Thursday, May 22, 2014

1970's Revisited

While going through, sorting and organizing my scrap heap recently, I came upon a whole lot of double knit!  It came to me with my grandma's fabric/scraps that I got when she passed away a couple of years ago.  




I'm not a huge fan of double knit. *cringe* But I do love the colors! Lucky for me, she had already sewn them into 9-patches. :)

I figured I should send them on to a life better than the one they were living in a box on my shelf. So I sewed them into a top. These 9 patches were made out of small rectangles rather than squares. I like the not so square look.


  
Pretty bright right?  I'm thinking these are scraps from my grandma and my mom making their own clothes in the 60's/70's.  I actually think I remember a couple of these prints from my mom wearing them in the 70's.  I looked online for patterns to see if I could recognize any of the ones my mom made, but didn't find any.. but I did find these. :D  I remember my older cousins wearing some of these styles.





Good old double knit. ;)  You can't beat it.. esp. with some 1970s TV. hehe Do you remember these?






I don't know what I'll back that quilt top with, I might see if there's a big enough piece in my grandma's scraps to back it with. I'm not sure it needs batting. The fabric doesn't really breathe so it's pretty warm.

Then I found these gigantic 9-patches at the bottom of the box. 12 of them.  So I sewed them into three separate baby blankets and backed them with minky.  





I think my mom definitely wore that lighter blue one with the white circles/flowers in it.  With her Dr. Scholls. :)


I backed one of them with an orange minky remnant that I had and the other two in white minky, which looks a lot better. The orange isn't my favorite, but it's super soft. 



















I think these will be winging their way to the PNG Quilt Collective, and hopefully into the hands of a mom that needs to keep her baby warm. :)  



You can read about the Papua New Guinea quilt project here if you're interested in sending a baby quilt.

P.S.  This is the kind of car my parents bought in 1970. :)  They don't make 'em like that anymore.. the trunk is practically the size of a NYC apartment. :)  OH, and congrats to Wendy K. for winning my Sew Mama Sew giveaway!  Your fabric will be on its way!

















18 comments:

Karen H said...

Thanks for the blast from the past! Dr. Scholl's were the most comfortable shoe......they just took a little getting used to. I know I don't ever want to go back to wearing polyester anything again....

Leonie said...

Haha love the 70's stuff! And those quilts are awesome - in all their bright colourful glory - cant help but make one smile :)

Nedra said...

Our local Gilbert Museum did a feature with Polyester Quilts last year and I did a post about them on my blog. Too funny, aren't they? I'm not a fan of the material. Such wild colors and designs, too. I'm actually old enough to remember when men wore Polyester Leisure Suits. Now THOSE were scary!

Carla said...

I was in love with Starsky!! Great idea to work up those blocks right away. Now you have something useful : )

Melody said...

I was a teenager in the 70s so it was fun to see these pics. Great use of all those fabric scraps

Ellen said...

It's wonderful that you used your Gma's fabric and turned those pieces into quilts instead of just getting rid of it all.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I have a double knit throw, that was my grandfathers. We used it to sit on at soccer games, when my kids were little. It washes well. I also have 2 double knit quilt tops, one was made by hubby's grandmother, the other by hubby's aunt's grandmother. If I ever finish them, I'll back them with more double knit (I find it at thrift stores).

ga447 said...

I have made 3 quilts from double knit fabric was donated. I just love the designs the knits had. The colors are great for the camera.

Wendy Kemp said...

Mmmmm, I remember certain family members having clothing made from that fabric. At the time it was a breakthrough as it meant less ironing!
Yippee Yay and Thank You for drawing my name to win that most fab FQ bundle. I'm still pinching myself.

Claire said...

A blast from the past alright, and a trip down memory lane...the good old days. trouble is, out kids are going to be doing the same thing about us and our fashion sense and style...

LA Paylor said...

yes, I do remember those shows, and that double knit. It really doesn't breathe. I had the Dr. Scholls and wore them out. It's hard to wear out wood.
Thanks for the memories. Think how appreciative a homeless person would be with some of those 70's clothes.
LeeAnna Paylor
lapaylor.blogspot.com

A Quilter's Mission said...

yep, double knit was like wearing armor! Those patterns look familiar.

Katy Cameron said...

Oh well, all for a good cause! Fun trip down memory lane too :o)

Lisa Lisa said...

Oh my goodness! Good for you for taking that on! If I had come across those, I don't think I would've taken the time to do anything with them because I can't stand polyester. But now I know that I can just send any polyester blocks I come across straight to you! ha ha ha! What a great find, though, and you're doing a great thing by donating them to those in need :)

Lisa Lisa said...

Oh my goodness! Good for you for taking that on! If I had come across those, I don't think I would've taken the time to do anything with them because I can't stand polyester. But now I know that I can just send any polyester blocks I come across straight to you! ha ha ha! What a great find, though, and you're doing a great thing by donating them to those in need :)

Kevin the Quilter said...

These fabrics, and this post bring back so many memories for me! I remember sewing double knits with my grandma. And the ladies of the church would put together quilts just like this for missionaries. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Jannette said...

Just found this post, and had to leave a comment. We bought my parent's house a few years ago, and I found a bag of abandoned fabrics - all of them double knits (or crimpolene as we knew it!). I used it up by cutting it into 1" wide strips and then stitching the strips end-to-end - and then I KNIT it into a rug that fits perfectly in front of my kitchen sink. It's so lofty and comfy! I can still pick out fabrics that had been my dresses and pantsuits - that I wore with my Dr. Scholl's!

Gina E. said...

Hi Kelli, your quilts for the PNG Collective arrived here in Australia today, and I have posted photos of them on the blog and acknowledged you. Thank you so much for your generosity in sending them all this way - the PNG babies will love their bright colours and warm minky backing to keep them warm!