Saturday, April 9, 2011

a vintage finish.

About 5 years ago, I bought a vintage quilt top on eBay. It was an incomplete top so it was very inexpensive. When I got it, I didn't quite know what to do with it, but what I did know was that I loved the colors. I was made from old feed sacks, which delighted me all the more.

I could see where the seams of the sacks had been picked apart
and there were stamps like this on a few of the blocks.
I loved the "make do" quality of it.....
See here where two of the light blue hexies are the same color but not the same pattern?
 I like to think of the thrifty hands that pieced this together using the last bits of fabric they had. :)

Since I couldn't make any sort of a quilt out of the top I decided to take it apart and make a few things with it. First, I unpicked enough blocks to make a portion of the quilt into a table runner.

Then, I took two of the unpicked blocks and framed them. I found these frames at goodwill and spray painted them black. Then I used spray adhesive to attach them to the fabric backing.

I took the largest piece for the runner and machine quilted it.
I used a stippling stitch with a red variegated thread.
When that was finished, I couldn't decide how I would bind the edges.
I finally decided to measure and cut straight edges, because some of the border hexies were so uneven.
 Then I bound it with a black pin dot fabric.
It was a ginormous pain in the neck to sew all those corners,
and it took a whole lot longer than I want to talk about,
BUT, I'm so glad it's finished!
 I like how it is just the right size for our big table.
And I loooove the red!
 I hope that whoever pieced this all those years ago, likes how it ended up. 
 I am certainly grateful for all the work that went into it before it came into my life!


Kimberly said...

So. Very. Jealous.

(In other words, you done good, Sister!)

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Oh, my word! It turned out so beautiful and absolutely perfect for your table!!!!
And I love how you framed the extra pieces. I have some pieces that I bought at an estate sale years ago. I may do that with one of them!
Have a wonderful week, Jo-Anne!

Sue said...

I love what you did with this beautiful quilt top. I love that you brought it to a new life, actually quite a few new lives. I love being able to take something that has long been forgotten and breathe new life into it. I can't quilt, haven't quite mastered that yet, but I keep trying. Thanks for the inspiration.

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Oh my gosh!!!! I just LOVE you finished the runner. I've been thinking of framing a couple blocks too. Yours look fabulous!


Prairie Patch said...

Wow! I love what you did with it. The runner looks awesome! I like how it isn't in the usual rectangle shape. And those framed quilt pieces are beautiful. :)


Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Hi JoAnne! You blog is so nice and I look forward to getting to know you more as time goes on. I'm looking forward to the Pin Keep Swap.

Kindra-At Home With K said...

Wonderful Jo-Anne! I love them framed and as a runner! Great transformations! Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

Raspberry Lane Primitives said...

Hi JoAnne: Your vintage quilt table runner is just