Vintage Textiles

The definition of "vintage" varies by the item being discussed; wine or cars or quilts, each have their own definition. Vintage Textiles are defined as easily found today in antique stores, yard sales and thrift stores and when dated are about 50 to 100 years old. Vintage textiles can take the form of embroidered linens, tablecloths and other home goods, as well as orphan quilt blocks or even whole quilt tops. Vintage textiles can be used in contemporary quilting making or for garments. Quilters use vintage orphan blocks in quilts, finish abandoned quilt tops, or piece talecloths or embroidered textiles into quilts. A vintage table cloth can also be quilted to make a stunning whole cloth quilt. Not all pieces are candidates for use, always check for stains, wear and tear, or pieces too damaged to use. Vintage textiles are also perfect for making bags, garments and other accessories.

Benefits of Vintage Textiles

  • Vintage Textiles add texture and interest to quilts and accessories.
  • Vintage quilt tops can be repaired and quilted.
  • Vintage textiles used in the quilts of today, represent different eras and fond memories that are preserved for future textile lovers.

Tools and Supplies Vintage Textiles

  • Basic Sewing Supplies
  • Rotary Cutter, ruler, self healing cutting mat
  • Soap made for VINTAGE TEXTILES 
What I Wish I Knew When I Started using Vintage Textiles

Vintage Quilt blocks are rarely square, sometimes they can be taken apart and remade into similarly sized blocks. VINTAGE TEXTILES should be carefully washed before incorporating the fabric into a quilt. Start with a good soak, followed by a gentle washing and lay in the sun to dry. If you plan to collect, purchase or sell vintage textiles; get educated by a reputable dealer or seller and do your homework.If you are fortunate to have vintage textiles from family members take the time to document what you know about the history of the items.

Vintage Textiles Resources