I have an on again/off again relationship with Vintage Sheets. I love the way finished products look, but they're kind of a pain to work with. I mean, first of all, you have to find the dang things. Not always easy. And then once you find them, you have to prewash and sometimes pretreat (I never prewash my quilting fabrics, unless it's a red, and sometimes not even then. BTW, Jeni has a great article on her blog about the search and care of vintage sheets.) Then there's the cutting around the worn or stained parts (or the parts that some child of the 70's took magic marker to and drew around the outside of all the flowers.) I've even thought about giving up vintage sheets all together. But then, I'll have a great day thrifting and find not one but two great sheets, or have a lovely morning stitching and put the final binding stitches in this quilt during the Ravens/Steelers game today, and I'm back in love (or at least heavy like!)
Despite the challenges of vintage sheets, I'm thrilled with the way this turned out. I had no real plan for fabrics at the start ~ just grabbed whatever color I liked best at the time. For quilting, I did a simple 3" cross hatch. And for the first time in forever, I actually marked the quilting lines. I was using a new marking pen for this one, and got half way through when I realized it was an air soluble marker, not water soluble! (I kept thinking, I already marked that section ~ where did it go?) It became a bit of a game, to see if I could get it quilted before all the lines disappeared. And, being a bit competitive, I'm happy to announce, "My Win!" (that's what 3-4 year old Katie would say when we'd play board games, sweetie girl!)
And now that I have all my vintagey goodness still out, what else should I make before I banish them to the cupboard again? Ideas?
Oh, and by the way Way to Go Ravens!!