Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle + Giveaway Closed

Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool's style is nothing short of inspiring. We drool over her fabric collections and admire her timeless appliqué quilt patterns. We are thrilled to have her on the blog today to chat about her first book, A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle, which celebrates her romantic and vintage inspired aesthetic. Keep reading for a closer look at her book and a giveaway!


As I prepare for the release of my first book A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle, it seemed fitting to share a bit about the process and a few things I’ve learned along the way. In 2007 at the International Quilt Market in Houston I had just released my first fabric collection, Sweet Escape for FreeSpirit Fabrics and was approached by F+W Media about writing a book. My company was very young and so were my two sons, so I kept her information and put the book idea on the back burner. A few years later, it all fell into place! Timing is everything, and it is important to wait for a time that is right for you.


The book features 20 charming, useful and beautifully sewn projects for the home that reflect my vintage and romantic inspired aesthetic. The projects range from quilts, (both patchwork and appliqué) to embroidery and simple sewn projects. The task was rather daunting, but I realized it must be how some people feel when they look at one of my appliqué quilts and don’t know where to begin. I decided to take my own advice I often give my students and that was to take it one step at a time.


Writing A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle has been one of the coolest things I have done in my creative career and in the process I have learned a few things. I have learned to take time to smell the roses. Stop, catch your breath, feel good about what you have accomplished. Spend time with those most important to you and spend time doing what you most enjoy.


I feel incredibly blessed to work in a field that I have a tremendous passion for while I raise my two children. A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle is a compilation of all that I have learned along my creative path. It has been quite a journey. My hope is that it will inspire others to create. I am proud and honored to share it.


For a chance to win one of THREE copies of A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle, comment below letting us know how you add a touch of vintage to your life. A winner will be chosen on July 11, 2013. Good luck!

UPDATE, Dee, Peggy and Teachpany are our lucky winners!  You have been contacted via Email. Congratulations!

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Caro said...

I'm fortunate enough to have quilts from three generations. I look at the old fabrics and see how the smallest scrap was put to good use. Your book is beautiful!

Nancy said...

I mix many vintage items in my decor, along with the new quilts that I make. The book looks very beautiful and an excellent resource for adding vintage to today's decor.

Miggsie said...

I use a set of mixing bowls that were my grandmother's, along with a few other touches of vintage decor in my kitchen. Looks like a beautiful book!

SewCalGal said...

OMG what beautiful fabrics and designs.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Mara said...

Would the fact that my MIL just gave me a pair of underwear that belonged to my husband when he was a baby for me to use for my son, I think that's pretty vintage, we have a lot of vintage things at our business.

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

Oh what an absolutely beautiful collection of projects!!

I have my grandmother's (father's mother) sewing basket to hold miscellaneous supplies, and I'm in the process of setting up my sewing room with my grandmother's (mother's mother) kitchen table as my cutting table.

I also decorate at Christmas with stockings made from some quilts (that had seen LOTS of use and wear and tear) that belonged to my mother's great-aunt.

Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove] said...

I love decorating with antiques and thrift store/garage sale finds - especially for the Holidays! They make me remember my childhood and my grandmother's house :)

Cindy Widner said...

I LOVE the vintage look, and I would so enjoy doing the projects in this beautiful book. I would use the vintage-style projects to decorate my home in the country! I hope I'm the lucky winner!

Joy Meetis said...

I have old hankerchiefs that were my grandmothers. She had a beautiful one that had a blue heart embroidered on it and I used that as my something blue for my wedding. I also found my mother's engraved cake knife from her wedding to use at mine. Even though they weren't able to attend my wedding, it was nice to have personal touches from them.

Terrie said...

OMG, I have a seriouse love of all things vintage, shabby chic roses, love love love it !!! where to start, I keep a little glass vase in my bedroom filled with my moms old jewelry just to name one.
Thankyou so much for the chance !!!

Debra Lee said...

I love vintage sheets on my bed!

Linda said...

Love vintage fabric, patterns, almost anything! This book looks amazing!

Margaret said...

O I love this style. All of my porcelain dolls are around my house in their vintage dresses. I love sewing small quilts for them to drape around them and sit on. This book is such an inspiration

Jenniffer Howling said...

Modern is not my style as I have always felt I am in the wrong century. Love vintage.

Quilter Kathy said...

SO beautiful! I collect vintage sewing machines and want to sew more vintage looking quilts...this would help teach me how!

Kelly said...

I love vintage!! I try to add the look to every room in my home, from doilies, old handkerchiefs or whatever else I can find. Would love to win!!

Sandy said...

I love to add vintage to my sewing room...my little bit of heaven. Looks like a lovely book!

Miss Jean said...

Congratulations to Verna on her first book. I love Vintage decorating, it's so personal. I have many things from my grandmother including her quilts and I love collecting antiques.

Sandy D said...

What feminine fabrics. I have doilies that I made when I did a lot of crochet. I also have some old butter presses that I put up on my cupboards

Ann said...

I love to mix modern and vintage pieces. I have a lovely collection of vintage glassware that i love to mix with my new china and everyday dishes.

Karen Rankin said...

I add quilts to pieces of old furniture.

creative me said...

I am just starting on my vintage journey...and this book and you're fabrics are amazing

Jacklynn said...

I have a collection of my mother's old handkerchiefs that I hope to make into a quilt. The book will certainly give me inspiration!

DH said...

I love all of your creations! They are so beautiful! I make patchwork quilts and also sew small crafts, like softies, to add vintage to my life. I would love to win a copy of your book!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Most every room in our home has something from past generations but still fits with everything else. Reminders of our grandparents are so good.

Michelle said...

Absolutely lovely!

I collect whatever catches my fancy...including quilts from my GGrandma & GGGrandma, 1930-50's kitchen items, and floral/bird prints.

Fiesta said...

I repurpose vintage I items into useful and nostalgic things to decorate my home with. For example, I use a carrying pie safe to hold my quilting magazines definetly a conversation thing.

Emily H said...

Wow! I love these projects! I am still working on my quilting skills, but that bag is just adorable!!

tina salter said...

I have a king size comforter that my grandmother crocheted for my grandfather, he's been gone for 35 yrs now.

Kathleen said...

Love this fabric line. I use vintage in decorating with my antiques.

klara said...

Wel my husband likes modern funrniture, but I love the romantic vintage look, I found a compromis about that, the furniture is quit modern I ad assesoires romantic and vintage, that way we have both what we want

klara said...

Wel my husband likes modern funrniture, but I love the romantic vintage look, I found a compromis about that, the furniture is quit modern I ad assesoires romantic and vintage, that way we have both what we want

PamKittyMorning said...

I have always admired Verna's beautiful projects. She's really a lovely person!

Tara Sindelar said...

Crafting vintage inspired items helps me display my old soul :) I just love mixing a touch of vintage in with modern designs to make it truly unique and fun :)

Jane Coombs said...

Vintage in my life in my wardrobe in my kitchen . I love the connection with yesteryear. I guess I am getting old. What I see as commonplace, my daughters say it is vintage. Great giveaway.

Kathleen OGrady said...

What a beautiful collection of projects to sew. I have vintage items scattered through my house, an antique rocking chair, hand crank butter churn, an old fireplace popcorn popper and various other items. I think it makes my house look cozy and warm. Thanks for the winderful giveaway.

elizabeth said...

I use an old set of glass embossed luncheon plates and cups. The projects in this book along with your fabrics are very nice and inspiring.

eye_on_sparrow said...

I love to collect vintage needlework pictures I get from the local auction house. I feel happy to display them in my house because I know someone spent a lot of time and love creating them.

Peggy said...

I love Verna's work. This looks like a wonderful book.

Donna said...

I love having things my grandmother made and my great grandmother used in my home. They taught me the beauty and utility of things we make.

Robin said...

Everything looks so wonderful! Would love this!

ozone3 said...

Starting to add more vintage in my life...love browsing through Antique Malls!!

Julia Pando said...

I just love the colors and patterns.

Anonymous said...

I love vintage linens and I collect thimbles. I have thimbles from both grandmothers, my mother, and two special aunts.I would love to have this book!

sally.dixon@suddenlink.net

BaggyQueen said...

These quilts look so soft. I just want to make all of them. Hope I am lucky to win the book.

Roberta Upton said...

I have 3 glass ornaments that go on my tree each year. One was on my dad's first Christmas tree , 87 yrs ago, one from my mom's first tree, 84 yrs ago and one from mine, 62 yrs ago. They are the m8st precious ornaments I have.

Mary Deckert said...

I just finished polishing my mother's silver. I stand there at the sink and remember her hands doing the same job. Vintage things give me so much comfort.

kath in ohio said...

One of my favorite vintage sewing things is a hatbox of old spools one of the ladies at church gave me when she gave up sewing due to her failing sight! She could have thrown them away, but I cherish them! Kmfosnaugh@gmail.com

Lynda said...

the oldest thing vintage in my house is myself! I live in such tight quarters now that collections are out of the question, but I love the quilts in this book - would love to work on a few.

pkrueger said...

I have aquired several antique pieces of furniture handed down from family. They are often refinished. That's my vintage touch. This book looks amazing.

Sinta Renee said...

Please don't enter me into the drawing... I already have Verna's lovely book. I love her style! I put doilies on my tables (thrifted) to add a little charm. Verna's fabrics and patterns are gorgeous!!!

Miranda P said...

I love shopping at vintage and antique stores! If it's old, classic, and country I love it!
The book looks wonderful!

andri. said...

I'd say my curtain is vintage since it's even older than me hehe

Rebecca Starry said...

Love the romantic style of vintage quilts.

Rebecca Starry said...

Love the romantic style of vintage quilts.

Doodlebug Gail said...

I love to use 1930's fabrics for baby quilts and I love to use vintage baking and serving dishes inherited from my Grandmother. Congratulations on the book - it looks absolutely divine.

Anonymous said...

I have a bedroom that is decorated in all family antiques. I have made pillows to coordinated with the antique quilt made by my great-grandmother. Love vintage even though the rest of my house is fairly contemporary,

pasqueflower said...

I would love to make a vintage-inspired quilt.

Karen said...

I have a few vintage quilts that I love using.

Ann said...

Love the quilts you made. I also love to mix vintage in with my décor. I have been lucky in finding a few vintage quilts from a friend with an antique shop. Oh and I love old kitchen utensils and sewing items.

~Carla~ said...

Such beautiful projects!! I'd LOVE to win a copy! :)

My "Vintage" is a ship that my grandfather built over many, many hours on my mantle, and a gorgeous quilt from my grandma on my bed. I cherish both of them... :)

AbbyK said...

I would love to make more vintage style bags and quilts! TY for the giveaway!

Barb said...

I hope it is not too late to enter, I would love to win this...such lovely designs...thanks so much, that is if I am not too late.

Shauna said...

I love vintage, and would love a beautiful vintage quilt for the back of my sofa. I think it is the perfect way to bring vintage into my life.

Cindy L said...

To add vintage, I have some special quilts that I display and have a wonderful selection of wooden spools and sewing notions that I am extremely proud of!

Gill said...

I have lots of embroidered tablecloths from my mum!

kbo said...

I have created vintage style in my bedroom, but where I really would like to add vintage is in a travel trailer set up for sewing.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I love vintage! I have a few pieces that were my grandmother's and I've made a couple quilts using vintage repro fabrics.

Denise said...

I buy things from cute shops that carry vintage items and add them to my newer furniture. I like the collected and not matched set decorating.

Susan Paxton said...

I am very fortunate to have scraps of fabric from sewing dresses for my mom...alas, she has been gone for quite a few years now. She loved my sewing for her and whenever I use those fabrics in a quilt or project I can think of her and remember her sweet spirit.

Tracy said...

Love every quilt you have shown here. Beautiful!!

Sallie said...

I love to use old lace in special pieces. Thanks for the giveaway!

Toni said...

I am always jealous of other peoples' vintage quilts...I'd love to make one.

Denise said...

I love vintage, chic, and shabby! I have a new home and in the process of decorating! What I can, I am trying to make. I have some purchased items as well....but I love the homemade touch. Thanks for the opportunity!!!

Barbara Pricola said...

I have quilts from my mother, my aunt, my mother-in-law, and from quilting friends, all who have passed. I also have some antique quilts and I cherish them.

Kimberly said...

Oh, I love the projects that were shown...

I have a few kitchen items that belonged to my grandmother that I use and a crochet bedspread that she made. I wish I had more of my grandparents' things.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I collect pretty floral fabrics and use them everywhere... thank goodness my DH doesn't mind as long as I don't drown him in pink! Thanks for a great giveaway.

Sharon said...

I love old lace doilies and embroidered table scarves. I have several old quilts that I display also. Love this book.

Anonymous said...

I got my quilting inspiration from my great grandmother, Salt Lake City, Utah. She made a quilt for everyone in her family and I still have mine. I was 10 when I received it and now am 67. I cherish this vintage quilt. I have repurposed my silver plate as vintage décor for my kitchen...so love the look. Thank you for your generous give away.

Cindy said...

Vintage purses would be awesome to make.

Janarama said...

I have a few of my grandmother's hankies as well as some buttons from her button box. I also have (and use) several of my mom's things from her kitchen. I remember using these items when I was a small child.

Jeanie said...

Jeanie said...
I got my quilting inspiration from my great grandmother, Salt Lake City, Utah. She made a quilt for everyone in her family and I still have mine. I was 10 when I received it and now am 67. I cherish this vintage quilt. I have repurposed my silver plate as vintage décor for my kitchen...so love the look. Thank you for your generous give away.

Kathy MacKie said...

My Vintage is leaving my hair grey!

Aimee G said...

I have several vintage sewing machines & love them.

hueisei said...

I love vintage especially the vintage floral fabrics. I have lots of that.

Lisakb35 said...

I could really use this book.

M.W. said...

I love vintage floral. I add some of my grandma's things to my new modern things for a touch of vintage.
Shawn

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I would love the chance to see what I could do with vintage...

Betty Mendy said...

I love the vintage look. This book will be great for creating new and exciting vintage looks for my home, especially my bedroom.

Linda Milward said...

Actually I have just added a touch of vintage by purchasing a grandmothers garden quilt top .. circa 1930 or before, it is very thin and fragile, and muslin was used for the background .. since it is so fragile and cannot be quilted, I plan to display it in a shadowbox on my sewing room wall ,,
This book looks awesome and I love the fabrics, would love to add it to my library .. I love vintage but more the story and history that goes beyond the quilt itself ..

~Diana said...

I like to buy old photographs at estate sales!

Lori said...

I use vintage linens as shelf liners and vintage crocks and baskets to hold my craft and sewing supplies

Anna Rose said...

I love to add old fashioned roses to my quilts and home decor. I also like to repurpose old and vintage items when I can. Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful book.

Vickie Adkins said...

I don't know that I have added anything lately yet just viewing Verna's quilts seems to calm me. Their beauty with the pastel and vivid colors along with the designs add a calmness to my being. Thank you Verna for the lovely quilts. Good luck with your book and thank you for the opportunity to win your book.

Cindi said...

I love that I have vintage dishes, crocks, linens, etc throughout my home. I have a scrap-teddy bear made by a friend of mine from a quilt made by my grandmother before I was born. The vintage crock bowls are used everyday in my kitchen and memories touch me each time I use them. I love the look of your site and can imagine how wonderful your book must be. Thank you for allowing me to enter.

barbara woods said...

we use4 vintage things all the time and i love that book, thanks for the chance

Cecilia said...

I have a few things that are vintage that I decorate with, such as prints and tea sets.

Heidi @ Moms Crafty Space said...

I love mixing vintage pieces with new designs. I'm working on a vintage sheet quilt in a modern pattern :)

Karen said...

I LOVE the vintage look you've created! Its just my style. Would love to win the book!
Karen

lesleyana said...

i try to turn things into new things. for example, i just made bracelets and earrings out of fabric tape measures and they turned out really cool. i use scrabble tiles for necklaces, rings, keychains and other projects.

i am hoping to add the vintage feel soon with quilting as i am brand new to sewing and am a little intimidated to get started.

Sarah G said...

I love using vintage quilts throughout the house! ^_^

Sarah G
sarahmon90(at)gmail(dot)com

Julie Buchtenkirch said...

I love things from the past. It's great fun to decorate with thrift store vintage finds as well as little modern touches here and there. Your fabrics are gorgeous! thanks for sharing your talent with others! Julie Buchtenkirch

ultraorganized said...

Vintage baby quilts to continue the ongoing love of quilting #!}

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

I add vintage to my cards. Beautiful quilts.

Teresa Stanulis said...

I would make one of the quilts in soft pinks like the one my grandmother made me when I was little. I also have a quilt that my great grandmother made in the late 1800's, but the colors are much darker than the one my grandmother made in late 1950's.

shawn said...

I like to go to garage sales and antique stores to find treasures.

(smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

Judith said...

I live in a small, very old house, and I find that vintage items fit better, especially vintage chairs and tables. Of course, tables need table cloths and chairs need slip covers and cushions, and I like to make these in a vintage style as well. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely book.

Linda said...

HELLO, LOVE TO PLACE ANTIQUE ITEMS,SUCH AS MY BLACK FLAT IRON AS A DOORSTOP; MY CRYSTAL VASE WITH GARDEN FLOWERS;MY CHILDHOOD DOLL IN OLD WOODEN ROCKER! THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Such a beautiful book and gorgeous fabric, my home is a mix of new and plenty of vintage items from family and collected items. Thank you for the chance to win this book on my birthday!!

Judith said...

Vintage is wonderful! Quilts to pass down to my children, and handmade goodies inspire vintage. i love heirlooms passed down to me. They decorate my home.

CarolAnn said...

I mix in vintage china and pottery with my quilts with my family antique furniture pieces.

Emily C said...

What a beautiful quilt. I like to add vintage laces to projects and use other vintage materials to create a little vintage in my home.

kim leavens said...

I display, use and create "vintage" every chance I get. I love keeping the beauty and history alive! Thank you for the chance to win such a beautiful book.

Marcia said...

I show vintage by using and displaying the old family quilts that have been passed down to me.

B Greene said...

I love to buy a few antiques and sprinkle them throughout the house. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jane S. said...

Most of the furniture in our house has been passed along by parents, grandparents, great aunts and uncles. In fact as I look around the living room I can only see chairs that we actually purchased ourselves! I don't have old things just to look at them, I will use them because that's what they're for. :)

viv said...

I love to use items that belonged to my grandmother and great aunts, but I also "rescue" vintage potholders, kitchen and table linens, almost any kind of hand stitched or hand made items I come across in antique stores.

Jenny said...

my grandmothers aprons are a touch of vintage in my kitchen.

Susan said...

I would love to win a book. I think that Verna looks exactly like her fabrics, GORGEOUS....thanx for the chance.

Tammy said...

I love Vintage. I bought a older more Vintage styled home. I have things that I got from my grandmother and I buy and collect vintage sheets as well. I love to go to thrift shops looking for vintage items. My daughter and I love to go to antique stores also. I have bought a few pieces of older furniture that I have redone.

Debbie Weishaar said...

I have some vintage wooden spools that I'm using to hold binding for quilts. I also have several vintage items from my grandmother as well as my mother and I even have several vintage quilts. Thanks for the chance to win.

Deb said...

I have almost every dress that I smocked for my daughter when she was little. I am also the keeper of the precious things I made for my granddaughter. I hope to see them passed down.

Brandi Pond said...

I am a first generation quilter. I taught myself how to quilt when I was 17 and now I am 32. I have picked up a few vintage quilts from flee markets and antique shops. But I do hope that my quilts will be passed down and will be known as vintage one day. Brandi Pond @ Peace of me quilts
Peaceofmequilts@gmail.com

clrobbins said...

I use my great grandmother's sewing tools and an even older pincushion. Reminds me of the legacy in quilting.

Phyllis said...

I have my grandmother's vintage chicken scratch aprons and a lot of her crochet doilies. She taught me the love of sewing.

Donna said...

I love Verna's designs! would love to win this book, but will probably just have to pony up and buy it!

I have some lovely table linens that I sprinkle through out my house.

thanks,Donna

Anonymous said...

I love adding a little bit of lace. That says "vintage" to me.
wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

Ami said...

I like to use vintage items in my decor.

Dee said...

Oh how fun and what lovely projects! Right now, I'm collecting vintage linens to use in modern quilts and pillows! Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway!

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

I favor vintage already, especially my darling hubby. The more additional vintage added the better.

sara said...

My grandmother taught me how to make some patchwork techniques and so i have little details all over the house, like oven holders or bags for the bathroom that are vintage and remembers me of my granny. Thanks for the chance* www.infanta-proudly-handmade.tumblr.com

Liz said...

I love to sew with vintage prints, this line is perfect. I add vintage to my life in little ways, like a coin purse or a table runner. I'd love this book to check out that great tablecloth! Thanks for a chance to win!

Susan said...

I inherited a lot of hand-embroidered linens from my grandmother that I use in my home and sometimes incorporate in sewing projects. I love the look of your book.

Patty said...

I have a Carolina Lily quilt from my great grandmother arrainged on a table with old photos, jars of buttons and old thread spools.

Donna said...

Gracious at my age all I have to do is enter a room and you have vintage! lol I

SoozeM said...

My kids would say I am vintage enough (I argue that I am not even old, never mind vintage!), but apart from that I have some of my Grandmothers and her sisters cup saucer and plate sets in a cabinet in my sewing room and I just love looking at them!

Neil said...

Love the pink and soft green together.
I have an old singer treadle machine in its cabinet and a spinning wheel.

Wanda said...

I few things from my grandmother, but not much. Congrats on your book!

Carol L. said...

I love antiques, and am lucky to have my grandmother's treadle sewing machine.

Kathryn said...

I love a Vintage look in my spare bedroom. It's so welcoming.

Marianne said...

I have vintage in my home by never buying new furniture and always getting used stuff and painting it. Plus I love those soft colours of fabrics to sew with. Love the book!

teachpany said...

I love the colors in the book! So pretty and calming. I love to stop and smell the roses. I love rose and floral print fabrics, too. I've used quite a few in my decorating, including a floral print fabric for my shower curtain, florals in my bed quilt, and blues and florals in the guest room.

Joan H. said...

I have some furniture pieces which were made by my grandfather over a hundred years ago. These vintage pieces are very dear to me.

SallySews said...

This looks like just the book I've been waiting for to help inspire me with the vintage style I love. Can't wait!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I have always loved vintage things. I add them to my home with linens and vintage china and glassware. I love decorating with a touch of vintage.

Cathy said...

I have many vintage items in my home, from quilts to china to garden decorations. Each piece makes me think of the prior owner and wonder if that person loved the item as much as I do.

gailss said...

love the look of vintage and I have pink depression dish pieces and will put some fresh cut flowers in them and it changes the whole room....also sometimes will fill with a fresh scent of floral.
Gail

Edie Frasier said...

Congratulations on your new book! Love the quilts.

flagladytoo said...

I have my grandmothers Cannonsburg brown drip dishes that I use everyday. Thru the years some have gotten broken but I'm always on the lookout for more on E-bay. I also have some aprons from feed sacks that belonged to another grandmother that I use. I love the look and soft colors of vintage fabric.

Kelly said...

The book looks lovely. I have quilts from my grandmothers on my beds. Makes me think of them every day!

Chris Evans said...

I have added the vintage decor to my daughter's room when she was growing up. Have done the same with my grand daughter. Wonderful fabrics!

Helene said...

The book looks amazing. I it just my style, I just finish a tote with vintage fabrics for my daughter for her birthday. I am really wanting to do a quilt with some vintage hankies that belonged to my great Aunt born in 1900. They are beautiful and have beautiful lace and embroidery on them, just don't know where to start.. good luck with your book I am sure it will be very popular. You have lovely things.

Cloud 9 said...

I have some vintage pieces through out the house. Most are family items from my grandparents like furniture, dishes, art, etc. One item I still need to get from my mom is a trunk that my ancestors packed when they came to America from Germany. I have always liked vintage items but so much better if it was a family piece.

Monica said...

I have tatted hearts and snowflakes from my grandma and my daughter has a quilt from her.

Anita said...

I have my grandmother's sewing machine. I've never tried to sew with it but I like to lift it out of it's wooden cabinet and look at it now and then. I also have my Great Grandmother's bedroom suite and Christmas ornaments. Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful book.

Janet said...

I love to have things around my home that belonged to mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. I knew all three very well, and they were all very important ladies in my life. I love all they taught me, and having some of their treasures continue to inspire me! Some may think that I'm talking about jewelry or furniture, but I'm not! I'm talking about an old colander (reminds me of time with my grandmother in her kitchen), a large metal tea kettle (reminds me of my great-grandmother and how everyone loved to visit her home), and all kinds of various treasures from my Mom (old letters, favorite pictures). They all remind me of simpler times and inspire me to follow their examples!

Mystica said...

I am the first quilter in my family but both my daughters have quilts I have done so hopefully it will be held on by them. I do so like the quilt done in simple squares on point. The color combination is so very good.

Anonymous said...

I use my mother's and grandmother's kitchen tools, dishes and recipes. It helps me to feel close to them and brings back so many precious memories!

Barb said...

I use crocheted doilies and quilts made by hand by my dear grandmother. I don't even consider them vintage - they are just warm reminders of the love she put into making her home a joy!

Rachelle said...

I suspect I'm going a little past vintage as I'm about to sew together my first pair of 1770's stays (corset in today's parlance).
I've already made myself a 1913 suit.

madquilter65 said...

I love this look. I have to use this inspiration to redo my bedroom!

Judy1522 said...

I look for vintage linens to buy at garage sales and second hand stores for use in decorating. I especially love two hand embroidered pillowcases I found with crocheted lace on the edge.

Anonymous said...

I'm all about Vintage. I have my Grandmother's Bedroom set and my Great Aunt's (her sister) Living Room set. Lots of handmade doilies and quilts from the family and treasure them every day. Would love to own one of your lovely books. Thank you.
Carol O
ottersL@pacbell.net

Paula said...

I like to add vintage here and there from what I wear, to what I decorate the house with. We use vintage china, have little vintage toches in the deco.

Sarah said...

I love to collect some antique and vintage items to decorate around our home.

rowermom3 said...

I've been using vintage table clothes and fresh flowers on my tables. So fresh and summery!

Susan Smith said...

We have a "hobby farm" and like to add decorate with old farming tools. I also collect wooden dough bowls and rolling pins so I decorate with those also.

Lis Martion said...

I luv all the vintage colors, specially the flowers and matching shades, even plain calico is nice to have.

Cassie said...

What a glorious book! I add vintage touches to my home by using vintage linens to make pillows, curtains and other decor around my home. Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

So happy that hand me down has become vintage. What a difference a word makes. There is not a room in my house that does have something of my grandmother's.

LZ said...

I use vintage handkerchiefs for accents on my shelves, along with displaying antique dishes and figures on my shelving. I am also fortunate to have several feedsack aprons, both adult and child size.

Marca said...

Love the fabrics! I use lots of repro fabrics in my quilts and have a few things that belonged to my grandparents.

Elsa said...

I've got lots of vintage things, from my Great Grandmothers, Grandmothers and things I've bought over the years. Love the homey feeling it gives my home!

Kim Lundstrom said...

I like to use lace to add some vintage to my decorating. Love this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kim Lundstrom
lundstromkim63@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I love to add to my vintage look by shopping at antique shops. I have a collection of English flowered plates hanging on my shabby wallpaper in my bedrooms. A little art, a little ceramic, a little soft fabric hanky in a collection all spell vintage. Stephani in N. TX (Tomazec@aol.com)

Anonymous said...

I love to shoop for vintage items and add to my home.jillfroelich@yahoo.com

annemarie said...

I love vintage and have a collection of aprons that I dealy love. All of the aprons are vintage and remind me of my grandmother.

hollyvan@hotmail.com said...

I don't have a lot of 'vintage' per se but love to have pretty things around, especially in my sewing area.

Beach Angel said...

I lovingly own a quilt top that my grandmother made. Vintage items from my family are precious to me. Time for me to make my own vintage quilt to pass down.

Barbb said...

My whole home has vintage touches.....from my family and my hubbies family we are the custodians of many treasures.
From quilts, linens, dishes to pictures, furniture, toys and tools.....we have been blessed.

sara said...

Beautiful projects!!
I love vintage!!

Laura Pendley said...

What beautiful projects to try.

Lori said...

what a wonderful give a way.
Hope I'm not too late t enter.
I have vintage style all around my house, curtains, pillows, etc.
quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

Learn How To Make Quilts said...

with fabric, with touches of antiques, or paint and distress old frames, with pastel soft colors. I want to make some dinning chair seat cushions ect...

GO STARS! said...

I like to add bits and pieces of vintage to my household. A quilt here, a wooden box there, pieces from family members. I like to add the old with the new.

Bonnie58 said...

i love collecting and using antique furniture and equipment in my life and it is so much fun adding vintage fabric, etc to help accent and dress them up. Thank-you so much for sharing

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I've admired Verna's beautiful designs for years--this looks like a wonderful book. I love decorating with vintage items that I find at flea markets, antique shops, garage sales and even along side the road! I usually repaint or recover to fit into my mostly blue and white decor.

Margaret said...

I think I bring vintage to my life with my clothing. I don't purchase vintage clothes, but I like to buy clothing that is in the style of the 50's. I think women's clothing from that era was so much prettier than it is now.

Anonymous said...

I luv vintage would use a lot of my stash jerry50@centurytel.net4120

KMSC said...

I use older (vintage, antique?) furniture mixed with newer pieces in my home.
k.castanette@hotmail.com

Sewbig said...

We have special objects from our parents' and grandparents' homes that we display and use. We also have old family photos.

Billy'sgirl said...

I am such a fan of vintage in home decorating. My newest idea is chair pads for the dining room with matching cornices.

Tish Ceccarelli said...

I LOVE to mix vintage fabrics with contemporary fabrics. They always play well with others!

kathy Birling said...

I love your fabric collection and book. I hope I am one of the winners!

Jennifer said...

I love having a few family heirloom quilts is our mostly modern home.

Debbie M said...

I love collecting pin cushions. Esp ones that use old kitchen items.

bobbirsews said...

I love the soft romantic aura of vintage tableclothes,dresser scarves and doilies. Really anythhing hand sewn. I love your style. Bobbie
rjc2cam@gmail

Rhonda Ann Reed said...

I love bringing old fashioned flowers inside and putting them in old Mason Jars. What a beautiful book - congratulations!!

Marsha said...

I love vintage things in my home. From my grandmother's sleigh bed to her cookie cutters and my grandfather's scale and printer's tray (he had his own print shop in the basement), i am surrounded with wonderful vintage pieces.

Beth said...

I have quilts and dishes from my mother around our home. It keeps her near. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book!

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