And yesterday my search was over when I spied a vintage quilt in a local thrift store. I examined it closely and saw that it was in decent shape. There were a couple of loose seams, but no fading or stains. I wasn't worried about the loose seams since I could easily repair them.
I was a bit worried about the asking price, though, since for some reason the price tag had been left blank. So I took the quilt up to the check-out counter to ask what the store charge for it. Many thrifts have a policy of not setting prices on the spot for unmarked items, but not at this particular one.
The clerk briefly looked the quilt over and said I could have it for five dollars. Sold!
And here's what five dollars got me:
Washed and dried, my "new" quilt brightens up the sofa nicely. I didn't measure it before I tucked it into the sofa, but I think the quilt is twin bed size.
It's machine-sewn and appears to be reversible. Its back is made up of large fabric squares; mostly prints but a few solids were used as well.
Since I'm not exactly a fabric historian I'm not sure how old this quilt is, but I think most if not all of the fabrics date from the 1960's or 1970's. So, not super old, but still old enough to be called vintage!
A few close ups:
I'm a sucker for vintage kitchen-print fabrics.
Nice florals too.
I was pleased to find such a colorful cover-up for my sofa, and if this quilt means I can delay the slipcover issue for awhile longer, then that's even more pleasing!