Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Quilt of A Thousand Vintage Fabrics


This past Christmas, I received a lovely gift from my mother. She won at auction, a few weeks before, a beautiful hand-made, hand-tied quilt created entirely from fabrics of the 1920s through the 1940s.

The quilt was made by the ladies of the Battle Born Civil War Reenactors, and features a wonderful array of tiny vintage parallelograms. It's big, snuggly, and offers all kinds of inspiration for vintage blouses and summer dresses.




I thought it would be fun to take some of my favorite fabric swatches from the quilt and try to recreate them on Spoonflower. It takes time, but here are a few I've been working on...

1930s Green Lifesaver Deco

1930s Purple Leaf

1930s Picnic Plaid

It also seemed like a lot of these fabric designs had never gone out of style, and could probably be found in the quilting section today. I endeavored to secure one or two I felt were close to some of the quilt fabrics, to make a couple versions of Wearing History's 1930s Day Blouse, but was amazed to find not much at all at Joann's. It looks like for the time being, quilting cottons have moved onto more "modern" designs.  Let's hope they veer back towards these vintage prints soon!
I want to make the short-sleeved version on the right
I did find a couple cotton prints that will work, printed out my ePattern, taped it together, and now it's ready to cut. I'll post about my progress later. :-)  In the meantime, I might be curled up under the quilt, keeping warm!


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  1. I just got that Wearing History Pattern. Can't wait to see how your versions turn out!

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    1. You'll probably finish yours before I do mine, but I look forward to seeing how you do yours. We should pick a day at CoCo to wear them. :-)

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  2. what a beautiful quilt and how wonderful to be able to see and feel the vintage fabrics used to create it. vintage fabrics are the best.

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    1. I agree! I imagine little stories to go with each fabric. Hours of drowsy entertainment :-)

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  3. It is so lovely! Retro fabrics are alive and well, possibly Joanne's isn't up with the homies? Try http://www.equilter.com/category/27/thirties-retro-+-vintage which is my favourite place to buy fabrics xo

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    1. I agree! Joanns is definitely not up with the times. I'll check out the link - I like making the "reproductions" for Spoonflower, by I don't like the price tag!

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    2. Oh yes, you weren't kidding! These are SO similar to a lot of the fabrics on this quilt, and for a much better price.

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  4. I believe La mode has a line of vintage quilt fabric. I would definitely check out a quilt store as they will have a better selection of vintage printed quilting cotton.

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  5. All the fabrics shown are just awesome! I just loved them all! I assure you that you will fall in love with the fabrics just after viewing the vintage fabric collections at Full Swing Textiles by visiting http://goo.gl/0zIidE!

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  6. What a beautiful quilt! I am running a series on my blog called Vintage Quilt Sunday. I would love permission to post a picture of this quilt and link back to this post for the story/more pictures. Please let me know! Katie (www.swimbikequilt.com)

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