Wednesday, March 21, 2012

vintage kiddie quilt

Remember the sweet vintage animal embroidery blocks from earlier this week? Well, I have been working hard and I just finished the quilt blocks for the kiddie quilt I am making! What do you think? 


I love how all the prints make the sweet animals stand out! 


The little bear and kitten, still need the french knots to be finished. I think they are my least favorite thing to do when it comes to embroidery. I have the hardest time getting the knot to stay. Would love any advice on the best way you learned how to make french knots? 



 Most of the fabrics are 30's reproduction by Moda. I squeezed in the sweet strawberry fabric that arrived last week! I couldn't resist! It just seemed to go so perfect with the turtle! 


The little mouse hanging from the leaves has a sweet kitten reproduction print, that I just love! Sorry it's kinda blurry. Taking pictures at night isn't always the best! :)

Now, my last step is putting all these quilt blocks together! I am deciding if I should put strips of white muslin between each block, or just sew all the blocks together, like in the first picture. What do you think? 


I hope that you are having a wonderful week!!!



58 comments:

  1. It is going to be gorgeous - love the mix of fabrics.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. Thank you Liz! I am excited about finishing it! :) xo Heather

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  2. Isn't this the sweetest quilt EVER! Well done. I love the fabric choices.

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    1. Thank you Kim! I am looking forward to finishing the quilt! :) xo Heather

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  3. Oh my goodness. That is the gorgeous. I love the fabric and can't believe how perfect it is. You did a fantastic job. Smiles...Renee

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    1. Thank you Renee! I am excited to have it finished and hanging in my craft room! :) xo Heather

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  4. Aww. Those are soo cute! :o)

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    1. Thanks you so much Trish!!! I can't wait to show the final product, and have it hanging in my craft room! :) xo Heather

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  5. I don't think you could have chosen better fabrics for your blocks...they just pop! You're creating an heirloom that will be treasured for generations.

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    1. Thank you Shirley!! I am looking forward to having this treasure for my children one day! For now, I will treasure it in my craft room! :) xo Heather

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  6. Sweet! I think I would keep them together because the fabrics look so pretty that way. I'm with you on those French knots!!

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    1. Thank you Kathy! I agree! I think that I am going to keep them together! Oh, I keep putting off doing them! :) xo Heather

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  7. I love the combination of embroidery with patchwork. The blocks are so sweet!What a lovely heirloom you are creating.
    Helen x

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    1. Hi Helen! Thank you so much! Hope you are having a lovely day! :) xo Heather

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  8. Oh my goodness! That is adorable! What a great idea.. your work is fabulous :-)

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    1. Thank you so much! It has been such a treat to work with these sweet animal blocks! :) xo Heather

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  9. oohh Heather these are adorable and i love your use of fabrics they are just so lovely and pretty. dee x

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    1. Hi Dee! Thank you so much! I just love these fabrics,too! sometimes is so hard to use them, because I want them to last forever! Ha, silly, I know. :) xo Heather

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  10. Oh wow that's going to be adorable when you finish!! I can't wait to see it! It's just so sweet and pretty! Have a great rest of the night.
    ~Holly

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    1. Hi Holly! Thank you so much! I am excited to get it finished! Hope you have a lovely weekend! xo Heather

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  11. Very beautiful!

    And I'm with you completely on that french knot business.

    : )

    ~Andrea

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    1. Hi Andrea, thank you so much!! I am glad I am not the only one who has such trouble with those lovely knots! :) xo Heather

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  12. Oh Heather your quilt is ADORABLE! You did a fantastic job. I love it.

    xo,
    Danielle

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    1. Thank you so much Danielle!!! I can't wait to finish and hang it up in my craft room! :) xo Heather

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  13. Your quilt couldn't be any cuter! I just love it!
    I'm also loving that new rose fabric you bought. You'll find countless uses for that I'm sure.

    Erica :)
    p.s I'm gonna grab your button!

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    1. Hi Erica! Thank you so much! I have already started cutting into the fabrics! Thank you for visiting and grabbing my button! Yay! I am off to go take a sweet visit to your blog! xo Heather

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  14. this is too too TOO ADORABLE!!!!
    I haven't forgotten about you my dear!! I will email tomorrow!!
    xo!!

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    1. Thank you so much! It was fun matching all the prints with each sweet animal! I can't wait to put it all together! No worries, I know you will! I even started labling, you will be very proud of me! :) Hope you have a good night!! :) Heather

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  15. Very pretty!!! I think it will look amazing with white muslin between these cute blocks!

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    1. Thank you, thank you!! I am going to playing around with the white muslin, and see which I like better. It is so hard to make a decision!! :) xo

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  16. Heather you have such a sweet blog. I am in love with the quilt you are making.
    I just became a follower. Hope you will stop by and visit me at http://donnaslavendernest.blogspot.com/ I look forward to getting to visit you often.
    Hugs
    donna

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    1. Hi Donna! Thank you so much for coming by and visiting! I am so happy to have you as my newest follower! Yay!! I am off to take a sweet visit to you blog! Hope you have a most wonderful and warm weekend!! :) xo Heather

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  17. What a beautiful quilt you are making! You are very talented! This is something that generations to come will be able to enjoy! Great work!

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    1. Thank you so much!! :) This quilt will be very loved and treasured in my home!! :) xo Heather

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    1. Thank you!! I love it, and can't wait to finish it! :) xo Heather

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  19. Oh My Goodness those are just too adorable :) Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thank you!! Have a wonderful weekend, too! Thanks for visiting! xo Heather

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  20. soooo cute...I'm visiting from over at Brenda's place. I always enjoy meeting
    new friends. Hope you'll find time to stop over at my place
    Blessings,
    shug

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    1. Thank you so much for coming by and visiting! Yay, for new friends!! I am off to go take a sweet visit to your blog! :) xo Heather

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  21. Those blocks are adorable! I've had such a desire to embroider in the last few months but I don't have any patterns just yet. Your little critters are too cute.

    Nice blog!

    LesleyAnn

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    1. Thank you! I have to give all the credit for the embroidery to a sweet lady who did these! I bought them at an estate sale, and just fell in love, and had to finish them! I love to embroider, and get so inspired by these blocks. I use vintage Vogart and Aunt Martha Iron on Transfer patterns when I embroider. You can see some of the patterns here on this post: http://vintagegreyhandmade.blogspot.com/2012/03/thrift-store-goodies.html. Hope you can find some and get started! Thanks for visiting! xo Heather

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  22. I love these! I have recently taken embroidery up again. Have some trouble seeing with my trifocals so I mostly have to look over the top of my glasses.

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    1. Thanks! I love to embroider, too! I have to give credit for these sweet animals to a lovely lady, who I am not sure is, because I bought them at an estate sale. I fell in love with them and just had to finish them into a quilt! :) xo Heather

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  23. HI! I am visiting from Brenda, too, AND I am a new follower. I love vintage and I absolutely love this quilt. It is just precious.

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    1. Hi! Thank you so much for coming by and visiting!! Yay, for a new friend and follower! I am off to take a sweet visit to your blog! :) xo Heather

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  24. I love your vintage baby quilt. I'm over from cozy little house. I can't wait to scroll back and see more of your vintage goodness. On the french knots-I put the needle down, wrap it twice, before pulling it through. Good luck!
    Leslie

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    1. Hi Leslie! Thank you so much for visiting! I have had so much fun bringing these vintage blocks back to life in a quilt! Thank you for the advice on the french knots. I am going to give it a try! I am off to take a sweet visit to your blog! xo Heather

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  25. I think they are wonderful. I LOVE vintage embroidery, especially the little animals and children's things. Very very sweet, you did a great job! I have so many of the Aunt Martha's transfers and other brands, and lots of vintage books like Workbasket and I love stitching them on towels, quilt squares, etc., just like you did! I can't wait to see it all put together. As far as the french knots, just be patient and take your time. I always have to do a couple back stitches on the back of the fabric to anchor the knots so they don't pull up from the front. I got to be pretty good, well adequate at making them when I was doing a candlewicking project with all french knots. Thanks for sharing!!!!
    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Oh, thank you Julie!! I love to embroider with vintage Vogart and Aunt Martha's patterns, too. These embroidered beauties I have to give all the credit to a sweet lady who I never met, but wish I could have. I bought them at an estate sale, and wanted to finish them for her in this quilt! I am inspired everyday at her beautiful work, and hope to one day be as great as she was! These little blocks, are how I got started and loved embroidering vintage patterns. I just did a baby bib for a friend who is having a baby, and I embroidered a vintage Vogart lamb, and it came out so sweet. I'll have to show it in a post! Thank you so much for your tip on the french knot! I am going to try it today!! Have a wonderful weekend!! xo Heather

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  26. Hi Heather, what a sweet blog. I too love sewing and vintage linens and fabric, your quilt is adorable. I'm visiting from Free Pretty Things For You. ~ Abby

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  27. Hi Abby! Thank you so much for coming by and visiting! I am glad you have enjoyed your visit!! Miss Keren is so amazing and talented!! Hope you are having a blessed Sunday! :) xo Heather

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  28. It's darling! Hmmm....Maybe I should hire you to stitch me up some sheep/lambs....=)

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    1. Oh, thanks! I wish I could take credit for the beautiful embroidery work, but some wonderful lady many years ago stitched these. I bought them at an estate sale, and wanted to finish them in a quilt. I do love to embroider vintage patterns too, but I can't say I am as talented as she was! :) xo Heather

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