Vintage Sheet Scrappy Trip Quilt
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Today I'm sharing a really exciting quilt finish, my Vintage Sheet Scrappy Trip Quilt!
I started cutting out this quilt in July 2013, so this quilt was in progress for just over three years. In late 2012 there was a Scrappy Trip Quilt Along on Instagram (see the hashtag #scrappytripalong) using Bonnie Hunter's tutorial. I've long admired traditional trip around the world quilts, but it took me a while to come around on the scrappy version. That Summer, Jacey and I decided to both start one and bring it with us to our retreat to work on together. Well, Jacey finished two scrappy trip quilts (here and here) in the three years it took for me to make one!
I pretty quickly decided to make mine from vintage sheets. I love working with my sheet stash, and I knew I had enough prints to have a really nice variety. I made 42 blocks, and each block takes six strips. I didn't repeat any strips, so there are 252 different vintage sheets in this quilt.
Check out my post on how to identify, shop for, and sew with vintage sheets.
This was one of those projects that I would pick up every few months and do a little work on here and there. Most of the sewing happened in the last year. I had a little trouble getting a hang of where exactly to unpick, but some guidance from Holly at the Stitch Supply Co retreat in January put me on the right track.
When I went home for two weeks in June, I was determined to finish up the blocks and come back with a finished quilt top! After that it was smooth sailing.
I knew I would quilt this one myself. I quilted diagonal lines in both directions in every other square. I love they way this type of quilting looks, and it's easy!
For the backing, I used a vintage sheet I had recently found unopened in the original package. I used a striped sheet to match for the binding to finish it off.
I managed to get the quilt finished in time to take to our sewing retreat this year to take photographs, which only seemed right since I started sewing it at our first retreat! I love the quilts and projects I've made with vintage sheets, they're all so soft. You can see all the vintage sheet projects I've made at the end of this post. This one is definitely a favorite!
This quilt ended up being a bit of a memory quilt for my sheet stash. It's a catalog of many of the different sheets that came through the Etsy shop I ran during college and my personal stash. For some of the prints, I remember where I found them or who I was with (usually my Mom, Hi Mom!). It makes it really fun to look at!