When you have something lying in your cupboard for over 27 years and you find them after a good clean out and wonder what you are going to do with these.

Yes a thing of the past called handkerchief. Something we don’t use very often now but there was no way I was going to get rid of them.

I looked at the number of sizes and thought I could make something with these and what else could I make but a Quilt!!!

So after joining each of them with an embroidery stitch so they did not need to be positioned exactly all butted up against each other meticulously I came up with the following haphazard pattern, but it worked really well.

Next I found an old quilt cover which was well worn and well washed and backed my vintage quilt

I thought this was a good time to do some more free motion quilting as the quilt was not too big and was easy to move around.

A few days later with all the quilting done to the best of my ability and found my shapes and swells were getting a little better I found the edges and my quilt is ready…

Can’t wait for the next one to start


11 thoughts on “VINTAGE !!!

  1. I love the effect, it’s like a gypsy bedspread! It was a great choice to put the black one in the middle, it anchors everything. You’re making progress with the FMQ, but it’s very hard on the hands and shoulders for a beginner. Maybe next time, do straight lines within each block – say a cross-hatched diamond pattern, or concentric squares. You can mark the lines with a ruler and fine, hard pencil, and follow the lines using your walking foot; it’s much easier than the FMQ embroidery foot.

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      1. To mark the quilt for diamonds (my favourite!), find the centre by folding in half and then in half again. Pin mark the middle, then draw from one corner to the centre, and from the centre to the opposite corner. Repeat on the other side. Then use the 2.5 or 3 inch marks on your ruler to draw lines parallel to the first two. Don’t go a lot bigger than that, as diamonds look best when they’re fairly close.


      1. You need to adjust the tension from Auto down to about 3, which allows the top thread to pull the bobbin thread up inside the quilt sandwich more, hiding the loops. Then set the stitch length to about 2.6 or 2.8. It would be a good plan with your sore hands to get a pair of quilting gloves. They’re white cotton gloves with ‘tacky’ dots printed on the palm side, and they stop your hand sliding across the fabric, allowing you to push the fabric through more effectively.

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