Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Creations from Old Quilts



It's so lovely to use and reuse all of the favorite holiday treasures, both old and new! Because once we've created or used it, it carries the love and the heart and the hands of everyone who has loved it, touched it, or kept its memories in their own hearts!

Old quilts are often given new lives and fresh beginnings. Shown here is my favorite Christmas Angel. She hangs in my sewing nook year round and is a reminder of the constancy of life and how no matter what happens to any of us or our things..life, love, and blessings go on!

Here, a tattered and torn quilt loved for its lifetime has a new life as a little cloth and wire angel. Reminiscent of things we all made in the 90's with wire hangers, she never goes out of style and is always there for all of my reasons and seasons!

Yesterday, Paulette blogged about a Santa being made from an old quilt and how much she loved that idea! "What To Do With an Old and Tattered QUILT…?

Well, I loved the idea that she'd found,  too.But it also reminded me of my own quilted Christmas angel and that I really should share her again. And this is the season for all kinds of reasons, after all!

For years, my little quilted angel was my profile picture, now she is part of my inspiration of how we blend the things we love from the past with the things we love to create now and in the future.

 Here are a few other ideas, courtesy of free use google images for different kinds of Christmas ornaments.  Now, I bet you wish you hadn't tossed or given away some of your old quilts, just as I do!












So, what do you think?

Have you made anything from an old quilt? Leave a comment and if you like leave a link to a photo or a blog post! I'd love to hear your own stories of creations you've made or received or even just ideas of things that you've seen or heard about!

This was an inspiration post but for the anonymous here are some images to show you how dimple it can be to draw, print out, or trace images just as suggestions.  Have fun!







Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey from Alaska to Oregon with thousands of free Quilting, Sewing, and Crafting Patterns and Tutorials. Help change the world, one little quilt, art quilt, and prayer flag at a time!