Transform your favorite vintage tablecloths into beautiful quilts! Learn how to convert the best parts of each cloth into quilt blocks and appliqué elements that can be combined with commercial fabrics for extra color 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 become part of a lovely wallhanging or bed quilt.
• Use this unique quiltmaking approach to preserve personal memories or create new family heirlooms
• Customize your quilt design to get the most out of any antique or reproduction tablecloth
• Parcel out a single tablecloth for multiple projects, or combine pieces of different cloths into one quilt
Review Publisher's Weekly - July 18, 2012
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.
Review Quilter's Connection Magazine - September 27, 2012
Vintage tablecloths - the phrase conjures up memories of grandmother's kitchen. Quilting with vintage fabric is all the rage today, and this book provides you with the techniques to take a colourful old tablecloth and make it into a spectacular heirloom quilt you will treasure for years to come.
Review Fabrications Quilting For You Magazine - March 6, 2013
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.