Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Vintage sheet quilt - In progress

Wow!  I've been wanting to post my progress of this quilt for almost two weeks now.  However, my progress has been slow, so it's not like I have gotten very far during that time anyway.

Since my lucky win last month I've been working on a vintage sheet quilt, and as I just admitted it's been slooow, but it has been fun.
I would love to make a postage stamp quilt, but I don't think I have the patience just yet to pull that off.  So I've figured I would incorporate the two Accuquilt square dies that I won, the 2" and 5".  The pattern I've conjured up in my head is based on two types of blocks; one block of nine (3 x 3) 5" squares and one block of 81 (9 x 9) 2" squares.
Pie dish filled with 5" squares
Literately this quilt was started without the thought of how many squares were needed.  I did calculate about four blocks across and six to seven blocks down, but just the other day I started to calculate the amount of 5" squares that would be needed, 102, and 2" squares, 972.  What?!!!  Oh damn!!!!!  Wow!!!  No wonder my progress has been slow. Great starter quilt right? ( I do have another 1st quilt in the works that has lost it's steam. The cutting of the fabric killed it for me, but maybe I can eventually use my 2 1/2" strip cutter for that portion.  As for this vintage sheet quilt I've already done soooo much more and I'm excited to see if it comes out.)
Small soup bowl filled with 2" squares.
Cutting the squares has been amazing.  I know for sure I wouldn't be doing what I am attempting if I had not won the Accuquilt Go! Baby.  However, the sewing of the small 2" squares is a whole different story...not as easy breezy.  A lot of thread cutting and a LOT of ironing.  Ugh!!!

Ironed and not ironed strips of nine 2" squares. 
As of right now I have 23 different vintage sheets (sheet scraps and fresh cuts as I go) counted to be part of this quilt so far, and definitely more are to be added (as I eye my stack of sheets).

Let's see how long this takes me.  Yikes!!!


  1. I can't wait to see it when it's done! You're my hero for attempting this!

  2. Wow! looks great! Can't wait to see it finished :)

  3. I just found your blog...and I don't even know the path, no trail of bread crumbs to follow home, oh my!
    I love your vintage sheet quilt. I remember some of those quilts from the middle part of my childhood! Please, please, please finish your quilt. Since I can't own it, I can at least come to your blog and watch it grow.
    I am a quilter also. I wish I was closer so I could encourage you to continue on this project. Chain pieceing and strip piecing make for less thread waste, as does using leaders and enders. If you don't know about those, go to Bonnie Hunters website and blog. She has tons of free tutorials on the basics and more at Tons of free scrappy quilt patterns and what she calls her scrap users system. But maybe you already know all that.
    I may have to go through mom's house to see if I can find any of those old sheets. I do have a small drawstring bag made with one of them, and I smile every time I see it.

  4. Gosh we sound alike. Perhaps it's in the name ;-) I'm a quilter who starts now, ask questions later. I often find out there was ways to double sew this, and whip up that, but seeing as I have never made a quilt from a pattern, I do all the maths myself and sometimes forget about efficiency. Once you're done with this, check out strip piecing, and you might be keen to do another quilt bcoz it will come together heaps faster. And, I don't want to over excite you, but less visits to the iron too! You prob won't use the accuquilt thing for that, though. One of these days I'll post my first blog and share my updates too. Thanks!