Friday, October 21, 2011
Vintage Sheet Comforter
Recently I completed this comforter for our daughter, Andrea. She wanted a warm, fluffy bed covering for winter not a quilt. I cut 6 vintage sheets, purchased at local thrift stores, into 6" squares and assembled them in a Trip Around The World pattern.
The design doesn't make a big impact but it's the blend from one fabric to another that I appreciate the most. It's like a field of wildflowers :) This will brighten up those winter blues! I also used 2 vintage sheets for the back of the comforter.
The difference between a quilt and a comforter is the way it's constructed. Both have a front panel, a back panel and something sandwiched in the middle (batting, flannel, wadding, a blanket, etc.). The layers of a quilt are stitched together by hand or machine with thread. A comforter is tied or knotted together with yarn or crochet thread and usually has a thicker batting. I had a challenge with trying to knot this comforter. I'm not sure if it was the extra thick batting I used, or the yarn, or the needle, or just me, but I could not get the threaded needle to go through all the layers. So I found another way....
I sewed small x's at the intersections of the blocks where I was going to tie the knots. It serves the same purpose just no fuzzy threads.
From this picture you can get an idea how thick this comforter is....it is so cushy and comfy. And by using the vintage sheets, it already feels soft and well loved.
Just had to hang the new comforter on the clothes line for a few pictures too. Now if there was just snow on the ground this picture would be perfect, but I'm not wishing for the white stuff yet!
Well, that's one more thing crossed off my to-do list....seems like every time I cross something off I add 2 more items....at least I'll never be bored.....teehee. I still have lots of partial and some full vintage sheets leftover, anyone interested in trying a new project just let me know!
Have a great weekend!