Many bloggers talk about vintage sheet quilts. A lot of them say that those prints remind them of the sheets from their childhood. But, when I looked at the sheets from their posts, I thought that the fabrics they had found were nothing like the sheets I grew up with. Our parents must have had different taste in sheets.
I did make a quilt from the sheet I grew up with. My dad is from the south and lived in an area where there were many textile mills and it was a huge source of income for the community. My mom and dad purchased this sheet from the textile mill where my father (and most of his family) had worked, so this sheet means so much more to me for that reason.
When my mom mentioned wanting a new quilt for a vacation home that they have, I thought that this sheet would be perfect. It didn’t take very much to convince my mom to give up the sheet so we could make her a new quilt. We had a deal. I went to her house to sew, she watched the kids and held the baby. Since her house is where I do all of my basting (look at crazy mom quilt’s basting tutorial. LIFESAVER!), I felt I owed her this quilt.
I made 1 square foot squares and pieced them together, alternating it with blue squares (you can’t really see them, but there are a few blue flowers in the sheet pattern), and added a 6 inch border on all sides. So, a very simple quilt top, mostly to display the sheet’s 1970’s design. Then, I basted this baby and began the quilting process.
I cannot tell you how proud I am of this quilt. I doubted myself, whether I could sew a queen size quilt on my little Singer, but she (the Singer) proved herself, and I am so happy with the result. When I finished stippling half of the quilt, I placed it on the floor, and my mom’s first reaction was to kneel down and run her hand across it. That is what I do! There is something about that texture that draws people to touch it. My children had fun with this quilt, as well. When I completed the quilt top, the first thing they did was play hop-scotch on it. Now, whenever they go to my parent’s vacation spot, they can play hop-scotch on their bed.
Not bad for an old sheet.