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Thread: Vintage v Old Fashioned

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    Vintage v Old Fashioned

    I'm supposed to be making a quilt for my DGS and his future bride. They are all about vintage stuff (but NOT old fashioned) and want a vintage look quilt. Do any of you have any ideas about what that would be? They don't want anything modern looking either. I'm stumped.
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    I'd probably go for any 'traditional' type pattern but with 30's repros? A grandmother's flower garden would definitely fall into the 'vintage' category - at least in my mind - but do you have the time or desire to do something that involved for this project? I'm about useless with links for you but maybe google some quilt museums and see if you can look at quilts from the 30's/40's era for some inspiration? Good luck.

    ETA: I would think 'homespun' might be their understanding of 'old fashioned' so maybe stay away from those type fabrics. Just a thought.

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    Have you considered a "wedding ring" quilt?
    Or maybe an old fashioned sampler quilt?

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    I guess I'm not sure what the difference is. Vintage meaning like crazy quilt? Ask them what time frame they mean. Like the roaring twenties Art Deco etc? Old fashioned as in 9 patch? Or just colors? Like the dusty blues and mauve and the 'goose' period. I would consider GFG to be Old Fashion so you see it's all in the beholder.

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    I would chose a pattern that you are able to do and then go with the 1930's prints.

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    Get them to explain exactly what they mean by "vintage" and "old fashioned". These are very vague terms and can mean different things to different people. Maybe you could show them some photos of examples...

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    I agree with happyquiltmom -- those terms do not have specific definitions when it comes to quilts. The bride and groom may even have ideas that differ from each other, and they may not be able to put into words what they mean. Several pictures of quilts in various styles and colors might help them narrow it down for you.

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    It may be me, BUT...It seems the receivers are being rather picky and awfully vague. Almost sounds like they may reject just about anything you will make for them.I'm with those who say choose a traditional design and use thirties fabrics.This may be one of those gifts you will never see displayed or used in their home.
    One step at a time, always forward.

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    Show them pictures of quilts you think would fall into this category that you are WILLING to make...This way what they choose would be something you want to work on...If you give them free rein you might end up hating the project the entire time

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    This generation uses the term "vintage" to mean mid-century stuff. Normally it does lean toward modern and definitely not kitschy or traditional. Some fabric stores have a category called "mid-mod" or just "mod"...you can take a look and see if these fabrics reflect what you already know about her tastes..i think this is what she might mean. As far as a pattern...i am guessing something linear no stars or flower patterns. both my kids are into the same type of thing so I'm just repeating what they tell me and what I see of what they like. To be safe, I'd at least ask for pictures or a real good description of what she envisions...then you can put your own spin to it.
    mea

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