How about swapping some vintage sheets?
It's easy to get excited about sewing with repurposed bed sheets--it's just not that easy getting your hands on them! Lots of inspiration---Betz White's Sewing Green and Amanda Soule's Homemade Home---but not lots of ways to build a stash for some of us (and I don't count buying on ebay for $10 a sheet plus postage an option). It's a sad reality we're not all blessed with easy access to thrift stores.
It took me six months of thrift store hunting to gather the sheets and the chenille bedspread I used to craft the Beach Blanket from Homemade Home. In fact, I doubt I'll ever find another king-sized chenille bedspread like that one---hefty, clean with only one corner with a tear which was fine as it was much larger than I needed.
I'd love to make another but alas I don't want to wait another six months to collect the ten different 12 x 30 fabrics. I saw another similar type quilt made with vintage sheets in a recent publication using 15 x 15 squares that may not need as many unique prints but still would need more than the one or two I might find in the next month. So, in the hopes there are others like me, I'm going to host a swap---the "I Want to Make a Patchwork Blanket from Vintage Sheets" swap---in the hopes we can all create a beach blanket for the upcoming summer.
Here's how it will work:
1. Find one or two vintage sheets with a retro vibe (think 70's flower power for print and color inspiration). Flower, stripes, solids are good.
2. Cut into 15 x 30 rectangles.
3. Send 10 rectangles to the swap along with a self-addressed stamped 9 x 12 envelope. All 10 can be of the same sheet. Postage on self-addressed envelope should be the same as the postage you the outer envelope. Send to me
4. Wait a few weeks.
5. Receive 10 different rectangles of vintage sheets to fashion your blanket!
Find one or two...get back ten. Could be a patchwork blanket like the one above or one with 15 x 15 squares..or maybe even something else altogether!
What do you think? Want to play? If so, leave a comment here and I'll send you the details. Let's plan on having your swap to me by tax day, otherwise known as 15 April!