Making Stuff: Lovey Blankets from Vintage Quilt Tops

by This is Carrie on July 1, 2008

I mentioned before that I didn’t bring any projects on my trip to UT, but my sis-in-law just happened to mention this collection of unfinished quilt tops made by her great-grandmother. The poor tops were sitting in a closet just waiting to breathe new life as practical heirlooms instead of a stack of old fabric. I stole the chenille blanket design from my good friend, chloe. Hope she doesn’t mind. And I hope my little nieces enjoy their new “old” blankies.


The best part of the quilt tops are the imperfections. Not only are the pieces hand sewn together, some are sewn with the wrong side out thanks to great-grannies poor eyesight.

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dandelionmama July 2, 2008 at 2:36 am

I love wrong-side out pieces in a quilt- and sometimes I do it on purpose. What a treasure you have there…

Carrie, we really need to be neighbors.

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Elise July 2, 2008 at 3:26 pm

How beautiful! My great-grandma used to hand-sew quilts for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren…they are so special!

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Chloe July 2, 2008 at 4:47 pm

They turned out so beautifully – I’m jealous of your awesome fabric find.

And no, of course I don’t mind :)

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Charity July 2, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Oh my goodness, that’s so neat! That is such a great idea. My mom has zillions of unfinished quilt tops, as she was always carrying piecing around with her but never quite getting around to putting them together. Maybe I’ll convince her to try something like this, though I think she’ll still have her heart set on actual quilts. Someday.
P.s. saw your post on wardrobe refashion – that dress was amazing. Just wanted to stop by and give kudos.

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i'm kelly July 19, 2008 at 8:41 am

it’s beautiful! i love it. i’d love to find an old quilt top like that!

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