Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - A Finished Quilt

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

It feels great to have finished this quilt which has been languishing as a quilt top since 2014! I usually like to finish what I start, and don't tend to work on more than one (or two) projects at a time. It's what works best for me; although as you can see I am not immune to setting a project aside, and letting it sit unattended for quite some time. 

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

As mentioned in my previous blog post featuring this quilt I have finished this quilt by using a light weight cotton batting called QuiltLite. Quiltlite is a woven cotton fabric similar to a loosely woven flannel fabric (see photo below); it offers the presence of batting without adding bulk, gives a lovely soft drape, and makes this quilt perfect as a light weight Summer coverlet.

QuiltLite Batting

I am a pin baster and I have basted this quilt in same way as I do for all of my quilts, with backing fabric and batting taped to the floor, then pinning the quilt top firmly on top, starting with the outer edges of the quilt top first (I have briefly described my basting process in this blog post here).

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

I have then quilted the quilt by stitching evenly spaced - edge to edge - vertical lines across the width of the quilt. To give the quilting lines/stitches more definition I have used a heavier weight thread (Aurifil 28wt - the grey spool) for the top thread, and Aurifil 40wt thread in the bobbin. My sewing machine seems to like this combination of threads, and together with a relatively long stitch length (4.0) the stitches add a subtle point of interest in amongst the busy floral prints.

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The back of the quilt features a single text fabric ~ Newsprint in White from the Dreamer collection by Carrie Bloomston  ~ an old favorite.

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

And for the first time I have added a faced binding to a quilt. Faced binding is similar to traditional quilt binding except that the binding is turned completely to the back so there is no frame around the edge of a quilt. There are lots of Faced Binding Tutorials available online with step by step instructions and I have taken snippets of information from several online tutorials (see Relevant Links below), then trialled the technique on a mini-quilt (10 inch square). This helped me to visualize the process and gave me the confidence to go ahead and and finish this quilt with a faced binding.

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

I am really pleased with how this (new to me) faced binding technique. It wasn't difficult and I will definitely use this technique more often to finish off my quilts!

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The  binding fabric is a soft pink and white stripe by Moda Fabrics (Essentially Yours in Baby Pink).

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

QUILT DETAILS:
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt
The finished quilt measures 63 inches x 78 inches.
Fabrics Used:
All fabrics used to piece the quilt top are reclaimed vintage sheets.
Backing Fabric:
Batting:
QuiltLite - low loft cotton batting.
THREAD for quilting:
Aurifil 28wt thread (the gray spool) for quilting:
 (28wt top thread - 40wt thread in the bobbin).

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

For all sale inquiries or questions please don't hesitate to email me:
 redpepperquilts@gmail.com.

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Thank you for stopping by!
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress
More RPQ Projects with Vintage Linens

Faced Binding Tutorials:


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10 comments:

  1. Thank you for a new way to finish a quilt.

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  2. I love the tip for the different weights of thread in the top and bobbin. I will have to try the faced binding. It looks great!

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  3. I love everything about this informative post!! This quilt is so special with the vintage sheets. This was the perfect time to pull this one out of the heap and finish it up. I also let some quilts simmer. Thank you for sharing the faced binding links. Your's turned out exceptional! ❤️❤️

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  4. Rita! Another beautiful quilt! I am so envious of these vintage sheet quilts! I keep looking for vintage sheets at thrift stores, but have yet to find any! I may have to break down and buy some from Etsy!! Thank you for the excellent info on your batting and the facing technique!! Well done as usual!!!!

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  5. Simply delicious! I’ll have to give making a faced binding a try on my next mini.

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  6. I love this quilt... it screams vintage summer! cool and crisp sheets with a little weight to make it comfy. Beautiful!

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  7. This quilt is beautiful. I love the fabrics.

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  8. The faced binding is so different and lovely. At first I thought your fabric was Liberty Lawn. I don't seem to find pretty vintage sheets when I'm looking. Ugh. Yours are so pretty.

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  9. Appreciate the QuiltLite info as I prefer lighter weight quilts. Like the thread tips for machine quilting. May I ask the size of the vintage linen squares?

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  10. What a beautiful and cheerful quilt! That binding is lovely too.

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