Tuesday, September 11, 2012

VINTAGE RESCUE

I just put the final stitches in the binding of this little quilt.  The following pictures are of the steps of this restoration.

Demolition day :



This is what I found


I was shocked at the mess inside (mind you it's about 49ish years old, and tied)



 The blocks cut apart and sashing decided on


Sewn back together and looking all freshened up


Some simple quilting and a turquoise binding. I tried numerous fabrics for a border but nothing seemed to work. Everything looked too "new". As my daughter put it, they all looked too 2012!
So, I decided to just leave it as is which made it long and narrow, but it fits the crib perfectly : )


The whole point of restoring this, was to try to prolong the life of this little quilty for perhaps another 50 or so years.



Looking at the finished result, I'm glad I took the time.

52 comments:

Shannon said...

This is really wonderful! I'm so glad you took the time, the new quilt looks so fresh while retaining the vintage look. You'll get so much more enjoyment as well I think, by being able to see it all the time rather than by preserving it (as it disintegrates) in a cedar chest somewhere!

Rosa said...

Oh I love it, love it, love it! I am SO allergic to all things "cute" (insert sarcastic smile here) but this is sooo lovely! Very nice job and thumbs up to the next 50 years:-))

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Anonymous said...

It looks awesome. I love it
Elly

Kelsey said...

Adorable!! So neat that you took on the project! It looks so nice and new but still looks like an old quilt - perfect!

quiltmania said...

Great job, it looks wonderful!

giddy99 said...

What a credit to vintage lovers everywhere. That is one of the most beautiful and thoughtful rescues I've seen. It's marvelous.

Vicki W said...

That is a spectacular transformation!

Marit said...

That turned out so sweet!

Nancy said...

Carla, you work so FAST. It seems like you just started this project two days ago! The quilt is so much fun. I like the colors you chose for sashing. They enrich and enhance the embroidered animals and flowers perfectly. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Carla it looks great and I am sure the grandbabies will grow up loving it for another 49ish years and they will pass it along to yet another generation.
Lorraine B

Nat at Made in Home said...

Th is is amazing!!Amazing work.

Cindy said...

Well done!

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

Oh Carla, what a great rescue, well done!

Heather said...

Very sweet!

Katja said...

Gorgeous Carla! I'm glad you went with the solids instead of the 30's fabrics now that I see it done.
Katja

Karen said...

Wow Carla it is so great you could see the vision...it is beautiful.

Kelli said...

Ahh Carla that is sooo adorable the way you restored it. Love the colors and love how it turned out! :) xo

Karen said...

Thank you for showing the before and after pictures. It would not have occurred to me to do something like this this, but now I can see the possibilities. Thanks for the inspiration.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

You did a wonderful job!! It looks beautiful.

vintage grey said...

It came out beautifully, Carla!! Love it, and glad it will be loved for many years to come! xo Heather

Sarah said...

I sew love that each block has a border - I don't think the entire quilted needed another border, as you wisely decided. Beautiful!

Teresa in Music City said...

How cute is that?!? You did a great job! Any child would be delighted to have that quilt for their very own :*)

felicity said...

Great job!! It's fantastic!

Deborah said...

You've done it again! This is a treasure.

Pokey said...

The "new" finish is worth every bit of trouble it took you! It is quite a lovely quilt and will be cherished for years to come. Great job!
:-}pokey

Jess said...

Oh it's perfect! Love the soft colors you've used - it still has that vintage feel, but looks so pretty and fresh. Beautiful!

Renate said...

What a wonderful rescue Carla. It looks fresh and ready to live another 50 years.

Shontelle said...

That is one gorgeous restoration job. The solid colours you chose are perfect. You've kept the vintage feel and made it look even better than the original. I'm sure it will still be looking the goods in another 50 years. Well done!

Lynne said...

What a difference! You improved it 100%, without taking the focus away from the embroidery. And it's one of a kind! Very pretty!

Cath said...

It is absolutely stunning! I am so glad you went with those pastel solid colours because it just frames those embroidered blocks to perfection. Well done Carla.
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Claire said...

Carla it looks amazing - you have done such a great job. I'm sure it will last for a very long time now and become something that is treasured by your family.

Marie said...

The restoration of the quilt is perfect, Carla. You have done a wonderful job of picking the perfect sashings.
It is beautiful - good job.

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is so sweet. What a beautiful little quilt!

jirons42 said...

What a great restoration. This makes such a sweet quilt that another baby can enjoy.

Books_Bound said...

Love it! You did such a great job choosing a re-piece and fabrics that really suited the quilt. It's great!

Lisa Lisa said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! I have a quilt that's almost 100 years old and need to learn how to repair it. It's the comfiest quilt I've ever come across but it's coming apart :( You did such a nice job with this.

Debbie said...

oh this is awesome what you did! New life indeed! I love that you didn't add a border - it so did not need it!

**nicke... said...

it is perfect! i love it so much!

Jannette said...

That is absolutely adorable! Of all the options you had, this is probably the most perfect one of all.
What a blessing to be able to repair / restore this quilt - I'm sure it will be loved for may years to come!

Celtic Thistle said...

What a brilliant transformation you have made, well done!

Shauna said...

How darling! Looks perfect and I wouldn't change a thing. Love the colours you added - just the right amount.

Shauna said...

How darling! Looks perfect and I wouldn't change a thing. Love the colours you added - just the right amount.

Megan said...

That's an amazing rescue! You can't go wrong with solids for sashing - they're timeless!!

Ariane said...

Gorgeous restoration!! I love it!!

Eileen said...

So sweet and beautiful work you've done on it!

Brandie said...

What a wonderful improvement ! Those are perfect colors.

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

oh, Carla, it is beautiful! What a wonderful restoration. I love it!

Jille McIntyre said...

beautiful! I LOVE IT. WHERE DID YOU FIND THE OLD QUILT?--JILL

Jille McIntyre said...

BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE IT WHERE DID YOU FIND THE OLD QUILT? JILL

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

It looks so fresh now. Great job!

Mama Pea said...

I am visiting from Cindy's post on the Name Game. I really love this quilt you rescued and remade. I love how you lovingly salvaged those embroideries. So wonderful!