September 27th, 2013

vintage quilt

I need your advice on a few projects I’ve got going on. First is this vintage quilt I picked up at the thrift store recently. It is super fantastic, there is no doubt. The colors are super saturated and somehow read neon and pastel at the same time. The prints are flat out amazing…

vintage quilt prints

…but the thing is ginormous! Queen size? King size? I don’t know but it weighs a ton. I’m thinking of cutting it down to a twin size for my daughter’s bed. What do you think? I’m pretty sure I can just cut it to size and then hand bind it. I want to use a pattern binding (stripes or polka dots), but is that too much? If I just do a solid color, which color?

And then what to do with the rest? There might be enough for curtains for my daughter’s room, but is that too crazy? Is a pillow to boring and matchy matchy? Advice! Direction! I need you!

cheetah print

Second is this cheetah print. Leopard really, but my youngest son is obsessed with cheetahs and he is convinced this is a cheetah print. He has requested a jacket made out of it. I’m planning on using the Study Hall Jacket pattern. How do I do it so it’s not too costumey? I was thinking of pairing it with that dark green jersey. That’s one option. Another is dying the print:

cheetah print

Another idea is to do more of a color block thing with the print–like Shauna from Shwin and Shwin did. I don’t want the thing to look goofy. I mean he’s 4, so he can rock goofy, but still. Any ideas?! Any advice?



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34 Responses to advice

  1. Erin says:

    I had a pair of thriftied Lily pants that looked exactly like this! I made them into baby overalls for a friend… As for that cheetah print, it’s awesome… I think it could be cool as more of a blazer style. Maybe with some yellow accents involved. Good luck! Fun stuff!

  2. Tara says:

    Would your little man be happy if the cheetah print was used as the lining for his jacket? Maybe accent the inside of the hood and outer pockets/trim with the print also?

    Wow, AWSOME find on the quilt!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Becky says:

    I say color block and go for it with the cheetah. He’s 4, let him rock goofy as long as he can.

    As for the Lilly, I’m not sure I could bring myself to cut it. But it’s glorious and I’m envious.