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Jun 29, 2011

Vintage Table Linens make Beautiful Quilts

Jun 29, 2011
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Are you smitten with those lovely vintage sheets finding new life in a quilt?  I certainly am!  It's fascinating that we can make old new again, and absolutely beautiful.

So when I happened along this booth at the National Quilting Associations' Annual Show here in Columbus, my interest was piqued.....


This is Dusty's Vintage Linens and Buttons.  Selling solely at shows, these ladies' booth was amazing!  They collect vintage linen table cloths from the 1940s and 1950s and a rainbow of vintage buttons.


Some of the linens are new and unused with the original labels.  They look fabulous quilted!


After seeing all this, I could not resist.  This is the table cloth I wanted, but couldn't afford.


So while I was lingering in the booth forever, I heard that the vintage dish cloths make great table runners.  Ding!  Ding!  Now that's something my wallet could cover.  Here's the one I picked out...


And here it is finished and sitting pretty on my table....


I love it!  I added a gingham binding and that was it.  Who would have thought a dish towel of all things could be so beautiful!

(email dustysvintage@aol.com for a show schedule or more information)

www.lilysquilts.com


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27 comments:

  1. What a great idea. I'm off to check my closet to see what I might find.

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  2. Awesome, what a terrific idea and your table runner is stunning! I'll be keeping my eyes open for vintage linens from now on!

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  3. WOW!! I have a whole box of linens that I couldn't bear to throw away. Now I know what to do with them!!Thanks for the idea!

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  4. I have used linens that have been passed down to me that have been much used by 'fussy cutting' the design and using raw edge applique to place them on a new quilt top. The results are quite beautiful and a great way to preserve something that might otherwise remain packed away.

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  5. Wow, so pretty!! The gingham is a perfect little bonus touch, too :)

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  6. I'm all for recycling or is it upcycling these days? The table runner is gorgeous! :o)

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  7. Looks great. I bet that show was so fun to attend. :)

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  8. I'm into vintage tea towels and tablecloths, but I buy them cheaply at yard sales and thrift shops. I'm planning to make them into a summer weight quilt. your runner is lovely. thanks for sharing it.

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  9. Love this! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. What a perfect idea! This would be a quick gift to make for a bridal shower :0) It looks wonderful on your table!!!

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  11. I did not realize how badly I want a vintage table cloth -- and now I'm wishing I'd bought the partial one I found at an antique store a while back. It could've been the center of something neat!

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  12. Uh, yeah! Amazing is right! Too bad she doesn't sell online. I never see stuff like this in the thrift stores. Granted I don't take my butt in there often enough, but still.

    What a fun show to attend.

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  13. I love to use old table linens for projects...tea towels are great from old tablecloths. I have used many real feedsacks in quilts. The colors are perfect for a vintage look!

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  14. There were several vintage table cloth linens machine quilted (in amazing ways!) at the big MQS show in Overland Park KS. I love those big buttons in that picture above too. I think I now need big buttons. =)

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  15. what a fantastic little shop! i would have been stuck there for hours trying to pick what i wanted!

    i love that tablerunner!

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  16. What a fabulous idea. It looks wonderful.

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  17. Looks like I need to take a road trip to Columbus!! What an incredible selection!

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  18. Absolutely gorgeous finds!!!! Love them all!! Very fresh and unique designs!!!!!!
    http://www.askapparels.com/products.html

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  19. I love your ideas. I have so many of my mother's linens and this is what I need to do with them!!

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  20. I found a whole set of full length drapes made out of this material--I'm cutting the flowers into squares, and will uuse 9-squares out of 30's repro material. Won't go in my kitchen, but willmake a gorgeous quilt

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  21. Dusty's has fabulous vintage buttons which I have used in various projects. Take a look at the book recently published by C&T with patterns for making quilts from vintage tablecloths.
    http://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Tablecloth-Quilts-Projects-Appliqu%C3%A9/dp/1607054698

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  22. Love it. Just bought 2 damask tablecloths for $3 each and am going to do something with them......

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