Thursday, January 31, 2013

vintage patchwork

 Last year at an estate sale I came across a lovely floral cross-stitch tablecloth that was quite damaged, but I knew that it could be rescued and make it into something pretty. It has been sitting around waiting for that perfect project, and last week I was inspired to make a patchwork quilt using it.
Being mixed in are some of my favorite vintage fabrics and feed sacks that I just love. All the colors are so pretty together!
The cross-stitching is quite beautiful, and I can only imagine how long it must have taken someone to stitch all those gorgeous flowers. So, hopefully this will bring it back to life to be treasured in a new way! 
I have a few more rows to go, and then it will be ready to quilt. I think this might be one of my favorite quilts that I have made. I am eager for it to be finished! 
My little crocheted hearts are resting sweetly on my vintage coat rack. I was going to hang them with some pretty lace, but thought they looked cute nestled in the rack. 
There will be some new pretties in my shoppe early next week, so I am off to work away! Thank you for all your sweet comments on my heart doily and wintry blanket! 
Wishing you a lovely day and a fabulous weekend!! ♥

82 comments:

  1. What a pretty way to use the tablecloth. The colours are lovely. M x

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  2. really like the place you put your hearts!!!! ;oD
    xxx Ale

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  3. It's beautiful Heather - and i love the feedsack fabrics you've used alongside the gorgeous embroidery.
    Its going to look lovely when it finished!
    Sweet crochet hearts too!
    Gill xx

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  4. so neat that you were able to save the best parts of the table cloth! And to use it in a quilt was a great idea! How pretty your quilt is going to be. You make such pretty things!
    xoxo
    vivian

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  5. Oh Heather, your quilt is just gorgeous!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  6. Your future quilt will be gorgeous. I am completely smitten with your crocheted hearts. They are perfect displayed in your vintage coat rack. Valentine hugs!

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    1. Thank you Kim! Valentine Hugs, too! xo Heather

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  7. Your little hearts are so pretty and I just can't wait to see your quilt top finished!

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  8. Hi Heather, that's a brilliant way to incorporate all the good bits of that cross stitch tablecloth. I love the way that each little cross stitch square highlights a different part of a design. Just gorgeous!

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  9. OOoooO and ahhhs ... I love your quilt your making!! It looks gorgeous!! I can't wait to see it finished! Happy weekend to you too Heather! xo Holly

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  10. I knew it would be so pretty! Have fun making it bigger.

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  11. oh my gosh - that is GORGEOUS!!

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  12. What a fabulous idea! I never thought of using a "cutter" tablecloth this way!!! Thanks for the new inspiration :)

    ~Chris

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  13. These blocks look fabulous together!! I love how you've "rescued" the cross stitching!

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  14. I love your quilt! It will be so pretty finished. I think I am nervous to tackle something so big and time consuming :)

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    1. Thank you so much!! Oh, you could totally do it! ;) xo Heather

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  15. It's beautiful! What a perfect way to recycle a vintage textile that, in parts at least, has seen better days!

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    1. Thank you so much Annie! I do love a good repurpose! ;) xo Heather

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  16. Your project of working that tablecloth into a new life is just beautiful...you have such a talent for bring out the best in all of the fabrics! xo

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    1. Thank you so much sweet Sherri!! xo Heather

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  17. Oh Heather, that rescue of the vintage tablecloth is just beautiful and so perfect! I have a big stack of "cutters" I am getting ready to parse out and list and seeing your results really inspires me to get going. Love it!

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  18. I love the way you've displayed the crocheted hearts! What a beautiful way to upcycle that tablecloth; that quilt is gorgeous. Can't wait to see the finished project! :)
    Fran

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  19. What a wonderful way to rescue a damaged piece of needle art.

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    1. Thank you so much Betty! I do love rescuing! xo Heather

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  20. Beautiful!! Absolutely beautiful! I love it...your hearts look very pretty displayed like that :)

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  21. If tablecloths could be grateful, I'm sure that one would be! So pretty!

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    1. Aww, thank you so much Barbara! ;) xo Heather

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  22. All very lovely... love the patchwork!

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  23. Your quilt is turning out gorgeous. I love how you put all the vintage fabrics together. This really inspires me. I have been trying to learn how to crochet hearts but they are not coming out all that.
    Hugs
    donna

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    1. Thank you Donna! I found a couple good tutorials that worked pretty good. Here a couple:
      http://goodknits.com/blog/2012/01/18/crochet-a-heart-with-me-my-first-video/
      http://cornflowerbluestudio.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-to-crochet-heart-photo-tutorial.html

      Happy crocheting! xo Heather

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  24. THe quilt is going to be amazing. I love the little hearts too! I always love seeing what creative things you are up to.

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  25. Heather,
    If this yellow and red beauty ( last photo) is going into your shop, please consider it sold! I just adore it, I had a hard time opening the other one, you packaged it so pretty!!! Thank you for the strawberry .....if you email me we can talk....sanjos333@gmail.com

    Sandy

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    1. :) Thank you so much Sandy!! xo Heather

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  26. This is just so beautiful. What a wonderful way to preserve the prettiest parts. I love your yellow and red dishtowel, too!!!

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  27. Its so beautiful Heather can't wait to see the finished result. Its so lovely that you recycle your fabrics it will be treasured for many more years. dee x

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  28. Oh I love the vintage patchwork so much, that's very beautiful. Especially the tablecloth that you have in there, very nice indeed!

    S x

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    1. Thank you Sandra!! Have a lovely day! xo Heather

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  29. Love the way this is turning out. How did you cut up the tablecloth and still have the stitching intact? It's a wonderful way to preserve and recycle. Best wishes, Tammy

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    1. Thank you Tammy! Well, I actually haven't done anything, but am hoping since it is sewn over where I cut, it will be fine. I hope. ;) xo Heather

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  30. So pretty, I do love patchwork and embroidery combined in one project! Your crochet hearts look very sweet too.
    Helen x

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    1. Thank you so much Helen!! I love patchwork and embroider together, too! Have a great day! xo Heather

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  31. Just when I think you couldn't possibly make anything prettier, you do! This is beautiful!

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  32. Such a great idea!! Did you use vintage flour sacks for the squares in between? Love this quilt!!

    chris

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    1. Thanks Chris! Some is feed sack and some vintage calico and fabrics. ;) xo Heather

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  33. Those colors are gorgeous together! Such a happy quilt it will be. I am completely in love with this quilt! I too, can't wait to see it finished! I will be looking at vintage tablecloths quite differently from now on. forgive me if this question has been asked and answered, but I am new to your lovely blog, how did you keep the stitching from coming apart when you cut your quilt pieces?

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    1. Thank you so much Tammy! Well, I didn't really do anything, and I am hoping since I sewed over where I cut, that it will stay in tack. I hope! This is my first time quilting with cut up embroidered work, so we'll see. So happy to have you here!! Have a beautiful week! xo Heather

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  34. Hello sweet Heather! Your patchwork quilt is gorgeous sweetie! You sew beautifully! It is wonderful you could use that lovely tablecloth and give it a new life! I love all the sweet fabrics you used! The crocheted hearts are so sweet and look perfect displayed on your vintage coatrack. Love your new makes for the shoppe! I can hardly wait to see all you will be listing! Have a happy and creative weekend sweetheart! Love you lots!!! Paula xo

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    1. Thank you so much sweet Paula! Love you lots, too! xo Heather

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    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!

    Obrigada.

    Beijos Marie

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  36. This is really beautiful, Heather! So creative!

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  37. I always love visiting your blog Heather. :) What a sweet quilt you are making! And your heart doily in your last post, as well as, your wintry throw are absolutely darling! Hope you are having a nice weekend. xo Laura

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    1. Thank you so much Laura!! Hope your weekend was wonderful!!! xo Heather

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  38. I hope my comment came through under my name. I think my mom was signed in on my computer. LOL Xo Laura

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  39. Hi Heather. Oh, I love the sweet patchwork - the pretty fabrics and I adore the crocheted edging you used. Nothing like some red to make me smile.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  40. Oh what sweet loveliness to cheery the day! What happy, happy work you do! Love the stitching you added to the heart.

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  41. Heather, that is such a great idea! It is so beautiful!

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