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Save an old heirloom quilt

  1. kprince profile image54
    kprinceposted 8 years ago

    Here is an idea to save a quilt heirloom. I started with an old quilt created by my Mother, Aunt, and Grandmother.   I was a little girl watching them.   I cut all the sections that were still intact, including pieces from the back of the quilt.  Then I re-cut the pieces into squares or hearts.  On the back materical I sewed a small pocket.  One pocket I made out of the front quilt material.  Then, I sewed the front quilt and the back piece together and made a pillow.   I left a section open to turn the pieces inside out to hide the seams and filled with some stuffing.  Stitch the opening closed and you have a display pillow.   You can be creative.   In the pocket, I made on the back of the pillow, I placed a small paper detailing the owners and creaters of the quilt and any little story I can remember.   Three generations….

    1. nadp profile image76
      nadpposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      How nice!  I love things that keep family history alive.

  2. Ohma profile image73
    Ohmaposted 8 years ago

    What a novel idea! most people do not think to add documented history of such things. I have so many things in my home that came down through the family over the years but no one remembers from where or who. Good job!

  3. DonnaCSmith profile image89
    DonnaCSmithposted 7 years ago

    That's a great idea. My daughter made Christmas stockings from an old quilt and gave one to all her family members. I still hang them up during the holidays.

  4. AdeleCosgroveBray profile image94
    AdeleCosgroveBrayposted 7 years ago

    Another way of preserving a fragile quilt could be to add a new backing cloth, leaving the old one in situ.  Attach the new cloth to the existing quilt with spaced knots - a traditional form of quilting in itself - then turn the new hem over and stitch to the pre-existing hem.

    This would probably be best displayed as a wall hanging rather than used as a quilt, depending on the condition of the original fabrics.

  5. nadp profile image76
    nadpposted 7 years ago

    I don't have any old quilts in my family.  I was the one that started quilting - so one day my quilts will be old quilts. lol
    When my oldest daughter (now 31) was an infant I made a small patchwork receiving blanket for her.  I didn't use any batting - just the patches and a soft flannel back.  She loved it.  When she started to talk she called it her "comfortable blanket".  Anyway, the patches were made from leftover fabric that I had used to make my maternity clothes.  So it's a nice reminder of that whole period in her life and in mine.  She still has it - and we're all hoping there'll be a new baby soon who can use it too.

  6. creativelycc profile image75
    creativelyccposted 7 years ago

    That is so nice, it's a great way to keep a quilt with such meaning alive.