For months, maybe now a year, I have been in search of just the right bedspread or quilt for our bedroom. I looked online and in stores and there just hasn't been what I wanted out there! I did kinda like the Kantha Quilts at Urban Outfitters, one-of-a-kind handmade quilts from recycled fabrics.
Which then gave way to the idea of doing something like that myself with items I might find at the thrift store. But, I could never find anything I liked at the thrift store to cut up and combine. So...I kept on looking! I did come to the conclusion that I didn't want anything that was bought in a regular store, if a store, I wanted to find a treasure at the thrift store. I wanted to possibly purchase something like a spread of some sort or a vintage sheet and sew them together adding other parts and pieces of fabric as well. Which I still might try this idea, keeping it in the books and on my thrift store list of stuff to look for. I want it to be unique of course!
Then just the other day, while I was reading a favorite blog, Vintage Sheet Blog, I discovered exactly what I want! There was a post about a quilt made from vintage Vera napkins on the front and a vintage Vera sheet on the back! This one is made by Aaron Sciandra from Brooklyn Bags, he made it, from what I can tell, for his house.
|Laid out and ready to go!|
|Detail of the quilting.|
|Sheet used for the backside of quilt that Aaron bought from Heather.|
This is what gave me my inspiration! But, it will take some time to complete and I have no idea how to make a quilt but I am going to try. Thanks Aaron, Heather, and Vera for the inspiration. Heather's shop is Grow Home, go visit and pick up some vintage sheets!
I did some further search of quilts made from vintage Vera items and found some vintage Vera scarf quilts for sale at Ouno Design.
Aren't they lovely?!
I couldn't believe how beautiful there are! On their site they talk about how difficult it is to construct these butes and I'm sure they are correct about that! But I have to try. I'm not sure how many vintage Vera napkins I have but I know for sure I have enough scarves. The trick will also be to find enough scarves that are the same size and shape. I may be forced, as a first timer in quilting, to resort to searching for more of the napkins since those would be a little bit easier to sew together. I'm sure once I get started the project will evolve into my own, looking a little bit different as they usually do.
So now I start my journey in figuring out how to make a quilt! It's a vintage VERA napkin/scarf quilt!
Wish me luck!