Vintage Meets Modern

I’m still trying to catch up on posting some prior finishes….

My grandma (dad’s mom) passed away a few years ago. She was a big time crafter and her biggest love was knitting. I have tried a few times (unsuccessfully) to knit so I’m sticking with sewing for now.  Even though she was a knitter at heart she had a fabric stash and some of those beauties were handed down to me when she passed away.

Many of these fabrics are narrower than the standard 42 width”.  From what I found online, fabric sold in the pre-1950’s era was narrower than the contemporary standard of 42-60″. I wish I had taken a better photo of these fabrics up close.

I went to a local fabric store and picked up some other prints that I thought worked well with the original fabrics. Then I cut out (what felt like hundreds) of 2 inch circles and 8 inch squares. For the circles, I traced the top of a jar lid and then cut them out by hand. After I finished the quilt I found this amazing Fiskar’s Circle Cutter and I will be cutting out all of my circles this way in the future!

I initially attempted to do an enclosed circle (to avoid raw edges) but it was too bulky and time consuming so I decided to just appliqué the raw edges of the circles using a blanket stitch on my machine.  I did not fuse my pieces or use any spray starch and it turned out ok, but I think when I do more appliqué in the future I am going to use the starch method. Piece N Quilt has a nice tutorial here.

I wanted a random, scrappy look, but still felt like I needed to lay it all out before I started sewing.

I put a cozy flannel sheet on the back and  bound it in a vintage yellow floral print.  I gifted this to my dad for Christmas and hopefully it will keep him warm in snowy Minnesota!

I’m filing this under 2017 finishes.

-Erica

4 thoughts on “Vintage Meets Modern

  1. I love it! Perfect for a man and perfect idea to use his mom’s fabrics. Was there any hand quilting involved?
    How long did this one take?

    1. No, no hand quilting. I machine appliquéd the circles to the quilt. They have raw edges but I don’t think they’re going to fray very much. I’m lucky that my new machine has a machine blanket embroidery stitch option. Cutting out the circles was one of the longest parts of the projects but I would use a circle cutter (link in my post) if I were to make another one.

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