Today's fun post is from Michelle from Michelle's Romantic Tangle..... There may be something exciting going on at her blog... so go check it out.
When you're searching thrift stores and estate sales for vintage sheets, don't forget to look at the solids. There are some great percale cottons out there that you can use for the sashings and backgrounds of your vintage sheet quilts. Or, if you find a color you really love, make a two color quilt. Instructions for the quilt shown are here.
The sheets may or may not have their labels. What you're really hoping to find is 100% percale cotton. The nicest ones are as good or better than brand new cotton from the quilt shop and can be found in some great vintage colors. But I don't worry about if it's 100% cotton or not -- as long as it feels nice and the price is right, it'll find its way into my sewing room.
I've found the best solid sheets at estate sales. A couple of times it was whole closets full that they were practically giving away. After finding that first closet and leaving most of it behind, I learned the hard way that there's no such thing as too many white sheets in my stash, not if they're wonderful sturdy cotton with no stains. When I'm busy quilting, I can go through yards and yards of the stuff.
Find yourself some solids -- they're a great addition to your vintage sheet stash!