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Vintage Tablecloth Quilts

Transform your favourite vintage tablecloths into beautiful quilts fit for a queen! Learn how to convert the best parts of each tablecloth into quilt blocks and applique elements that can be combined with commercial fabrics for extra colour and vibrancy. Dig into your grandma's attic, visit your local flea market, buy new reproduction panels - even old tablecloths with holes or stains can be skilfully cut to become part of a lovely wall-hanging or bed quilt.
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About the Author

Rose Sheifer's career in publishing as a freelance graphic designer has given her the opportunity to design over 100 quilt books. Now she has put her design skills together with her passion for fabric and all things vintage. Rose lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Liz Aneloski has been an editor at C&T, as well as an avid quilter, for over 20 years. She has authored 8 books on quilting and sewing, and lives in Northern California.


Blue roses in rows, red cherries in bunches, brown pots and pans in golden squares-anyone who has ever been enticed by the colors and styles of vintage tablecloths, like ones produced in the 1920s by Wilendur, will be further delighted by the thought of quilting them. Sheifer, graphic designer for more than 100 quilt books, and Aneloski, longtime editor at C&T, have reinterpreted mid-century tablecloths into 12 quilt patterns. They use the entire tablecloth, as in the vivid blue 'Nostalgic Wholecloth'; they marry two tablecloths, as in 'Field & Stream' and 'Dena's Delight'; or they cannibalize the usable bits of worn, stained cloths for new quilts, like 'Delicate Daisies' and 'Moda Fruit Basket.' All methods work under Sheifer's sensitive graphic eye. The book's first section addresses the tablecloths themselves: finding, choosing, cleaning, embellishing, measuring motifs, etc. Section two covers making the quilts, which is more complicated than it first seems. Sheifer and Aneloski cite fabric requirements, measurements, colors, and they clearly describe blocks, construction, and borders with clean graphics for finishing these beauties. Publishers Weekly, 07/18/2012 Looks like you will need a trip to the charity shops for the use of this book, which instructs you how to turn vintage tablecloths into quilts. I am a little unsure of how many of these tablecloths you may be able to track down, but then the concept is transferable to any type of vintage fabric. You may even have one or two of your grandmother's tablecloths stashed away. I started a project using old embroidered cloths from the 30's, but then ran out of source material. If, however, you have access to these vintage tablecloths then it is a fascinating use of recycled fabrics and, of course, a very individual and personalized end result. Fabrications Quilting For You, February/March 2013

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