

Love the vintage sheets! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday!