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    Prairie Pointer

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    Default Vintage Tablecloths

    Has anyone ever made quilt tops from vintage tablecloths? I have the book, "Vintage Tablecloth Quilts: Kitchen Kitsch to Bedroom Chic • 12 Projects to Piece or Appliqué," by Rose Sheifer, and I was wondering if anyone has ever tried this.

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    Jane

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    I actually have a couple (not quilts but tablecloths) which were made from feed sack. I can't bear to chop them up, though! I was able to get stains out of them and the fabric appears solid.
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    I have a vintage Hawaiian table cloth and I can't cut it up either. I thought about it, but you don't come across them too often.



    Lorie

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    I've seen whole cloth quilts made from vintage damask tablecloths and they were beautiful. I have a lot of vintage tablecloths but I"m not cutting them up! I use them daily. I have seen vintage tablecloths for sale on eBay just to use to cut up. They are usually ones that are stained or have holes in them and go very cheaply.
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    Several years ago I attended a quilt show and met a woman (I believe we was from either Wisconsin or Michigan) who collected tablecloths from the 40's-50's and quilted them as art work. A wonderful way to preserve something dear to us without cutting it up. Her exhibit held me spellbound, as her quilting work really set off the motifs on the tablecloths. Wonder if I still have her business card?
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    No I haven't, but I do have a small collection of vintage table cloths and linens. Many times when I see them in shops, they have yellow or brown spots, and using them in quilt blocks would be one way to re purpose them. I use mine quite a bit. I have pillow cases my great granny embroidered decades ago... when I was a kid, I use them as shams with my quilts in my guest rooms. I use my table cloths when we have picnics and things. I love them.

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    I have a large collection of vintage linens, man of which are tablecloths. I have thought of using one of them as backing on a smallish quilt (maybe one made from vintage hankies). Many of mine are in excellent condition.

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    I have made one, I had fun making it. In 2013 I worked at a shop that made quilts and did the longarm work on them. A customer came in and brought table clothes, dresser scarves, table runners, and pillowcases. She also had a few pillowcase doll dresses. I first started folding fabric to lay out, because cutting is so final. Once I started seeing the beauty come through, I stabilized and cut. Here are a few pictures, I hope they come through.

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    Vicki C

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    And here are a few others, along with the final. the customer said none of the younger family members wanted any of this "stuff because it did not match their decor".
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    It was an honor to put the top together for this customer. She loved it and said no one will get it now. The shop owner did the longarm quilting on it, some around the embroidery, and keeping away from the doll dresses that i recreated from the doll pillowcase dresses.

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    Default Re: Vintage Tablecloths

    Thanks to everyone for their input. I have quite a few vintage tablecloths that are in beautiful condition, and while I use them, I could never cut them apart.

    What I've done is purchased a number of "cutters," vintage tablecloths that are heavily damaged in some spots but have enough of the patterns to be salvageable for other projects.

    Any ideas??

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