Here’s a vintage pansy motif and tutorial for making a quilted bedspread, you could also use this for kitchen linens (tablecloth) or anything else you like. There’s no date marked anywhere on the sheets but I believe this is from the 1950s. I’ve scanned everything you need in three separate files to download (jpg), you’ll find the files at the bottom of the page (free of course!).
First, here’s the information from the pattern:
This pattern contains a cross-stitch pansy motif, directions and quilting designs to be used for making a single or double quilt-bedspread.
Work motifs directly on center panel of bedspread or embroider the 12 blocks separately, then join, quilt and stitch on center panel.
Use broadcloth, percale or any similar fabric for bedspread; six-strand cotton for embroidery.
*Note: If making blocks separately, add an additional 2-1/4 yds. to fabric required for bedspread.
Single Size Quilt-Bedspread: (83″ x 110″ with motifs worked directly on center panel)
10-7/8 yards 36″ fabric
5 yards 36″ fabric for lining
1 piece sheet cotton 39″ x 88″ for interlining.
Double Size Quilt-Bedspread: (98″ x 110″ with motifs worked directly on center panel)
12-7/8 yards 36″ fabric
5 yards 36″ fabric for lining
1 piece sheet cotton 54″ x 88″ for interlining.
Both Sizes: Six-strand embroidery cotton
Cutting Directions: Follow the Cutting Charts for cutting the quilt-bedspread. For pieced blocks, cut twelve 13″ squares from the 2-1/4 yards of fabric. For single size, cut 2 pieces 22″ x 90″ for lining. For double size, cut 2 pieces 29″ x 90″ for lining.
Placing & Stamping Motifs: Cut cross-stitch motifs away from pattern. If embroidering motifs directly on center panel, follow the Diagram. Lightly mark 4 rows containing three 12″ squares 6″ up from lower edge of panel and 1-1/2″ in from side edges. Center a motif on each square. If making separate blocks, center a motif on each 13″ square.
Embroidery: Work embroidery in the natural colors of pansy or in two shades of one color (see Color Chart). Divide the six-strand cotton and, using 3 strands, work crosses in cross stitch. Work the first half of crosses from right to left and the second half from left to right. For a smooth finish, all crosses must cross in the same direction.
Joining Blocks: Join 3 blocks to form a row; make 3 more rows and join together. Slip-stitch in position on center panel; follow Diagram for placement.
Placing Quilting Motifs: One-quarter of the quilting motif is given on instruction sheet. Trace this onto heavy paper 4 times to form complete motif as shown on Illustration. Perforate along broken lines with a large needle or on an unthreaded sewing machine, set to a medium stitch. Place pattern in position and dust over perforations with chalk or stamping powder. Remove pattern and trace lightly over marking with a soft pencil if necessary; or, if desired, trace onto cardboard 4 times to form complete motif. Cut out along broken lines and trace onto bedspread with a soft pencil.
Quilting & Sewing Directions
(1/2″ seam allowance is included)
Seam the 2 lining pieces together. Seam a side panel to each side of center panel. Spread lining on floor or table, wrong side up. Over this, place the interlining. Place center panel, face up, over interlining. Tack the 3 thicknesses securely together; quilt with a running stitch. Each ruffle is cut approximately double the finished length.
Single Size: Join the 23″ wide strips to make two strips measuring 180″ and one strip 78″. Hem one long edge of each strip. Gather opposite edge of strip so finished size of two strips is 90″ and one strip is 39″.
Double Size: Join the 23″ wide strips so two strips measure 180″ and one strip measures 108″. Hem one long edge of each strip. Gather opposite edge of strip so finished size of two strips is 90″ and one strip is 54″.
Both Sizes: Hem short ends of each ruffle. Follow Diagrams and sew gathered edges of ruffles to lower and side edges of center panel.
Making Cushion: (16″ square or larger) Embroider one motif on the front of cushion.
Directions: Click pictures below to access larger files (jpg format), right click on it then save to your desktop. The pattern file has already been flipped so you can trace directly on top of it when transferring to fabric, you’ll find tips for transferring patterns here .