I love Vintage Quilts!

15 July 2012

My father-in-law is visiting this week and he brought an amazing quilt with him!  The quilt was made by his grandmother sometime during the 1960's we believe.  He mentioned he would be bringing a quilt but I never expected what he pulled out of his tote bag!

Everything was done by hand!  Hand pieced and hand quilted!   This picture doesn't even do it justice!  The colors are so vibrant and the piecing is perfect.  And it makes me think.

Where has this quilt been and who has it been used by?  How long did this quilt take to make?  Will my quilts still be around 60 years from now?  Will someone appreciate the work I have put into my quilts as much as I appreciate this one?  

So I have come to some conclusions.  I am going to embark on a huge English Paper Piecing project!  I would love to have a quilt that would be considered an heirloom quilt, and I think I have the perfect fabrics for this project.  This isn't a project that will get done quickly, shoot, it might take me years.  I've never been one to have UFO's sit for any length of time.  I am pretty systematic with how I start and finish projects.  But I will put my OCD tendencies aside and start a long term "on-going" project that has no end in sight!  Wish me luck!

Gosh that quilt is gorgeous!

Have you ever done English Paper Piecing?  I would love to see pics, feel free to leave a link in your comment.  If you haven't done English Paper Piecing, would a tutorial be helpful?


  1. I'm doing EPP hexies flowers right now, have a few pics on my blog, it's a great portable project while I watch the kids in the pool.

  2. oh and THAT quilt is gorgeous!! wow

  3. What a beautiful quilt! I can't wait to see yours in progress.

  4. Good for you, Lori! I had a similar experience when an elderly friend brought a ton of family, hand sewn quilts to a luncheon at our house last spring...incredible!!

  5. This quilt is stunning. What a treasure.

  6. Wow what a stunning quilt! That must have taken some time to make! I have been doing EPP recently actually =D

    Also I've added some new fabrics into my swap shop, as well as a new one via Flickr. If you're interested feel free to check them out =D

  7. Hi Lori. WOW! That quilt is beautiful. Can you imagine the time and patience that it took to make it? But it will be something special to pass down from generation to generation. I can't wait to see yours. I would like to make EPP flower hexies, but I am not sure how to do it, so a tutorial would be very welcome. Thanks so much.

  8. That is an amazing quilt!
    Don't be afraid of EPP - there are lots and lots of tutorials out there written by hardcore piecers showing you all you need:-)
    Good luck with your long time project - I hope you will enjoy the journey:-)

  9. Wow! What a find! No one in your family knows the background on this? Amazing! I haven't made a paper pieced quilt yet but I do have a quilt I have worked on (on and off) for several years and I know the results someday I hope soon will be worth it. This is great inspiration for you though! Looks like the quilt is in great shape too! Are you going to display it or use it?

  10. I love doing EPP, it is not hard and can be done anywhere as you can carry bits around with you to sew up when you are waiting for kids in the car etc. Recently I have been making bags out of hexies as presents for friends.


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