Choosing the Right Old Pieces
Not everyone has old fabric just lying around the house to use in keepsake quilting. In fact, you may not even want to cut up some items that hold sentimental value. So how will you achieve the vintage look you want? The first idea is to pay a visit to your local vintage clothing shop. Here you can find truly great fabric pieces. It won't matter if the garments have holes or stains.
You will be cutting your fabric pieces around them. This will provide you with clothing that has an aged look and feel to them. This is a great idea also because you can find a wide variety of colors and designs for your quilt. Most pieces will run about $1.00 and up. Don't think of these as other people's clothing. Instead, think of all the great stories each of these articles of clothing could tell about the ones who wore them. What a great concept for your keepsake quilting project. In this way, you will be preserving a piece of someone else's history.
And just think of the stories you can tell about your adventure in finding the fabric. In this way, you are creating a new bit of history for your keepsake quilting project.
If you have a supply of old clothing lying around your house that may not be worth wearing, consider cutting these in pieces for your keepsake quilting project. Your children's cast off clothing would make an amazing quilt. You may want to use it as a gift for them to take with them when they leave home. That quilt will give them a little piece of home to snuggle up against. Also, taking a few of those special pieces for your own keepsake quilting project will work to keep your children close even if they are not with you physically. Think of the reminiscing that you will do with each piece of fabric. This makes for a great conversation when you are telling your friends about that particular piece of fabric!
From the Old to the New
The idea behind keepsake quilting is to create a quilt that will stand the test of time. Quilting will be passed down to generations. It will leave a little piece of history behind and yet can be rewarding in and of itself. Any old fabric can become a new piece that you will transform. Not only are you preserving the past, but you are creating something that can be used to tell everyone, including your grandchildren and great-grandchildren, about your past and your family history. Future generations will be amazed at all the stories that come from you and your keepsake quilting.
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