Vintage Sheet Swap
For several months I have been stalking the various quilting groups on Flickr and dreaming of having enough free time to start some projects of my own. (Reason #523 that I should finish my thesis!) Well, I have take the first step by joining the Vintage Sheet Swap group and I have been scouring the local thrifts for fabulous designs.
I have already learned a few things in the process. Foremost is that most of the best designs are often printed on a 50% cotton / 50% polyester blend, or some thing similar. It turns out that these “no iron” fabrics were all the rage beginning in the 1950s and continuing into the 1990s, when a renewed interest in natural fibres helped 100% cotton make a serious comeback.
I haven’t done much quilting, but I was always told (by my grandmother, who quilts obsessively) that one should quilt with nothing but 100% cotton, so I was a little concerned at first that all I could find were these cotton/poly blends. I posted a question about it on the discussion board for the sheet swap, and was quickly reassured by the more seasoned quilters in the group that the fabrics worked wonderfully. In fact, as one member pointed out, the presence of the synthetic fibre is the reason that the patterns have remained so vibrant after so many years of washing.
So far I have found nine really great sheets, but I love a few of them so much that I am nervous about actually cutting into them! I just have to keep reminding myself that by sharing what I’ve found, I’ll have a really fabulous collection in no time.