The Making of the Blue and White Mostly Vintage Linens Quilt Part 4 of 4!


The embellishments! The add-ons! The bling! What ever you want to call them, it’s time to talk about the things I added to the finished quilt. Note: from this time onward, all stitching/securing/etc. is done by hand with a needle and thread.

I could almost rename this project to The Butterfly Quilt, you’ll see why as you keep reading.

Let’s start with the bottom right corner where I quilted undulating feathers in the long vertical white rectangle. I had this beautiful piece of ivory crochet to hand stitch on top. This method allows the quilt to look well quilted from the back without me quilting through the crocheted piece. After it was secured in place I was able to make a blue satin bow with long streamers to strategically place both on top and through the crochet openings as I worked my way down the block. Once the ribbon was placed and pinned, using a very fine beading needle and Nymo thread, I attached the white Ceylon beads to the ribbon being very careful to take tiny stitches so as not to show on the back of the quilt. After the beading, I added the butterfly applique piece 2018 2018

Below you’ll see I’m adding both seed pearls and size 15 seed beads to the centers of the flowers. The trim piece is very flimsy and difficult to handle so as an experiment I secured it on top of a single layer of machine embroidery wash away stabilizer before the embellishing began. Yes it worked, but would I do it again? Not worth the trouble, time and effort. 2018

I think this crocheted piece below is fantastic, made even more so by dressing it up a bit with ivory satin ribbon and pearls. 2018 2018

Below you’ll see I’m working on a very simple blue variegated crocheted circle. You’ve all seen the beautiful vintage crocheted pin cushions with the ribbon work around the outside? Well I decided to give it a try: 2018

In order not to accidentally pull the ribbon taut, I had to pin each “bump” as I worked my way around the circle. 2018 2018

To give the piece a more vintage look, I pressed the ribbon flat after I secured the ends. 2018


I found a tiny 1/8″ wide ivory ribbon that I used to weave in and out of the open crocheted spaces in the medallion above.

And then it was off to the races with my wonderful embroidery machine aka a Janome 11000! Here I’m not even half way through stitching out a white free-standing Battenberg lace butterfly on wash away stabilizer. 2018

And 2 are finished: 2018 2018

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So I experimented again, this time by stitching out a free-standing Battenberg lace heart onto clear water soluble wash away stabilizer. Success! 2018

And then the failure…the beautiful free-standing ivory lace 6″ heart below… Not free standing lace. Imagine the trauma of watching it all fall apart when I immersed it in water. All 1.5 hours of machine embroidery stitching. 2018

Another butterfly! This time a vintage hand crocheted blue and white variegated butterfly. There are 2 of these on the quilt. 2018

Here’s another new butterfly, this one new, paired with a vintage blue and white variegated crocheted flower. Do you know crochet generally has a front and a back side? This little blue flower has more color on the wrong side so that’s how I chose to stitch it on the quilt.


More ribbon work, this time in white satin with the same white seed beads and a new heart applique. 2018

This new white butterfly applique does double duty: 1. it looks pretty, 2. it’s covering a torn part of the blue embroidery floss applique or button-hole stitched edge on the dresser scarf. In the early blog post 1 of 4 of this series you can easily see the problem area. 2018

Again, double bling below. The butterfly is one I machine embroidery stitched (again, free-standing lace) and the small ribbon rose…well, this is something totally different: I love lilies, especially Star Gazer Lilies. 2018

This has absolutely nothing to do with this quilt except when one is watering the lilies and unbeknownst to them they get a tiny fleck of the lily pollen on their fingernail and then touch their white quilt. Nothing known to man removes lily pollen. This little white ribbon rose hides this disaster. But if you think this is big, read on… 2018

Look down in the border and find the white lace trim another white ribbon rose, yep, another disaster covered with an embellishment. What happened this time? Well it gets even crazier! I was sitting on my saddle stool up to my Big Board hand stitching a few of the embellished pieces to the quilt. 2018

Imagine my horror when I realized that this border area touched the hydraulic lift part of the stool. Black hydraulic gunk on my white quilt! I made the next mistake of gently blotting with a tissue. That just drove the gunk deeper into the fabric. I cut my losses and immediately shifted my sewing activities elsewhere and stitched on the trim piece to cover the black mess. 2018

There are 2 Grandmother’s Flower Garden vintage blocks in the quilt and I felt the solid blue fabric was a bit too heavy. By adding new white applique pieces to each I was successful in “bringing down the color” to my liking. 2018 2018

Here’s the final bit of embellishing: 2018

Just the addition of some tiny blue, white and green seed beads made this piece fit the quilt. The cluster of vintage crocheted flowers with added pearl and seed bead centers finished this block nicely. 2018

This is it! The end of the final tutorial on how you can, if you break it down, go full speed ahead into making your own “Mostly Vintage Linens Quilt” no matter your color scheme. 2018

If you have a question, either email me or pose it in the comments section, I’ll try and respond quickly. If you’re already working on your own quilt or if you plan to start one soon, I’d love to see pictures!

You may realize the 1 year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey is fast approaching. I’m not sure how I feel about it…its been a horrible year, it’s been an awesome year. I read through my blog post following the storm and I find myself amazed at the outpouring of love from everyone. I cringe when there’s a heavy extended down pour of rain but I know it will pass in God’s perfect timing.

Thanks for reading and blessing to everyone!

Happy quilting,

Rhonda 2018

28 thoughts on “The Making of the Blue and White Mostly Vintage Linens Quilt Part 4 of 4!

  1. I have a question ? After you have finished your quilt have you ever washed it? I am thinking about using part of my wedding dress, and a few other old pieces. My husbands grandmothers hankies, and some lace from old pillow cases. I love the way you put different things together. Just wondering how they would hold up if the finished quilt needed to be washed. I was thinking about a crib size quilt for a great grand child. What do you think?

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    1. Yes, I have laundered my various quiltsseveral times. Regarding the wedding dress though, I’m not really sure that fabric would hold up in a home washing machine and dryer?
      And, of course, thank you so much for your kind words! .


  2. I am thinking of you with this 1 year aniversary of the flood. I will be praying for you. I think of your awesome neighbors and how they invited you in like family. I know you would have done the same. Habe a wonderful and calm week.

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  3. I have looked at this post several times and every time I see something new and learn something new. This is just beautiful. Thank you for your encouragement and lessons. I think you say enough and show a good amount of pictures. This gets prettier ever time I see the whole quilt and then look even closer. So off point but your blue tablecloth you quilted gets such rave reviews on pinterest and come up often in my searching. I am glad I have ‘met’ you.


  4. OH MY GOODNESS! Your quilt is so gorgeous! I love all those beautiful made for it. You did an awesome job–so creative.
    I was looking on Pinterest and found your blog. I am so happy that I dropped in.It really was a job seeing this quilt. Thank you.

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  5. I just discovered your blog, so I am a new reader. Your work is amazing! Thank you for sharing your techniques, victories, and even mistakes. Please keep up the good work. God Bless!

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  6. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the assembly of this marvelous quilt and sharing the booboos, too. Your embellishments add so much to the quilt to make it wonderful even if it’s just to hide those booboos. Perfect, in my eyes!

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  7. Another beautiful quilt. You are so talented. I absolutely love that you also share some of the tragedies that happen and how you overcame them. So often we are tempted to just give up, toss the project in a bin and never look at it again. Your quilt is beautiful. It has old stories and new stories. Not only do you encourage us to persevere but you provide true ideas/solution to an almost catastrophic end of a beautiful vintage quilt.

    Lots of prayers being sent your way as we approach the one year mark of that life changing event. God is Great and you are Blessed. 💞🙏

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  8. This quilt is so outstanding, words can’t begin to describe. I have so many treasures of my mother & grandmother that could make a quilt like this. Not sure I have the talent to put together such a masterpiece, but going to try. Thank you so much for sharing & you’re in my thoughts & prayers regarding Hurricane Harvey anniversary.

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  9. As I watched this all come together, I imaged what I can do with all my grandmother’s and mother’s lace pieces I have stored away. You have made me want to create one of my own. Thanks for sharing

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