Make A Keepsake Quilt From Vintage Doilies

Welcome to Craft For The World, let’s start another pattern?! Do you have vintage napkins that you never quite knew what to do with? One way to enjoy them is to cover them with a bedspread. This beautiful bedspread was specifically designed to display napkins, whether they are family heirlooms or those found in thrift stores. Blocks cut from vintage linens can also be used. Vintage napkin souvenir quilt pattern Choose the colors you like and think about how to use the finished quilt. Few blocks would create a quilt for your wall, while the quilt shown here makes a nice throw. The simple seam is used to build the quilt. Ten-inch layered cake squares and a bottom allow for quick construction. Napkins can be hand-sewn in place or fixed with strong fabric glue, such as the Therm-o-Web fabric fuse. If you are displaying cut sections of vintage linens, replace them with squares on the bedspread. The finished bedspread, designed by Bev from Flamingo Toes, is 63 ″ x 63 ″.

Patchwork and quilt are usually made with fabric scraps. The patchwork consists of joining pieces, forming combinations of colors and designs. Patchwork works can be developed using various techniques and, generally, use acrylic blanket to create a quilted effect. To finish off the patchwork works, wide stitching, better known as quilt, is used. The quilt is a kind of basting, used to create relief effects in patchwork or quilting. The quilt can be made by hand or with the sewing machine. With some techniques and a little imagination, it is possible to create wonderful works in patchwork and quilt. You can make quilts, pillows, panels, clothes, etc. Patchwork is much more than an art, it is a therapy.

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Patchwork and quilt are very old handicrafts. The first evidence of this type of work is very old, there are records from 3400 B.C. In ancient Egypt, the pharaohs already used clothes made from leftover fabrics, to be used under iron armor and quilts. In the Middle Ages, patchwork and quilt spread across Europe (England, Italy, France and Germany). English pilgrims, who fled religious persecution, brought patchwork and quilt to America. At that time, women were forced to do manual labor (to prevent the “demon” from entering their minds) and could only leave the house to go to church or to gather at neighborhood meetings. Over time, these women started planning the pieces before sewing and, therefore, patchwork was no longer just a utilitarian activity and became a form of expression. All women, before getting married, should do 12 jobs (one for each month of the year).

From 1846, with the invention of the domestic sewing machine, patchwork and quilt were made by hand and machine.
After the 2nd. World War, women started to leave home and work outside the home. For a while, patchwork and quilt were forgotten. In the 70s, with the hippie movement, handicrafts once again stood out. In this way, quilt and patchwork resurfaced with full force. Sewing machines have evolved, special accessories for patchwork and quilt (rulers, cutters) have emerged and techniques have been perfected. The textile industry started to develop prints and special colors and patchwork invaded the collections of famous designers and catwalks.
Today, patchwork and quilt are an art, which can be applied in fashion, at home, wherever your imagination wants.

In colonial and imperial Brazil, quilt and patchwork were activities limited to slaves, who used scraps of their masters’ clothes to make blankets and clothes. Only with the arrival of immigrants did patchwork become more widespread.
Today, there are many schools that teach the techniques and patchwork is a success.


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