Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Vintage Ticking

Unfortunately, my love of vintage textiles is taking me down a slippery shabby chic slope.  I can see that now.  I never intended for this to happen but here I am with a closetful of mismatched vintage linens for the girls’ room and quilts and afghans are coming out of my ears.  I had such a promising start with the Alexander Henry bedspread too.  What happened there?

I had all kids of plans involving these little wooden birdhouses and now, well, I just don’t know anymore.  In any event, I bought these two little quilts over the weekend.  I think that they’re handmade.  The stitching is kind of wonky and one of the squares isn’t quilted.  I looked at that thinking how did that make it through QC?  But reliable sources agree that they’re probably handmade.  I LOVE the prints.  Lots of greens and pinks and paisley and the quilts are similar but not the same.  Someone worked really hard on them and I think that the backs are pieced too.  Not like album quilt hard but hard enough to make them cute I think.

The two pillowcases I picked up because I just can’t help myself when it comes to pillowcases.  What I would really like is to find a big pile of vintage ticking somewhere but, short of that, the pillowcase will have to do.  It has a big industrial zipper in the side and the label says 100% cotton something something about it being guaranteed to hold feathers in.  I like it a lot!  It’s green! And pink!  And stripey!

I guess I just like that soft and feminine look for little girls.  Trust me, if I thought I could sneak four-poster beds by Ben I would.  I’d like the two matching quilts to hang over their matching Minnen beds but Ben says that they won’t fit and they HAVE to have bunk beds.  I’m not to happy about that but haven’t actually taken a tape measure up there or, you know, even started to think about transitioning out of the crib so… let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, right?

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