I’m pretty surprised I’ve never made a stocking out of a vintage quilt before, because it seems like something that would be right up my alley. When I was thinking about what kind of stocking I wanted to make for Cirilia, who is my son’s girlfriend, I initially thought I might try knitting, since she is a famous knit designer. I soon realized that was a crazy idea because I am a knitting novice, and do not have the experience to make the type elaborate patterns I am attracted to. Then I remembered an online interview where Cirilia mentioned to the interviewer that she loved old, soft quilts, and that cinched it for me.
To make the stocking, I purchased a 1930s era feedsack quilt piece that had a nice jadeite green border (the Etsy seller, Chenille Bliss, has another piece of the quilt available with some different feedsacks, which would also make a great stocking). I used 3 colors of red and pink floss to embroider Cirilia’s name on the quilt border, stitched a vintage Vogart rose appliqué on a green square (Rose is her last name), and also embroidered a running stitch inside each of the quilt squares. To add more strength, there is interfacing sandwiched between the quilt and the reproduction fabric lining. The bias binding is a vintage scrap from my stash that just matched the green in the quilt.
The background quilt is one I recently posted about, made from a piece of a vintage crazy quilt top sent to me by my friend, Patty. It is machine quilted in the ditch around the inside and outside of each block border, and then tied with red floss. The back is a cute floral feedsack.