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.
- 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