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Thread: Vintage and Discontinued fabric Only! No New fabric

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    Super Member Deborah12687's Avatar
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    It is getting to be to much of a battle with the new and old fabric and the LQS. I want to talk about vintage fabric with out the battles that are going on.

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    Mmmm. Vintage fabric. (as my eyes glaze over with joy). i use barkcloth, vintage cottons, vintage sheets, new sheets. I love it all. I have a little fabric habit. I tend to buy vintage fabrics compulsively.

    Is that what you want to talk about?

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    What battles are you talking of? I love love love vintage fabric! I didnt know there was anything going on about it.

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    What battle?

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    Well I shouldn't call it a battle but a heavy discushion in one of the fabric subjects. I have lots of old and vintage fabric and want to share and see some of the fabrics everyone has.

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    Lets talk about vintage fabrics!

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    I love the vintage and older fabric just like you. I have so much of it from my Mother, Grandmother and I have a large stash of it. Just can't get enough of it. I am going green with quilting and using what I can to make quilts from vintage or what ever I can find.

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    Okay, what really qualifies as vintage? I have fabric that I have no idea how old it is. It was my mother's. I have six big totes full of this fabric. That reminds me I am so bad I owe Bev some that I promised her before Christmas.....oh my! I'll have to find that again that I pulled and get it out to her! Smacking self!!!!!!! Forgive me Bev!!! Please!!!! Pm me Bev....I don't want to hijack this thread.

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    Oh, me, too! I only have a few pieces though...hard to find in my area, even old clothes go for pretty high. Where do you find yours?
    Love old hankies, still find them at garage sales alot!

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    I get a lot of it from the Goodwill Salvation Army, garage sales auctions and estate sales.

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    i was wondering this morning ... at what point does a fabric graduate from "old and/or used" to "vintage"? and how much longer after that before it's considered "antique"?

    i think i still have some things left over from the 90s. that was a previous decade. are they old and out of style? or are they vintage?

    serious question. i look forward to some ejemucation on this subject. :-)

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    What is vintage fabrics, how old, how do you tell? I see new fabric that looks like old patterns to me, like from my grandmother or mom, their time 20,30. 40's? I really don"t know how to tell jusdt by looking. Anymore people can make things look real old just to pass it off to people like me. Or, are you talking about clothing, linens, hankies, things like that?

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    LOL, vintage now seems to be stuff we had when I was growing up in the 70s and 80s. Funny to see that stuff in Antique stores! I really dont know what is considered vintage...
    We have a big Salvation Army fabric sale once a year, thats where I've gotten my vintage fabric.

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    I consider fabric vintage that is from 1930's or older all the way up to last years fabric once it is discontinued. To me vintage means not redelly availble anymore.

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    kewl! that means most of mine is vintage. :lol:

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    I think some places consider vintage to be 25 years or older (Etsy guidelines on what is considered "vintage). Antique is 100 years or older.

    I like to sew with vintage if I find some that I like. I like a lot of the crazy colorful stuff from the 70's and the little floral prints from the early 80's. But mostly what I come across isn't any good for quilting, it's more apparel fabric (polyester, anyone?).

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    Polyester pantsuits madeinto quilts would last forever, you guys! I still see those things sometimes at Goodwill, Ick, and they were itchy!

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    I have a small tote of vintage fabric, and 2-3 quilt tops of older stuff. I love looking at the patterns of the fabric. I have a polyester quilt i made it is so warm, my fav lap quilt in the winter, it is very ugly and tied, but i love it.

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    I find quite a bit and often for good prices, on eBay. Most of the merchants will tell you, if they are able, if the fabric is cotton, or feels like cotton or whatever. I don't pay as much attention to the definitions of "vintage" because I will also buy repros (like my beloved 30's) if I find them at a good price.

    I have fabrics that are valuable (in a general market sense- desirable and therefor generally cost more) and less so, and the difference between the two is none- except for taste and trend. I will pay more for a barkcloth that has an atomic or machine age pattern, because they are more in demand right now. Also for large yardage, because if I want to make curtains or cover furniture, I need more. But smaller floral or landscape barkcloth- I am more likely to pass if it gets too high. There is plenty of it, and I don't want to be in a war.

    I don't pay a whole lot of attention to "quilting" cotton, because that is a very new term. Our grandmothers (and mothers) used old clothing, old sheets, leftover yardage. There was no such thing as fabric made especially to quilt, except for maybe whole cloth.

    I will say that it is much easier to sew a quilt top if all of the fabrics are similar in weight and texture. This does not stop me from using all kind of other things, but it is sometimes nice to have the smoothness of a consistent texture.

    In the cloth I buy, I check for stains or small holes, I also am leery of musty odors, which sometimes come out, but sometimes indicate that the fabric is starting to break down. If a heavy cotton, like a barkcloth, feels cardboardy and very dusty (after washing) it is likely to be too brittle to hold up in a quilt or really anything.

    I've had people come in my home and wonder when I'm going to get rid of the "original" drapes, which I made myself this year out of old unused stock. LOL. They suit my 1958 house and I like them. I don't get offended when others don't- I just do my own thing.

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    In fact, I have a big stack of fabric that was dye cut I would say 4" squares that my aunt gave to me that belonged to my grandmother. My mother and her sister worked in garment factories back then....oh maybe 1940's......and I bet that is where they came from. Hmmmm?

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    When I am looking for vintage fabric (besides feedsacks) I consider anything that is 32 inches to 36 or 39 inches vintage... with many of those coming from the thirties and forties and into the 50's. Then in the late 1950's the widths started to change to 40 to 42 inches. But... I still consider fabrics from the 60's and 70's vintage also! Or should I say retro? I love them all and snatch them up when I see them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyblue
    I think some places consider vintage to be 25 years or older (Etsy guidelines on what is considered "vintage). Antique is 100 years or older.

    I like to sew with vintage if I find some that I like. I like a lot of the crazy colorful stuff from the 70's and the little floral prints from the early 80's. But mostly what I come across isn't any good for quilting, it's more apparel fabric (polyester, anyone?).
    Using this theory I have no vintage fabric but I'm vintage. Tee Hee :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: But I'm not antique yet. :lol:

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    I've inherited a bunch of 30's star blocks and fabric. I've developed quite a liking for it.

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    DH and I went to a flea market and I got a bag full of antique feedsack for a 1.00. I don't have any other vintage fabric yet...but I am looking. I have several old quilts..they are so soft.
    Littlehud, my nephew calls me "antique" instead of Aunt Janet...brat..LOL. I don't mind, he is such a cutie.

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    Janetlmt..
    WOW.....antique feedsack for $1.00...that is a super find....WONDERFUL!!!!
    Great find!!!

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