You know its true vintage fabric when it comes from someone’s grandmothers attic, smells a bit musty, and you also know its true vintage when some of the scraps are, well, scraps. I mean 1″ x 2″ all wadded up! I found pieces of garments that had been saved, seams & all. This pile above is the first one I washed – I have one more small load – and it is waiting to be ironed. I had to wash it and dry it in a mesh lingerie bag so it wouldn’t all fray to pieces!
So what better quilt with vintage fabric than a hexagon one that is English Paper Pieced! At the quilt show last week there was a both demonstrating it and giving away free sample kits. Here is the website. I took the freebie and purchased the 3/8″ hexies seen in the left picture above. After doing many of these and loving it, I ordered the 1/2″ hexies above and some others. I already want more!
Here are the 2 sizes I’ve worked up so far. I think the small ones will make a cute doll quilt. Not that I have any dolls that need quilts mind you. I can’t imagine doing anything larger! The 1/2″ size goes more quickly, but loses some of the tinsy cute factor!
Here are my tinies so far. This is at least 10 hours of work and it’s about 6″ x 6″! If you get started, beware – it is highly addictive! Enjoy!