Vintage Treasure #1

Happy Monday!

It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio after being up on the farm all weekend.  One of mom’s dear friends, Bea, has been doing a bit of spring cleaning and came across several unfinished, vintage quilt tops that got started, folded up and put away for many years.

Bea asked if Sandy and I could help her finish 3 projects with sentimental value.  Of course we jumped at the chance to help a good friend!

Here’s the first vintage treasure!  We’re going to turn it into a pillow since it measures approximately 18 inches square.

Four Square 9 patch 2

All the fabrics are 100% polyester and are cut from clothing worn by Bea’s grandmother.  As you can see from the picture below, the pattern was included as an added bonus!  This pillow top definitely pre-dates rotary cutting!
Square Pattern

The solid blue and this sweet floral are so pretty together.
9 patch blue

The challenge will be to find 100% polyester fabric for the back of the pillow.  After a successful fabric search and purchase, we expect to finish this project in no time!

12 thoughts on “Vintage Treasure #1

  1. piecefulwendy says:

    I remember those cardboard templates; as a kid, it was my job to do the tracing and cutting. I wonder how many pieces I cut. I recall the fabric was pretty much anything and everything from cotton to polyester to whatever. Fun memories.

  2. sandradnySandy says:

    I can still see Grandma Mack when I look at these fabrics — she tried desperately to teach me to crochet, but to no avail. I love that we get to help Bea keep a piece of her close.

  3. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi ladies! Awwww, this is exactly how I made my first quilt. Only, unfortunately, I didn’t hold on to my template that I carefully cut out from a thick box. Oooh, you’ll have to hit up Joann’s sale table. I am 100% certain you will find some polyester fabric there. Or Goodwill will have a shirt with a big enough piece (like the back of the shirt) that will work. I look forward to seeing where this goes. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. tierneycreates says:

    Just know I like this post but WordPress will not let me like it on the button, lol. I love vintage treasures – yes I’ve seen cool old quilts made from polyester! A pillow sounds like a great idea!

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