Vintage Sheet Quilt

IMG_9818 Remember these? Now they are a fun car/picnic quilt. This quilt is so soft, the fabrics are the softest I’ve ever felt….. I try to forget its because they are used. IMG_9820 copy I like to think these sheets sat on a sweet little old lady’s guest bed, or better yet in her linen closet and were never even used. But with my luck they probably came from some dingy hotel like the one I stayed at in Niagara Falls three days ago. Seriously….you think I would have learned, you get what you pay for. A $40 dollar hotel, is a $40 dollar hotel, especially when its in Canadian dollars. (i took my own sheets.) IMG_9807 I did simple wavy line quilting along the seams. My husband saw the wavy lines and asked if I moved the quilt back and forth really fast to make the lines wavy (like free motion). I told him yes and he thought I was awesome. IMG_9808 The back is the color of grass stains, because there will definitely be grass stains to come. Now this baby is in the washer….again. Just in case I got the dingy hotel sheets.

70 Responses to Vintage Sheet Quilt

  1. Fiesta July 11, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    Allison this turned out really good. You did a fabulous job and now I am inspired to shop for some sheets too.

  2. Jo (sparkly green knickers) July 11, 2009 at 1:04 pm #

    How funny – your husband sounds like he really pays attention when you're quilting! He he!

    I love the quilt – so long as you've washed it, you'll never get the old lady/dingy hotel cooties :)

  3. roseylittlethings July 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm #

    Love it! Getting ready to make a vintage sheet quilt too:)

  4. essie July 11, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    that is lovely – the colours are perfect :)

  5. The Humming Cat July 11, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    Beautiful, I love it!! Great job.

  6. dearmrsreese July 11, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    I love the quilt. I just snagged a sheet of that blue print at Goodwill earlier this week!

  7. The Ballstaedts July 11, 2009 at 2:30 pm #

    So funny, Good job on the wiggly lines!

  8. Marie-Noëlle July 11, 2009 at 2:30 pm #

    I would love to have it for me
    beautiful colors

  9. Starbound Studios July 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm #

    Love it! And just to tell ya, the vintage sheets look to nice to have been dingy hotel sheets :o)

  10. Casey July 11, 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    it's gorgeous! the colors are so great

  11. badlandsquilts July 11, 2009 at 3:00 pm #

    This is just fabulous! I am soo jealous… I went to 2 thrift stores yesterday and didn't find any cute sheets.

  12. Tiffany July 11, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    Wow, this is great. I like the solids in there also. I'm collecting sheets to do this and now I'll be on the lookout for a great solid to add. I know what you mean about the "used" sheets!

  13. Brenna July 11, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    "My husband saw the wavy lines and asked if I moved the quilt back and forth really fast to make the lines wavy (like free motion). I told him yes and he thought I was awesome."

    I laughed so hard at that! The quilt looks beautiful! So bright and fun.

  14. Heather July 11, 2009 at 3:37 pm #

    Very pretty! I bet they are soft. And your husband is funny, my husband would say the same thing! I love that. You got me laughing this morning :D

  15. Lora July 11, 2009 at 4:06 pm #

    ooohhh!!! I love it!!! great job and wonderful vintage fabrics!

  16. Sara Richins July 11, 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    Men are so gullible sometimes! Very cute quilt! It looks like a fun quilt to picnic. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Ariel July 11, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    ha! Love it. It's so retro and the backing fabric is fabulous. I like the wavy line stitch..It adds to the era. Ewww to the hotel…

  18. jaybird July 11, 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    looks soo pretty… love the wavy lines… good idea!! my dad would make a comment like your husband… and the he'd sit with me and watch how i relaly did it!

  19. Mountain Home Quilts July 11, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    It does look great! Sorry about the $40 hotel- yuck! :)

  20. Quilted Cupcake July 11, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    Well done! I'm sure these sheets were nicely folded in some grandma's linen closet that had sprigs of jasmine tucked in between to keep them fresh. Only used for "company." She's probably glad somebody's using them. That's what I tell myself about my vintage finds. Kudos on the quilting, too!

  21. Care July 11, 2009 at 5:01 pm #

    absolutely gorgeous! i love the quilting!

    yet ANOTHER quilt…. do you ever get any sleep? ;)

  22. Mary on Lake Pulaski July 11, 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    So cool Allison! And I like that you write all the things we are thinking about those sheets!!

  23. Tricia and Aimee July 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    I laughed so hard! Your husband is so cute…hope you told him hard that really is too…
    I love your quilt! I keep thinking I am going to collect these but I can't get pass the dingy hotel thing…actually I think I am more worried about other things that I won't share here…LOL!
    I am going to miss you for the month in your move, I love seeing what you are doing and how much you get accomplished, it inspires me!
    I have one quilt shop I think you should visit on your journey…although I know it will be a tad out of your way, the drive up to it is beautiful! And should you choose to stay over night there is a great little outdoor theatre to enjoy also.
    Anyway it is my sister in law's shop, it is cute and fun and the ladies that work there are charming…It is in Garden Valley Id, and is Stitch n Snips….hope you can fit it into your schedule and I would give just about anything to visit the Gathering Place…that is a too die for shop if you ask me! LOVE it…we used to live in Boise, so we would drive over or on our way to somewhere else, my DH would let me stop…
    If you like Hobby Lobby, check out the craft store in town at Rexburg…Porters I think, but maybe it is Roberts…can't remember
    Good luck in your move

  24. Lucy Locket-Pocket July 11, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    It's gorgeous! And I'm laughing away at the "dingy hotel sheets" bit!

    Think of them as "nicely stored in the linen cupboard" instead!

    Lucy x

  25. Linda July 11, 2009 at 7:01 pm #

    This is so cool! I used that wavy stitch a lot…especially on baby quilts. Stitching in the ditch is something I don't enjoy. Wash that puppy a couple more times just in case!

  26. Blue is Bleu July 11, 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    It's so pretty!! I enjoy that my husband likes to look over my quilts too, and he'll actually notice little things :)

  27. Evelyn July 11, 2009 at 8:45 pm #

    Love that quilt! I know what you mean about those vintage sheets! When I buy them, they go immediately into the washing machine when I get home. :-)

  28. edeenut July 11, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    Great comment to your husband, I love it!
    They have no idea what we can do :)

  29. Mam July 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    Love it. If my quilt wish list wasn't so long I would definitely ………ah, what the heck, I'm putting it on my quilts to make list. BTW don't you love having a picnic quilt in the car

  30. Cheryl Arkison July 11, 2009 at 10:51 pm #

    Why can't I ever find cute sheets out here? That's exactly what I would have done for a picnic quilt too. It's perfect!

  31. Taiya July 11, 2009 at 11:23 pm #

    Very bright and airy! A great picnic quilt!

  32. Kris July 12, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    That quilt is beautiful, Allison! I can't wait until I'm able to make even a simple quilt!

  33. Kathleen July 12, 2009 at 1:07 am #

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog too. I truly appreciate it!

    The sheet quilt is awsome. My grandmother used to make those and they were always my favorite to sleep under. There's nothing like the feel of soft, worn sheets…no matter where they come from. But a little Tide and a couple runs through the washer certainly helps!

  34. Maevy July 12, 2009 at 2:10 am #

    Awesome quilt! I love the colors and all the different flower patterns mixed together.

  35. Cheryl July 12, 2009 at 2:48 am #

    I love it! Great colors! I can almost feel the softness as you talk about it, sheets use to actually be that way!

  36. amandajean July 12, 2009 at 2:53 am #

    i really really love it. i love a "just plain squares" quilt. your quilting is awesome.

  37. Susan July 12, 2009 at 2:57 am #

    I love the quilt and you are cracking me up with the hotel sheets.

  38. amy smart July 12, 2009 at 4:00 am #

    So fantastic. I am dying to pull out my stack of sheets and start hacking away. Maybe this is the week it will happen. Thank you SOO much for the lovely inspiration!

    (Great idea on the quilting too!)

  39. the mama monster July 12, 2009 at 4:44 am #

    i am saving up vintage sheets too! i love love love this balnket. so cheerful and summery. i love the quilting too.

  40. zees5 July 12, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    I LOVE your quilt. I love the old fashioned quilts with squares and those sheets are great fabrics. I would love a picnic on this with my girls and son (we picnic every Wednesday). I read your exchange with your husband over the wavy line sewing and we both cracked up – that is too funny! (: izazbz at yahoo dot com

  41. marciekoch July 12, 2009 at 6:16 am #

    I love this! Now, I'm going to be on the lookout for fun sheets. What a fun idea. Thanks!!

  42. Suze July 12, 2009 at 7:12 am #

    Very nice! I love it! Especially the wavy lines.

  43. Sew Create It - Jane July 12, 2009 at 7:23 am #

    Looks amazing! Makes me want to get started on mine :o) But it will have to wait…got-to-get-the-wedding-quilt-finished!!

  44. Karen July 12, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    LOVE, L-O-V-E it. Vintage sheets are my passion! I get all weird when i find one at an estate sale or thrift store….you know, a little tingly inside ;) I have a few of the sheets you used in ur posting. Come to my blog and see my pinwheel quilt in which i used a vintage sheet and a bed skirt. Ur husband is right…ur awesome!

  45. andrea creates July 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    Oh they are much too nice to have come from a hotel:)
    Love your husbands question too!

  46. erica July 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    I have a bunch of vintage sheets that I would love to do this with….If I could only stop hoarding them!

  47. Debra July 12, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    What a beautiful summery quilt! Love those wavy lines. Your arms must be awfully tired from all that back and forth action ;-).

  48. Hedgehog July 12, 2009 at 3:19 pm #

    Great quilt – love what you found for the back! I've been saving vintage pillowcases for a while – this is a great project to do with them!

    Thank goodness for washing machines!

  49. Laura July 12, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    I think it looks great. What a cool idea for making a car or picnic blanket.

  50. Chase July 12, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    It is a great summer quilt! I LOVE it!

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  51. jacquie July 12, 2009 at 5:19 pm #

    beautiful…you hit on just the reason i love quilts from sheets…they are sooo soft. great job!

  52. amandacathleen July 12, 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    absolute love! My mom has lots of the same sheets that you used in your quilt. Shhh, don't tell, they might be missing from her house after my next visit!

  53. Chris July 12, 2009 at 11:31 pm #


    Wow – you make me feel so old. I received the white sheets with little pink and blue flowers for our wedding – Yes – it was 30 years ago – does that made it vintage? The pattern was called Christine from JC Penneys. Funny how you remember certain things isn't it.

  54. lambie-pie July 13, 2009 at 12:49 am #

    Ooh, I love this quilt, such pretty, cheery colors, and bright but not painful-bright! I love your orange quilt too, and your red triangle quilt is probably one of my favorite quilts I've seen anywhere. I'm totally inspired by it!! Thanks for sharing, it's been so fun seeing everyone's first quilt posts!

  55. STEPHANIE. July 13, 2009 at 4:45 am #

    wow! This is absolutely beautiful! Where do you find your vintage sheets!?

  56. I Love Baby Quilts! July 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    Love this! So soft I bet.

  57. Annette July 13, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    Beautiful job! I love it!

  58. twin fibers July 13, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

    Oh, it's beautiful! My husband think it's really gross that I cut up the vintage sheets and make quilts out of them, too. :) oh, well… mine take a ride in the washer quite a few times, too!

  59. DH Stitches July 13, 2009 at 11:08 pm #

    I buy lots of stuff at thrift stores, and when it comes in the house I put it straight into the washer. I usually wash it twice. You never know where stuff has been! I've never had anything that didn't come clean and smell sweet after washing, but if I ever did, I wouldn't hesitate to pitch it. Yuk.

  60. heather July 14, 2009 at 2:06 am #

    I too love the feel of old linens but abhor the thougts of others- unknown others -havign slept on them- I bought myself some color fast bleach and did a vinegar rinse as well. Now Im OK :)

  61. Peanut Blossom July 14, 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    I agree with your husband, Awesome! I love the curvy quilting lines and may have to steal that idea on a future project.

  62. Crafty Mom July 15, 2009 at 12:38 am #

    The green flowered print and the lavendar and blue flowered print look strangely familiar to me! I think my sister and I had those same sheets while growing up. We're in our mid-to-late forties, so I guess our things are now "vintage!" Ha ha!

  63. Gale's Goodies July 15, 2009 at 6:07 pm #

    I am discovering more and more how I like the feeling of vintage sheets on the back of my quilts. I have a work in progress backed with a vintage sheet that feels so soooffftt!

    I recently got a package of blocks cut from sheets from Whimsie Dots (on Etsy) and I will be making something nice from them soon.

    I don't want cooties either, so my sheets go in the hot wash as soon as I buy them from the thrift store.

  64. Angie@CozyNest July 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    Wow, I love it!

  65. Beth July 15, 2009 at 8:35 pm #

    Oh, I love this! I just did a vintage sheet swap, and have 16 fqs coming my way! I think I will need to make a quilt! Question- how big did you end you cutting your squares? they look small, but just the right size!

  66. Megan of Sanourra Designs July 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    I love your vintage sheet quilt. You made me ROFL with your "I told him yes and he thought I was awesome."

    That story is priceless. :P

    Maybe I'm too young to know, but it seems that most cheap hotel sheets are just plain white. I would feel confident in knowing your vintage sheets are by now totally clean anyway. :)

  67. V and Co. August 10, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

    i don't think i commented on this yet! how could i not! it's gorgeous! absolutely love it!

  68. Adrianne October 7, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    I just read through this post and right away this quilt caught my eye. I love it! I love the looks of all those vintage sheets. Perfect for a picnic. And the backing could not be better for laying around on the grass. I was giggling at the wavy quilting and your husbands comments. Too funny.

  69. Rachel December 27, 2010 at 7:49 am #

    My hubby cracked up about the free-motion wavy lines thing. (After I assured him you were lying to your hubby.) We pictured you, head bowed over your machine, shaking like a leaf. :)

  70. Brown-Eyed Girl May 21, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    don't get too stuck on the idea of hotel sheets. Hotels prefer white sheets as to patterned 'cause they're easy to bleach.

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