Friday, January 8, 2010

Finish for Friday- vintage sheet quilt

I have a Finish for Friday again! I am shooting for one every Friday this month. You can join in, too. Just hop on over to Lit and Laundry to see what others have finished, and maybe even post something of your own!

My finish is the quilting on this vintage sheet quilt- I had the top done already but was procrastinating (of course) with the quilting. This quilt is for Paul's cousin's little girl, Sydney. I made one for her new baby brother and realized I had not made one for her when she was born. Her parents just bought a new-old house and coincidentally her bedroom is going to be orange and pink!

I did the closely spaced wavy line quilting again, which is my favorite quilting technique right now. I think it goes especially well with the vintage sheets because it reminds me of how old bedspreads were quilted.

The back is a cute, BRIGHT vintage sheet as well. Everything in this quilt is from an upcycled sheet, except for the flower head itself, which is from a kit that was supposed to be used to make placemats. Some of the sheets are not extremely old, but they are all used/recycled. They. Are. So. Soft. This is the first quilt that I have made entirely from vintage sheets and I have to make one for myself!!! As I was quilting it, I just kept running my hands over the finished part. It feels so GOOD!!!

This is Sydney's baby brother's quilt. I showed a picture of this before, but the quiting was not finished at that point.

I did a version of the same quilting, but switched directions in each square. I won't do that again!!!! I couldn't lock my stitch because the machine kept switching directions when I did that so I had to pull all the tails to the back and knot them.

There are over a thousand little knots on the back of this quilt. Which means I pulled half that many tails through to the back. Not fun.

It looks really nice, but was not worth the effort. I think the straight line all the way down the quilt looks almost as good for about a quarter of the effort.

So maybe by next Friday I will have them bound and ready to go to their new little owners!


  1. Now I'm adding "vintage sheet quilt" to my long list! It turned out great! And I'm going to try your wavy quilting method too. It really looks so good on that quilt.

    Thanks so much for joining in! Looking forward to more finishes in 2010!

  2. Hey, I recognize some of those sheets!! LOVE how it turned out, and you're right about the quilting being perfect for it. I wish my machine did that sort of stitch. Very cute!!

  3. It looks great! I want to make one now, too!

  4. I absolutely love everything about this quilt. Did you freehand the waves, or did you use a wavy line stitch on your machine?

  5. You have done a great job. Love the flower on the first quilt and the second quilt with the "letter" gives me a great idea for one special little girl.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Beautiful quilt. I love how you have quilted it.

  7. Well, I'm going to have to try this out. I've been looking for some vintage sheets to make a pair of pajamas for one of the daughters.

    Now that you have done all that hand tying...Here is a simple way to tie off when quilting: While holding the top thread, turn the hand wheel on your machine one complete rotation so the bobbin thread is pulled to the top. This prevents your threads from tangling. While holding both threads, run your machine set to the smallest stitch length for 8-10 stitches. This ties it off. Then cut off the thread tails. When I am ending a quilted row, I use the smallest stitch length and take 8-10 stitches and clip the tails.

    I also use this technique when I am starting and ending machine applique or when I am starting and ending top stitching.

  8. I have to ask about that flower, is it a fabric flower? Did you buy it already to attach to the quilt? I know you said it was a kit, but where may I ask did you find that? I have been saving and looking for vintage sheets, and this is just adorable!!

  9. This is just w-a-y too cute and wonderfully done! Your quilting selection is perfect for your vintage sheet design and style!!

  10. I nominated you for an award over at my blog!

  11. Hey there - I came from Emily's blog to visit, and just wanted to say that I LOVE the vintage sheet quilt! It's just beautiful!

  12. hey lisa...i have found your blog after losing it for a while! :P the quilts are adorable!!! so exciting to see them (almost) done. i was NOT going to be making any more blankets, but your cool owl bag and black, white and pink quilt inspired me...i am going to make a Wall-E quilt for sydney, her current favorite movie.
    it was great to see you at christmas!!


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