One 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??
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.
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.
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!