Work in Progress: Vintage Sheet Bear Paw Quilt

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Happy Wednesday! Last month I started a new quilt, and I'm here to share my progress with you today!

Ever since I finished my last vintage sheet quilt (it's this one: Vintage Sheet Four Patch Quilt), I've been itching to make another. Working with vintage sheets makes me really happy. The colors and patterns are so cheerful and fun. Plus they make super soft quilts.

One afternoon last month I came up with a block idea and stitched up the first block right away. It's nothing complicated, just a bear paw block without the center square and sashing. Each paw is a single color, made up of two fabrics plus a coordinating background fabric. These are scrappy and I'm making them each as I go. No pre-cutting, no pre-planning. I have no idea how many I need to make or how big the quilt will be. I'm just going to make blocks (about one a week) until I'm tired of them.

Here's a look at my first six blocks:

I don't normally work without a plan, but making these blocks has been really nice. They're pretty fast and just the kind of project I want to work on right now!

Happy Quilting!


  1. What a happy pretty quilt! I love your choice of colours and the Bear Paw lets the material shine.

  2. Hi Jeni! Oh the colors in these sheets are SO gorgeous. I am old enough to have had and owned those sheets the first time around, and they bring right back to my first home in 1986. I can only imagine how nice those blocks feel. It's really the perfect summer weight fabric for a quilt. Love this! ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Gorgeous!! but where do you find the nice vintage bed sheets? The ones in my thrift stores are not so pretty.

    1. Honestly, almost all of mine have come from thrift stores! I've gotten really lucky, but I've also been collecting them for 10 years!

  4. Mm-m, love the colors and the Monet Water Garden look of the blocks!

  5. They are SO pretty. All the patterns look familiar, even though I didn't actually have any the same. The blocks look lovely

  6. Perfect spring/summer project.

  7. Amazing!! I made your Vintage Star quilt a while back. This one has me itching to do another. Your selection if FABULOUS!! Very difficult to find here in CA, especially the blues. Love the blue and white daisy!

  8. VERY pretty fabrics Jeni. I love these vintage sheets you have. Just wowie

  9. I am in love with these gorgeous vintage sheets. How pretty the patterns are. This pretty is going to be the prettiest of quilts.

  10. I am in love with this. A vintage sheet quilt is on my bucket list. Your blocks are just stunning!


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