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! 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. 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!

If you'd like to learn more about working with vintage sheets, check out my post: How to Identify, Shop for and Sew with Vintage Sheets

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.

Giant Vintage Star Quilt by jenib320
Giant Vintage Star Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
If you'd like to learn more about working with vintage sheets, check out my post: How to Identify, Shop for and Sew with Vintage Sheets. 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!

Happy Sewing!

38 comments :

aneela said...

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

Swedish Scrapper said...

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.

Go-Go Kim said...

Beautiful!!!!!!!

Suburban Stitcher said...

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

Lesley said...

Impressive and beautiful as always!

tisha @ quiltytherapy said...

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

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

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

Katie B said...

This is so gorgeous!

sweet diesel designs said...

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

Jessica said...

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

Bego said...

beautiful quilt!

Impera Magna said...

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!

Lesley said...

Your prism quilt is fabulous!

Wacky Woman said...

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

ColleenaMareena said...

I LOVE it! It's perfect! :)

www.randomthoughtsdoordi.com said...

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

Kelli said...

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

Selfsewn said...

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

Shannon said...

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

Ali said...

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.

vexa said...

It's lovely. Great job!

Anonymous said...

I really like what you have created.
Diane

Amanda ~ A Crafty Fox said...

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

Jennie P. said...

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

Michelle said...

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!

Tamie said...

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

Greenmare said...

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!!!

Lucy | Charm About You said...

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 :)

pamela said...

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!!!!

Shanna said...

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

Jacey said...

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!

Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane said...

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!

amy smart said...

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.

harleywife57/ Mickey White said...

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

Kathie said...

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

Betty said...

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

emily b said...

Oh my gosh - that is absolutely gorgeous!

Lea said...

LOVE THIS!!!