Sunday, May 22, 2011

Vintage Style - a la Grand-mère ~ A Finished Quilt

I am really excited to show you the finished Vintage Style ~ a la Grand-mère Quilt! (See work-in-progress post here). It has turned out to be so beautiful!  Even though some of the fabrics that I have used for this quilt are so varied, from old  and vintage to new, graphic dots to florals, they all blend to make a great mix of colors and patterns.


The finished quilt is one of the larger quilts that I have made this year, measuring 62 inches x 80 inches, and I am pleased with how well and kind of "effortlessly" (it is still a cumbersome job) it maneuvered under the arm of my sewing machine.


For the back of the quilt I have used Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Ash, as well as a single strip of patchwork pieced from some of the leftover fabrics used for the quilt top. 

Quilt ~ Back

For binding I auditioned numerous fabrics including several pretty pink stripes, none of which seemed "just right" until I pulled out the much loved Kei Honeycomb Dot in Green; pieces of which I have also used in the quilt top.


Again I have kept the quilting really simple; clean straight lines, outlining just the seam lines that run from edge to edge both vertically and horizontally.  That sure sounds like less work than what it actually is.  I estimate that the quilting alone took approximately 6 hours; some things cannot be rushed.


Fabrics Used:
  • Modern quilting cottons - most are florals on a white/light background.
  • Vintage reclaimed linens in excellent condition - again florals on a white background.

Block size and piecing details:
  • Large rectangles (floral print):  Cut 5 inches x 3.5 inches
  • Small rectangles (solid white fabric):  Cut 2 inches x 3.5 inches
  • Sew a large rectangle and small rectangle together to make a unit measuring 6.5 inches x 3.5 inches
  • Make 240 units.  Sew units into 12 rows of 20, alternating the unit (ie turn every second unit up side down).  Press seams in one direction, alternating the direction with each row so that seams nest together when joining rows.
  • Join together the 12 rows to make a quilt top.  
    • Add top and bottom borders if so desired; my pieced border patches each measure 3.5 inches x 4 inches (including seam allowances).  I have alternated a solid white fabric with a printed fabric.


    I have listed this quilt in my Etsy Store:


    You can find the Etsy Listing here.


    With my apologies for a lengthy and picture filled post, but with thanks for stopping by,
    Rita

    57 comments:

    1. looks so nice and delicate

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    2. Another beautiful quilt from Rita! It's gorgeous.

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    3. Thanks so much for some more beautiful inspiration!

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    4. Lovely quilt. The simplicity of piecing really lets the fabric glow. And I am always a sucker for white!

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    5. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I haven't gotten into vintage sheets, but I'm afraid this might just do the trick!
      And never apologize for a long post! I love seeing all the little details :)

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    6. NEVER apologize for posting lots of pictures of your beautiful quilts! It's a quilting blog!!

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    7. Lovely! I am continually amazed by the use of fabulous vintage sheets in projects. Not sure where I would obtain them, but I'm thinking of trying to find out!!

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    8. I am more and more drawn to the simple quilting like yours... perfect for this quilt, which is just lovely!

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    9. It's funny how what we have in mind for the binding just doesn't work sometimes.

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    10. I love the quilts that you have been doing lately. They remind me of summers of my child hood in a very good way! My grandparents had a small summer cottage along Lake Erie and this quilt espeially takes me back to those days that I miss so much.

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    11. this is such a fabulous quilt. You have really inspired me to start thrifting!

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    12. Don't ever apologize for eye candy and quilt stats. Thanks Rita

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    13. My pleasure to be able to see the various photos and read about your brilliant quilt journey on this beauty. Thanks Rita!

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    14. Vintage sheets are perfect for quilts aren't they?!! I am in love with this quilt--how simply put---PRETTY!!

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    15. I love this quilt with the little splashes of color and the whites. Very pretty and it has such a summery feel.

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    16. Absolutely stunning! Love the binding too! Jxo

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    17. I just love this quilt! I wish I had the patience for so much piecing!

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    18. Very pretty! You are so nice to share your instructions with us.

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    19. love it, love it, love it

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    20. What a lovely finished piece. I'm nowhere near a grand-mere, but I would be happy to have something like this for snuggles.

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    21. Wouldn't this be fabulous in solids? Thank you for such wonderful inspiration!

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    22. I'm embracing the grandmotherly quilt. In fact, I love it! Soft and gentle, yet crisp all at once. Beautifully done Rita. : )

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    23. really quite lovely, the quilting is very nice too!

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    24. beautiful, clean and crisp, so feminine looking--love it thrice !~!

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    25. It really has captured that 'Grand-mère' feeling. Very nice :)

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    26. Flawless and beautiful, as all your quilts are. You inspire me..... thanks for sharing!

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    27. This is such and soft and peaceful quilt. I love it!

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    28. I think it turned out very pretty and very girly! Not grama at all. Inspiring!

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    29. sew very pretty!! i dunno why, but white-heavy quilts always make me happy <3

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    30. It's just gorgeous Rita! Beautiful and fresh! Would be perfect for someone who has renovated an old house and wants that vintage feel.

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    31. Of all the quilts you've made, I can't help myself, I just love this one. It seems there are two parts to me, the bright and funky-making part and the vintage-flowery part and looking at your quilt, the vintage wins! I love the way you have woven together new fabrics, sheets and vintage fabrics and it works so perfectly. Up till now I have used either one or the other, but perhaps I think I might try for both!! Thanks Rita, you inspire again...

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    32. Light, bright and oh very pretty, is Grandmere'--tres bon, tres chic (okay, I've now exhausted my French).

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    33. It's beautiful Rita, love all the photo's. xo

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    34. gorgeous! and I love the dotty binding!

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    35. Another gorgeous quilt and thanks so much for detailing how you made this - I love how you're so generous with your creativity!!

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    36. Just beeeeeeee-u-ti-fulll.....

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    37. congratulations on completing this beautiful quilt.

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    38. There is something about this quilt that I just love! I don't know what exactly but I just love it!

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    39. Love this quilt! The fabric is perfect and the quilting is so lovely! Did you free motion, or keep feed dogs up? Home machine?

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    40. *sings happily and excitedly "You make me wanna shout.."* :D :D This is a BEAUTIFUL quilt, LOVE it!

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    41. I'm so glad you shared the details. I think this would be a great way to use my dh's old dress shirts I've been saving. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    42. love it! your binding choice is perfect!

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    43. Those fabrics are amazing together. I love it.

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    44. LOVE the honeycomb with this quilt. I need to try to quilt a quilt on my machine, without giving up!! (did I say frustrated too?) 8-)

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    45. So cute!!! Kisses dear !!! http://coisasdaana23.blogspot.com/

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    46. It looks very good your quilt, it reminds me of a botanical print or a botanical journal filled with watercolors..

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    47. Oh, no need to apologize for such a nice post! The quilt turned out wonderfully. And, your notes about block cuts and piecing are really helpful for the rest of us.

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    48. simply charming and beautiful!! And I just adore the binding!

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    49. This quilt makes me want to sit on my wrap-around porch and drink some lemonade. Now where has my wrap-around porch got to?

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    50. Hi There Rita, I wanted to say thankyou! you have inspired me to try quilting. I've always shied away from it as, although I LOVE all things vintage and have been a sewer since mum let me try her machine, I have always found quilts a bit 'country-ish' and naff...until I found your website! Am about to embark on new quilting adventure!

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    51. Hi There Rita, I wanted to say thankyou! you have inspired me to try quilting. I've always shied away from it as, although I LOVE all things vintage and have been a sewer since mum let me try her machine, I have always found quilts a bit 'country-ish' and naff...until I found your website! Am about to embark on new quilting adventure!

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    52. Hey, how'd you get my old sheets? ;) Beautiful quilt - glad to hear 'simple' quilting takes someone else a long time too.

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    53. I know you posted this one several months ago, but I just found it while looking back thru your completed quilts. This layout looks perfect for a collection of vintage shirt fabrics that I've been collecting. Do you mind if I use your quilt as inspiration and design one that copies your layout, with plans of selling it when it's done? I'd be happy to credit you with the original design when I'm done. Love your work, but don't want to be an unauthorized "copy-cat". Your quilts are definitely an inspiration to me! Gorgeous!

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