Vintage Sheet Patchwork Prism Quilt

Monday, May 7, 2012

Vintage Sheet Patchwork Prism Quilt
Hi! Today I want to share with you my Vintage Sheet Patchwork Prism Quilt as a part of the Summer Sewing Contest put on by Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts! It's time to dive into summer sewing and for me, that means sewing with vintage sheets! Something about the bright florals scream summer to me! If you're new to In Color Order, you might not know that I collect vintage bed linens and also sell them in my etsy shop!

I knew it was time to create another quilt using 100% vintage sheets and the Patchwork Prism pattern by Anna Maria Horner (available here) seemed like just the thing! So, let's chat about this quilt!

I had to dig deep into my personal stash of sheets for this quilt.  Lucky for me, I keep at least a scrap of almost every sheet that passes through my shop, so there was a lot to choose from.  This pattern uses the full rainbow of colors in a range of values.

I had a lot of fun picking out sheets for this quilt, but I will admit, the cutting wasn't all that fun! I wanted to have as much variety as possible, and cutting with templates has never been my favorite! The piecing wasn't too bad, and it wasn't long until I had a finished top!

For backing, I used one of my favorite sheet patterns, a fun multicolored floral! I love using sheets for backing, no piecing or extra work! :)

It's free motion quilted with my favorite doodle loops! I could have done a better job basting (I was in a bit of a rush!), so there are a few wonky places here and there, but nothing a good washing doesn't hide!

Bound it up in a nice stripe (another vintage sheet!) and it's all ready for summer picnics! The quilt finishes off at about 70"x76", a nice throw size! If you need a little motivation to make your own, there is a quilt-along going on here!

Giant Vintage Star Quilt by jenib320
Giant Vintage Star Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
If you're interested in learning more about vintage sheets (including sewing and quilting with them) see my post here!  A few of my favorite tips:

- Piece and quilt using 100% polyester thread (I use Gutermann Sew-all). It moves through the sheets easier, as most of them are 50/50 polyester/cotton blends.
- Use a nice sharp needle and change it often! I like to use universal 14/90 needles for most projects.
- A little extra basting goes a long way!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the stops on the Summer Sewing Blog Hop:


For more information on the contest and awesome prizes (like $100 gift certificates to Fat Quarter Shop!), check Jennifer's post, here! It all starts June 10th, so get stitching!

Happy Sewing!

38 comments :

  1. Those pretty prints have found the perfect home in your quilt :))

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  2. Oh, I've been waiting to see how it would turn out. Just beautiful! That deep purple A-piece is delightful! You made a wonderful palette out of those vintage sheets.

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  3. Jeni, it is a GORGEOUS quilt! Love every part of it...and it is SO you! Congrats :)

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  4. Impressive and beautiful as always!

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  5. Adorable. I bet that quilt is super soft with the all the vintage sheets.

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  6. The quilt looks really lovely, it does scream Summer! I love the pattern and with your vintage sheets it turned out beautiful!

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  7. I absolutely LOVE your prism quilt. I can't wait until mine is all done! Also...thanks for the "shout-out!" ;D

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  8. Oh my word. I love how the floral prints somehow make the shift from color to color super subtle. <3 it.

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  9. So... if you're using "vintage" sheets and I recognize (and had) some of the, I guess that makes me "vintage, huh?

    *lol*


    LOVE your prism quilt... it's gorgeous!!! What a great way to celebrate your vintage sheet finds!

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  10. Your prism quilt is fabulous!

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  11. Ohhhhhh, I think I may need to find some of these sheets and make one. Lovely!

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  12. Jeni, I always enjoy seeing your projects in color order and using vintage sheets. This pattern shows both off perfectly

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  13. So very pretty! I love vintage sheets...headed to your etsy shop now! :)

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  14. Lovely! I am nearing the end of a vintage sheet quilt, fingers crossed I finish it in time!

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  15. I have to say, I've never been a fan of quilts made from vintage sheets. With the exception of yours. Gorgeous.

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  16. Well you got done already! That turned out lovely. I know you have a couple other closer pictures on flickr, but truthfully I'd love to see close ups of every part, of it it's so pretty.

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  17. I really like what you have created.
    Diane

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  18. So pretty, Jeni! I love how cheerful and summery it is :) Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Gosh that is gorgeous. I'd love to sew something from the Prism pattern. I don't have enough in my stash yet though!

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  20. Hey Jeni, You know I love the Vintage Sheets! This quilt is awesome! You will have to send me the flicker links so I can post your reply. I believe your answer will be posted on my blog on Wed. Again lovely I can hardly wait to try it!

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  21. Love your quilt and use of vintage. So very cool.

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  22. oh that is the prettiest quilt I have seen in ages! I am in love with vintage sheets, and that is so fabulous I cant' even find words......... there are no words!!!

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  23. Jeni is beautiful! I love all the colours and tones. It's so pretty seeing them in a soft palette and the vintage sheets are gorgeous :)

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  24. so pretty, jeni~! a perfect quilt for nap-taking on a lovely summer day :) the vintage sheets stir up so many memories for me. i miss those sweet florals & stripes from the past. you've "saved" the sheets & transformed them into beautiful creations! <3 have an awesome day!!!!

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  25. absolutely beautiful!! Reminds me of my childhood :o)

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  26. I love your version! I've been dreaming about this pattern, and I think I'm going to have to give it a try soon. And it's perfect timing, because I've been working on reorganizing my stash!

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  27. just beautiful Jeni! I love your sense of color and the vintage sheets just make it super special.
    Thanks so much for kicking off the blog hop!

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  28. Jeni,

    This quilt is SO fabulous! I love that it's a catalog of all your vintage finds. My goal this summer is to FINISH my vintage sheets quilt!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  29. This is so lovely !!! You always make such gorgeous projects !

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  30. I love the doodle loops. I haven't tried the free motion quilting yet but that looks like something I could handle :-)! Great fabric!

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  31. Love it!
    Might even be more beautiful than the giant star ...

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  32. Oh my gosh - that is absolutely gorgeous!

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