Sunday, September 16, 2012

Quilt Weather

A few days more and it will be official. The Autumnal Equinox. But we've already made the transition to cozy sleeping weather. 
We will leave the windows open for some time to come, using first one quilt, then two, and finally on to feathers and down. This vintage postage stamp quilt is one of my favorites. It was quite dirty when I found it bound by masking tape in a junk shop. Ten dollars. 
I never wait until fall to use my quilts of course. I have several white ones that I use on tables and furniture all year long.  This one is vintage and a thrift find at twenty dollars. I can still remember the thrill.


 This little fall setting showcases the postage stamp quilt, above, on the reverse. Using both sides doubles the decorating possibilities!
A tiny vintage check cotton.

 And a sweet yellow stripe incorporated to piece the fabric to make it wider. 

I use my antique checked quilt in summer and at Christmas time. One of my finer selections. When you spent ten to twenty dollars on average you can justify a splurge!

I never forget how lucky I am to have this sample. It came from my husband's family. My sister in law choose this quilt, and then later gave it to me when she found she didn't really use it.

 Oh, I'm happy to solve that kind of problem!

Fabulous stiching on the old cotton filled quilts!

Another antique quilt I purchased with the red checked one. I swallowed hard when I bought them together, but never looked back!


 This lavender quilt is from the 20's or 30's and is shown on the reverse.
 The random patchwork front is shown a little here in its pink and blue colorway, a theme I don't use that much.

 A vintage basket pattern quilt in new condition.

Here is a machine quilted coverlet sewn on a printed cotton fabric with a quilt pattern. Less fragile than many vintage quilts, and still pretty. This gets frequent use in the nursery.

Your garden variety Tarjay or Wally World quilt can take tough use too. Red checks on the reverse. I wouldn't use an old quilt this way, but I've heard many weepy stories about what was done by hand-made quilts by unknowing daughters-in-law. Not guilty!
 Another favorite. Vintage "drunkard's path" pattern. Solid pink on the reverse. Fifteen dollars. Who can explain why?

I do use quilts on beds too!


Modern, and hand quilted by Pine Cone Hill. The spring pattern utterly seduced me. The reverse is a frenchy russet and gold print. Yet to be featured.
 And finally, this was a ten dollar rescue. Quite old and quite fragile, and can't be used in any practical way. I left it behind at first. It looked like it had lain around in a garage for fifty years. It partially fell apart in a good cleaning, but it was the only way I could keep it in the house! Isn't it wonderful for fall?
 Ready for a new week?
A new season?
Sure hope it's good!
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Linda said...

I love all of your quilts, Jacqueline...they are certainly lucky that you brought them home with you...A second chance to please more people...The beauty of thrifting...

Linda :o)

Cozy Little House said...

You have a magnificent collection of quilts!

D said...

Wonderful, wonderful collection of quilts. Love them all. The one with the yellow stripe on the reverse is such a great find. I've always wanted a basket weave quilt. Love the red one, of course. Great display pics, too!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Beautiful quilts in spectacular displays and vignettes!

It's Just Dottie said...

I think old quilts have beautiful souls.
Simles, Dottie

Anne said...

I don't know which is my favorite! I love them all!! What a beautiful collection you have.And one from your husbands family too!Beautiful vignettes too! I agree it is time for quilts to come on out and make there presence.

Carol said...

Wonderful quilts! And the way your use and display them really does them justice.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Beautiful quilts and wonderfully displayed! :)

Morgan said...

What a fabulous collection of lovely quilts. This post is pure eye-candy. Thank you so much for sharing these beauties and so gorgeously!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Jacqueline, you have the most fabulous quilts. Love the postage stamp one and only $10. What a steal.

Jen said...

What a beautiful collection.
You must have a very large linen closet!

Kay said...

Jacqueline, the vintage fairies must smile on you all the time! Such great finds! All so beautiful! That white one is stunning! And the sweet, tiny stitches that make those quilts so cuddly are just remarkable. Your scene with the quilt on the ground looks so inviting, yet, after finding two snakes in my yard recently, I won't be putting anything on the ground! We will keep our quilts on the table or the swing! Beautiful post!

jeanetteann said...

Who can resist them? They just conjure up lovely cosy nights snuggled up on the sofa. You certainly have a lovely collection and lovely colours too. Hope you had a nice weekend x

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

So many beautiful quilts to see all in one post!

Bella said...

Hi J,
Wow you have a big collection! A great variety and something for every season. I was just thinking today about the pending seasonal change, I was dumbstruck... too soon! But the weather is lovely!

collarcitybrownstone said...

Your quilt collection is lovely. They would look great as sofa covers too. I use chenille blankets on my sofas. I quilt by hand and it is very relaxing and therapeutic.

Danielle said...

So many pretty quilts, it's impossible to pick a favorite! I love them on the table as much as I love them on the bed! You are very lucky to have all of these beautiful quilts! Wow! : )

Danielle xo

ImSoVintage said...

Jacqueline, your quilt collection is amazing. Thanks do much for sharing it with us. I felt like I was browsing through a copy of Country Living.


Willow said...

Your quilts are so lovely. I am going to start looking for some now. I am also learning to quilt and it is not easy to make them.

felicia said...

Beautiful quilts. You gave me a few ideas for displaying mine. My favorite of which is grandmother's flower garden. My grandmother pieced the top and my husband's grandmother quilted it. Thanks for sharing.

A Super Dilettante said...

Jacqueline, my dear. We are such kindred spirits. I adore your quilts collection. Like you, I have a hobby collecting little patchwork quilts (I adore hexagonal quilts & old vintage bright and cheerful colourful quilts which I casually drape over on my sofa and on the bed in each bedrooms) and crochet blankets. I have admiration for the local quiltmakers because of the amount of hard works and the endless hours that went into making one quilt - it's like weaving one dreams days and night. It's an art work in its own right! Furthermore, they are made to dispel the damp and cold of the British weather. Hope you are doing well and enjoying the beginning of the autumn.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

You have such a wonderful collection! Just when I thought the blue and white was my favorite, you shared the aqua then the pink ones!

Cynthia said...

Beautiful quilt. I love the colors of them and the many uses. The tables look stunning.


Debra @ Common Ground said...

Love all the wonderful quilts, and how you use them with the layered linens, makes them extra special!

Pat said...

Jacqueline...What a wonderful quilt show this morning!!! Like you, I would not have been able to leave these quilts in the stores. Being a quiltmaker, I know how precious they are in the time spent making them, and the cost of fabric,etc, not to even mention the love poured into their making by the quiltmaker, for that's really what it takes to make a and care. You have a treasure here! Thanks for the 'treat.' pat

Donna Heber said...


Your quilts are amazing! So many beautiful patterns and I can't pick a favorite :-) You are so talented.

One bolt short of a toolbox said...

really pretty!

Jan @Door251

Apple of His Eye said...

I adore your quilts! Just lovely.

Living in SW Florida, we are rarely in need of quilts. :(

SizzleandZoom said...

I am so into quilts. I like the pink and white one and the one with the yellow stripe. They are all wonderful and I would have any of them. Wonderful post. I am longing for fall. The colors, the cooler weather, the celebrating with family.

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Your quilts are all beautiful Jacqueline. You are so lucky to have so many vintage quilts. Thank you for sharing.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

How lucky to have all those beautiful quilts! I am so glad because I know you take such loving care of them! Beautiful pictures!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Jacqueline: It really is getting to be quilt weather. But, as you say, quilts are lovely all year long. I have a red and white one that is in really good shape but, I think, is old. The red is so bright that it only works on the 4th of July. Is there a way that the red can be toned down a bit. I simply love the one that you use in your Christmas decorating. I think I'm asking the expert..Happy Monday..Judy

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

What great quilts. I, too, love the postage stamp quilt. we have a smallish one that I keep hanging on the side of a daybed in our family room all year long. Just love the visual warmth of old quilts.

On Crooked Creek said...

I adore all of the quilts...mainly the vintage ones tuged at my heart! I, too, have a nice collection of vintage, hand stitched, heirloom quilts. Seems the more vintage I get, the more comfort they give. I found a few on a recent roadtrip...but couldn't justify the $85 price tags!!! Sadly, none of them followed me home!

GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Jacqueline! Not only are your quilts gorgeous but so is your staging and photography of them! They need to be in the pages of a magazine! I love the postage stamp one and all the table settings using the quilts! How pretty! I only have 2 vintage quilts that my grandma made years ago but I never get them out. I think you have inspired me to do so. Thankyou! Gina

Bonnie Hitchcock said...

Oh, I can't choose a favorite. I love them all and I love the tablescapes that you've made. What talent! Everything is placed so perfectly.
I have slept under a quilt all of my life. I wish sometimes that I had put them up to save. Now that mama is gone, I hate that they are all frayed and worn. Still, nothing feels better than a soft, worn quilt on a cool, Autumn evening!
Love, love this post. A favorite for sure!

janice15 said...

They are all so lovely, I wouldn't want to decide. Everything is so lovely..thank you for sharing them...with love Janice Have a great new week...

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What an amazing quilt collection you have--so many gorgeous ones to suit any decorating whim you might have that day! I love the many vignettes you created, but especially the blue and white one--I just love those colors together.

Haworth said...

I love each of these quilts, Jacqueline, and it's so intertesting to hear you tell of how you came to have them. (And the nifty prices!) I have only machine-made quilts in the house. A few Laura Ashley puffy ones (cabbage roses and pink/white stripes on the revers), a white puffy one with deep lace, and a more traditional 'flat' one similar to the floral mint green one you have. Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

20 North Ora said...

What a fantastic collection!! They are all so beautiful.


val's alentejo said...

Jacqueline, What an amazingly beautiful collection of quilts. They are all lovely.
I love the image with the little teddy bear.
You sure have a knack for finding really good bargains.
a super post
val x

Art and Sand said...

I have incredible 'quilt envy'. I have some nice quilts, but my collection does not come even close.

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Wild Oak Designs said...

Yes, definitely quilt weather!
You have a great collection, and it reminds me that I should take some out of storage and use them!
thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

Mary E.Dadds said...

Thank you so much for showing your Quilts in one post.
I love them all.But I find I do have my favorites though.
Love love love the colors.
You certainlt got some deals.
Thanks again.
Mary Dadds

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