Saturday, October 19, 2013

beyond repair

I have some beautiful old quilts that were my grandmother's
but this one is in a very sad state of disrepair
an old *Ohio Star quilt - it was obviously VERY well loved


but a "cutter" now
oh it was hard!

... then I had an idea ...

I'll make heart ornaments for all of my cousins




it will be fun to slip a heart into a Christmas Card and include a note about the old quilt


we'll all have a piece of history that connects us to one another

*the Ohio Star quilt originated in the mid 1800's and experienced a huge revival in the 1930's. It is a favorite pattern for scrap quilting and many thrifty households in the depression era used feed sacks, shirts, sheets, dresses, etc as resources for their scrap quilts

19 comments:

Ms. said...

Yike....With stuff this old, I always think of the money value it might have on the collectors market...even damaged quilts can be surprisingly. I wouldn't have been able to cut it.

But the hearts are lovely, and the notion of sharing pieces that connect friends is most appropriate for a quilt.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

What a fabulous idea! Sometimes the best way to give old things new life is to do just that ... make something new with them :)

amy of four corners design said...

the perfect use, or rather re-use, of this lovely quilt...a way to share with others...I could see one of those hearts being a patch for another piece of clothing...continuing to spread the love...

Halle said...

What a wonderful idea to give each of the cousins a piece of the quilt that they can actually enjoy.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

What a sweet way to pass the memories on throughout the family. Must have been heartbreaking to cut into though! xox

Christie - Fine Lines said...

LOVE this idea. Your cousins should be thrilled!!!

Zue said...

This is just such a wonderful idea!
Clever you!
Sue xxx

Yvonne said...

Love your idea to share that way.

Kris said...

What a lovely and inspiring post to stumble upon...Great way to keep an heirloom in the family :)

Karen Gerstenberger said...

I love this idea - and what a wonderful gift for your family!

Jill said...

Those are perfect and I know your cousins will love them!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have several of my grandmother's quilts that look exactly like that. I can't bring myself to cut into them. Hand cut, hand sewn, hand finished, your quilt reminds me so much of my dear sweet grandmother.

Your idea was so creative and I'm sure if I ever decide to cut into one of hers, I'll take a few lessons from you. Thanks for the inspiration and the love you put into these hearts that you can share with your family (cousins).

Anneliese said...

...dearly loved and probably often washed. You had a fantastic and meaningful idea.

Elizabeth said...

I have a very old wedding ring quilt that my grandmother gave me thirty years ago. It's worn and torn and I just don't know what to do with it -- it's been sitting in a linen closet for ages. I'm not sure, though, that I could cut it up! I guess I'd let YOU cut it up, though -- perhaps you could think of some sort of little art business of re-purposing beautiful quilts? In your spare time?

Becca said...

What a wonderful idea!

*jean* said...

fantastic idea! i have a family cutter quilt too...hmmm now the wheels are turning! love the blue and white and buttom...so sweet and charming...xo

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

That is an absolutely fantastic way to preserve the quilt and give to everyone in the family! Wonderful! Blessings, Tammy

Janet Bocciardi said...

This is wonderful! What a great keepsake. I have a few old quilts that I'm going to take a look at and see what I can do so that they're out in the world instead of folded up and stored away. They're not sentimental really, as a family member didn't make them.

Linda said...

I really love what you're doing here...I'm sure your hearts will be treasured for a long time, as was the quilt. A lovely way to pass things on.