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I want to make a quilt out of embroidered tablecloths and samplers.

I want to make a quilt out of embroidered tablecloths and samplers.

Old 11-10-2019, 09:16 PM
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Default I want to make a quilt out of embroidered tablecloths and samplers.

I have made many embroidered tablecloths and other projects from kits. Now I'd like to cut them up to make a sort of shabby chic-style quilt top. Has anyone ever done this? I don't have a pattern, or even a clear idea so I haven't started cutting yet but I'm anxious to try.

Please share any advice or tips.

Thank you!
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Old 11-11-2019, 01:22 AM
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I tried to make cushion covers from tablecloths and runners that my cousin gave me when she did a de-clutter.

If you google or look on Pinterest for ‘Embroidered vintage fabric quilt patterns’ or similar you will find lots of ideas.

Good luck with your project and I look forward to seeing what you do!
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Old 11-11-2019, 03:36 AM
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​Google Cindy Needham for some ideas for using linen and tablecloths for quilts.
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Old 11-11-2019, 05:53 AM
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I have never done it but there is a method of quilting called improvisational it is w/o pattern or plan. (I make all mine w/o a bought pattern but always have a plan)
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I second what Tartan said, Cindy Needham is an awesome person for using older linen tablecloths and handkerchiefs. She has a method for essentially applying delicate laces to fabric, it comes out beautiful.
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Old 11-12-2019, 05:01 AM
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I made something similar several years ago. It was a long valance for a bedroom window. I used a muslin base and stitched the vintage embroidered pieces in a "crazy quilt" fashion. If their happened to be a stain or small hole in the embroidered piece, I covered it with a button, lace or anything else that worked. I hope I can upload a photo of it. Feel free to message me if you have other questions. [ATTACH=CONFIG]619606[/ATTACH]
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Old 11-12-2019, 05:22 AM
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It depends on the dimensions of your tablecloths but I'd try using them as whole cloth instead of cutting into them. Simply border them out to the size you'd like and enjoy the multitude of quilting designs among the embroidery. And, of course, I suggest hand quilting as the embroidery is hand-done. It's being consistent!
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Old 11-12-2019, 07:24 AM
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I would use a stabilizer, iron on, to keep the vintage fabric to keep it from deteriorating more.
I think I would quilt as you go so no more handling than necessary.
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Old 11-13-2019, 03:47 PM
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What great ideas! Thank you so much Like I said, I didn't even know where to begin or even if it was a viable idea. I appreciate all your help.
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Old 11-13-2019, 04:46 PM
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Someone on this board did some beautiful work with vintage pieces. I don't remember her name but I think she is from Canada. Maybe someone here can chime in with her name.
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