Wednesday, July 3, 2013

OLD LINENS

I have spent the last couple of weeks cleaning and ironing my trunk full of old linens.  Most of these were obtained when we had our cottage in Wisconsin with a few from the Florida flea market.

I thought I had better start cleaning out some of my stuff and either using or getting rid of a lot of it.

I have decided I want to make a patchwork type quilt from many of these. Probably have enough to make more then one.  I am going to just lay out a backing fabric - probably an old sheet - and cut pieces and just lay them randomly on the sheet.  Overlapping with pieces that have lace edges.  The good thing is that most of these were homemade and the edgings are cotton crochet of one sort or another.  They are far sturdier then the French laces I am used to using. I intend to just roughly embroider them down with simple stitches and maybe add some yo-yos and possibly some hexagons.

Here are some of the linens.








 


7 comments:

Maggi said...

You have some beautiful pieces there. Someone made a patchwork quilt from old embroidered linen at the Uttoxeter show this year, very effective.

Mosaic Magpie said...

There is nothing more beautiful than old linens and what a great collection you have. I will be interested to see this develop into a quilt. I like the idea of adding the yo-yos and patches.....it will be like a huge "Karen" project!
Deb

Debra Spincic said...

What a great joke this morning! ONE Quilt!!

I love this idea and should probably work along with you. I seem to have fallen off the CQ habit. The last 2 large wallhangings did me in!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

What a wonderful idea to make something out of your collection of linens. SO much better than them residing out of sight in a drawer somewhere. Looking forward to seeing what you create.

Gina E. said...

I will also be following your progress with great interest, Freda! I've seen several quilts made in this style, and alwasy thought I'd like to do it myself with some of my vast collection, but somehow I never get started!

Jillayne said...

What a fabulous idea Freda! I have a small collection of old embroidered linens and have been thinking of using them to make something similar ... You have inspired to firm up my ideas and get busy!

Allison Aller said...

Treasure, treasure, treasure! Isn't it so dreamy to work with these colors, and to bask in the stitches of our long ago sisters? It's all I want to do these days!