Finished quilt on Megan's bed measures 88 inches by 100 inches. The pillows were made with a table runner with matching embroidered ends.
Finished quilt on Megan’s bed measures 88 inches by 100 inches. The pillows were made with a table runner that had matching embroidered ends.

You know all those wonderful vintage hand towels, bridge tablecloths, and table runners that were lovingly hand embroidered 50 or more years ago? Well, this is a way to honor the makers, enjoy the beauty, and have a useful bed cover.

Assembly was not very complicated once the very involved process of choosing and planning was accomplished.

After selecting the pieces we wanted to use and their complementary printed cottons, a possible layout was pinned to a hanging sheet.
After selecting the pieces we wanted to use and their complementary printed cottons, a possible layout was pinned to a hanging sheet.

There are seven “Days of the Week” towels with red birds, seven towels with sun bonnet girls with kittens, and many different basket designs.

Tuesday towel with redbird Towel girl and kitten Table runner w/basket

To make all the blocks a uniform size, each vintage linen piece was cut down and cotton prints were added around it to make a 12 inch finished block. Lots of measuring to make sure everything fit.

Bonnet girls in blocks

30 blocks were sewn together with 1.25″ pale green sashing and a 14″ border.

Assembled quilt made of vintage hand towels, dresser scarves, and table runners, before quilting.
Assembled quilt made of vintage hand towels, bridge tablecloths, and table runners, before quilting.
Queen size quilt made of vintage linens and quilted with a longarm machine.
Queen size quilt made of vintage linens and quilted with a longarm machine.
The very wide borders were quilted with beautiful feathers.
The four corners of the quilt have these lovely ladies from a tablecloth for a bridge table. The fans were pockets for stashing tally cards or a hankie. The very wide borders were quilted with beautiful feathers.
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