The latest work in progress, made with some of my oldest fabric – a miniature quilt of vintage cottons from the 1930’s and 40’s. It’s made with my Petite Posies freebie pattern (available here), with an extra row of posies added. The pieced part is 8×10″ (finished size), and there’ll be a narrow 1″ border all around with a self-binding and very minimal quilting. I wanted to share it with you now, because if I wait until it’s totally done, you may never see it!
Just look at these adorable prints! Here’s a closeup for you (don’t you just love the green fabric with the little bows?):
While starting to go through the sewing room recently, I came across my original Petit Posies color planning sheet from about 10 years ago. Clearly, this was a sign to sew my own little garden (and to postpone the sewing room cleanup). Because the pieces are pretty small, it seemed a good use for my little hoard of vintage cotton scraps. I’ve been collecting them over the years from flea markets, garage sales, and fabric swaps, but they’re getting harder and harder to find now.
Here’s what they looked like, laid out in order just before beginning to sew.
The only modern fabric in the quilt is a solid green, used for about half the “leaves”. I had a strip of vintage green solid, but not enough. Luckily, I found a new-ish bit of that same 30’s green in my stash. The piecing was easy, yet a bit more fiddly than I’d imagined. Now that it’s done, I think it was totally worth the little extra time!
Now to find a nice border fabric and some batting. The thing I’m most looking forward to? Sewing little vintage pearl buttons as flower centers once everything else is done!
Do you enjoy working with vintage fabric and if so, what have you made? Please share your story in the comments below. And be sure to see how the mini quilt turned out in Part 2!