Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Old Quilt Pillows

Sisters-in-Law Madeline and Dorothy had SEW much fun making these darling little pillows from an old cutter quilt. We showed them how to hand applique, and they embellished them with ribbons and buttons.

We also talked about how Dorothy could salvage a family quilt and make heirloom items for her family. If at all possible, quilts should be preserved, but sometimes they are in such bad shape that it makes more sense to use the parts of the quilt that are in good shape. Blocks can be framed, made into pillows or small quilts for display. Even small parts of a quilt may be used to make pincushions for your favorite sewer. The important thing is to value the work of the quilter and create an appreciation for the work they did. Sometimes the best way to do that is to share it in smaller items with those who remember the quilter.

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