Vintage Sheets Make Me Swoon!

As a young girl, I was obsessed with how my grandmother’s sheets smelled.  Is that weird?

When I’d visit and snuggle into bed at night, I felt so safe and so warm and loved.  I associated the scent of her detergent mixed perfectly with her perfumed skin care products with that “I am so loved” feeling.  She was so dear to me, and today she’d be 87. Happy Birthday, Grandma Dorla!

I am now obsessed with collecting vintage sheets!  When my friend asked me to make a quilt for her baby girl and to use a vintage sheet she had found, my mind raced to all the fun extras I could make to go with the quilt.  We settled on this classic variable star quilt block.

I grabbed my Patchwork Essentials book by Jeni Baker.  I used her Eight-at-a-time half square triangle technique to make EIGHT 5.5in half square triangle blocks using the sheet and some high-quality unbleached muslin. Then I cut FOUR solid blocks 5.5in from the muslin and ONE 10.5in block from the sheet.  Arranged my block and sewed it together.

Gave it a little hand stitching using some vintage heavyweight thread, and I mixed in a little straight line quilting.

To give it a nice clean finish I modified S.O.T.A.K Handmade’s Tutorial for this hidden zippered closure.  My zipper wasn’t quite long enough, so I made do with what I had and gave a few extra stitches here and there to secure it all down.   (The zipper was 18in, and my pillow is 20in finished.)  NOTE:  If you use SOTAK’s tutorial, which is incredible, be sure you catch the zipper tape in the very last step!)

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