New Release! Vintage Tablecloth Quilts … And a giveaway!

Vintage Tablecloth Quilts by Rose Sheifer and Liz Aneloski for C&T PublsihingOne need only to search on Pinterest for ‘vintage linens‘ to note that we are in love with these delightfully soft, somewhat worn layers of bedding and cloth from a time when thread count wasn’t on the packaging and embroidered details were the norm.

We find them in thrift stores, boot sales, and if you are among the very lucky, in your mama’s–or grandma’s–closet…and they let you have them!

And then, we keep them stacked pretty and presented to our homes as little gifts. Many of us want to re-use the luscious fabrics in new projects and instantly infuse them with the soft, cool cotton feel, but many of us are also a little hesitant!

What if we make a cutting error? Can’t get more of it easily. What if we–gasp!–don’t like what we have made? And even worse, what if we don’t have enough to make what we want??

Vintage Tablecloth Quilts by Rose Sheifer and Liz Aneloski for C&T Publishing

That’s where Rose Sheifer and Liz Aneloski come in to save the day! They have written a wonderful book, Vintage Tablecloth Quilts, that will empower you to use your linens in new and inspiring ways!

Vintage Tablecloth Quilts by Rose Sheifer and Liz Aneloski for C&T Publishing

We asked Rose to share her inspiration for the book with you and she has this special note to share:

“My special interest has been saving and collecting vintage linens and tableware…starting with my mother’s and grandmother’s hand-me-downs. Some of the tablecloths have holes and indelible stains, plus they are an odd size for today’s tables, so one day I got the idea that they could be dissected and used in quilts…featuring the unique and beautiful vintage motifs. Thus, the birth of Vintage Tablecloth Quilts. I was able to use my graphic design and fine arts background for creating unique quilts. My co-author Liz Aneloski has the technical skills and her role was to help guide me through the nuts and bolts of putting this all together.

Vintage Tablecloth Quilts by Rose Sheifer and Liz Aneloski for C&T PublishingVintage Tablecloth Quilts by Rose Sheifer and Liz Aneloski for C&T Publishing

Since I am a graphic artist, I use Adobe software to create all my designs. The finished quilts are almost identical to the digital images, since I scan the motif from the tablecloth and then grab fabric swatches off the internet from the manufacturers to fill in the pieces. I have used Moda Home reproduction tablecloths in two of my quilts in the book.

Vintage Tablecloth Quilts by Rose Sheifer and Liz Aneloski for C&T Publishing    Vintage Tablecloth Quilts by Rose Sheifer and Liz Aneloski for C&T Publishing

I am a creative soul. Anything that involves color, design, etc. will be in my life. I love cooking because food is so beautiful, especially here in the Bay Area. My passion is my family and friends. Entertaining with my mismatched vintage tableware is my specialty. I knit, garden, dance, travel…Italian spirit. Always looking for new places and love making new friends and staying close to old ones.”

Thank you, Rose!

The giveaway – To enter to win a copy of Vintage Tablecloth Quilts, leave a comment here telling us if YOU have any vintage linens waiting for a special project! Deadline to enter is 9/19/12.  The winner will be drawn at random from the comments section and will be notified by email. Our winner’s name will also be listed here as an update to this post. *Note: Only entrants with U.S addresses are eligible to win the actual book. Winners with addresses outside the U.S. will win the e-book version.

9/20/12 UPDATE: Lynaeve is our winner – congratulations!

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  1. Regena Fickes
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    I have some tableclothes from my mother and a couple of quilt tops she started. One is quite worn from being folded in her closet. I have a beautiful quilt my grandmother made. I am always buying crochet and embroidery work at thrift stores and yard sales. I love them so. This book would get plenty of use. Thank you for the give away.

  2. Donna Keating
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    I have dozens and dozens of these vintage table cloths. This is such a cute idea!

  3. Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    I love shopping in antique shops for vintage linens, but I don’t have any at the moment on my table. I’d love to enter your giveaway.

  4. MoeWest
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I have a few that I use and some with stains that won’t come out. I’ll have to take another look at them and consider cutting them up.

  5. Debbie Rhodes
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    I have 3 and am always on the lookout for more… love them. and would love to add the book to my books.. love new ideas..

  6. Michele
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    I do have a few from mom and her mom mostly tablecloths that were hand embroidered and a few lace ones. All are stashed away safe and sound.

  7. Lynn D in NC
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I do have some vintage linens, and they are from my childhood. When my mother passed, I kept a couple of tablecloths that really stood out from my memories. I love them.

  8. Sandy A in St. Louis
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    What a neat idea! I don’t have any vintage tablecloths to use but I see them all the time at thrift stores. I want to buy them but didn’t know how to use them since most of the time they are stained or torn. Now I know!

  9. Betty
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I have some vintage embroidery and also have found vintage fabric and aprons at yard sales. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Deborah
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Yes! They are packed away in boxes from the Gramas and aunts – what a fun idea to put them in quilts. Thanks for the give-away!

  11. Loz
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    I have all my Mum’s old tableclothes and napkins. Many she made for her glory box (as we say downunder) in readiness for her marriage to my Dad. They are mostly cross stitched ones or some with gorgeous bits of fabric just sewn together – leftovers from her sewing her own clothes. I must buy this book, if I am not lucky enough to win it.

  12. Posted September 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I have a couple of vintage linens that were my Mom’s, but a ton of vintage sheets that I have been hoping to use to make soft loveable quilts. This book would be such a huge help in learning to design them. Thanks.

  13. Kat Scott
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Oh…. i have several storage totes of vintage linens that I haven’t quite know how to start with… this book would be a great help!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Dot
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have any printed tablecloths, but I do have other old linens – vintage redwork, my grandmother’s Hardanger work, and lots of crocheted things.

    By the way, you’ve misspelled Liz Aneloski’s name near the top of the page. :-)

  15. ruby t
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Yes…I have been saving and collecting various doilies, tea towels, dresser cloths and the like to make into some curtains. I love the idea of all of the different sizes and embroidered patterns coming together. They are all white or off white and that is one of the unifying factors.

    This book looks fabulous and the idea of re-using is still a favorite of mine.

  16. Lola
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Yes I too have some of these vintage tableclothes from my Mom, MIL and
    Aunts! Would love some ideas on how to reuse them in another fashion! Thanks for this chance!

  17. Posted September 12, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    I DO have several older tablecloths that are probably vintage. I use them all the time! They never wear out. I had never EVER had the thought to cut them up and use them in a project or quilt! What a wonderful idea!!! I guess I need to win the book so I know how to do them justice, now right? hahahahaha

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