How to Use Vintage Sheets for Quilting
Vintage Sheets Patchwork Quilt
Who knew repurposing 50 year old sheets would EVER be ‘a thing’! These cotton/poly blends are incredibly durable and beautiful to quilt with. Repeated washing has softened them perfectly which makes them wonderful for quilting. You may even recognize a print or two among the assortment of colorful nostalgic designs. Choosing a pattern is the challenge because you don’t want to loose the integrity of the printed design. This easy patchwork quilting with vintage sheets tutorial is a perfect option for your next vintage sheets quilt project.
Vintage sheet fabrics may be purchased by the yard or in precuts. My first patchwork quilt with vintage sheets was made with 5-inch squares that I bought from from Vintage Fabrics Studio (aff link). Kelly’s shop has an extensive selection of vintage sheet precuts and yardage. This quilt is made with a 9-patch block and sashing and looks great.
Vintage Sheet Alternating 4-Patch Quilt Pattern
Easy 4-Patch Quilt Block Pattern
This newest easy patchwork quilt is an alternating 4-patch. Some of the prints have small floral vignettes scattered across the fabric, while one has an all over floral design. The all over design fabric is a soft, creamy print with delicate pink roses that I didn’t want to cut up too small. Therefore it became my larger blocks. The smaller prints became the 4-patches and it all came together beautifully.
4-Patch Quilt Block Tutorial
The tutorial below shows the easy steps to create a 4-patch block from any size square. You may also download the printable pattern for easy reference. Enjoy making your own vintage sheets quilt!
The finished 4-patch blocks should measure 8 1/2″ on each side. Cut the alternating print blocks at 8 1/2″ square. To assemble quilt, alternate blocks and sew them into rows. Then sew rows together and press. Now decide how you want to quilt this new beauty and enjoy!