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Vintage Phone Quilts

These small and easy-to-make quilts were gifts for some old friends (friends as old as those phones are). The designs are from the One-Color Vintage Phone Set for a large (5" x 7") hoop.

The finished size of the one-block quilts is about 10" x 10", the finished size of the two-by-two quilts is about 22" x 22".

The fabric used for the project was colored by Derwent Inktense Blocks. You can use any scraps you have.

Cutting:

For a one-block quilt cut:

  • out of light cream fabric a square measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2",
  • out of bright batik of any color:
    • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" and
    • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 10 1/2".
For the binding you will need a strip 2" wide and 44" long.

For a four-block quilt cut;

  • out of light cream fabric four squares measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2",
  • out of yellow batik
    • four strips measuring 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" and
    • four strips measuring 2 1/2" x 10 1/2",
  • out of green batik
    • four strips measuring 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" and
    • four strips measuring 2 1/2" x 10 1/2";
  • out of red batik (for sashing and borders)
    • two strips measuring 2 1/2" x 10 1/2", and
    • three strips measuring 2 1/2" x 22 1/2" .
For the binding, out of red batik cut three strips 2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric.

Sewing the Blocks

Sew the 2" x 6 1/2" strips to the left and right edges of the cream squares. Press the seams.

Sew the 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" strips to the lower and upper edges of the block.

Sewing 4-block quilts:

For this quilt you will need 2 green and 2 yellow blocks.
For the first row, take the green block. Sew the 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" red strip to its right edge.
Sew the yellow block to the red strip. Press the seams.

For the second row, take the yellow block. Sew the 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" red strip to its right edge.
Sew the green block to the red strip. Press the seams.

Sew one of the 2 1/2" x 22 1/2" red strips between the rows. Press the seams.

Sew the remaining red strips to the right and left edges of the quilt top.

Embroidery:

Stabilize the fabric with your favorite cut-away or tear away stabilizer. Embroider the designs are from the One-Color Vintage Phone Set. We made embroidery with variegated threads.

Quilting and Finishing:

Now place the backing/lining on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins. We quilted around the embroidery and all over the mat in a free-motion style. Remove the pins.

Press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

Finish the raw edges with binding.

Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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