Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Vintage Sheet Baby Quilt Tutorial

happy wednesday!  i'd like you to meet heather!  she is so sweet and funny and i'm thrilled to call her my friend!  she's the president of the baltimore modern quilt guild too!

Hi All! I'm Heather from quilt.cook.keep. I'm so excited that Tammie invited me to share this baby quilt tutorial with you. Tammie and I met almost two years ago via flickr, when I was hosting the Bee Vintage quilting bee. Since then, we've kept in touch via our blogs and flickr.
5 things I love:
Holding "my" babies at South East Early Head Start (I volunteer twice a week)  you can read about it here and here
Dark Chocolate
Glee
Thrift store finds
Those final two minutes on the treadmill

Since Tammie & I share a love of vintage sheets, I decided my "week of love" project should be made from them.
I made up this sweet little heart quilt for you. It's super simple, and can be made in an afternoon. Make one up for a little sweetheart in your life!


What you'll need:


In blue vintage sheet fabric** (5) 6" squares and (6) 5.5" squares (I used 3 different blues)
In yellow vintage sheet fabric** (5) 6" squares and (20) 5.5" squares (I used 7 different yellows)


For borders: (2) 3.5" x 30.5" and (2) 3.5" x 36.5" of blue VS (a different blue than above)


For binding: approximately 160" double fold binding (I cut my binding strips at 2.25") of blue VS (same as border)


Batting and Backing: pieces: 42" x 42"


**Want to play with vintage sheets, but don't have any, or not enough variety? I have kits available in my Etsy store! See below for a special offer for craftytammie followers!







All right, let's get started!


First we'll make half square triangles. We're making them a tad over sized, so we can trim to the correct size. This allows for a little wiggle room (meaning we don't have to be perfect!) Take your 5 blue and 5 yellow 6" squares and make pairs of one yellow, one blue. Put these right sides together. Using a ruler and sharp pencil (I like mechanical pencils for this) draw a line down the diagonal of the wrong side of one of the paired fabrics. This line will be your sewing guide. At your sewing machine, sew a 1/4" seam on both sides of the drawn line. Cut the squares apart, on the drawn line. Press open (press towards the blue, or your darkest fabric) and trim to 5.5". Do this for all 5 pairs. We just make half square triangles!








Next arrange your squares as above, or use the diagram below.
(my weak attempt at drawing in photoshop!)


Now, we sew the blocks together to make the quilt top. I like to sew two columns together, then return those sewn pieces to my layout ~ mainly because I'm easily confused. Take the squares in column B and flip over to the squares in column A. Chain stitch these together, lay them back on your design space (wall, floor, where ever) and clip connecting threads. Then flip row D over to row C and sew. Repeat with F and E. Then sew the AB unit to the CD unit. Then sew ABCD unit to EF unit. You should now have 6 complete rows, numbered 1-6. You'll want to press the seams on your rows. If you like to press your seams open, go for it. Me, not so much. For ease of construction (to reduce bulk and get pretty matching corners) press the odd numbered rows in one direction, and the even numbered rows in the opposite direction. This will create lovely nested seams.


Sew the rows in similar fashion to the columns. Flip row1 over row 2, sew. Etc, etc. Press your seams again (your choice of direction!) and our top is almost finished!






Add the borders. Add the two shorter border to the sides. Press seams towards the outside. Then add the two side borders.


Almost done! Layer your quilt top, batting and backing. Baste. Quilt as desired. I did a simple cross hatch for the quilting. I used my longest ruler and an air dissolving type marker to mark the lines, then quilted on the drawn lines. Trim, bind and you have a precious little quilt, for a precious little "love" in your life. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via my blog.





So, about that special offer! I've wanted to open an Etsy store for ages, offering up Vintage Sheet yardage and quilt kits. Doing this tutorial for you was the incentive I needed. If you'd like to purchase a kit to make this quilt, please visit my Etsy store. As a special Thank You, all of craftytammie readers will receive free shipping on quilt kits. Just enter CraftyTammie for your discount at checkout.

Thanks for reading and hopefully checking out my shop! I'd also love it if you'd stop by my blog and say "hi" ~ you may see some other tutorials you like!

And a huge thanks to Tammie! She's put together a terrific week for us. Be sure to check out her giveaways and her other guest's blogs. Tammie, you're the best!

Here's wishing you lots of love this week and always!

Heather

thanks heather, for a fantastic tutorial!  this would be great in so many different fabric combos - but i am kind of partial to those vintage sheets!  so how about i give away a fat quarter bundle of blue and yellow vintage sheet fabrics?! 

giveaway is now closed


want them? enter to win:

1.  leave a comment!  do you sew with vintage sheets?
2.. be a follower of heather's blog quilt.cook.keep (and tell me you did)
3.. be a follower of craftytammie (and tell me you did)

giveaway closes at midnight valentine's day, and winner will be chosen by RNG and notified feb. 15th.  good luck!



68 comments:

yorkie mom said...

I'm a new follower of craftytammie!

yorkie mom said...

I follow quilt.cook.keep!

yorkie mom said...

Love vintage sheets! I'm starting a small collection. Would love to make the heart quilt, Soooooo cute!

Kelsey said...

I have a few stashed away but I haven't made anything yet. This might have to be my first project!

Kelsey said...

I follow CraftyTammy

Kelsey said...

And I'm a new follower of Quilt.Cook.Keep!

pinsandneedles said...

I have started collecting vintage sheets but haven't started a project yet! Thanks for the inspiration!

pinsandneedles said...

I follow Heather at quilt.cook.keep!

sandandstarfish said...

Seriously, I need to start quilting. After seeing this, I really reeeally need to start quilting! It's beautiful! Thank you Heather for showing us the tutorial. If I hadn't seen it, I'd think it was the hardest thing in the world to do. ;)
I LOVE vintage sheets. Tammie can vouch for that! I just covered a mini lampshade with some (I'll debut it later today on my blog) but quilting... I seriously need to start!!

sandandstarfish said...

I now follow Heather's blog through her RSS feed (I subscribed). I hope that's ok. With GFC leaving in less than a month I wanted to make sure I actually get to read all her amazing posts!! Seriously, she makes me want to rip up my carpet and replace it with quilts. How amazing would that be?!

sandandstarfish said...

I'm a loyal follower of yours :)
Thanks again to you both for the tutorial and the giveaway!

Needled Mom said...

This is just darling. I love the heart in other colors than the red/pink of Valentines.

Needled Mom said...

I follow quilt.cook.keep.

Needled Mom said...

I am a new follower here.

Michele said...

I am just learning about vintage sheets and would like to try to make something from them.

Michele said...

I am already a follower of quilt.keep.cook

gill said...

I have a few FQ's that I was given but I haven't been sure what to make with them - this would be perfect!
especially if I won a few more to add to my collection!

gill said...

I follow Heather!

gill said...

and I'm a new follower of craftytammie!

Betty said...

I sew with vintage sheets, butnot enough yet. I'm trying to get a stash.

Betty said...

I'm already a follower of quilt.cook.keep

Sara said...

I have done one project with sheets,but I would really love to do more soon:)

Sara said...

Following quilt.cook.keep.

Sara said...

follow you

Brenda said...

I am a new follower here!

Brenda said...

I have already been following quilt.cook.keep by e-mail for a while now.

Brenda said...

I have not sewn with vintage sheets but have wanted to. We do not have the Good wills and Salvation army type stores close at hand where I live and when I do get close to one I totally forget what I wanted to look for.

Skooks said...

Girl, please! You know I love VS!

Skooks said...

I'm already a reader of yours.

Skooks said...

And of Heather's!

Jeanne Gwin said...

I have sewn with vintage sheets and it was fun.

Jeanne Gwin said...

I am a new follower of Heather's blog.

Jeanne Gwin said...

And of course I am a loyal follower of your Tammie. :0) Thanks for a nice giveaway

freakadoodles said...

I haven't done anything with vintage sheets yet, but I love seeing projects like this one.

freakadoodles said...

I'm a new follower of your blog.

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If Toys Could Talk said...

I have not yet sewn with vintage sheets, but I would love to win this collection of FQs to help get me started! :)

Erin Kathleen said...

I have yet to try sewing with vintage sheets but i love the look of them.

i just started following this blog craftytammie and quilt.cook.keep

:)

hueisei said...

I love vintage sheets! Thanks for the tutorial...

hueisei said...

I follow craftytammie.

hueisei said...

I follow quilt.cook.keep!

Laura said...

I love this project! I do sew with vintage sheets...in fact, I have some of the patterns used in this quilt! I think I might try this in pinks and greens. Please include me in this wonderful give-away!

Sweet Blessings,
Laura

Laura said...

I am a follower of craftytammie. What a wonderful blog!

Sweet blessings,
Laura

Laura said...

I am also a follower of quilt.cook.keep. Thanks for hosting an awesome giveaway!

~Laura

Lee said...

I love vintage sheets and need to use them more! Thanks for the tutorial!

Lee said...

i follow craftytammie!

Lee said...

I follow quilt.cook.keep

memmens said...

Yes I do sew with vintage sheets and even funnier I posted a really similar tutorial on my blog a few weeks ago! Happy valentines to you!

Kristy said...

Thank you! I do use vintage sheets and pillowcase when I can find them! :)

Kristy said...

I follow quilt cook keep

Kristy said...

I follow you too! :)

KOcanQuilt said...

I do follow quilt.cook.keep. This quilt is so very pretty. I see the sheets at the thrift store, and wonder what to do with them. Such a great idea.

KOcanQuilt said...

I also follow craftytammie. Loving it so far.

KOcanQuilt said...

After seeing this project, I think it would be fun to sew with vintage sheets. I will have to take a closer look at them.

Lynn said...

fun! i'm a follower of yours! thanks

Lynn said...

i'm a follower of quilt.cook.keep!

Lynn said...

i have a small collection of vintage sheets-i've used them in patchwork potholders and aprons.

Melinda Cornish said...

I Used a vintage sheet to make a bag using chenille also and I just loved it...so many of the patterns I recognize...just love this quilt!!!!!!

Melinda Cornish said...

I now am a follower...Please feel free to come follow my blog too!!!!!!

christy said...

i have started collecting vintage sheets for a future project. Not sure what the project is yet, but i love the fabric.
yanuzo at hotmail dot com

Katina said...

I haven't sewn with vintage sheets yet but am willing to give everything a try!!
Thanks for the great giveaway!

Katina

lesleyjean said...

I haven't used vintage sheets yet, but I really want to!

lesleyjean said...

I haven't used vintage sheets yet, but I really want to!

lesleyjean said...

I already follow quilt.cook.keep.

lesleyjean said...

I follow your blog!

Kelli said...

I haven't sewn with vintage sheets before but I LOVE them!! They remind me of my Grandma and make me happy.

DanaK ~ WaterPenny said...

I love sewing with vintage sheets - and I love this idea!

DanaK ~ WaterPenny said...

And I follow your blog!

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