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Thread: Vintage v Old Fashioned

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    Everyones vision of a quilt is so different....I would strongly suggest they go on line, do a goggle of quilt patterns and have them do a search and find....what we think and know is certainlly not the same to young people these days....we may know that this pattern or that pattern (like a crazy quilt or a wedding ring) goes way back, but thay may prefer a Mariners compus or log cabin.....there are so many, many, many patterns I would think you would have more success at pleasing them if they choose, ask for perhaps three choices of patterns, as we know some are harder than others...... Personally either a wedding ring (hard and time consuming) or a simple old log cabin (easy and quick) would work for vintage....maybe in feedsack retro fabric......IMHO
    Yes that is a real picture of my hometown Temecula, California. We feature premiere Wineries, World Class Golf Courses, Pechanga Indian Casino and Hot Air Balloons

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    I like homespuns for that vintage look - it can be scrappy or co ordinated. easy to do with nine patch/solid squares, set on point. I would use muslin to go with it. Homespuns transcend all periods - and definitely isn't modern looking either.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    I love the quilt, and the room is looks so peaceful. I would definitely stay away from the 1930's look - 1950's.

    Quote Originally Posted by jyllybean View Post
    This is what I thought of when I read your description. I think it's classic, and could go with any kind of decor. I would probably stay away from 30's repos
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    I love 30s but I am guessing that is what they see as "old fashioned". If you are making it to their taste then ask them to find some pictures. Everyone's taste is so different. I positively hate the quilt in the above picture but I really hate that yellow/gold color and I can't see much past that. It would be bad for everyone involved if they felt that way about all your loving work.

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    I would not do 1930s either. I love the pic jellybean posted and totally agree with her.

    id ask for pics of 5 or 10 quilts they like, tell them to google, and then pic something that would be similar.
    fatquarters

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    The first thing I thought of when I read your post the cottage look- soft printed pastels, but not 1930s prints. Cabbage roses and their smaller coordinates. You could use a pattern with larger pieces like a Turning Twenty type quilt as long as the fabrics were correct. It sounds like you need them to clarify what vintage is with them.

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    The 1930's look - what I call feedsack prints - does not appeal to everyone. When I was a kid, that was not the top drawer stuff!

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    I would look at some of the civil war era quilts such as Dear Jane, Dear Hannah, Underground Railroad quilt - all of these definitely have some history behind them and would have a story that you could share with your DGS and his bride.

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    I would think vintage would be the two toned ( blue and white or red and white etc.) designs. But vintage could be anything from the 30's to the 50's. I agree with the opinion that old fashioned would be the " goose and hearts" period, but then again, it's all subjective. If you really want to make this couple a quilt, I'd sit down with them and a few quilt books and pin them down on a more accurate description.

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    I agree with the comments that you will need to show them some pictures so that you are talking about the same thing. Had an experience like this recently that the person I was talking to about making a quilt did not understand enough about the terms that have specific meanings to make me understand what they had in mind. Ended up that they changed their mind about making the quilt at all after a bunch of discussion. I was relieved because I did not ever get what they wanted!
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    How about Eleanor Burns 'Love Knot' quilt ? It is a vintage pattern but can look really sharp. It is easy to do and turns out great every single time. You could use colors they like, it only takes 4 different fabrics.

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    I would caution you to seek more information into what they mean by "vintage"
    I've heard 20-30 yr olds now consider the 1950's to 1970's as "vintage"....well heck...that must mean
    I'm vintage LOL

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    Vintage... Think fabrics and color of the 60's or 70's beyond that would be old fashioned since vintage is considered anything over 20 years old and antique is at least 100 years old.

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    Have you thought about a wedding ring quilt, or double wedding ring quilt? How about an old fashioned Signature quilt? Then all at the wedding/reception can sign each block...

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    Better get more details from the kids!!

    I would also give them parameters of what you are willing to do -

    Size limit (Do you want to do a 'to the floor king-size bedspread'?)
    Give them several designs to look at that you are willing to work on - they would not necessarily be limited to those, but you might get an idea of what they like (or don't like)
    Color schemes - black and white, pastels and white, 30 feedsack repros, civil war, floral -

    Or even select pictures of quilts from the picture section here and forward them to the kids to see what they like?

    The "Vintage but not old fashioned" description has brought out all sorts of ideas from the members here of what it might be - - -

    My reason for suggesting limits: I offered to make my DIL a quilt - and what I had in mind was couch size (about 60 x 80) and what she wanted was a king-size. I wasn't planning on covering a football field!

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    Why can't you ask them to look at some patterns you suggest and select one. I'd also ask what colors they would like incorporated and perhaps share some examples with them.
    Karen in Kentucky

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    I have a daughter who is exactly that picky about quilts. I would make them pick out the quilt pattern and the fabric. Why go through all the effort of making a quilt that they probably will not even like much less ever use? In fact, the DIL-to-be may, when she has been in the family long enough, put the quilt in a garage sale. Many DIL's have done just that. That fact that you are making a quilt is no secret. You want it to be well received if not loved. Let them pick a pattern - the internet has thousands to choose from. Let them pick the fabric. If they don't live near you, they can send the name, manu. etc of fabric to you or use your credit card, buy it and mail it to you. Why go through the agony of choosing something when they are so picky and the choice seems doomed to failure?

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    I agree with TanyaL. I would make them a part of deciding which pattern and what fabrics to use. If they live near you, take them to a quilt shop or two. Or spend some time on the internet with them. I would definitely get visuals of what they have pictured in their minds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steady Stiching View Post
    I would caution you to seek more information into what they mean by "vintage"
    I've heard 20-30 yr olds now consider the 1950's to 1970's as "vintage"....well heck...that must mean
    I'm vintage LOL
    Exactly what I was thinking. My daughter is 23 and she would say 50's - 70's would be vintage.

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    Vintage now adays means 1960. Classic is about25 yrs ago. Ck with them...you dont want to make a dresden plate of thirties when they wanted tie dye.

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    I would show them some patterns and ask them to pick their favorite. That way you will be making just what they want. You can even ask them what colors the prefer. I like to ask and then I know for sure what they want. Good Luck! They will probably love whatever you make them.

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    I asked my Generation X daughter. Vintage is 1930's prints, old fashion is gold and avocado. Vintage is grandma's stuff, old fashion is Mom's.

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    When my kids (in their 20's) talk about "vintage," they're usually referring to something second-hand. Going by that, I would think a "vintage" looking quilt would be in muted, "worn" looking colors. Not pastels, though. Unfortunately, the word seems to mean different things, to different people.
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    I'm 35 and I think of our oldest, civil war-era, scrap quilts as vintage. I think fabric choice makes the biggest difference. Maybe some nice bright 50's colors with a traditional pattern?

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    Dresden Plate, Double Wedding Ring, Log Cabin..................I've given them all and they are well received. The Double Wedding is "hands down" the most requested pattern

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