Vintage Inspired Quilt

vintage quiltI’ve never been particularly good at the whole vintage thing. 

There are lots of vintage things and themes I love but I’ve never felt that I really have the style or know how to pull off vintage properly. It’s a bit of an art to make vintage actually look cool, rather than have it look like you just have a bunch of old, dated stuff hanging around.

My style is pretty contemporary. I’m not on trend and I’m not vintage cool. As much as I often wish I could be in either camp.

I do what works for me right now, what appeals to me in the moment.

But one thing that I had been wanting to do, that was outside of my usual zone, was to create a quilt that had a more vintage feel.

I wanted to make a quilt that was a little more timeless, had a more vintage, old world, grandma’s attic kind of feel.

It felt important to create a quilt that more closely reflected the original feel and style of olden day quilting.

When I recently visited a Quilt Fair I came across the fabrics designed by Lynette Anderson and I knew I’d found the start of my project.

While some of the prints are more modern, there are a pallet of muted colours that became my leaping off point.

Then it was a case of finding the right fabrics to add some extra colour, a bit of pop, because I didn’t want the whole thing to end up looking washed out.

With my fabrics chosen it was time to decide on a layout. Which ended up being a pretty easy choice.

I’ve never made a simple, patchwork square quilt.

And it seemed that a plain square patchwork layout would be perfect for a ‘vintage look’ quilt.

Decisions made, time to sew!

Once I’d spent hours working out the layout of every square and making sure it was both random but without repeats, the sewing of this quilt top was pretty quick. And with such a basic layout and with the backing and binding picked it should have all come together a few days later.

But every now and then you have a quilt that tests you and this one brought me more trouble than triumph for a while. Rows of quilting were unpicked, basting glue was used (I don’t normally) and constant adjustments were made.

Obstacles overcome, there was this.

Vintage Quilt

vintage quilt

My version of a vintage inspired quilt.

Well vintage style enough for me anyway.

After our tumultuous courtship I love it!

I didn’t think I would feel the love for a plain patchwork quilt, as much as I do for some of the other more intricate quilts I’ve made. But, completed, it is right up there at the top of my most loved quilts : )



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