I started collecting vintage sheets about a year ago, after seeing all sorts of lovely quilts made of vintage sheets popping up everywhere on the blogosphere. I phoned up my sister to see if she still had the old sheets that came from our parent's house, only to find out I was a couple weeks too late: she had just given them to charity. Sad! But after a couple months of thrift store shopping, I had enough to make my first vintage sheet quilt. Here's what I came up with:
This quilt is so light and bright and fresh, and sunny. I do not name all my quilts, but when I shared this quilt with my friend M.-R. (Quilt Matters), she suggested "Orange Julep". Perfect name, don't you think?
Why stop when you're having fun?
After making Orange Julep, I had to keep going, and make another one just like it. Half of the prints are the same, but by then I had acquired a few more sheets, mostly in green - love those green stripes. No name for this one, though. This quilt now lives in a dorm room on some university campus with A., our wonderful babysitter.
Vintage Sleeping Bag?
I really think everybody needs a vintage sheet quilt, or perhaps a vintage sheet sleeping bag...
Here's the sleeping bag I made for "Baby".
Yes, I know the binding isn't terribly well done. You see, I had this idea at about 9:00 pm the night before our family was going camping last year. Baby was coming with us, and she needed a proper place to sleep. Once I had the idea in my mind, I just had to make it. Now!
Some pillowcases want to be cut in small pieces and made into a quilt, but others scream "I want to be a dress". I whipped up these two dresses last week. One for my daughter and one for her friend. I realized afterwards that the white and yellow one was way too long and I did not want to hem it and lose the lovely border, so I made a belt out of bias tape and put two loops at the waist to hold the belt in place. Aren't these the cutest dresses?
I am not done with vintage sheets... so many more projects to make! Next on my vintage-y projects list: pyjamas like these ones. What about you? Are you into vintage sheets?