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Welcome to Made Down South! Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm up to. This blog serves as my review of projects accomplished since I have way too many that are halfway done. I also tend to have so many urgent ideas where I simply have stop all else to work on the newest thing. So, this blog will show all the ideas that actually get made into stuff! Some of that stuff is available for sale at our etsy shop, Down South Designs.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

For the Love of an Old Quilt

A dear old friend reluctantly handed me a bag of deteriorated quilts, knowing that I enjoy the challenge of  transforming something old into something new and fantastic.  I've made lots of skirts and bags from old quilt tops.  I've even repaired some old torn quilts and restored them back to their former glory.  I could tell these deteriorated quilts were near and dear to her heart as she told me that her sweet Aunt had made these back in the 1930s.  She cherished them and was so disappointed that other generations of her family had not treated them well.  One of the quilts even had cigarette burns all over it.

I salvaged some star blocks from one quilt and decided to try making a few pillows.  As you can see,  these old quilts were stuffed full with carded cotton batting from the good old days.  I'm glad we have better batting choices these days!

These were very thick to sew through but my Bernina 750QE handled it like a champ!  After sewing the initial seam, I used the extra wide zigzag stitch to secure the seam allowance neatly.  Love that option to adjust the width of any stitch up to 7 mm wide!

I thought a square pillow would be a bit boring so I trimmed them like a hexagon and sewed them up.  It surprised me when they came out looking like a flower after I stuffed them!  If  I can come up with a few clever ways to cover up the burn spots, I might just whip up a few of these for my dear old friend.  I think she might like to give them to her great grandchildren just to keep them in the family.  

I'll be linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Friday Finish blog this week.  


Tracy Hansen said...

Love these! I love that you have saved them so that they can continue to be loved.

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

I have an old quilt that was given to my parents years ago. It has some worn spots on it and I'm not sure how to repair them. If I can't, making pillows is a good idea. I'm sure your friend will appreciate your thoughtfulness!

Jenny said...

How nice that you are giving your friend's old family quilt a new lease of life as cushions.
But sad to read that anyone would put cigarette burns on such a lovely family quilt - just shows that not everyone treasures these beauties as a quilter would.

Kate said...

Old quilts - what a find!! So nice that you could salvage parts of them and turn them into such lovely cushions - well done!!