Free Fabric Friday

on January 18 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 653 Comments

Have you seen these fun new Alexander Henry prints?  So warm and cheerful in this gloomy weather (well, at least it is gloomy here in the Pacific NW.  I hope it is sunny and crisp where you are.)

We also have the 2 new super cool Amy Butler patterns in stock.

And in preparation for Quilting Month, we’ve started carrying some beautiful quilt patterns.  We love the American Jane patterns and this new one from Denyse Schmidt.

And now the give-away…

Do you have any heirloom linens (either quilts or other items?)  Tell us about your favorite.  If you don’t have anything, tell us about something you’ve made (or would like to make) that you hope will be around for awhile. 

On Monday we’ll choose 4 people at random from among the comments to win 1 yard of fabric ($9.10 or less.)  Have a good weekend!

 

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  1. kathy says:

    I don’t consider it an heirloom yet… but it has a history! I saved fabric from sewing projects since I was a young girl and finally sewed it into a patchwork quilt. it has become the college quilt. my kids have taken it with them, passed it along, we’ve used it for camping and sleepovers. My mom loves to sit and share stories about each piece and what was made from it and the story that goes with it.

  2. AmberRose says:

    It’s not very often a person comes along in your life that just might leave a “forever mark”. I was lucky enough to have that person be my Grandmother. She left me so many things and so many things that I can’t hold in my hand. One of my favorite’s is her sweet linen bag full of hankies. How special I feel to be able to carry around an everyday essential that she carried as well! Really, I can’t think of a better reason to come down with a cold:)

  3. Robin (rsislandcrafts) says:

    I love the new handbag! I also like the first fabric …

  4. Lacey (Linda Robertson says:

    Mama you sure have some beautiful fabrics. I know where I will be buying fabric the first of the month. This is my first visit to your store and I am just blown away. The fabric, the designs and colors are what I have been looking for.
    I have told all the ladies in our sewing club of your merchandise and website. I have heard nothing but compliments! Maybe some new fabric to show them will send customers your way.

    Wonderful, Wonderful Store
    Live Laugh & Love
    Lacey

  5. Beth says:

    LOVE the Alexander Henry bilbao print! I could definitely put that to good use.

  6. Kristin Quintana says:

    I have some gorgeous vintage sheet fabric, crip white with a red floral design. I haven’t had the heart to cut it yet, but I am contemplating some gorgeous throw pillows!
    Kristin

  7. Maureen O'Neill says:

    I have some beautiful old linen napkins from my mother. They became stained over the years, and looked dreadful. I recently dyed them lavender. They look terrific and will be a great background for applique and embroidery. Combining these into a quilt with new fabric will bring the old and new together nicely.

  8. Holly S says:

    The fabric looks fun! I am working on creating my first quilt. I am totally stoked about this fabric.

  9. I LOVE ALEXANDER HENRY! So happy you have more of his fabric

  10. Sarah says:

    I love the bright red of the middle fabric. My grandmother taught me to sew when I was little, and I’ve gotten an interest in doing it again. There are so many things I’d like to do, but I just don’t know where to start!

  11. Andrea says:

    I have this WONDERFUL hand embroidered towel that says “East West Home Cooking is Best.” I bought it from an antique/junk store when I was newly married (and did not feel the need to do much home cooking!) because I loved the irony of having it! Now I always use it in a basket when I take cookies, etc. to a get-together. Because I DO cook a lot now!

  12. Christina LeBeau says:

    My favorite heirloom linen is one that I got in San francisco at an estate sale. We all know that in the past people were much less wasteful than they are now and this is a tablecloth that is made of linen. The woman’s husband worked at the us mint and he brought home some of the used bags and then she opened them and crocheted the rectangles together and made a beautiful tablecloth, and very faintly in the right light you can still see some of the markings from the mint on a few. I love it and although it isn’t an heirloom originally from my family I’ll cherish it and hopefully so will my children.

  13. Laura B says:

    My grandmother passed away 20 years ago when I was about 12. Last summer my mom came home from a trip to her house where her brother still lives and brought me a bag of old fabric that she used to make her aprons out of. I made a scrap quilt out of it to sell at our family auction but by the time I finished it I was so in love that I could not let it go and I had to keep it for myself. It is the ugliest thing in the world but by far probably the most loved quilt I will ever make in my life.

    I took the blanket to the family reunion and showed my aunts and it was awesome to see their faces light up remembering what apron or outfit “mom” was wearing with each scrap.

  14. Anary says:

    Well Ideas I have many…you should see my sewing list hahah. Anyway..a good piece I made and I am sure it became an heirloom…I sew my best friend wedding night, night gown. Silk and french lace. To top that my mom made her a ball rose bouquet for her wedding. I treasure the moment I saw her opening the gift box…she was so happy!

  15. Moonbeam says:

    Oooooooooh! Free fabric – how pretty! I’ll throw my hat into the ring…

  16. yvonne says:

    Good morning from Manitoba where it is – 27 celcius – I have a early 1950′s quilt that I found in a thrift shop – made from all sorts of fabric very few the same – and well worn. I wonder how many bodies this quilt has kept warm over the years.

  17. etk says:

    I made a patchwork quilt in high school. It is plaid, yellow, red, and green. Every time I use it, it brings back fond memories of taking home-ec in high school and all that I learned.

  18. patti says:

    I can’t believe the number of comments! But I will try, too! Thank you for the chance!

  19. Kyla says:

    Ohh, hope I’m not too late. I’ve always wanted to get fabric in the mail, but am too chicken to order it.

  20. Jill says:

    I have many linens & a quilt from my great grandmother who was a quilter.A stack of various blue printed feedsacks,all sorts of tables linens from great-great Aunt alice.It’s quit a pile.I don’t actually do much with them;just store them & take them out & “pet” them every so often!!

  21. Beth says:

    Such lovely fabric, I daresay anyone would love to add that to their stash, whether it be a meagre or mega stash.

  22. Amy says:

    I was fortunate enough to get a stack of vintage quilts from my neighbor many years ago. They are all patchwork quilts in a variety of patterns. I love them, in fact I am snuggled up under one now!

  23. Donna says:

    Wow – fabric is just getting more and more hordable – if that’s a word!

  24. Love the blog… so inspirational :) Thanks a million!!!

  25. Laura Craigie says:

    Just awesome fabric! Beautiful :)

  26. Jen says:

    oh, I just love that tunic…

    This post is reminding me that while I *should* have some family heirlooms, I don’t– my mom is hoarding them! My sentimental favorite is the quilt that my parents made for my uncle, who died young, a short time after receiving it. I remember when they made it and since it was returned to them after his death, it always reminds me of him and what a fun time I had with him as a young girl.

  27. Erica says:

    I actually inherited some knitting supplies (needles and some yarn) from my grandmother when my mom was cleaning out her stash. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any of her fabric, though.

  28. Amanda E says:

    Beautiful what else can one say. I hope I get picked. Pick me pick me..

  29. Melissa Schacht says:

    I am just now making my first quilt. I would so love to win
    Thank you..

  30. Terri Emmons says:

    Oh I so love your Blog. I hope to win. My hubby just got me a new machine and I am loving it. Would love to win….
    Thank you for doing this…

  31. Megan says:

    I’m the one who makes baby quilts for the whole neighborhood. Free fabric is *always* great! Love your site!

  32. Jen says:

    i love this blog. it has inspired me to take up sewing- though i’ll admit to being a bit intimidated!
    i have a new daughter and your prompting was the first i have thought about creating something to give her that she may then pass to her daughter… perhaps i’ll sew something!

  33. sherri says:

    Wow! How can I be Comment Number 597?! Love this blog–the December month of tutorials was invaluable. Thanks! (Fingers crossed, hope I win!)

  34. Kerri says:

    My favorite heirloom is my great-grandmother’s yellow quilt that my twin and I are both shrieking for. Luckily my parents are healthy and aren’t settling the dispute anytime soon, so this week I’m beginning a quilting class to learn to do it myself! And Denyse Schmidt is my inspiration; yay for her!

  35. Jenny says:

    Gorgeous new fabrics! I’d love a free yard.

  36. ~ Karen ~ says:

    Oh! Those circles are lovely!!

  37. jenny-rae says:

    i have a LOT of heirloom linens from my great-gran (her name is Jenny-Rae too!) that all have little stains and are too small/fussy for me to use in a practical sense. This summer, I started my very first quilt, and decided to use white fabric as a border between each quarter. I ended up incorporating my great-gran’s linens into it… hiding the stains but creating a blanket that will hopefully stay in the family for generations.

    the best part is that it’s red + aqua! http://flickr.com/photos/persephonesawakening/sets/72157601382053745/

  38. Love your fabrics and all your wonderful tutorials! A great service to crafty people and us wannabes! Thank you.

  39. tanya says:

    Hi, everyone!
    I am in love with a girly Tilda quilt designed by Tone Finnanger from her Sew Pretty Homestyle book. I am gonna to do it! I cannot believe that I am saying it. A lot of hand embroidery must be done. But…this is for my lil’ girl…YOu know. Every mother trys to give her best. I hope that quilt will be my daughter’s heirloom.

  40. Chandra says:

    My aunt gave me some embroidered linens made by my grandmother, who I never met. They are so special to me and I love how she had a love of needlework, like me.

  41. Shirley says:

    My greatest treasure has to be the quilt my father-in-law gave me,It was his great grandmother Swishers. Its all made in wools and dark fabrics, with the ladies who worked on the quilts’ names embroidered in the blocks.Its believed to be her Wedding quilt(1800′s), although its crazy quilt style.My second most charished thing would be my husbands grandmothers sewing machine.My father in law had it all reworked so I could have a machine to sew with when i got married.I have two embroidery machines and a quilting machine now but i love that old Singer .

  42. Stacey says:

    I have a quilt that is about 75 yrs old. My grandma gave it to me when she moved out of her house into a nursing home. It’s red and white and is all hand made. Hand sewn seams, hand quilted. It is so beautiful. Recently I had a chance to ask her where it came from. Turns out her second husbands first wife was an amazing quilter, as was her daughter. They were the ones who made it and I treasure it more knowing it’s past.

  43. Laura says:

    I love the new mod dots from AH!

  44. Katie b says:

    wow I really love that new Denyse Schmidt pattern!!

    My husband’s father has many many quilts from his side of the family. We will inherit them eventually. Most were made in the 30′s and it’s so interesting to see the real 30′s fabrics vs the reproductions. I just love looking at them and studying them.

  45. Carol says:

    My grandmother made me a hand-appliqued comforter that I treasure. I do you use it, but I wash it carefully because I want it to last.

  46. jantena B. says:

    I would LOVE some fabric!!! Please sign me up!!!!!

  47. judy d. says:

    my mom made a quilt when my brother and i were little, with an embroidered square for each of us, one for my parents, and of course one for the cats. i hope to carry on the tradition in due time.

  48. Meg says:

    My sisters get together and make a quilt for the brides in the family. I still really like my quilt and will always hve it. My sisters aren’t big quilters, so this is big for us!

  49. Valerie says:

    I love this site and blog and shop…. I appreciate your feeding my creativity in so many ways!

  50. Lindsay says:

    my mother has a tablecloth that was my great-grandmother’s. it’s got this great folk-loric print in the brightest reds and green’s. it really sparked my imagination and inspired some great new crafting ideas in me.

  51. i have a lovely quilt that was stitched by my paternal grandmother. she passed away several years before i was born so i missed out on knowing her but having her quilt makes her feel close to me. it is tattered and worn but it is one of the most beautiful things in our home~

  52. Concha says:

    Oh I would love to make that Anna Tunic! I’ve had enough of Winter… that tunic makes e dream of Summer days :)

  53. Joan J says:

    I consider the quilt I made for my son’s wedding to be an heirloom. It is done in an overall Irish chain design, but in the center I appliqued two hands (with wedding bands showing) — his hand shows his suit sleeve and shirt cuff, and her hand shows a lace cuff. The lace on her cuff is made from lace hand crocheted by his great-grandmother. The button placed on the groom’s shirt cuff is from a piece of clothing that belonged to the bride’s mother, who had recently passed away. The two hands form a heart, and has their initials embroidered in the style chosen for their wedding invitations, as well as their names and the wedding date. Other squares are appliqued heart wreaths surrounded with purple and blue flowers, which were the flowers chosen for their wedding. Other squares have appliqued hearts signed with well wishes from the wedding guests. For me, and more importantly, for the bride and groom, it’s a very sentimental quilt!

  54. Shelley C says:

    About 30 years ago I inherited – and stil have – some beautiful vintage fabric from my mother’s next door neighbor. Very different from anything else in my stash…very lush and rich. I will use it. Someday.

  55. adrienne says:

    i LOVE this blog/store!!! You guys rock!

  56. Myra says:

    I have no heirloom quilts completed, just blocks and tops purchased on ebay including one of a sunbonnet sue that is the whole top, comprised of 2″ squares. I do have heirloom crochet doilies, pillowcases, etc., from my grandmother and great-grandmother. I am the only one who loves the vintage items out of 7 granddaughters, so my grandmother and aunt keep passing things to me.

  57. anya says:

    I just finished making this gorgeous blue silk skirt and i wore it to school on friday:) everyone loved it, i hope I can make another one soon out of a diffrent fabric. I actually got a few people who wanted me to make one for them- that call for fabric shopping (!!) fun fun

  58. Aimee Davis says:

    I totally am in love with the apples Alexander Henry fabric. I’m keeping it in the back of my mind for some spare cash to make a sweet dress for my little gal.

  59. Stacie G says:

    I have some beautiful, embroidered linen tea towels from my husband’s side of the family. I also have the baby blanket that my grandmother made me. What means the most to me, however, is the beautiful, lace-like nursing shawl that my grandmother made for my first baby and me (he is now 3). I can’t believe she took on such a complicated project at her age. It is very dear to me.

  60. Kelly Sales says:

    My mom was the youngest of nine children born during the height of the depression. Her 14 year old sister raised her after her mother died. My Aunt Nell raised my mom, took care of my mom’s 5 childern and then our childern. Her mantra was “Use it up, wear it out, make it over, do without” The quilts she made all of us were out of old clothes, levis, curtains and whatever somebody else was throwing out. These quilts went to the lake, ballgames, firework shows and campouts. They made countless hideouts for each generation of tent-in-the-livingroom builders. I snuggled under them and read the entire Nancy Drew series. None of these quilts survived past my daughter”s childhood. The were loved and used to tatters. I don’t have any of the quilts, just some very wonderful memories of them.

  61. Judy M says:

    Oh, those ARE bright and cheery! Perfect for my north-central WY home! We’re under a winter storm warning and already have two inches of snow on the ground and there’s plenty more to come!

  62. Karmela says:

    I just got my first handmade quilt as a wedding gift from an aunt I didn’t even know was a quilter. I was sooo excited to get such a great gift, and to find out someone in my family was an experienced quilter!

  63. Ray says:

    Something that I made and hope that it is around for a long while is my daughter’s graduation quilt. She graduated in 2000. The front of the quilt is a sampler made of crazy novelty prints. A lot of the prints have meaning for us. The back of the quilt is made of 10 inch squares of all the millenium quilt fabric that I could find. I think it is wonderful.

  64. Sheila says:

    I love to sew heirloom style Christening Gowns. Here is a link to a few pictures in my photobucket album:
    Since my family knows I love heirloom baby things, I was given a family Christening Gown to keep. It was contructed by my husband’s grandmother, and is made of WWII parachute silk. The story goes that while serving in the US Navy during WWII, my father-in-law pulled a naval aviator from the water and saved him from drowning. As a thank you, the greatfull aviator gave him his parachute. The little gown was worn by many family members through the 50′s, 60′s, 70′s, and 80′s. I also collect heirloom baby bibs, christening gowns, and aprons.

  65. Libby says:

    I have my granmother’s Bear Paw quilt that was made by her grandmather. My Grandmother remembers picking the pattern from a stack of newspaper patterns that were cherished!! Thanks, Libby

  66. vonda petty says:

    What great fabric. So many possiblities.

  67. Holly says:

    vintage fabrics are like hugs for my heart.

  68. Whitney Crane says:

    Love,love,love the fabric. Getting my first sewing machine next month. I want to make quilts for each of my 4 children. I still have mine from my Grandma. Love your site :)

  69. Cristie B says:

    Love the shirt pattern. Will have to try that one!

  70. Sandra says:

    I Have My baby quilt made by my Great Grandmother.It was used by 3 sisters,brother,& my 2 girls.I hope I win

  71. Joyce Sims says:

    Love all of the new items you have…it is very cold here(by southern standards) but nice and shiny!!! Joyce in Louisiana

  72. Christy says:

    Great new prints!!! The apples are so cute!

  73. Beth says:

    I have quilts from my grandmother as well as a quilted circle that my great-grandmother made. My mom gave the circle to me and I had it framed with a picture of my great-grandmother put in the middle of it. The quilts from grandma all are tops only and are scrappy quilts. I can’t wait to finish making the ‘sandwich’ and finishing so I have something we both have made.

  74. skmparis says:

    Hi, I am 10 and I made the notebook and pencil holder (from your handmade holidays reading and writing section)for my sister for christmas. I used some blue and yellow checked fabric and some blue fabric with fairies on it. It was a great success and she loved it!

  75. Christine says:

    My aunt has quilted for as long as I can remember. She’s 83 (she’ll turn 84 in April) and still quilting. She has finished quilts for all her children and grandchildren in the past two or three years that were 3 x 3 inches squared. And, she does all her quilting by hand. She has given me 4 or 5 quilts over the years that I adore. And, I use them. I even have one that is a Christmas quilt. I really enjoy that one and hate to put it away in January. Some years it stays on the bed until March.

  76. Lesley says:

    I never really got to know my grandmother or my mother, they both died when I was 4 and then 5. I have pictures that tell me they were both crafty and great sewers. My sister said they made alot of our clothes. When I had my first baby, my aunt (who raised me) gave me my grandmother’s sewing chest. There wasn’t alot in there, just threads, needles, buttons, and one quarter of butterfly fabric. This Christmas, I made a purse out of several tutorials that I’ve found from sewmamasew’s blog. I gave it to my niece this Christmas and she was very touched and thankful. I know my grandmother and mom would have been proud.

  77. Janet Dugan says:

    I think I’m turning into a fabric – aholic! But that’s a good thing, right? I’m working on a baby quilt for my first grand-baby – due in August. There are so many cute fabrics out now I may have to make several !! Free fabric would be such a great inspiration !! (Hope I’m not too late to enter this)
    Janet

  78. ChristineG says:

    I LOVE that Amy Butler tunic pattern!!

  79. Mellissa says:

    We have a very special, simple quilt that my husband’s mother made for him when he was young. It is blue and white blocks. It’ll stay in our family forever. It is currently being used on my son’s bed. We love this quilt and make sure that we use it; that was my mother-in-law’s wish that all her works were used. We miss her very much.

  80. Erica says:

    The American Jane pattern looks really neat – almost like layers of ric rac worked into the quilt. I used to quilt, but haven’t quilted in a while. I do need to finish one quilt by May for a college graduation, so I am hoping quilt month will be the burst of inspiration I need to finish it.

  81. tara says:

    The only ‘heirloom’ sewing we have is some baby items that were made for my husband by his grandma. They are really cute, but I tease him because they are a little on the girly side – little flannel kimonos and even some flower print bloomers. (!!!) My favorite thing about them is that she hand embroidered them, and when she made our new daughter her own embroidered blanket, she used some of the same embroidery patterns on it. A little retro and very cute!

  82. DianeM says:

    since my grandma & her family all grew up on a farm around the the early part of the last century I have a good amount of handmade textiles from them. The things I covet the most are 2 unfinished crazy quilts, all made with velvets, silks & other ‘special’ fabrics & a small unfinished charm quilt top made from men’s ties – my mom says she recognizes some of her dad’s ties in there…these tops were probably made later in their lives after they had left the farm in 1913 & moved to the city of Rochester. my grandma got married late in life, for her time at least, so the tie quilt would have to have been made after 1934 if my ganddad’s ties are in it & my mom remembers them.

  83. Laura says:

    Wish I could live in the States (I love living in Barcelona ) but there are so many things you can buy there :(
    Love your fabrics

  84. eva says:

    I was lucky enough to be given a fabulous vintage table cloth by my mother in law. She caught my drift when I mentioned that it would look great with the pale turquoise of my kitchen walls! It’s one of those beautiful white linen table clothes with mint-green, red, and yellow print. Lots of them have fruit, but this one has huge flowers in the corners, which are connected by ribbons. I was right, it does match my kitchen perfectly!

  85. Melanie says:

    I am so happy to have Stumbled Upon your site today. I just bought my first sewing machine and was looking for things to make with it. New Fabric would be a great start!

  86. Carrie says:

    Love the Alexander Henry prints and the Amy Butler tunic. Thanks again for more great inspiration…

  87. Gilda says:

    Okay, I just started liking fabric. I don’t really know that much about sewing but I want to learn and there’s just lots and lots of fabric that I want. So, please pick me! lol…

  88. Heidi says:

    I have a beautiful quilt that was made by a great, great grandmother (I’m not really sure how far back), but I know she was a pioneer and brought the quilt with her across the plains. It is falling apart and I am sure I should be doing something to take better care of it, but I’m not sure what. I’m just glad I somehow managed to end up with it!

  89. Jill says:

    After my grandmother died, we found a big blue chest in one of her junk rooms (yes, she had three– I am my grandmother’s granddaughter). The chest was full of quilts. My grandmother didn’t quilt, so I don’t know who made them but I love them all. They definitly come from different quilters. Some are more worn than others, and frankly, some have better color sense than others. My favorite has pink sashing and feedsack Ohio stars. I had it on my bed when I had my first apartment in NYC. I still have it in the attic, hoping to save it for my own daughter some day. Since I have three boys, perhaps I’ll have to wait for a granddaughter to pass it along to.
    Looking forward to quilting month.

  90. Amy says:

    I need more fabric. Pick me!

    Amy in Kentucky

  91. trang says:

    i want some pretty fabric!!

  92. AJ says:

    The Anna Tunic is absolutely gorgeous! I wish I had the skills to make it. I better get practicing.

  93. Christy says:

    I’ve made a few quilts that I hope will become heirlooms. My favorites are a Grandmother’s Fan that I made for my Mother. And a king-size Mariner’s Compass that I made for my Brother and SIL, as a wedding gift.

  94. Stacy says:

    Sewing was one thing my husband’s grandmother and I shrared. When she passed away last year my sister in law kept her sewing box for me, full of her notions and supplies. Sometimes when I am working I will smile, knowing she may have pinned one of her projects with the same pins I am using. We are also lucky enough to have two of her handmade quilts.

  95. Heather says:

    I’m afraid that I have no heirloom pieces to speak of – my family immigrated to the US when I was very little, and they felt that NEW was better, so the old was replaced with store bought.

    I hope to change this. While I’m just learning how to sew, I have so many aspirations to create heirlooms. I want to make a baby quilt to give as birthday gifts for my girls’ baby dolls. Perhaps this will open doors for my daughters to sew doll clothes with me….

  96. Jen says:

    I make patchwork quilts all the time. I think however that I should learn how to square stuff up a little better. It’s one of my goals this year!

  97. Bella says:

    I have several hand sewn keepsakes from both Grandmas. My Grandma made a quilt when she was a young lady and then my other Grammie crocheted quite a bit. My Grammie also made me some clothes when I was younger. I still remember the sweet Easter outfit she had sewn (a dress and bonnet). I would love to learn how to knit and I am starting to sew more. I would love to have a yard of this sweet fabric. Delicious! Bella

  98. Natalie Edwards says:

    Oh, please let me win!!!!! I need some new fabric for a little bit of inpiration in my home!!!!

  99. Dawn says:

    I don’t have any heirloom pieces but I really hope to make some for my family. I actually got inspired to make quilts when my husband and I went away for a weekend in Vermont. We went to a little store which sold hand made quilts which were so very beautiful. Even though we were just dating at the time my husband said that one day he would get me one of those wonderful quilts and we would pass it down to our children. Needless to say, my heart was melting! Making something that will serve as a reminder to future generations is really important to me!!!

  100. ali says:

    I have a set of old white pillowcases with delicate pink embroidered edging- I simply adore them. I am teaching my girls to embroider, so hopefully we will have some future keepsakes!

  101. Sally BC says:

    I am fortunate to have two quilts made by my grandmother and great-grandmother. They aren’t fancy – one is a scraf 8 pointed star and the second is a VERY scrappy nine patch. But they are wonderful and keep me warm. When I had surgery on my leg, and was feeling low, I used the 8 pointed star to wrap up. It was like having the two grantmother’s care surrounding me. I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

    Sally BC

  102. Jennifer says:

    I love the butterfly fabric!

    I am fortunate to have linens from both my grandmother and my husband’s grandmother. I have some crewel work from my other grandmother. My favorite heirlooms are the quilts my mother has made for me and my family. She is a talented seamstress, but what I treasure most is the love she made them with.

  103. Jennifer J. S. says:

    What beautiful fabrics & I cannot wait to make that Amy Butler Tunic! I love your site & visit almost daily!
    jennifer j. s.

  104. Carrie says:

    Unfortunately I don’t have any vintage quilts, I think my mom still has them a few. I found a quilt from when I was a baby that I’m not sure what to do with.. it’s a bit ratty, but cute!

  105. Ellen says:

    I don’t have any heirlooms… but I’ve created hand pieced, hand quilted quilts for my 2 daughters and 2 of my nephews, which I hope become treasured heirlooms in the future!

  106. Lauren says:

    I love the Amy Butler patterns! They are all cute! Instead of being one of those women who have a closet full of shoes I am going to have a closet full of purses!

  107. Joan says:

    I braved the frigid temperature today to go to the local fabric/craft shop. Purchased several fat quarters because the fabric was bright & cheerful and a quilting magazine (because the pictures are bright and cheerful). I came home, shoveled the driveway again, came in and fixed a huge cup of soup. Now, I’m snuggled under my snowman quilt I made in 2006. Logged on to your web site and enjoyed the warm and cheerful snippet of Alexander Henry Prints. What a wonderful way to warm up! Thank you for helping brighten my crisp but definitely not sunny day.

  108. Ashley says:

    I have a couple of strands of tatting that my great grandmother made. One strand is a lovely purple color and one day I hope so sew it on a sweet little dress for a little girl (that I don’t have yet). The tatting means a lot to me because its all I have of my great-grandma’s and no one else in my family knows how to make it. I’m trying to learn but have not been successful yet.

  109. madilyne says:

    I have a quilt my Nana made and it is old and ragged but I LOVE IT!!!!

  110. holli says:

    I tend to make my daughter cute little special outfits, that will hopefully last for her to give to her kids. Everyone in our house has their own Quilt too. Nothing labor intensive to make, more basic, but we all love them!

  111. Brenda Miller says:

    I was gifted a special crazy quilt from 1910 which includes the embroderary initials of everyone who worked on the quilt. Although it is shabby in places, it is especially prized in my heart!

  112. Katie says:

    I’m really into roses so I want to make a patchwork quilt of rose fabrics. Hopefully it’ll last forever (that is when I make it).

  113. Kim says:

    I love the Fabrics! AMAZING! I have wonderful quilts from my grandmothers, and now I’m just starting to teach myself so I can pass on some family heirlooms to my children and grandchildren! And it’s so much fun expecially when you find these fabulous designs!

  114. Luxy says:

    I love the Multi Mod Dot and new Butterfly prints! That just screams spring. I’m a sucker for anything with butterflies.

  115. jennifer says:

    I am learning how to quilt now. I am teaching myself as I go. I am loving it! I love the Single Girl pattern! My grandmother was an avid knitter and we have some items that she made for us. My little come home from the hospital sweater, hat and booties,afghans etc. I am drawn to vintage linens, sheets, blankets etc. I will pick up crochet blankets from the gw/thrift stores etc. when I see them. Jenn

  116. Kelli says:

    My mom is the best seamstress I know. She has made each of her girls a quilt from the scraps that she used to make clothing when we were small. Of course, during our teen years we turned up our noses at “homemade” clothes, but now we both are avid seamstresses and cherish all the things Mom has made and all that she has taught us.

  117. alison says:

    My grandma made me a beautiful quilt, all hand pieced and quilted when I was really little (probably 3 years old). It was well loved and well used and fell apart. I think I’ll have to ask my mom if she still has it because I’ve been really thinking about that quilt a lot lately. There was one square that was my favourite and there was only one of it in the quilt. I had to have it at the top so I could look at it when I fell asleep and could see it when I woke up in the morning (the obsessive-compulsive started really early with me). When my daughter was 1 I bought her a doll quilt (she still has it almost 10 years later) and I really hope she keeps it for her kids someday. I am going to try quilting this year and am in the process of planning a doll quilt for my niece for her 1st birthday.

  118. Christy says:

    I have a very special pillow hand embroidered by my great aunt (and godmother) that she made for my baptism. I always had it on my bed growing up and now it sits on my daughter’s bed.

  119. Elizabeth says:

    My daughter has a hope chest that my grandfather made…I hope to fill the hope chest with all the things that have been sewn for her over the years! I even have some dresses that my grandmother made for me when I was her age! I love that! I love to have my children wear things that were made for me by my mother and grandmother…that is love!

  120. Courtney says:

    I LOVE the Mushroom City fabric. My little girl wears a mushroom dress from Gymboree that I adore and everyone compliments her on. It was a fabulous yard sale find. I’d love to make her a new unique one.

  121. Valerie says:

    Oh man, that Single Girl quilt pattern is too cool! I do have several quilts from my grandmother, and my favorite is a red and white “druken sailor” pattern. I also got good news a few months back that my dad’s cousin has another one made by my great-grandmother that she would like me to have. I am very excited about that!

  122. Rebecca says:

    I have a baby blanket that was bought for me that my girls now use and love. I hope that the quilts that I make them will be treasured by their children one day too.

  123. Angela says:

    The granny square quilt looks great. We’re still just getting started over here but having fun! I love getting my sew mama sew posts on the reader!

  124. Chris says:

    LOVE the new Alexander Henry prints!
    I enjoy reading your blog. It’s so helpful for a new sewer (like myself!)

  125. Bailey says:

    I was 12 years old and my family was traveling “cross-country” in our big white family van. (We called her Vanna White.) On the way back home, we stopped in Salt Lake City and I stepped into my first quilt shop. The walls were covered with hand-sewn quilts and mom surprised me by telling me I could pick one for my bed. Can you imagine?! I spent hours trying to chose one. My family visited the tabernacle and other nearby sites and I finally chose one. It’s going to be an heirloom quilt, I just know it. Oh- it’s a log cabin blue quilt. so precious.

  126. Andrea says:

    I’ve been cursed with a husband and in-laws who don’t appreciate hand crafts, and artist parents who don’t value functional fibre arts very highly, so you can imagine my absolute pleasure when I crocheted two baby blankets with matching socks for dear friends and was gushed over and immediately told that it was going to be a family heirloom. :) Now if only I can start keeping more of what I make for myself, I might have some heirlooms of my own someday LOL!

  127. nikole says:

    I love “single girl”! It looks like “wedding rings” but definitely cooler! Kinda like single girls are cooler than us old married folks. :) LOVE IT!

  128. Sara says:

    I want to make a quilt for my future grandchild. (No, I’m not expecting one any time soon, but I’m a beginner so I need plenty of time!)

  129. Mary Ann says:

    I have 2 quilts-hand-pieced and quilted-that my grandmothers made for me. One was a wedding gift. Both are beautiful and a pleasure to use in my home. My husband’s grandmother cross-stitched a picture for us for a wedding gift-this will also be an heirloom.

  130. I lust bought some very nice linen at my local fabric store in Seattle, Nancy’s Sewing Basket. I plan on making my boyfriend a project bag. I just taught him to knit and he’s going gang busters on it!

  131. lindsay says:

    I have some heirloom linens and crocheted pieces. I don’t use them, but perhaps I should. I’m not a great seamstress (yet) so I’ll invest in some nicer piece once I hone my skills. At the moment, I’m making lots of baby bibs and other baby items.

  132. emily Howard says:

    my favorite heirloom is a quilt given to me by my grandmother. she made it with her mother and grandmother. it is too heavy to use very often in the south but it comes out every year as our tree skirt!!

  133. Georgia says:

    LOVE the spots! They would be great for applique on kids t-shirts etc.

    I’m *trying* to learn to quilt at the moment. I’m currently working on a quilt for my youngest daughter, and hope that she will treasure it for years to come. My older daughter is impatiently waiting for me to start one for her too. I’m sure they will both ignore my wonky old sewing and just love them for what they are! :-)

  134. Tammy says:

    I love the Amy Butler Kimberly bag and hope to make it soon.

  135. cakebaker says:

    I think my favorite thing is a quilt my great grandmother made. It’s a scrap quilt, so some of the border is done in one color and some in another, and none of the fabrics “coordinate” – but it’s bright and cheery and the colors are so happy! Someday it will go on one of our kid’s beds, for now, it’s tucked in our guest room.

  136. Louisa says:

    I have some nifty holiday appliquéd place mats that somebody made for my grandmother.

  137. Lora says:

    I have a simple quilt that my husband’s grandmother made on one of my guest room beds. It is not that elaborate, and the fabrics are plain and simple, but I love it because she used what she had (she was poor and lived on a farm – AND she had 10 children!). I love that about quilts. Something beautiful can be made from just old scraps of fabric! That’s ingenuity!

  138. emily says:

    free fabric? yes please!

  139. Amy says:

    I love the Denyse Schmidt quilt pattern. I’m drooling!

  140. Cara says:

    My husband’s grandma would make her grandsons new flannel PJ’s for Christmas every year. When they had outgrown them, she would recycle them into quilts. When we married, I was given one of the patchwork quilts. Our children enjoy their daddy pointing out the fabrics that used to be his childhood pajamas. :)

  141. Eileen Tongson says:

    I have a heirloom table cloth embroidered by my grandma. It now lays on my daughter’s dresser and looks so pretty!

  142. Molly says:

    Well, I have a few vintage pieces of fabric thanks to my mom’s stash. That woman still had fabric she made us dresses with back in the 60s! My favorite is a piece of fabric with hex signs all over it. I don’t have enough to make curtains but am contemplating some kitchen accessories.

  143. Kimmer says:

    Quilting is the next big thing on my horizon. I think I’m going to start with a baby quilt for my cousin’s upcoming baby. I just have to choose a pattern and conjure up some spare time when I can make it!

  144. Lisa says:

    Heirloom linens? Nothing older than I am. I have a quilt my mom started for me when I was very small but didn’t finish until I was in Jr High. A quilt my grandma made for our wedding gift. One my mom made for a wedding gift. Oh and some of the baby clothes my mom made for me when I was little. I expect they’ll become heirlooms :)

  145. Nicole says:

    We have a couple of quilts that my great-grandma made. They’re not especially fancy – just square patches – but it’s nice to have that connection to the family.

  146. Ashley says:

    Oops! I forgot, my favorite “heirloom” item is my heart quilt that my mom’s best friend’s mom made for me when I was born. It is tattered and some of the hearts are missing, but after nearly fifteen years of love that is to be expected. lol.

  147. Jenna says:

    my husbands grandma made he and his siblings all quilts growing up. she’s since made our children quilts. she is an impecable applique artist and i hope to inherit some of her pieces. on my side, my great aunts husband embroidered about 14 quilt blocks way back when, that are ready to be pieced together. i can’t wait to get my hands on it. and of course i hope that EVERYTHING i make will be preserved and honored way beyond my years (and not used as dog blankets!)

  148. Ashley says:

    The new Amy Butler patterns are so fab!

    Ashley

  149. Michele C says:

    I have three tablecloths hand embroidered by my great-Aunt. They are still very useful and pretty. One is a light avacado green with pineapples and tropical colors all around. The other two are white “linen” embroidered with flowers all around and in the center. I love having them out, but I have to watch out for all the “spillers” in the family.

  150. Heather says:

    count me in, too!!!

  151. Marla says:

    I crocheted baby afgahns for my two oldest girls, when they were born. And I am in the process of making one for our third girl!
    I love Amy’s new patterns and the new fabric is gorgeous, too!

  152. Lori says:

    500+ comments. wowzer! I’m like a needle in a haystack. :)

  153. mo says:

    I love that Denyse Schmidt pattern. I have a lovely set of linen tea towels from my Grandma who passed away 14 years ago. Sadly last summer my husband was putting a shed together in our backyard and ended up cutting his hand so badly he needed stitches inside his hand and out. That is not the sad part though. In all of his pain he grabbed the most available thing and he ended up wrapping his hand in one of Grandma’s tea towels. I managed to get the blood out but it faded the print. Arrggghhhh!

  154. Samantha says:

    My FAVORITE heirloom item?!?! Goodness……..I have so many. I love the pineapple quilt my grandmother gave me (she didn’t make this particular one)- it’s a combination of a silky purple fabric and charm prints (feedsacks and such)- it’s bright and vibrant. My grandmother has already gifted me her fabric stash since she can’t sew much anymore- another heirloom favorite!- loads of 70s calicos, some I remember as my dresses when I was little.

  155. Chris Aiton says:

    After reading all of the comments, I realize how lucky I am to have been the recipient of so many “hand me down” quilts. Right now on my bed I have a stunning Grandmother’s Flower Garden made by my grandmother in the late 1930s. Packed away in my linen chest I have a charming scrap quilt made by my mother when she was 12 and a beautiful Star of the Bluegrass in pinks that she made for me when I got married. I also have 2 quilts made by a great aunt, one of which was made out of my great grandmother’s dresses after she died. I am currently making a baby quilt from some Anna Maria Horner Chocolate Lollipop fabric and it’s pretty wild and bright. I love your blog and look forward to quilting month.

  156. Amy says:

    I have quilts from both grandmothers and my stepgrandmother. All are very treasured and hung on a curtain rod as I haven’t found a satisfactory way to store them yet.
    I’m crazy about that tunic pattern and the new Denyse quilt pattern. So beautiful!

  157. Sheila says:

    I have a victorian crazy quilt that my husband’s great great grandmother made in the early 1900′s. I found it in a box after we got married and had moved apartments a couple of times. When I asked him about it and his mother and his father I got the same response – “it’s just an old blanket we use to cover furniture when we move” AAAAGGGHHH! I rescued it and have it delicately displayed on a quilt rack that my own grandfather built for me. One day, when I don’t have so many little helpers, I hope to mend some tears that it has in it and truly restore it to its former beauty. I loved reading about everyone else’s treasures!

  158. Cindy says:

    I only have heirlooms I’ve bought :) but I love to think of the person who stitched them–Your site is a blessing–happiness at every click!

  159. Alisa says:

    I have very tiny cotton smock. It was used by my Oma for all of her babies (8 of them) and then by my mom for her kids (8 too!) I have it, but haven’t used it, as the cotton isn’t soft anymore. I plan to one day put it in some kind of shadow box to display on the wall. Maybe before I have another baby (if I have another one :-) )

  160. Tina says:

    Your blog introduced me to Alexander Henry. Thank you! (Although my wallet may not be thanking you.) We have my husband’s Grandpa’s wool blankets that he used to keep on his sailboat. Then my husband used them when he went to camp as a child. Now we have them and pull them out when we need something extra-special and warm. They are in awesome condition and just prove to me the durability of wool.

  161. Ashley says:

    I have some great vintage fabric I’ve gotten from thrift stores. I’m a little scared to cut it even though most of it is in mass quantities!

  162. Samantha VanDerPuy says:

    I inherited a lovely lace table cloth from my grandmother. I have no idea how old it is, or where it’s from, but it’s lovely and in great condition! I look forward to using it for many years to come.

    I am originally from the Seattle area, and have just moved to Oxford, England. The weather is pretty much the same, and the gray is permeating our month as well! I love the new ALexander Henry fabrics and think they’re just the thing to perk up a long winter!!!

  163. Christy S. says:

    What great fabrics! I have a stack of vintage doileys and napkins that I plan, one day, to turn into a summer skirt. I say one day, because right now I can’t bring myself to stick a needle into the fabric.

  164. Caroline says:

    I don’t have any heirloom pieces~but hope to make some to pass on to my children some day!

  165. Ann-Margret says:

    P.S. I forgot to answer the question!

    I have made 8 baby quilts that I hope will be cherised by the recepients when they grew up, and that they’ll become heirlooms. :)

  166. Ann-Margret says:

    I should let you know that the sewmamasew blog is my “home” page, so it’s the first site I see every morning when I turn on my computer. :)

    Thanks for all the inspiration you provide!

  167. Caroline says:

    I love reading all the wonderful articles~the information is invaluable. I would love to add to my fabric stash! Thanks!

  168. Liz says:

    A few things come to mind, but I wish I had more heirlooms!
    We have a number of blankets done by my husband’s various family members (unfortunately the color choices are a bit lacking for my taste! Horrible I know!)
    One of the newest editions is the Christening suit my Grandmother made for my son last year, I know it will be passed along to all of the little gentlemen in our family (it’s such a beautiful piece of clothing!).

    I’m hoping to make a few of my own heirlooms sometime soon, but I’m still such a newbie to crafting that I feel like anything I make right now just won’t be something I’ll love enough to keep around that long.

  169. Lorrie says:

    I have no antique or vintage quilts. But I do have several pieces of Irish linen. My husband’s great-grandfather visited Ireland in 1912 and brought back with him a lovely tablecloth and 12 napkins. The napkins are still uncut – that is, they are like a long table runner. They’ve never been used. I’m not a fan of letting things just sit around, so I’m planning to cut them and use them.

    I also have a pale blue damask linen tablecloth and 6 napkins that were a gift to my husband’s parents for their wedding in the early 1950′s. A few doilies and some hand-knitted lace are also part of my sparse collection.

  170. Emilee says:

    My grandma made me a beautiful hand-appliqued pink and pink-and-white gingham quilt when I was a baby. I don’t dare use it with my girls, but I love to display it on their wall. So much work!

  171. Xan says:

    Those fabrics are so cheery!
    One thing that I’d like to last for a long time is a pillow I made for my 4-year-old daughter. I had her draw on a square of fabric with a ballpoint pen (she drew an alien in a flying saucer) and I embroidered over her drawing–even her tiny signature at the bottom–and made it into a throw pillow for her bedroom.

  172. Greta says:

    My grandma made her first quilt when my dad was born and has been quilting ever since. Now she sends over 20 quilts a year overseas to developing countries with an organization called ADRA. My favorite heirloom quilt is my grandma’s first quilt. When I have a little boy someday, it will be his. It is blue and red and absolutely beautiful!

  173. Jill says:

    I don’t have any heirloom fabrics because I am not much of a seamstress but I did hang onto some very worn pieces of a quilt that my husband and I have had on our bed for almost twenty years. We originally bought it at a Mennonite fund-raising auction and I loved it. I probably washed it too many times over the years because we had very young children and it got spilled on etc. Even though it is absolutely worn to pieces I just made two pillows out of it to keep as remembrance that a number of our eight children were conceived under that quilt ;)! Fabric really can evoke emotion!

  174. Kristin says:

    I have a quilt that was finished by my mom, but started by her grandmother (I think). It’s appiqued alphabet blocks.

  175. Crista Cuccaro says:

    Unfortunately, I do not yet have any heirloom quilts or linens. Perhaps my mom has some squirreled away that she will give to me at some point. I hope to make a quilt soon like the one from Amy Karol’s Bending the Rules book. I absolutely love the colors she uses in it!

  176. terri moore says:

    just posted a pic of the baby blanket/bib set grandma made for me when i was born…circa 1964! would be thrilled if you care to take a peek! http://purpleandpaisley.blogspot.com

  177. Dani says:

    My favorite are the tea towels that my Gram embroidered for me. I need to get some Biz and wash them though. I am loving the AH strawberry print! Feels so summery to me!!!

  178. LouAnne says:

    LOVE that new (to me at least) American Jane pattern! So “rick-racky!” I actually own a LOT of vintage linens that I inherited from Mum and my MIL as well. I used them in my home, except right now our home is for sale and the stager & realtor insisted that I store them all. So, we are existing in a stripped down de-personalized house that echos. I miss my things, especially my fabric stash. I have to admit to sneaking in some fabric acquisitions. My dh says it looks like I’m building a back-up stash……….Little does he know! LOL Love your blog!

  179. too many project ideas, not enough time!

  180. Stefanie says:

    I am always on the lookout for a great used quilt, I have yet to find one but I am hopeful. I did recently get a hold of some Dresden plate pieces but those I plan to frame.

  181. Missy says:

    Hello everyone I’m new here and I;m addicted! I have to say I’m no longer feel shame about collecting fabric!My oldsest daughter recieved a new machine from grammie and she is going thru my stash like the wind! Thank you for this site and free patterns! Missy in WA

  182. Mika says:

    My mother-in-law sells antique linens, so she’s always finding great stuff. She gave me and hubby matching embroidered pillowcases that say Hers and His in cross stitch. We don’t know who made them or how old they are. They’re probably “vintage” instead of “antique” since I doubt they’re a full 100 years old. Some of the cross-stitch is in green and the color is still true–it hasn’t turned fugitive like a lot of greens in antique quilts and embroidery used to.

  183. Jane Weston says:

    The only thing I have that qualifies as heirloom would be some fine crochet collars made by my great grandmother and my great great grandmother. I keep thinking I should do something lovely with them, but haven’t as of yet.

  184. Jane Hurst says:

    Oh, my fav heirloom is a handmade bunting for the kids that says CELEBRATE. I hope they keep it for their kids :-)

  185. Jane Hurst says:

    I love the new Alexander fabric. I would LOVE to make a nice apron out of that!

  186. Lola says:

    Holy-cow! I can’t believe how many people comment!! We All Love Sew Mama Sew!

  187. Stacey says:

    I have a quilt that was made for my birth by Fera Levitas a friend of the family and Russian immigrant of the twenties. As a child I would fall asleep on it under the table when we had guests. When I left home for college I started to hang it on the wall of my room. Now, fifteen years later, I still wake you to that quilt every morning. I can spend hours staring at it being absorbed at the patterns and fabrics (no two pieces are the same).

    I have started making quilts myself now, nothing as intricate as hers, when I am laying them out I try to think about how someone will spend a lot of time looking at the piece, how it will become part of who they are.

  188. Nada says:

    All of my family’d heirloom linens remained in Egypt with the majority of our family. I’m hoping that the quilt I’m making for my son will become a heirloom

  189. kristen says:

    I have no heirloom linens, but I live in the deep South and smock dresses for my girls and make them heirloom-style clothing in hopes that something I made will find a home in a granddaughter’s closet.

  190. kat says:

    i love that denyse schmidt quilt pattern. my mother introduced me to her a few years back and i’ve been hooked ever since! i’ve been wanting to make a bento box quilt for my bed, but seeing this pattern might have me rethinking those plans.

  191. Doreen says:

    I have a baby afghan that my Grandmother made for me when I was born, and my Mom has made one for each of my children.

  192. Jenny says:

    I always cross my fingers on FFF’s because my hubby would flip if I actually bought more fabric, so I figure he can’t be mad if I win it, right?

  193. Loretta says:

    Oh, I just LOVE red fabric this time of year! Really perks up the senses during the winter months!

  194. Sam. says:

    You know, I typically hate polka-dotty fabric but I dig that new AH fabric – methinks the yellow would look awesome for some retro kitchen curtains…

  195. Zainab says:

    Well I hope everything I make will be around for a while :) I especially care to finish everything off well, no loose seams. I hate it when stuff looks great on the outside but rubbish on the inside.

  196. Cara says:

    My mother recently made me the most amazing ‘crazy quilt’ of brocades and silk, with the most beautiful hand embroidery. I use it to snuggle under, as she intended, but I already know it will be an heirloom.

  197. Jan says:

    this is my first Free Fabric Friday entry. I’m going to start sewing again, Sew, Mama, Sew has been a major motivator.

  198. Nicole says:

    I just bought the cutest 50′s tablecloth last weekend. I’m still trying to get out a few tiny spots, but otherwise it’s in perfect condition.

  199. Casey says:

    I am so sentimental with my only child’s clothes that I can’t get rid of any of them! He’s 7 already so that’s alot of clothing! I think that I will choose my favorites to piece into my own heirloom quilt.

  200. Stacy T says:

    Gorgeous new prints!!

    Umm.. Heirloom linens. My husbands grandmother made a double wedding ring quilt for him before she passed away, the year before we were married. All the scraps/fabrics in the “rings” are made from my husbands mother and grandmothers old clothing. So each piece was repurposed and was once worn by his family. So neat! And very treasured!

  201. Hannah says:

    Ooh, I’m loving the bright colors! I just might have to get some for some bags I’m thinking about making!

  202. Kathryn says:

    I have yet to make a quilt. I’m a little intimidated by the whole process, but fascinated. My sister makes lovely quilts, she’s made several for my kids and most of the people in our family. I’ve been reading lots about quilts and amassing a stash of fabric so when I feel reading to dive in, I have all the tools.

  203. ellen says:

    I have quilts that I find at Estate sales and I love all the old fabrics that are involved in making them. Each time you look at the quilts you see another great print that catches your eye! The new fabrics are great! I have been trying my hand at making baby quilts for gifts .

  204. Leslie says:

    Love this blog! I have two special heirloom pieces, one from each of my great grandmothers. The first is a crocheted doily that my grandmother passed on to me for a birthday a few years ago, and the other is a beautiful linen handkerchief with crochet edges made by my other great grandmother that my aunt passed on to me the day before my wedding.

  205. My Grandmother on my dad’s side and my Great Grandmother on my mom’s side used to quilt, when my Dad’s parents passed, they gifted all her scraps and fabrics to my Great Grandmother on my mom’s side. She continued to use them in her quilting and now that she is gone, I have them to work with in my designs. My sister gave them to me this winter in this great old vintage wooden suitcase. I’ll be writing about it soon on my blog http://www.aestheticonion.com

  206. Lindsay says:

    For our wedding, my husband and I were given a handmade quilt by my aunt. Inspired by her creativity, I made a quilt for our first baby when he came along. I’m hoping that both linens stay in the family for generations.

  207. Alyssa says:

    When my maternal great grandmother passed away, I inherited four of her gorgeous, yet unfinished quilt faces. I also inherited all of her sewing supplies – strong fabric scissors, pinking shears, pins, pincushions, scraps of fabric. My mother and aunt can identify most of the fabric from what dress it came from (nothing went to waste in her home).

    I was only 8 when she died and I remember being surprised that such special heirlooms were being passed to a mere child, especially when both my mom and my aunt are talented crafters. I remember knowing that I wasn’t old enough to properly tackle any of the quilts. I’ve been refining my skills ever since. I don’t know if my love of heirloom quilts (and all things vintage) are innate or if it is the fact that these special items were entrusted to me that inspired such connections.

    Last year, I finally started finishing the first of four quilts. It’s a gorgeous double wedding ring quilt made of pieces of old dresses, table clothes, and other fabric scraps. When I finish is, I plan to give it to my grandfather (her son).

  208. Meghan says:

    My great aunt is a magnificent crocheter, and has made some exquisite tablecloths and such that my whole family cherishes.

  209. LisaAlso says:

    Well, I’m not a quilter, but lately I scored a hand stitched, hand appliqued quilt top from a junk shop that I may try to finish. My sister is a quilter and keeps trying to get my hooked. Maybe some day!

  210. Debra Cooper says:

    I have an Aunt who has sequestered all of the family heirlooms–she’s quite a packrat!–until her dying day. I do hope that the clothes I make my children will one day be a treasure for them. (Actually, I hope most of the things I make for them will be!) My Grandmother has stories of the stacks of pretty panties her mother made her and all of the school girls who would come over to her house to see them. She said she never realized that she was poor, she just thought she was popular! She received her first store-bought dress from my Grandfather shortly after they were married. Unfortunately, none of the clothes my Grandmother or Great-Grandmother made have survived. This just kills me when I think about it!

  211. Joanne says:

    It’s so addicting isn’t it? I could buy fabric just to look at, let alone sewing with. No heirloom fabrics in our home. Actually, now that I think about it-my grandmother made my son sheets and pillowcases when he was born and they have handstitching and applique done to them. I hope to hang on to them.

  212. amypardo says:

    I have started on a quilt for each of my girls. I am making it out of some of their old baby clothes. I hope that it will be an heirloom for them to have for many years- and together- we can discuss all the outfits on their special quilt.

    As for an heirloom of mine, I have a monogrammed linen tea towel that was my grandmothers. I made into a small pillow case and now it is displayed in my home. It turned out beautiful and it reminds me of her everytime I look at it. She is no longer with us but she will always be in my heart.

  213. kristine says:

    when my grandmother died, i was lucky enough to be gifted with a quilt that her mother had made.

    the back is this lovely funky retro 40′s fabric of flowers in a teal blue and black. the front is mainly pepto-bismal pink and scrambled egg yellow with bits of fabric that are full of stories i am sure…stars, cowboys, anchors and many other patterns.

    this quilt i will treasure always and someday pass down to one of my children. i only wish i had 3 more so each could have one!

  214. Kim says:

    My favorite quilt-hmmm I have a Dresden Plate quilt of 40′s fabrics that I got the top for my birthday one year and hand quilted it. I just love the reds from that time period so clear.

    RIght now I’m doing a king size cathedral window quilt- completely by hand with 30′s fabrics and bleached muslin. It’s more than half done and adding the rows is definatly warm . Can’t wait to get it finished and on the bed.

  215. Susan F. says:

    I love the quilt from Denyse Schmidt, it is like a modern day wedding ring!

    I have a old quilt top, quilt not finished obviously, that is made from men’s shirts, black and white prints, contrasted with red pieces. I also have various embroidered tablecloths, love these too.

    I also have an old quilt that was left in our house when we bought it. It isn’t gorgeous because the fabrics they used weren’t so great, but it is warm!!

  216. Mary Catherine FowIer says:

    My mother has three quilt tops that my great grandmother made. She is suppose to finish the quilts and give one to each of my sisters and me. What a treasure…to actually have something that my great grandmother worked on with her hands.

  217. Vicki says:

    No heirloom items – - yet! I have my eye on some of my mother’s quilts, but she’s not ready to part with them. In the meantime, I’d like to pursue making a quilt from vintage and/or not-so-vintage but recycled/upcycled fabrics. Love your site!

  218. EmmyLizzy says:

    I too, am in love with anything Alexander Henry. However my number one favorite designer is Heather Ross. I hope she continues to come up with her fantastically whimsical designs for years to come!

  219. Laura says:

    I wish I had some heirloom quilts, but it’s not my lot. I do hope that some of my children’s quilts make it through their childhood and can be passed on to the next generation.

  220. Clara says:

    My grandmother made some beautiful quilts and gifted at least one to all the grandkids. Mine was made when I was a baby and turned out to be my favorite colors (and the colors of my university) Purple and yellow. Unfortunately my grandmother was not allowed to buy much fabric so the whole thing is made from polyester and feels awful.

  221. Jess says:

    i would love to make that single girl quilt. I love it!

  222. nikkapotamus says:

    I have a beautiful table cloth and napkins that were given to me by my mother-in-law as a wedding gift. The table cloth is embroidered with an “R” in one corner and “1857″ in the other. It always stuns me when I take that out to put it on my table that something so delicate and loved has survived that long and there are no gravy stains on it.

  223. Kimberly says:

    I’ve made several quilts of various sizes, several things that I hope to be around awhile. I also have two very old quilts from my husbands grandmother, true treasures! Kimberly

  224. Bonnie says:

    I don’t have an heirloom story. In fact every time I scroll across a blog that says something like, “Hey, look at this cool stack of old quilts/linens/doilies/patterns Granmma gave me…” I am envious for a week!

    I didn’t have those kind of grandparents. Instead, I had maternal grandparents who sequestered me and my 25 or so cousins and brothers into the kitchen when we visited every Sunday so we “wouldn’t break anything”. My paternal grandparents were very loving but alas, a homemade gift from them would be more like a hat made of Budweiser beer can panels crocheted together.

  225. trishia says:

    I am starting my very first quilt. It will be a postage stamp quilt with 2inch squares, using one of the Moda fabric collections. I am using the best fabric I can find along with the best of my time (no rushing through this project) so that the quilt can be passed down through generations of my family. What an exciting thought! Someday one of my grandchildren will be cuddled up with their child under a quilt that I made years before… lovely.

  226. Jeanne says:

    I was thrilled a when my Dad handed me his baby quilt. He didn’t know what to do with it and was thinking about just throwing it out since it had some holes. ACK! I’m now on the lookout for a creative way to use the quilt.

  227. Sara says:

    My grandmother made me embrodiered tea towels. I love them and use them all the time.

    Love the new Amy Butler patters!

  228. Anna says:

    My materal grandmother made the most spectacular cut work linen table cloth. Because I loved it so much she always made sure that it was used when I came to visit from when I was a small girl. And when I got married she gave it to me as a wedding present. My paternal granmother loved to embroider as well. I have several magnificient dressing table sets, table cloths, and sheet/pillow case sets. Many also have had made lace or crocheted edges. I feel really lucky that I inherited such treasures from two talented semstresses. These are a few of the many treasures that these two very special ladies made that have been passed down to me.

  229. Heidi says:

    whoo hoo Sign me up! Love the new Alexander Henry!

  230. RC says:

    Not linens, but my grandmother knit a christening gown for my first pregnancy before we knew we were having a boy. She threatened me with my life if I used it for a boy. Of course I had a boy and was unable to use it. She passed away when he was 4 months old. I was thrilled when my dd was born and I could use it for her. :) My cousin used it for her dd. I hope it is in my family for generations.

  231. Maria L says:

    I don’t have any linens from gandmother, but I have a traditional finnish ”regional dress” hand made by my mom. I just love it :)

  232. Sarah says:

    My mother in law gifted me with some quilt tops she found at a relative’s house after said relative’s death. She has no idea where they came from, and they’re in quite poor shape. Yet, I hate to get rid of them, because there’s history in there, even if we don’t know what the history is.

    I DO, however, know the history of the linens I found at my dad’s house. My great grandmother hand-embroidered some linens for my parents to use after their wedding. My mother packed them away, my great grandmother found that irritating! They’re adorable and we use them regularly now.

  233. sarah says:

    I started quilting because I was jealous that so many of my friends had treasured items passed down from their grandparents, great-grandparents, etc and I didn’t. I’m not sure if I really have made anything that is considered “heirloom quality” but I have been paper-piecing double wedding ring bands from scrap fabrics. I might try to turn them into the “single girl” pattern above! A quilt I want to make that I think would be considered an “heirloom” type would be a red and white quilt…probably star blocks, because I love stars.

  234. Sarah latham says:

    Thsi year i wanted to learn to sew quilts, so that I can have quilts that my boys can hand down to thiers and etc, Im always jealous of people that have beutiful momento s passed down to each other

  235. emily says:

    Love that Kimberly Bag!

  236. Angela says:

    I have a few “heirloom” pieces that I love. One is a set of pillowcases my aunt gave to me. They are embroidered at the edge. From what she told me, she finished them but my grandmother had started them much earlier. Another favorite piece I’ve actually blogged about (here — http://quiltincorn.blogspot.com/2007/06/mail-call.html). It is a quilt whose blocks were made by my great grandmother. My aunt pieced them together and put a backing on sometime in the ’90s — but the backing is ripped. So, I’ll be the third generation to have a hand in it — I’ve got the fabric for the new backing and binding. I just have to put it on.

    Those are the only two quilts currently in my possession. I do own an antique log cabin quilt, that I suppose should be a cutter quilt — but, I don’t have the heart. And, since it probably dates to the 1870′s — I REALLY don’t have the nerve — but it is in my mother’s protective custody. Again — another family piece that has a whole lot of sentimental attachment.

  237. Annie says:

    I have a quilt my grandmother made entirely by hand. We were still using it until recently, but sadly it needs some repair in a few places. I love knowing that the grandmother I never really got to know put some much love into every stitch.

  238. Amber says:

    My grandmother made a Mexican vest when she lived in Mexico as a child, and she then handed it down to me – it’s beautiful. I’m so glad I still have a part of her with me.

  239. Pam says:

    Yes, as a matter of fact I have seen them! You put the black and white AH dot print next to the anna tunic on the “new” page, and I couldn’t resist.

    Fingers crossed that they are in my mailbox tomorrow!

  240. claudia says:

    We have a few heirloom pieces but currently my favorite is a BEAUTIFUL quilt that was handmade and gifted to my mother-in-law on her 18th birthday by her grandmother. A photo (a very blurry photo) and the special story about our quilt can be found here, http://creativaclaudia.blogspot.com/2007/07/inherited-beauty.html.

  241. Lori Seaborg says:

    I have my grandmother’s quilt that she hand-sewed while a fiance dreaming of marrying my grandpa. It was quilted around 1930. It’s my most-loved possession.

  242. Alex says:

    My husband’s favorite grandma died before I met him. We were both very surprised to get a wedding present from her! She had given it to his dad to keep before she died. It was the quilt that HER grandma made her as a wedding present, in 1934!

  243. Rebecca says:

    I love love the berry fabric and the single girl quilt! This site always keeps me inspired. I don’t have any antique or vintage quilts, so, I hand applique and hand quilt all the work that I do in the hopes that someday someone will fall in love with my art and keep it around as long as possible!

  244. Michele says:

    For this past Christmas I made both of my sisters log cabin style lap quilts (I split all of the fabric strips to make a total of three blankets). All of the blocks were made out of our old baby clothes that my mom had saved. In fact this afternoon, I just finished the binding on the third quilt that I’m going to be keeping for my 13 month old daughter to use!!! I’m hoping that these three little quilts will be used for many generations.

  245. Samantha says:

    My great-grandmother made all kinds of rag rugs, and everyone in my family has at least one. My favorites are the braided rugs. It’s a great way to use up beautiful scraps that are just too good to throw away!

  246. LOVE those dots!!!
    What a FABULOUS giveaway!

  247. FullertonRegan says:

    I am making a baby quilt for my girlfriend Alma. I usually make baby quilts for friends, but this one will be Insane In The Membrane!!! Mucho embroidery and quilting is afoot! I hope it lasts forever & that her son has it until he is all grown up.

  248. Tamra says:

    I’ve made quilts for each of my three girls. I love the idea of having something to pass down. My granny made each of us a blanket and I still have mine.

  249. Kimberly says:

    Love this site! I love vintage linens too! My favorite peice is an old peice of redwork from an elderly lady at church.

  250. Liz says:

    My absolute favorite heirloom quilt is in sad, sad shape! It was made by my grandma during my mom’s childhood- so about 40 years ago or so. It was a scrap quilt, and at this point, most of the backing has worn through. I inherited it purely by my shear love for all things old and all things fabric and it’s quickly become my comfort blanket. We don’t use it regularly anymore, the the second I’m in bed sick, its the first thing to come out of the closet!
    My mom also gave my husband and I an beautiful King sized quilt for Christmas this year (It’s mostly made out of Amy Butler prints – who wouldn’t love that!! ) She insists that its meant to be used – she says she can always make us a new one – but I cherish the idea of future generations using it as their “comfort blanket”.

  251. Kathleen says:

    As far as heirloom pieces go, I have three afgans my grandmother made me — anywhere from 14 – 32 years ago! I always think of her when I use them and like to share their story with my girls when I snuggle up with them in one.
    I made a teddy bear for my best friend when her first child was born, 11 years ago. M still had her Ted, her most cherished animal.
    Some time I wonder if all the time and effort and love I put into my projects comes across to its recipient. My girlies and M sure let me know they do!

    Kathleen

  252. Johanna I. says:

    I wish I had more linen treasures but I have a few things. A quilt that my grandmother made with the quilting ladies at her church. And I have a collection of afghans from my great grandmother. She made a series of them for her grandkids in progressively large sizes as we got older. Honestly, the yarn is a bit scratchy but they are treasures to me.

    Thanks for all of the great giveaways. I love to be inspired by the great fabrics and projects.

  253. Heather K. says:

    I forgot to mention that my kids are starting to express interest in embroidery. I will keep everything they work on and give it to them when they are adults. Then they can pass it along to their children as well. I really want to teach my children all I can about sewing. I didn’t learn until I was an adult and so many of my generation will never learn. I want to carry on this skill in my family.

  254. Dawn says:

    Oh wow I am in love with the butterfly fabric!

    My favorite Heirloom is the pineapple pattern tablecoth my Mom crocheted for me about 8 yrs ago. I had been wanting one for soo long and she made me so happy by making it! I love to pull it out and use it! and it always makes me think of her.

  255. grace says:

    i’ve recently become a fabric junkie…i love this stuff!

  256. Anna Sander says:

    I am pregnant and due in 3 weeks, so I would definitely make something springy and happy for the baby.

  257. Heather says:

    The only heirloom pieces I have are some doilies from my grandmother. My great-aunt mounted them for our wedding, and I have them hanging in my den/craft-room.

    I would love some of the things I have sewn and knit become treasured in my family.

  258. Shelley says:

    love the new fabrics. I have a cherished 20 year old quilt my older sister made me, I will always have that. I’m making my daughters quilts this year that I hope they will cherish forever.

  259. Amber Addams says:

    When I think of heirlooms, I think of a quilt that my mom keeps at the bottom of her ceder chest. I think my Great Grandmother made it. It is creamy white, with scallops, pink embroidered flowers, little knot-dots, and smells of cedar. Just thinking about it makes me a little homesick.

  260. Heather B says:

    Although both my grandmothers were crafters, I unfortunately have nothing that they had made. I hope to one day make a gorgeous quilt … but that will have to wait for me to have more time.

  261. Amanda says:

    I read your blog all the time, its just beautiful. I have just got into sewing so your tutorials have come in handy. I look forward to buying some fabric from you, cause i would love to make my little girl a patchwork quilt, and she has just gone into a big bed, so I need something bigger then her cot doona.

  262. Cathy says:

    When my MIL passed away 5 years ago, my husband brought home an antique dresser that he like that had been stored in her basement. He liked the dresser, but what I liked was what the drawers were stuffed full of. All 3 large drawers were crammed full of heirloom linen pieces. Tablecloths, pillowcases, aprons, etc.! I couldn’t believe it! I treasure them and now my 2 girls are getting to the age where they are enjoying them too!

  263. Ohhhhhhhh I LOVE Alexander Henry! The pears print is my favourite. And the “single girl” quilt is lovely! Wonderful new stuff you have!

  264. Alissa says:

    I’m a total noob when it comes to quilting, but my mother is deeply entrenched. I just really enjoy projects that i can start and finish in one sitting… I’m ADD like that. Fabulous new stuff… definitely going to have to place an order.

  265. Becca says:

    It’s hard for me to look at a fabric and not love it! But I also love love that Amy Butler bag! How perfect would that be for a little sock-knitting kit?!?!

  266. Kate - the Odd Duck says:

    i don’t have any vintage fabric, but i’m hoping to make a pink, orange, and brown quilt that will last for a while…

  267. Ekioart says:

    I own many of my grandmothers hand quilted pieces. Even some of my great grandmothers precut quilting shapes. I think my favorite will always be the baby quilt my grandmother made for me. From the hand embroidered lettering down to the intricate designs quilted into the background, it just says love.

  268. Laura Kathryn Walters says:

    I really have enjoyed your site and look forward to ordering some fabrics in the spring. Thanks for introducing me to so many sewing tips and projects. Now I just need more time to sew!

  269. amandajean says:

    I have a quilt that my grandma made for me. it’s cottons and polyesters and tied with yarn. some of the seams are already coming apart, but the fact that she made it for me is all that matters. I love it.

  270. Leah H says:

    I have a box of linens from my gramma…. mostly tablecloths. As for heirlooms, I like to believe the memory quilt I made my Gramma will be a family treasure.

  271. shelli says:

    The fabrics are great, and thanks for posting the quilting pattern books!

  272. sharon says:

    I have many heirloom table linens with exquisite embroidery … my grandma had my same initials too!

  273. Lia says:

    I *love* the new butterfly fabric – it’s a perfect spring fabric. Maybe for a fun poofy bag?

  274. Jodie says:

    I am making a pinwheel quilt for a new baby!

    Thanks for the chance to win some GREAT fabric!!

  275. Georgi P. says:

    Hi, we have an amazing old quilt that we use daily on the couch, it’s wool-backed, hence very warm and snuggy (and heavy!). Due to the heavy use, the top has come apart a bit along a “log” of the log cabin print and there’s another quilt top underneath!!! I can’t believe it! Like a secret quilt! I’m not sure what to do about it, I think I won’t do anything but peek at it once and awhile.
    On another note, I really loove the sew mama sew shop, out of all the US shops I order from, your shipping is the quickest and cheapest! Thanks so much.

  276. shannon says:

    My Aunt gave me an old quilt top that I plan to one day finish by hand.

  277. Georgia says:

    Our family has a blessing dress that my grandmother made by hand for my sister when she was blessed as a baby. We all used it and my children and nieces and nephews have all been blessed in it. I hope it will last for generations more!

  278. debra says:

    I hae some heirloom linen from my mother and grandmother. I have a few pieces that were embroidered and I absolutely love these! One day I am going to share with my daughters how precious those pieces of fabric are to our family.
    I am a beginner and have only made a few items so far. I am planning a baby clothes quilt for my two daughters. I want them to have something substantial from their infancy that gives them a feeling of love, hope, and strength!

  279. debbie says:

    I have a Sunbonnet Sue quilt made my mom and grandma. I also hope to make one for my daughter.

  280. Barbara says:

    I have a couple of quilts that my grandmother made but my favorite and most cherished is the wedding ring quilt that she made from feed sacks. She made it before getting married and used it on the first bed she and my grandfather had.

  281. jenn says:

    I made quilts for my two best friends in college. They love them and 6 years later are still using them on their beds. I love that! I hope they use them for years to come as well. My sister Kris hand-stitched me a quilt for my graduation present, and I will certainly never get rid of that. That’s gonna stay in our family for sure!

  282. Jessie says:

    Unfortunately, I didn’t have any family heirlooms-but I’m making a quilt for each of my children. I am currently working on a quilt for my daughter…

  283. Lisa C says:

    I have some quilts made for me by my great grandmother. They are still the most comforting things I own.

    I bought a vintage table cloth at a yard sale one summer and turn it into kitchen curtains. A momentary burst of creativity! I love those curtains though.

  284. jennifer tuttle says:

    I am coveting my mother’s stash of heirloom quilts, hankies, tablecloths, sashes, etc and know that someday they will be mine :) (not tobe morose!) But I do have one handtied quilt my great gmother made and cherish it!!! If only I could make them as perfectly as she did!! Now I am on the search for vintage aprons and have been lucky enough to find 5 in the past few months :)!!!!!! Right now they are among my favorite fabrics! Thanks for bringing us some beautiful fabrics and projects! This weekend I am making coffe cup cozies!!

  285. Katie H. says:

    I have a gorgeous quilt that my great great grandmother made. It’s embroidered with the date of 1936 and her name (which is the same as mine). The main colors are purple, yellow and green. I keep it on my sofa and use it as a throw even though it can fit a double bed. I don’t think that I’ve had a quilt or blanket that is quite as comfy and soft as this is. I use it everyday and have decided that I need to make one because I’m so worried that I’m going to wear it out!

  286. yvonne says:

    i have a quilt made by my great-grandmother. well, i say that — it’s actually at my parents’ house (but in my old room!). it’s quite fragile, but lovely.

  287. allison says:

    My boy’s g-ma’s quilt…she smoked and drank beer until she was 94!

  288. Amy Hodge says:

    My parents have a stash of quilts made by my great grandmother that are absolutely beautiful (and will come to my siblings and me some day!). All hand pieced and quilted, with pieced-together feedsacks for the backing and a lot of wonderful hand applique on the front.

  289. sara says:

    I have some pillow cases that my grandmother hand stiched cute patterns on.

    That Amy butler pattern for the shirt looks really cute

  290. Polly says:

    I have a quilt my grandmother made back in the 70′s. She wasn’t a big quilter or anything, just something she learned to do in senior citizen group. I love it, though it isn’t particularly beautiful- it is a scrappy bow tie pattern. 3 years ago it was hanging on my banister and we had a house fire in a bedroom right near it. The firemen trooped in and put the fire out and also trampled my grandmother’s quilt. But it survived and we washed it (many times- smoke & soot, you know) and now it just needs a bit of mending.

  291. Cheyenne says:

    I have a wool afghan that was the first project my Grandmother crocheted. There is not one single mistake in it. She’s very proud of that :P She’s getting old and is in very poor health, I’m glad I’ll always have this little piece of her.

  292. Kristin says:

    Are you going to carry the Moda “Posh” collection? It’s really nice! I hope I win!!!!!!!

  293. Allison Toth says:

    I made my mom a picture quilt for her birthday about eight years ago. It is fun to snuggle up with when I go home and see all the little grandkids that aren’t so little anymore. It will definitely be passed down to my girls someday.

  294. Hannah says:

    The fabrics you carry are all gorgeous, I’d so love to add one to my stash.
    Hannah

  295. Judy B says:

    I have my mom’s itchy green wool blanket from her English boarding school days. I also have scads of linens from my great-grandparents hotel in Germany…huge banquet sized tablecloths, embroidered linen sheets with buttonholes for attaching to duvets, Lots of fun to play with…

  296. Libby says:

    The new fabric sure makes you feel inspired to do something bold. (pillow? purse?) As for heirloom items, my great grandmother made this beautiful crib quilt for my sister that now has that washed out faded blue and white look to it that has been passed on to me and she made me a doll quilt that she pieced together with old scraps that I still love and drape over the side of a mirror.

  297. Kim Landon says:

    I do not YET have an heirloom linen type thing, but my mom has a crocheted blanket that my great-grandmother made, and I suspect, it’s a super simple pattern, but I love it because it looks like little z’s and it’s skinny and long. Unusual! It will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine…

  298. CJ says:

    Unfortunately, I do not own any heirloom linens….I wish!! I do enjoy guying vintage dishcloths and turning them into aprons. My most recent was a cute white dishcloths with embroidered apple on one corner. I added a red and white checkered waist and tie and little pocket.

  299. terri moore says:

    my mom recently gave me the matching pink baby blanket and bib that my grandma (who i miss terribly) appliqued for me as a baby gift…i’m so glad you reminded me of this! would make a good post on blog…there’s a puppy, lamb, kitten and teddy bear…they are so old-fashioned and simple…grandma loved babies! she would have loved see my boys grow up and absolutely adored my grandchildren! miss you, grandma…

  300. Leslie says:

    Ooooh pretty fabric. Never can have too much fabric. Would love to be the recipient of free fabric.

  301. Edie says:

    I have a number of heirloom quilts, table linens, and baby clothes, as well as the pale pink silk? satin? bedjacket my mother wore for the first picture with each new baby (myself and four siblings) back in the 50′s. It’s my favorite for now, as it is a little holey and not really wearable any more, so I’m planning to use it in a crazy quilt that features my mother’s handkerchiefs from the 20′s, when she was growing up, and photos of her as a young woman. Next week I’ll probably have a different fav!

  302. kathy says:

    I’m so glad you asked about favorite quilts! It reminded me of the one my grandmother made for my h.s. graduation, which I gave to a quilter friend to repair. She is getting ready to move to California, so I better ask her to give it back-finished or not! I am learning to quilt myself, and my new fave might be the one I made for a friend’s new baby with 40′s replica fabric-kittens playing drums and sailboats and ducks with hats on-really cute!

  303. Beth says:

    Oh my goodness! I love the new Alexander Henry stuff, I’ve been waiting for the new Amy Butler patterns, and I could always use another quilt pattern. If only my budget would expand to include everything I want to buy!

  304. Tricia says:

    I wish I had vintage fabric and patterns! But I’m afraid my mother has mostly purged her stash. I don’t know what happened to my grandmother’s.

  305. CaRho says:

    Such wonderful fabric! Well, heirloom linens…I have a Hawaiian quilted pillow that my grandmother made for me by hand when I was a teenager. My grandmother has 49 other grandchildren, so I actually feel pretty special for her to think of me enough to make me one lol.

  306. alicia says:

    My mother made me a wall hanging for Christmas this year and I love it! It is so pretty and all I want to do is sit and look at it. I’m sure it will be something I treasure forever!

  307. Tiffany says:

    I just made my son and daughter their first quilts, which I hope will become family heirlooms!
    I hope my children will be reminded of my love for them, each time they see it!

  308. Christa says:

    I just started to sew, and to knit…so I would love to knit a baby blanket for our next child – so they have something special to carry with them through the years.

  309. Donnell says:

    I like free fabric. I would especially like some of your fabric.

  310. Toni says:

    I like the Anna Tunic…and the butterfly fabric. Definitely going on my list :)

  311. shannon says:

    My grandma was into quilting in a big way, and she actually made three quilts for me as a child. One of them, which was pink and navy blue, was just the perfect weight for cold winter nights. My other grandma once made my siblings and I each pillows, consisting of quite a complicated quilting pattern (unfortunately, I don’t know what it was called), out of pieces of fabric from our clothing that she had quietly being stashing away since we were very young.

  312. emily says:

    That amy butler pattern is so cute, but would it work on someone with boobs?

  313. sarah says:

    My mom just gave me two quilts that I have loved all my life. Her grandmother made them probably in the 20s or 30s. They are beautiful.

  314. I LOVE the Amy Butler top pattern!

  315. Danetta says:

    I have a wonderful stash of handkerchiefs from my great-grandmother. I have seen quilts made from them and someday hope to make one myself to be passed down.
    By the way, I love that heart fabric you show in your top photo. I’ll have to check into that a little more.

  316. Amanda says:

    I just found your Awesome website tonight!

    I received all my grandmother’s fabric and LOVE every inch! My favorite heirloom from her is her old button box. It is a round red metal box, worn and tattered! It means the world to me and sits on my shelf for all to see.

  317. Stephanie says:

    I don’t have any heirloom pieces, but that’s all the more reason to keep sewing so that hopefully something I make will qualify in years to come.

  318. Sharon Gollman says:

    Jessica, I would love to make an airplane block quilt for my son who wants to become a pilot. Can you tell us where you got the pattern?

  319. Carolyn says:

    I am fortunate to have several quilts handed down from my mother’s side of the family and one from my father’s side. They would have been utility type quilts, but I consider them heirlooms since they share a rich history.

  320. Hil says:

    I made a vintage cotton fleece quilt for my son…the backing is Thomas, but the front looks like an heirloom1

  321. Annika says:

    My parents weren’t really the heirloom sort (or maybe my aunts just horded everything), so I’m making my own heirlooms. First up is a brick patterned quilt I’m making for my son.

  322. Chelsea D. says:

    Yummy, yummy, yummy!!!!!!

  323. Grace Sheppard says:

    I have a great old scalloped-edge embroidered tablecloth that I found in an attic in Finland – big big tea stain on it, but it is still so beautiful.

  324. Upstatelisa says:

    We don’t have many heirloom linens, maybe some doilies. Growing up we had a really ugly quilt made from squares of gray/brown/blue woolens, tweeds, etc. My grandfather apparently was selling mens clothing for a time and had a mens suit sample book made into a quilt. But when we, as kids were sick, we always got covered and cozy under the ugly quilt. :-) Good memories!

  325. Dana says:

    I have a quilt made of handkerchiefs that belonged to both my grandma and her mother. It may spend most of it’s existence in my cedar chest, but it will always be treasured.

  326. Jessica says:

    My husband has a tablecloth his mother picked up in Ireland over 60 years ago. It’s just lovely. Irish woven lace and absolutely stunning when we use it. *VERY RARELY*

  327. Deirdre Peters says:

    I love the ‘single girl’ quilt pattern. I bought a interlocking rings throw for the bed, but my husband kept leaving it on the floor. Maybe its time I made myself a single girl quilt, eh? ;-)

  328. Jenny Goldsmith says:

    My heirlooms are small and not noticed by many. Some that are dear to my heart are the blankets my mother made for my sons cot. She cut down her fathers old blankets and stitched around the edges to make them. My son never met his great grandfather but I would like to think that he has helped him into sleep many times. They will never leave me. He will never leave me.

  329. Jessica says:

    I love the Alexander Henry Berries– and I made a quilt for my husband’s grandfather– he was a pilot and it was an airplane block quilt with his name embroidered in… all red white and blue fabrics… when he dies, we will pass it down to our son.

  330. Jessica says:

    The Alexander Henry Baby Berries are beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  331. jeanetta says:

    i absolutely love alexander henry prints. i can just stare at them for hours.

  332. stacysews says:

    I love the new Amy Butler patterns!

  333. Olive says:

    Oh, gosh I had a ton. I try to collect some too if I find good ones at thrift stores. Thanks for sharing that Amy Butler patter- I need to go get the tunic one!

  334. Mary says:

    A friend just introduced me to your website and I’m really enjoying it!!
    My grandmother made a crib quilt for me. It was the last project she made and she died exactly two months after I was born. It has animals embroidered on it and it’s easy to tell which were my favorites, they are almost completely worn away. Now that I have become a quilter, I not only share her name but also her love of beautiful handwork.

  335. Geri says:

    Love the new fabrics. Unfortunately I don’t have any heirloom pieces. My grandmother crocheted beautiful doilies and table clothes. Unfortunately my mother did not take care of them. Thanks for the free fabric Friday’s. I look forward to your blog each day!

  336. redheadedhowler says:

    I have a lovely quilt that my grandmother made with pink flowers on it. It is on our guest bed.

  337. Cocoa says:

    We inherited an old quilt made by my husband grandmother. It is a collection of scraps of fabric from their old clothes. It is HUGE and warm but getting worn. I also helped my MIL clean out a closet and we found her mother’s old sewing patterns from the 30′s and 40′s. I kept the apron patterns. They are so much fun!

  338. Laura says:

    I have some quilts made by each of my grandmas. One passed away before I was born and one by the time I was in middle school, so they are both treasures. I love your blog and all the amazing creations made by the ladies of the world!

  339. Alice Stephenson says:

    My husband’s grandmother has made us several beautiful quilts. She is/was an extremely good seamstress. One of them is the spread on our bed currently.

    Love the new fabrics!!!

  340. Lauren says:

    pieces…. I can spell! :)

  341. Lauren says:

    I just love Alexander Henry…. I sadly don’t have any heirloom peices, but I’m currently working on a memorial quilt for my father who recently passed. It seemed so sad to just get rid of all of his clothing, so we’re making a quilt out of it for my mom. I hope it will be something we can hand down to my own children, and so on….

  342. stephanie calkins says:

    i have no heirlooms yet antway. I am planning to learn to quilt in the very near future. I love the new alexander henry prints. Gotta get me some!

  343. Karen says:

    My grandmother passed away in Sept. She was very crafty, but didn’t teach my mom or I any of her knowledge!
    However… I was thrilled to receive 2 beautifully embroidered tablecloths from her. One is white with bright red mushrooms, and the other has baskets of flowers in many colors. My mom was generous enough to part with them, knowing that while I wasn’t really close with my grandma, we did have a lot in common.

  344. Kati says:

    My heirloom item is a rag rug that my grandmother made for me. It is kept in my sewing room and is an inspiration everyday.

  345. Bea says:

    I have two heirloom quilts that I adore. The first is the very first quilt my great-grandmother made. I’ve taken the time to carefully replace (with her leftover fabrics) the frayed and torn pieces. I received it when I was 11 and spent a lot of time as a teenager researching how to fix it. Its a good workhorse quilt and sees a lot of use. The second loved quilt I have was the very first quilt made by my grandmother. She took a quilting class with 12 other women in 1980 because she finally had a granddaughter to sew quilts for (me!!) and each woman quilted twelve squares and signed (sewed) their signatures onto the quilt on their square. I received it from her when my mother began to clean out their house to sell it a couple of years ago. She cherished the quilt and what all those women meant to her and now I do because of how much she meant to me.

  346. Becky says:

    No heirloom linens, but I hope that something that I make becomes a treasured family heirloom.

  347. Kate says:

    I don’t have any heirloom linens, but I wish I did. I make baby quilts for babies of friends and family and hope those will someday become heirlooms.

  348. That Anna Tunic pattern looks quite interesting. I can’t wait to try and make something for myself. First, I have to finish all the things I am making for the kids.

  349. Anna says:

    I was recently commissioned to sew some baptismal booties for my cousin’s new baby. They turned out pretty well!

  350. Deb says:

    I have a quilt top (that needs finishing) made by my mom when I was very young. It contains fabric from the dresses she used to wear and some of my dad’s old shirts. I actually can remember some of those fabrics, and they bring back so many memories.

  351. danna osen says:

    i made my granddaughter from China a bai jai (one hundred good wishes quilt) and will be starting her sister’s quilt soon.

  352. Leigh says:

    I have a gorgeous crystal bowl that belonged to my mum…we use it to make a delicious trifle at xmas with it.I was given 2 beautiful ivory christening gowns for my twins….similar but different…….I hope they will keep them and pass them down the line.

  353. Heather K. says:

    My grandmother has made a quilt for each of my children. My mother isn’t a quilter, but she has purchased quilts and many other crafts from a local prison. You would be surprised the talents that some of those women have. I love vintage linens and have aquired some from antique stores. I have to keep them hidden at this point or my kids might destroy them.

  354. I have my grandmothers old hankies. I love the thought that she never left home without one tucked into her purse. I would love to think that the baby blankets that I have knit for my kids will still be around when they have their own kids.

  355. dabni says:

    love that denise schmidt quilt!

  356. Jen` says:

    It’s not quite a linen, but my great grandmother gave me a beautiful 1930s hat. It is red velvet with beautiful red lace that falls over the eyes. The hat is all that I have to remember her, so I cherish it greatly.

    Jen

  357. Allison says:

    Ooohh… I LOVE these! Just perfect for a winter-pick-me-up! I love the bright colors!

  358. Violet says:

    Love, love, love the orange fabric! I’m on an orange kick right now.
    I don’t have any family heirlooms so I have decided to start now and make some.
    I am starting though on a baby quilt for a little nephew that makes his debut the end of Feb.

    -violet

  359. Ana Fonseca says:

    OK, I’m in love with the butterfly fabric. In Love! It makes me think of spring… Well, family heirlooms. I have beautiful napkins embroidered by my grandmother. They are tinny and delicate like she was. They make me smile.

  360. Gina says:

    I have a Lone Star quilt that is full size and was made by my Grandmother’s sister. It has hand dyed fabric and it forms a rainbow. It’s sweet!

  361. Cindy Keery says:

    Hello,

    I have a quilt made by my Great Grandmother. She made it using scraps from the dresses she made for her daughters. It is made with a bowtie block pattern. I used to keep it tucked away safely in a trunk, but now we use it regularly as a picnic blanket. It’s nice to have it out so we can all enjoy it.

    Cindy

  362. Jenny says:

    I am loving the Anna Tunic! Once the baby comes next month I can think about that one… :)

  363. Sharon Gollman says:

    My favorite heirloom is a picture quilt my daughter made for me for Christmas. The picture is a photo of our family on her wedding day. It is a small quilt and I drape it over an overstuffed chair in my bedroom.
    Sharon

  364. maggie m. says:

    I really like the new AH prints. The 3D zoo would make such a cute little sundress for my Granddaughter.

  365. lauren says:

    Oh, I didn’t realize the new DS pattern was out! Ah! I want to make single girl for my husband and I (irony, eh?) and pass that on. To someone, someday, I guess.

  366. Rachel says:

    My next project is a simple dress for my goddaughter. Her mother has yet to measure her due to the shrieking that ensues. She seems to associate getting measured with getting a shot at the doctor’s office.

    Apparently it’s going to be a two man task.

    I bought some of the Zinnia – Alexander Henry fabric for the project. It arrived today!

  367. Sinje says:

    I would also like to participate… Love your fabrics!

  368. Lynne in NC says:

    What fun fabrics and I’m so loving the Amy Butler patterns.
    Thank you for having them in your shop.
    I’m looking forward to all of the quilting ideas, too.
    Thanks for all of the sewing inspiration and encouragement.

  369. My grandma (who taught me to sew in the first place) made a quilt in the 60s that won the blue ribbon at the fair – it is SO BEAUTIFUL, with such detailed work. She gave it to me and my husband, and it is now our prized possession!

  370. mary says:

    favorite heirloom? a scrap quilt my mother made for me completely by hand using all sorts of fabrics from clothes she sewed for me when i was young, nanny’s old aprons, etc.

  371. Kim says:

    Vintage linens seems to be the one thing I can’t pass up. I have quilt blocks made by my great-great grandmother that are framed, plus tons of embroidered and crocheted pieces. Of course all of the family heirlooms are either on display or put up for safe keeping, but I’m always on the lookout for pieces to salvage and use in projects. I think my most prized vintage piece is a piece of lace that was tatted by my great-grandmother. She was 104 when she died and spent the last 6 or 7 years of her life in the nursing home where she taught countless numbers of people how to tat.

  372. Melanie says:

    I love the Alexander Henry prints! Think of the possibilities….. I don’t have any passed-down heirlooms, but my aunt made a quilt for me as a wedding gift and it is hanging on the wall above our bed. She also made my son a quilt when he was a baby. I hope to have those forever. As far as my projects go, I want to make curtains for my 50s-inspired kitchen with embroidered anthropomorphic veggies and kitchenware on white muslin. Think tea towel supersized. :) Love the blog! Keep the inspiration coming!

  373. Susan says:

    My favorite sewn heirloom is a quilt that I got from my great-great-aunt. I was named after her so the quilt was given to me after she passed away.

    It is made up of little 1″ hexagonal pieces. It was beautifully hand pieced then machine quilted. I try not to use it too much so that I can pass it along to my own child or grandchild someday.

  374. You know, I imagine there are some heirloom linens somewhere in our family, but I don’t have them. One thing I’ve made that I hope is around for a while are the stick horses I’ve made for my kids. :)

  375. Beth says:

    I have a beautiful vintage (1920s or 1930s era) quilt top that was given to me. I’m not sure what to do with it yet… besides actually finishing the quilt. :)

  376. Patty says:

    When I was born, my grandmother and my great aunt made me a quilt. They embroidered it as well as pillow cases. Then they hid it away from me. Evil women that they were. ;) When my family and I returned to the states in 2003 for my other grandparents 60th wedding anniversary, my grandma decided it was time to break out the quilt and give it to me (my brother got his at that time too, which is not fair, since he is 5 years younger than me, ;) ) I treasure my quilt, because it was made just for me, by two people that loved me without exception, and that made it while envisioning my future. Now to get over the fear of something happening to it, and actually using it, or displaying it.

  377. Oh! I’m lovin’ that new fabric – so bright and cheery :) Anyway, my favorite heirloom(s) are 2 quilts handmade by my great-grandmother. They are old, heavy, used well, taken care of, mismatched, and quite honestly….they’re perfect. So much tedious, hard work by a loving mother and grandmother that I never had the chance to meet. What a wonderful thing to see them passed along. I hope I can do the same many years from now.

  378. Heather K says:

    I received a quilt made by my 3 talented aunts on our wedding day and then 2 when my son was born and another 3 when my daughter was born!! I LOVE them all! Being a sewer myself I know just how much time, work, and LOVE go into making such a wonderful gift!! I sure received a lot of LOVE!!

    PS Gotta have the MOD DOT!! Too cute!

  379. Julie says:

    OMG! I just love the fun Alexander Henry prints. My son loves red and this would be fun to use for a kid size blankie. I’ve made one for my daughter and I hope it lasts for the next generation and then some.
    Happy Friday Everyone!

  380. Andrea says:

    I have a beautiful crazy quilt circa 1880s that my grandmother got at a yard sale years ago. Love it.

  381. Michelle says:

    I made my friend a quilt that she says she will keep forever. i hope so!

  382. Cindy says:

    Can’t wait to try the Amy Butler Tunic pattern!

  383. Jen says:

    I love reading this everyday! One day I’ll make a heirloom quite for the kids…

  384. Julia Molewyk says:

    I am new to sewing, so I have not made anything too impressive yet. I hope to make my daughter’s easter dress this year. That is something I will keep long after she outgrows it. Hopefully her little one may wear it someday.

  385. Liz Reese says:

    lovin’ free fabric friday!

  386. kirsten says:

    COOLIO! Hope it’s me!

  387. joy newman says:

    my mother-in-law just gifted me a silk christening gown that was made by her great-grandfather and worn by her father. it’s pure silk and i just had my daughter’s pictures taken in it. love your site and fabrics!

  388. Rebecca says:

    I found a lovely hand sewn, hand embroidered apron at an estate sale. It’s so delicate and fragile I don’t wear it, but it looks so nice hanging in my kitchen.

  389. Jill says:

    In high school I rounded up some friends, my mom and sister, and anyone who dropped by the house at the time to help me quilt a queen size bedspread. I used cheater fabric that I loved. My next quilt, also cheater fabric, was a king-size bedspread. My favorite part is that my mom and I asked a bunch of older ladies from our church to help me finish it before I went back to college. That spread is on my bed now and I love the memories of those women that are a part of it. I hope to pass these quilts on to my children – more for the stories behind them, than the prints that are on them.

  390. Roxanne says:

    I am fortunate enough to have several quilts made by my great grandmother. I love sitting down with my grandma and hearing the stories behind the quilt and all the fabric that was used.

  391. Jennifer G says:

    When I was born my aunt began to make me a quilt. She showed to to me, barely begun, when I was twelve. When she passed away my mom found it in her home. So she sent it to me a few months after my daughter was born. It is sitting in her closet, still unfinished. I hope that she gives it to a daughter of her own one day, still waiting to be quilted.

  392. MrsH says:

    When my grandfather passed, my mom make a quilt of the ties – which he wore on a daily basis. Each of her siblings, as well as all the grandkids, have unique memories from each piece of fabric, and we rotate the quilt amongst us for 6 months at a time.

  393. Jan Sullivan says:

    I need to add that I am 60 years old, and that my grandmother passed away this past year at the age o 102.

  394. Sara C. says:

    I don’t have any hand-me-downs but I think (hope) I’ve created one. It’s a wool hand-stitched quilt. I hope there will be more to come. (I need to practice my skills!)

  395. Chris G. says:

    I am learning to quilt so that I can make a t-shirt quilt for my son from all of his swimming t-shirts that he has collected over the years. I hope that he will use it for a very long time and that when he does it will bring back memories of some very happy summers.

  396. Jan Sullivan says:

    A few years ago, a tornado went through my grandmother’s quilting house. During the cleanup, she found a dress that she had made for me from flour sacks. It has a hand made eyelet yoke and pale pink skirt attached.
    My mother had told me about these little dresses many times, but to have one is so special. I have had it framed in a shadow box frame and it hangs in my bed room.
    Jan Sullivan

  397. Amelia says:

    I have a beautiful quilt that my husband’s great-grandma made. I need to figure out how to re-bind the edges (I need to learn how to quilt this year). I also have a small collection of linens – handkerchiefs, table runners and embroidered doilies – that a few of my great-grandmas made that I love.

  398. Cathy says:

    I actually really want to try my hand at quilting, but I’m concerned that my attention span won’t make the grade.

  399. Joanna says:

    I recently scored this beautiful old quilt at an estate sale for free, most likely because it is in pretty bad shape. There are tons of little tears and lots of fraying edges, but the fabrics are all so wonderful. I’m thinking of cutting out the good parts to use for smaller projects, since i think it is beyond using it as intended. Any suggestions?

  400. Tam says:

    I made an adorable pink and green appliqued baby quilt for my newborn niece 8 years ago. I hope that she will keep it for some time.

  401. Sequana says:

    Last year I made a quilt for my dad that I hope will become a family heirloom. It has a dozen 16″ blocks with appliquéd pics of real barns; the borders and sashings are log cabin blocks in primitive fabrics.

    My dad was a farmer who retired to Florida. He’s now almost 92yrs old and still riding his 3-wheeler bike every day. He has seen or worked in every kind of barn on that quilt. He likes it so much, he keeps it all spread out on a couch in his living room where he can see it all the time and show it off to his visitors.

    It’s one of the more difficult quilts I’ve ever made, but it was totally worth it.

  402. Holly Elam says:

    Your site is great. I get wonderful ideas and inspiration from you all.

  403. Robyn says:

    We THOUGHT we had a nice heirloom quilt, until my husband’s grandma mentioned that she bought that old quilt at a GARAGE SALE! Oh well, it has a great story, and we do love it. I’m working on quilts for both of my boys, so hopefully they will be around for a long, long time.

  404. Katie says:

    I don’t have an heirloom quilt, but I do have an afghan that was made for me when I was born by my grandmother’s neighbor. It’s something that I could never give away, so eventually it will become an heirloom.

  405. Erin says:

    My favorite heirloom linen is a quilt made by my great grandmother. It is a sunbonnet sue quilt made especially for me. Great grandma incorporated fabric from my grandma’s dresses, my mom’s dresses, and my dresses that we wore as little girls. She had the ladies from the church hand quilt the top & she signed for me. It means alot to me.
    Erin

  406. Megan says:

    I don’t have any heirloom fabrics yet, but I hope that two quilts I’ve made will become heirlooms — a blue pinwheel series for my mother, and a yellow-and-white gingham baby quilt I made my youngest nephew years ago. Both were well loved and will hopefully be saved for future generations.

  407. Funda says:

    I have the quilt my great grandmother made for me. My girls both have quilts that my grandmother (their great gran) made for them. I hope that I will live and sew long enough to do quilts for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  408. Maren says:

    My grandmother made me an applique quilt for my wedding which will be in our family for years to come. I have also started sewing for my own children and hope to make each of them at least one quilt that they can keep for years to come.

    Love the new fabrics!! It certainly would be hard to choose a favorite!

  409. Amy says:

    My favs are things from my great grandmother. I have some hankies and table linens that she embroidered and I heart them.

  410. My mother, who is in her 80s, quilts and I have a house full of her work. Before arthritis began to bother her, she also crocheted lace pictures, doilies, and afghans. I also have my wedding dress and a few formals made by her in my cedar chest. But my favorite lately? A large Holly Hobbie doll she made for me when I was small. She recently called to say she found the pattern in her things and did I want it. Uh, YES, Mom!

    I also have a small collection of thrifted embroidered items like pillow slips and dresser scarves, and a collection of vintage table cloths.

  411. AnnieB says:

    unfortunately I don’t have any heirloom linens, and I wih I did as my mother dies prematurely and it would be nie to have something that was hers. I am determined to make some heirloom quality quilts for both my daughters for them to keep forever!

  412. Emily says:

    I have some heirloom pillowcases from my great grandmother, but no heirloom quilts yet. I can’t wait for my mother to pass some quilts down to me. I LOVE that Denyse Schmidt Single Girl pattern… It may cure me of my fear of curves.

  413. Oh……I am in the process of making a quilt for my year old, it is patchwork pink and brown fabrics…many japanese fabrics but also some cool alexander henry and heather ross- it will be cheneille backed. I am looking for a chocolate brown chenille..any suggestions? -t

  414. Suzanne says:

    I’ve got a number of quilts from my grandmother that I treasure so much. Best yet, I have some of her finished blocks that never made it into a quilt. Someday, when I feel my skills are up to it, I’m going to put all of grandma’s blocks into a quilt.

  415. Erin says:

    I have a few heirloom pieces — tablecloths and the like. No quilters in my family. I’ve just gotten a few things embroidered by my husband’s grandmother with such tiny, perfect stitches! I love looking at them. How the woman didn’t go blind or crazy, I don’t know.

    Looking forward to Quilt Month. This blog is the best.

  416. Eliz says:

    I have made quilts for each of my boys, which I do hope will become heirlooms. I’m also planning to make one for each of them out of their baby clothes. If they don’t want them I’ll keep them as heirlooms for ME!

  417. Susan says:

    I do have some heirloom linens passed down to me! My great-grandmother died in 1925. She was a gifted artist, and she drew, free-hand, a design on a cotton sheet, then candle-wicked the design, put some fringe on the border, and used it as a bedspread. I now have that spread, and it’s one of my treasured possessions.

    I also have two quilt tops that my grandmother pieced sometime in the 1950′s or so, from what we can figure. I took the quilt tops to a local quilt shop, and I thought the ladies there were going to faint over the fabrics – genuine fabrics from the 30′s, 40′s and 50′s. So I’m thrilled to have these too. My desire is to quilt them in the manner they would have been done by my Granny, with vintage fabric reproductions. One is a Jacob’s Ladder, the other appliqued butterflies.

    I do have a finished quilt by my grandmother, but it’s old and falling apart. I have some plans for that, to make keepsake pieces from it. Even though it’s falling apart, I love it because it still smells like Granny’s house and reminds me of her.

  418. Carrie says:

    A dear family friend passed on her girlhood quilt that her mother made for her. It’s now, quite proudly, on my daughter’s bed. The tiny doll quilts that match it are in her baby cradle. I love that there’s so much history wrapped around my little girl and her dolls.

  419. geek+nerd says:

    That Amy Butler tunic is out of control cute!

  420. Rebecca says:

    We have two quilts that we hope will be around for a long time. One is from my grandmother and one is from both of my husband’s grandmothers–one pieced and the other hand quilted. Quilts are meant to be used, but I really don’t want them to get messed up at all!

  421. Cara says:

    I’m loving those new fabrics – they are ace. As for heirlooms, we don’t have any fabric type ones within the family. The generations above me were all for things ‘in’ at the time. Now furniture is another matter – this may be why, as I have a small house I love fabric!!!

  422. Liz says:

    We have a queen size star quilt that was hand-quilted by a very good native friend of ours. I hope it stays in our home and in our family for years and years.

  423. jeanie says:

    My great grandma was a quilter,and growing up we always pulled out her quilts first when we wanted to snuggle up! But due to all the use they haven’t held up and my Mom is thinking of “restoring” some. I hope to make some quilts that my kids, and someday my grandkids and great-grandkids love as much!
    And HOORAY for Free Fabric Fridays!!

  424. Pamela says:

    We have a wonderful solid green twin sized quilt. It was given to my husband when he was a boy. A gift from his late aunt. It is precious to us not only because it’s hand quilted but because the batting is extra thick wool. Wool from the sheep raised on his late grandfather’s family farm. It was always on my husband’s boyhood bed and came with us when we married. It gives us a special link to the past and lovely warmth for the present. It’s something that definitely will be passed down to future generations.

  425. Jeannine says:

    I don’t have any passed-down-through-the-ages linens, however I bought beautiful linens when I was in Venice, Italy. Hopefully those will be passed down.

  426. Sarah Hovan says:

    I’m gearing up to try either Baby Bricks or Simple Day at the Lake quilts. I would love to make Single Girl, but my sewing skills are not quite there yet. I think, the hard part will be what fabrics to pick from my growing fabric stash…

  427. annie says:

    My grandmother has taught me tons of things, from how to cook to how to sew to how to keep house and all kinds of clever things. She gave me the very first thing she ever quilted- a wall hanging. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. I’m currently working on an 87th birthday gift for her, and who knows what other wonders she’ll create this year- we just gave her a new sewing machine for Christmas!

  428. Christy says:

    I have a beautiful hand knit baby blanket that a friend made me for a baby gift when I had my son. I plan on keeping it and giving it to him when he has a baby. It is super special and knitted with love!

  429. Mama-E says:

    I heart new fabric

  430. Vicki says:

    No alas, I do not have any heirloom pieces ;(. But I would like to win some fabric;)

  431. Jessica says:

    My aunt who taught me to quilt recently gave us a stack of quilts. My favorite 2 are the ones that have this elaborate chicken hand-quilted on to them. A chicken quilt! I sleep under it every night …

  432. Such beautiful fabric!!!! Today I built a prototype of a winter based on the shoe tutorial I gained from your site. I made it out of felted wool and it goes half way up my son’s leg so he’ll be toasty warm!!!
    My wedding is coming up and on top of knitting my wedding dress, I’m building a quilt as well for my fiance and I. Wicked!!!

  433. Tammy says:

    I have several beautiful quilts from my husband’s grandmother. She made one of them in the 70′s (not so beautiful! LOL), and the rest in the 80′s-90′s.

    I love your new fabric set! FUN!

  434. Yay, fabric!

  435. Lala says:

    I have been collecting quilts for about 20 years… in order to keep my colection “under control” and fun I limit my budget to $50 per quilt… I have a quilt that was made by my great great grandmother that features butterflies that is one of my favorites… I alos have a collection of vintage pillow cases that I wouls like to someday make into a quilt…

    I love the look of the new Amy Butler Tunic… very “retro” in appearance and looks like it would be super comfy to wear!

    Lala :o)

  436. Karin says:

    Oh, how I love those hearts!! Pick me, please. Pretty please? I must make something with that fabric. :)

  437. Paula says:

    I have a beautiful vintage quilt that my mother gave me, and I have purchased vintage and embroidered linens and hankies through the years. I hope that the little quilts I make, and the things I embroidery will be heirlooms one day! I am so glad to have found your shop and blog. I received my first order yesterday. I can hardly wait to use my new patterns. I love the new patterns you featured and the fabric is so cheerful! Have a lovely weekend!

  438. Jen says:

    I have a quilt my aunt made for me when I was a little girl. It’s not exactly pretty, but I’m very sentimental about it. It’s more of a throw-size than a twin-size but one or the other of my kids sleeps under it every night all winter. It needs a new binding, so I’m going to have to figure out how to do that soon.

  439. Katie says:

    The Berry Black fabric would be a fantastic apron or smock! I must must must buy it.

  440. Jan says:

    I have several handmade quilts from my grandmother and aunt. They are precious to me, and I love looking at them. They are made from scraps of fabric used for dresses, curtains, etc.

  441. LadySnow says:

    Hope I win…so many beautiful choices of fabric. :D

  442. Krystal says:

    I really want to keep my grandmother’s “Doll” quilt around. I only get to see it when I visit my sister’s house as she is currently the keeper. She just happens to be the oldest grandchild and Grandma just didn’t get around to making the rest of us one. Regardless, that quilt has the cutest little girls in their own little blocks with different dresses and embroidery on all of them.

  443. Collins says:

    My grandmother “Nana” was very crafty. I have many of her embroidered towels, sheets and linens. I have many needlepoint and cross-stitch pieces of hers as well.

  444. jackie says:

    i have made both of my boys quilts that i hope they have for a very long time! love love love the alexander henry fabric!

  445. beki says:

    I am in LOVE with the new AH prints. I must get some soon!!

  446. Jan says:

    I have several quilts that were made by hand by my grandmother and aunt. Needless to say, they are treasures of mine!

  447. Christie says:

    A friend made a quilt using her dad’s old work shirts that she dyed with sunprint dye. I hope to copy the method one day.

  448. Bridget says:

    I love the new amy butler patterns. I have a quilt that was my grandmothers.
    Unfortunatley nobody knows the history behind it. alot of it appears to be handsewn. Beautiful.

  449. Toña says:

    I’m working on my own heirlooms. My current project is fininshing a baby quilt which has 444 (my favorite number) pieces. I started it when I was pregnant with my first child – 4 years ago! It is almost done now.

  450. heather w. says:

    that amy butler tunic looks so cute !

  451. Annmarie says:

    no heirloom pieces here either but I hope that my oldest son’s baby quilt made by my mom will become one. and I am about to embark on my first quilt for my youngest son and hopefully it will become an heirloom! Oh and I am completely drawn to bright cheery fabric this time of year :)

  452. Karen says:

    I have 2 quilts that were made by my grandmother and a stack of vintage grandmother flower garden rounds that I used to pay with when I was a little girl. And old pillow cases and a few tablecloths.

  453. Keri says:

    My mom brought a whole giant trash bag of vintage goodies to me at Christmas. There were some AMAZING aprons and embroidered pillowcases. One of the pillowcases has a lady in curlers laying in bed saying “Cool it Pa”. So funny!!!!

  454. Holly says:

    My girls have quilts my grandma made for them when they were babies and then twin quilts that coordinate. I have nothing that is an heirloom, but I made my daughter’s baptismal gown and first communion dresses and I hope they’ll be used by future babies/girls in the family.

  455. Christy says:

    My heirloom linen is a little different. My grandfather owned a couple of restaurants, and somehow some of the commercial aprons ended up at home :) I have a white commercial apron from the 60s that I wear for special occasions just to remember my grandpa.

  456. Bonny says:

    Love Love Love these fabrics. And the colors are to die for….I am a 30′s reproduction junkie, but these will make me stray!

  457. Carrie Mau says:

    Love the new fabrics! The fruit is wonderful!

    As for heirloom I come from a long line of needleworkers. My current favorite is a a “new” heirloom quilt I received when I was 18 (I am now 36). My grandmother embroidered the 50 states and my mom made a quilt out of them. Lately it has become a learning tool for my 6 year old. What a wonderful way to pass on an heirloom!

  458. So cute I love the new prints I just scrounged up enough money to buy some Alexander Henry fabric. LOVE IT the colors are so bright!

  459. Chantel says:

    PS, I just posted my doily’s on my blog….

  460. Lacey says:

    I have a bunch of linen napkins that are hand embroidered. I have never used them and and now thinking that I should. There are a million things I want to make. The list would last forevery

  461. Lynne says:

    The fabric is gorgeous, and I have been admiring that denyse schmidt quilt for a while now!

    I hope to start the sewing tradition with my family. I just started sewing, and I hope my skills will be developed enough by Christmas to make a nice quilt that I will someday give to one of my daughters!

  462. Donna says:

    One word – Yummy!

  463. Sara Hemmeke says:

    Great fabrics – I’d love to be part of the drawing!

  464. Ruth :) says:

    My mom sent me the equivalent of three large bins full of fabric my grandmother had saved for various projects. My mom had them for years and years – had used some – and in downsizing, thought that they could use a new home for some new inspiration. I’m not sure what I’m going to do – I still need to go through some of the boxes. Some of them however, are quite beautiful!

  465. Kim says:

    All the new fabric is wonderful. I love buying from your site.

  466. Linda says:

    I’m just waiting for my dd to let me know which design she wants for her quilt for her wedding gift. Then I hope it will become an heirloom, for her to hand down to her children.

  467. hannita says:

    My mother is actually working on a quilt using some embroidered flowers we found in my grandmother’s house when she passed. We’re pretty sure she didn’t embroider them but that her mother did. She made the mistake of asking for my input when I was home for Christmas. Hee. She probably won’t do that again.

  468. Cassi says:

    I love the colors of the new Alexander Henry fabric – gorgeous! I have quite a few heirloom linens; my favorites are a crazy quilt made mostly in silks by my great grandmother and a Dutch Doll quilt made by a relative that was on my bed when I was little.

  469. Julia D says:

    I have some tiny napkis? hankies? with croched edges and a little rooster embroidered on them. They are lovely, but I don’t know what to do with them. I also have a crazt 70′s terry cloth tablecloth that I made into a child’s apron. The rest will soon be a tiny robe.
    Those new Alexander Henry fabrics are beautiful…

  470. Vanessa says:

    I do not currently have any vintage linens, but I know that I will soon be receiving many crocheted afghans and two or three quilts made by my great-grandmothers who I never had the opportunity to meet. My grandmother is writing down the stories of the women who made them for me to have when I receive the blankets!

  471. Shelly says:

    I don’t really have any true heirlooms. I have a little twin quilt that my mom and I worked on together when I was a kid. It’s in pretty rough shape, as I used it through most of my college years and it has lots of sun damage. I think someday I would like to make a replica…different fabric though, but along the lines.

  472. Linda says:

    I love the “Up, Down and All-Around” pattern. I have a little one anxious to move out of his crib into a big boy bed and that would be a great option.

  473. I have a quilt my great-grandmother made. It’s fraying, but it’s beautiful – white with multi-colored butterflies.

  474. Lucy says:

    My grandma is a quilter and has made a quilt for each one of my sisters and me which she will give us as a wedding gift. I have yet to recieve mine (still young and fancy free, you know), but I like to think about that handmade piece of art sitting quietly, wrapped up in protective materials, just waiting to spread across my future-husband and I’s bed. :) And I hope I have the foresight to do something as touchingly lovely for my grandchildren some day.

  475. Becky says:

    Just yesterday I was going through a drawer in my sewing room and found a pair of hand embroidered pillow cases that my grandma made back in the 1960s. I remember sitting with her during my grade school years and having her help me learn to do such lovely work.

    I was so tickled to find the pillow cases, which I had forgotten I had. I plan to put them on my pillows when I change my linens this weekend. What a sweet way to go to sleep, don’t you think?

  476. Chantel says:

    I was given by my grandfather some Fabulous doily’s that my Great Great Great Yup 3 Greats, Grandma made they are wonderful…Also a few hand embroidered linen dresser toppers….
    Actually one of the doily’s got ink on it in the Holiday mess, my hubby didn’t tell me till WAY to late, any ideas how to get that out? Of course it is a white doily with RED ink! Any advice would be Lovely! I count these as my greatest Treasure, thinking of the Love put into making them!

  477. Carrie says:

    The new AH fabrics are really cool! Thanks so much for a great blog. It is my favorite!

  478. Lissa says:

    I love your new fabrics and the new patterns are fantastic…
    I am using a lot of old doyleys, that my grandma gave my mother to make when she was a child.. my great grandma tatted around the outside, and mum finished the embroidery… I also buy a lot of old doyleys at thrift stores and plan on making them into a doyley quilt..

    Lissa

  479. Karen Doyle says:

    I have a tablecloth made by my grandmother that is all hand embroidered. I pull it out on special occasions. I also have a wall hanging that is appliqued and embroidered with “There was an old lady who lived in a shoe.” The appliques are made with feed sack cloth. I have it in my nursery along with quilts my mother-in-law made for each of my kids – each made with reproductions of the same feedsack cloth. They go together perfectly. I love having something made by my grandmother in the nursery, since she had passed away before my kids were born.

  480. jess says:

    My Mum just gave me all my Great-Grandmother’s linens. My fave? A 100 y/o crisp linen apron she made when she was 16!!!

  481. meg says:

    My grandmother is 104 and still has not passed anything down yet. With a gaggle of grandchildren I don’t think I’ll get the linens.

  482. Alexandra says:

    I´m making my own heirloom pieces by thrifting, embroidered tablecloths, gorgeous old linen pillowcases and sheets. My family has always been about using what you have, and since we are a very large family, there isn´t much old stuff left. However, I live in one of the areas in this country that had the most textile industry, so I find good stuff every time I go looking. I love the feeling of making the bed with fresh white sheets, and imagining who had them before us.

  483. I love your blog. I really appreciated all the sewing ideas through out December! I have a Wildflowers in Winter theme. Each week until spring will feature something different to do with wildflowers. At the end of February there will be a week featuring “Stitching up Wildflowers.” Anyone can participate. All you have to do is blog a photo (or send the photo to me so I can post it for you if you don’t have a blog) of something you have made that features wildflowers, either on the fabric or in the design. I think it is going to be so much fun. Come take a look for more details: http://www.joyinthemorninglight.blogspot.com

  484. Laura says:

    Unfortunately I don’t have any heirloom pieces. That, however, is exactly why I have started quilting! I made my husband a quilt for Christmas, and I’m hoping it lasts for a really long time. I’d love to see my grandkids snuggled up in it someday.

  485. Jocelyn says:

    I do not have any linens but three darling childrens aprons my great grandmother made for my mother when she was a girl.They are at least 50 years old.Thanks for the wonderful tutorials!

  486. D"rae says:

    Sign me up please!

  487. MdG says:

    I have no heirloom quilts unfortunately, hopefully I’m starting some of my own. The one thing that I do have that *I* consider a heirloom is a small cross stitch nameplate my grandmother made for me, but never finished. When I had my daughter , my mom finished it, and gave it to her.

    Thank you for your wonderful Blog and all of your hard work!!

  488. melissa says:

    i’m dying to make the single girl quilt…i love it. i also love the tunic. on your website, i clicked “view larger image” to see the back/supplies list and it is the wrong pattern (it is the kimberly bag. just thought i’d tell ya…

    hmm vintage stuff. i love doilies. i have a bunch and want to use them more. but feel i need to put them into something…maybe a skirt (once saw a tutorial on this…was it here???)

  489. Hjordi says:

    I am making a quilt for my daughter that I hope will become a family heirloom. Other than that, I have a few crocheted blankets my grandma made,,,

  490. Julia says:

    I have many heirloom items that were left to me by both my grandmothers – a crocheted tablecloth that my paternal grandmother worked on the entire time my dad was in the Navy during WWII, and quilt tops that my maternal great-grandmother pieced but never quilted. I just finished my first quilt for my grandson and I hope he keeps it always. I really like scrappy quilts where I don’t have to figure much on design and I think that new Single Girl design will work great for scraps – interesting that it seems to be inspired by the Double Wedding Ring traditional pattern. A sign of the times, non-traditional attitudes coming from traditional patterns. You guys rock with all the cool new fabrics!

  491. Mary says:

    My great-grandma was an industrious woman in the deep South who firmly believed that “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” Before she passed away she made scores of hand-pieced, hand-quilted quilts. None are especially beautiful to look at, because they’re made from fabric scraps they had on hand– worn out shirts and pants– but they’re beautiful because of who she was and what she accomplished.

  492. Mrs. Pear says:

    I have a red and white double Irish Chain Quilt with a family history.

    My great granny bought it from a quilting circle of ladies in their 70′s and 80′s and gave one to my mom and one to my aunt. My mom gave it to me, and it now graces our guest room. In turn, when we finish the quilt that actually matches the guest room, I will put it in my daughter’s hope chest box.

  493. Aradi says:

    No heirloom quilts or fabrics here :( Quite a few linens and embroidered items though, so I cant complain too much!

  494. Cathy says:

    I don’t have any heirloom linens, so I made some. I embroidered a set of pillowcases, that I hope to pass on to someone.
    I do have some afghans that my grandmother made in the 60s or 70s, that I love. I’m not sure if they’re heirloom yet.

  495. sarah says:

    When my great aunt madeline died, i got a whole bunch of stuff from her stash. there were some embroideries in there that were super old and i got a bunch of quilt blocks that she made too!

  496. Lil' d says:

    My family haven’t been a crafty lot, but I do have a blanket crocheted by my great-grandma. I love it that 3 generations of babies have played on it. I learnt how to crochet, just so future generations would have handmade blankets, too.

  497. MamaLuvins says:

    Lovely!

  498. Lera says:

    On my side of the family we don’t have much. But on my husband’s side we have several quilts and a chenille bedspread. My favorite quilt is one that was my FIL’s when he was a baby. They gave it to us when we had our first son. My FIL is in his early 60′s and the quilt is still in fantastic shape. (Other quilts haven’t faired so well. My husband’s grandmother was going to repair one and THREW IT AWAY! without our knowledge because she didn’t think it was worth fixing. I’m still sick over that.)

  499. I’m about 1/4 through with a 9-patch quilt of vintage-styled fabrics, unfortunately those nine-patch squares are super tiny! Other than I used to sleep with a 90-year quilt that belong to my great great grandmother in high school, but it started to get too delicate, but it’s amazing that something could provide warmth and joy for 90 years!

  500. Apriljoyous says:

    Well, I have a blanket that will be around for a while, based on its lovely knit-with-acrylic-yarn nature..my mom made me a big cabled afghan which she was going to give me when I got married. A couple of years ago she accepted the fact that she might have to wait a looooooong time, so she gave it to me, anyway :)

  501. Rita Maldonado says:

    My mom started a quilt for me when I was born, she finished when I was half-way thru college. I LOVE my quilt, it will be around forever!

  502. Regina says:

    When my hubby and I bought our house, it was an estate sale – the son and niece of the owner were selling it as she had passed after a long illness. The house had been in the family since it was built in 1929.

    We had first dibs on all contents before they held a contents sale, and in going through the attic I found a dozen or so unfinished quilt blocks that I put in my stack of things to buy.

    When the niece saw that, and realized I was a quilter, albeit a beginner, she got tears in her eyes and told me about watching her mom and aunt making these blocks. She picked them off my stack, handed them to me, and said “this is why this house is now yours – you have the soul to honor the memories of those who came before in these walls – these quilt blocks are our housewarming gift to you, and it is my hope that you can finish the quilt that my family started.”

    …I have not touched them yet – I am waiting until I have the skills to deal with the curves and techniques needed to take this quilt to its next step…so I can do them justice.

  503. C. O'Brien says:

    We have a vintage afghan (lap size) that we love from my husband’s family. It’s still going strong with daily use.

  504. katie says:

    And the sentence about LINEN that was missing from above (tee-hee) was the beautiful crib quilt that was given along with the toys. It will lull many a child (we pray) to sleep.

  505. Dorte says:

    Oh, lovely new prints! Thanks for making the prize draw!

  506. melissa says:

    gorgeous!
    keep up the fabulous work!
    happy weekend!

  507. katie says:

    We celebrated Christmas this year with my parents, who drove up to Michigan from Texas (1st grandchildren will do that). Rylie spent all Christmas morning playing with toys I played with as a child- all washed and Made in the USA. My parents had been saving them all this time. Oh, the memories! And, amazingly, they’re all in fantastic shape and will be played with for at least another generation of kiddos.

  508. Elizabeth says:

    My husband and I several heirloom quilts, I have two that were pieced by my paternal great-grandmother and quilted by my paternal grandmother, we have one from my husband’s maternal great-grandmother, and one from his paternal great-grandmother, and a pieced top by a distant cousin of my husband who was well into her 80s at the time! I need to get that one finished, it’s king sized and in the most vibrant colors.

    I also have several heirloom crochet lace items from my paternal grandmother – doileys of all sizes, table runners, placemats…. and a baby blanket/doll from when I was a wee sprog

  509. jenclair says:

    I’m in and keeping fingers crossed!

  510. Amy says:

    I would love to make a king size quilt for my bed. I’ve only made a couple easy baby quilts before and I’m a little intimidated by the project, so I am looking forward to Quilting Month inspiration!

  511. Emily says:

    I love the new Alexander Henry prints. I’m looking forward to spring already.

  512. Anna says:

    (Can you add this to previous comment?) I have a quilt my mom made me before I left for college. She took the last stitches in my rainbow-inspired sampler quilt as we pulled up to my dorm! (And you wonder why I’m always working until the last minute!) It’s falling apart now because of too many trips through the washing machine (gasp) at school. But I still treasure it.

  513. melissa says:

    I don’t have anything heirloom but I made my first bag last week. I have only done seam repairs before. Its patterned after a plastic grocery bag.

  514. Anna says:

    I’ve seen that Kimberly bag and I think I might be in love with it. I’m wondering if the new Alexander Henry fabric Whispering Wings might go with last season’s red-mustard-black floral (name escapes me) that I am using in my new craft room. Might have to see!

  515. Amber says:

    Don’t have any heirloom linens….yet. I am making quilts for my kiddos though that I hope will last for a while! I love the Denise Schmidt quilt pattern!

  516. Sarah says:

    We have a good number of crocheted afgans that were made by my great-grandmother. We also have some lovely starched cotton snowflakes that were crocheted by her as christmas tree decorations. I hope to make some of my own someday. I also have a baby quilt and fabric learning activity book that were made for me by my aunt when I was young. I’m nearly 30, so they are by this time, like me, veritable antiques!

  517. Angela Williams says:

    I have a great linen tablecloth with beautiful delicate details that I picked up from Vietnam. I love it and save it as a heirloom for my kids. Also, I just made two adorable cafe aprons from some cute kitchen towels from Target (they have cupcakes on them). I mean these are so cute. I plan on making one each holiday (since Target puts out cute kitchen towels for every holiday). I can send you a link if you want to see them. Hope to win!

  518. Kabira says:

    I didn’t receive any ‘heirloom’ linens from my family lineage — but a few years ago I said what the heck, I want some anyway – and looked on eBay — so I have several sets of lovely embroidered pillowcases which I don’t even mind ironing to show off how pretty they are. and I still have some vintage fabric left from a great store in Eugene OR which closed years ago (Andrea’s)– I especially love the damask in pale green and a light pink. I think there’s enough of each left for one more skirt – I’ll find out this summer.

  519. Amanda says:

    Ooh! doesn’t the Whispering Wing Alexander Henry print remind you of a well loved set of vintage sheets. I love the contrast between that and the dot print. Very nice for spring sprucing. Yum.

  520. renee says:

    About the only heirloomish sort of textile i have is my mom’s crocheted blanket which i love. I’m hoping to make a lot of keepsakes for my kids and their grandkids. I just made my first quilt…simple lap quilt with a theme of fall colors and my 2 year old has told me it is his and drags it everywhere with him. He told me to make another so now I’m working on one for him and am really being choosy about the fabrics and am letting him have some (a lot) of input so i can be sure he likes it. Maybe then i’ll get that first one back! It’s been a lot of fun learning sewing and now quilting and knitting over the last year. Feels good to put love into something tangible.

  521. Lisa Boyer says:

    I have a quilt that my Grandmother made. She died three years before I was born, so I never knew her. I had heard my whole life that she was an avid quiltmaker though, and I had dreamed for years of owning something that she had made; but up until I finally received a quilt from my Aunt, I had never seen one of her quilts. Imagine my surprise when a quilt top arrived in the mail from my “master quiltmaker” Grandma that was the wonkiest, funniest thing you’ve ever seen! Skewed triangles, not a square square in the entire piece, nor a straight seam to be found. From that day on, I loved grandma even more. She cared about quilt-ING, not about having quilts that impressed her friends and neighbors. A wonderful legacy, if you ask me!

  522. Becca says:

    I don’t have any heirloom linens but my favorite quilt is one my mother-in-law made for my youngest daughter in redwork nursery rhymes. It is absolutely beautiful!

  523. Alicia says:

    I don’t have any heirloom quilts but I would like to make each of my boys a quilt to keep.

  524. miss chris says:

    Love, love, love those AH prints… I’m dreaming of springtime! Fave heirloom? My grandmother crocheted an afghan for each grandchild. Mine is three shades of pink, exactly what I wanted at 7. And even now, at 35.

  525. Emily Ecklund says:

    I have loved checking this blog daily for the past few months. The daily gift ideas in December were my favorite part of each day! And the fabric…so bright and colorful…love it!

  526. Saralah says:

    I don’t have anything that would qualify as an heirloom yet, but hopefully some of the things my mother and I have made (afghans, cross-stitch wedding samplers, sewn and knitted garments, Christmas ornaments, and quilts) over the years will be handed down for generations.

    Also: Amy Butler patterns = LOVE!

  527. Fran says:

    I have my grandmother’s table linens that she embroidered. I also have some vintage dish towels my MIL received from her father, who used to travel for work, as well as some of her mother’s embroidered table linens. Occasionally, I use these linens in my quilts, especially when I’m making something for my MIL. They hold even more meaning for her then.

  528. Meg says:

    I have a really amazing Victorian bird pincushion! The bird’s beak opens up and clamps onto the side of a sewing machine or table, and the velvet fabric on the cushion is very well-worn. I don’t use it for sewing myself, but I love it. It reminds me of all the creative women in my family tree, and all the amazing projects they must have made with it!

  529. chilihead says:

    I love to look at heirloom linens, but usually talk myself out of buying them because I don’t want to keep them tucked away in a dark drawer when I discover I have no place to display them. I do, however, have a set of tea towels for every day of the week that have been hand-embroidered. I just love them. We also have several quilts made by my husband’s great-grandmother. I don’t know what she used as batting, but they are heavy and warm!

  530. nettie says:

    i love me some free fabric

  531. Teresa says:

    I have my all of my great grandmothers old handmade aprons. I absolutely love them…Hopefully my children, and their children, and their children will keep some of my sewings to stir up fond memories!

  532. My great grandmother (who is still kickin’ & amazing at 103!) gave m som beautiful silver Christmas fabric that I just can’t bear to cut into … yet. It’s been four years since she gave me the yard-plus and I still haven’t found the “perfect” project for it. :)

  533. Sarah says:

    I have two special quilts, one that my great grandmother made and one my husband’s great-great grandmother made. They are in amazingly good shape and I’ve been trying to decide if I can display them somewhere without worrying about fading…

  534. Sarah says:

    I have a runner my grandmother made for me when I got married. I’m hoping to pass it down many times.

  535. Tracy Rizzo says:

    I have a quilt my Aunt made for me 20 years ago-I love it more than anything!

  536. Shannon Burchard says:

    I have a slew of vintage linens, now I just need to have a dinner party or two.

  537. Sarah says:

    My grandma’s a knitter & crocheter not a quilter so we have many, many, many afghans and my favorite stuffed animal of all time is a knit rabbit that must be 2 feet tall.

  538. Candace says:

    My husband still has the Super Teddy bear that his mom made him when he was little.

    that polka dot alexander henry print reminds me of vintage pyrex.

  539. Katiegirl says:

    My mom has made me several lap quilts, and I hope to pass them down to my children. I’m also working on a larger quilt that my mom started. I hope to finish it soon, and it will definitely become an heirloom! :-)

  540. Diane says:

    I have a table cloth embroidered by my great aunt. I am pretty sure it is from a kit. I also have a small table topper, and a set of embroidered napkins from the same aunt. I have my eye on a quilt and an afghan made by my great grandmother, but as all three of my sisters are also sewers, I may not get either! =)

  541. Melissa says:

    I don’t have any heirloom linens (my mom still has those), but I do have a knitted baby bonnet made by my great-great-grandmother in 1901!

  542. Ros says:

    How cute are those butterflies and strawberries!! LOVE those!

    I have no “heirlooms” in the truest sense of the word. But I do have some items I rescued from certain trash from my grandmothers home after she passed. A hideous tablecloth, garish and loud with gold gilt ribbons and bright red pointsettias. I will probably never use it, but I keep it because it brings back memories of fabulous Christmases past with family around the table, staring at the loudest tablecloth imaginable.

  543. Gina says:

    I love this blog and I love the new Alexander Henry prints!

  544. Christina says:

    Heirloom linen? Well, it’s not exactly mine but I hope it will, one day, as I’m the only one who sees the beauty in it…. The item in question is a quilt/blanket my boyfriend’s great grand-mother made from her husband old suits (all wool), everything is hand-pieced and the “red thread” in the quilt is actually red wool thread crosses on each quilt block. It’s lovely and dark with the zesty accent colour of the red crosses. I really like it but I think I’m the only one in the whole family so I’m hoping I might get it one day:)

  545. Jessica Hood says:

    I have several quilts that were made by various grandmothers & great-grandmother’s in my family. It amazes me that so many years ago these women had such an eye for patterns & colors that complement each other timelessly.

  546. Mary says:

    Quilting has been my passion for almost 30 years- I now make art quilts, but cut my sewing teeth on piecework in the quilt revival of the 1970′s. I am blessed to own double wedding ring quilt made by my great grandmother, and have been hoarding vintage tablecloths for a while and use them a lot- they don’t just sit on a shelf. I recently started a blog to talk about creative stuff and would be thrilled if you checked it out! Mary

  547. adrianna says:

    I LOVE those Alexander Henry fabrics! Looking at them inispires me want to make something! =)

  548. Andrea Wheeler says:

    I have run across soo many vintage items over the years, but one of my favorites is a house-coat made from a vintage quilt top and lined in pink. It is loud and fussy, but it makes me smile!!
    Andrea

  549. Eren says:

    Other than the quilts that I have from the women in my family. I also have many of their aprons. Luckily, I was the only family member at the time who had any interest in them. I love each and every one for different reasons, but there are two that have made their way onto the hook in my kitchen. Ready to use at a moment’s notice.

  550. Carrie says:

    I really like the Amy Butler patterns… hoping for some new fabric!

  551. melissa says:

    i am loving the new alexander henry stuff. :)

  552. Karen says:

    I have several quilts that my mom has made over the years that I know will be around for years and years to come. They’re so pretty and cozy. Otherwise, I have a beautiful old quilt that was hand stitched by my great-grandmother that I always used when I was sick (and that my dad used before me). I’m one of the few people in my family that LOVES vintage, antique and OLD things, so during attic and basement clean-outs, I get first choice on a lot of great items!

  553. Melody says:

    I am in the midst of making baby blankets (not so much quilty) .. as a new sewer they are coming out nicely. I hope the new parents keep them & cherish :)

  554. Chelsea says:

    I have a beautiful Art Deco chest of drawers from my grandmother. It stores my fabric stash!

  555. Tracy loukota says:

    Reading these comments made me cry. I have no heirlooms. It makes me sad to think of all that lost history. Some of my children have handmade blankets from when they were born ~ I treasure these. I don’t know as I’ve ever made them anything of heirloom quality (although, thanks to your handmade Christmas theme in Dec, I did make quite a few gifts…) I hope to someday make quilts for all of my children and the grandchildren they will bless me with.

    Tracy

  556. Audrey says:

    I have a small quilt that my great-grandmother made from old suits. It’s a little scratchy, but so warm, and I love that it was made with what she had available to her. I love being able to have something to remind me of the generations that have gone before ours.

  557. Bobbi says:

    I have to say ALL of the quilts I make are heirlooms. I hope they become favorite treasures of the recipients. My first quilt, completed 15 years ago, still lays on my bed at my parent’s cabin. It was my first quilt and I really didn’t know what I was doing… some seams have opened and the yarn ties are coming loose. But its warm and has a special place in my heart! And it will definitely last another 15 years. Hopefully, more!

  558. Amy W. says:

    I don’t, but I wish I did! I’m still a beginning sewer, but I just finished my first quilt– I’m hoping that will be the first of many heirlooms that I’ll happily pass down when I have children someday! Love your website!

  559. Valerie says:

    I don’t have any heirloom items but I made a simple quilt for my mom a few years back that I hope she’ll be able to use and keep for a long long time.

  560. Teddi says:

    The kimberly bag pattern is awesome! I wish I had heirloom items from either grandmother – but I do have a bottle of buttons from one grandmother that she clipped from assorted garments and have her sewing box with threads and notions. I have an heirloom to pass to my daughters – a tied quilt from my grandparents that I got when I has a little girl (my chicky blanket) so it’s probably 35 plus years old. It got worn and threadbare from so much ‘lovin’ so my grandparents took it about 4 years ago and put it inside of another quilt and tied it again. Now it’s ‘new again’ but I know what’s truly inside and now it’s doubly good and full of love!

  561. Robyn says:

    We have a few heirloom quilts from my husband’s great great aunts, who were all single and lived together all their lives in a very Amish region of Ohio. (Quilting is in the air in that part of the country!) Really beautiful stuff!

  562. Wendy says:

    I am a beginner sewer and one of my goals is to make quilts for my two children.

  563. Jen says:

    The only really “heirloom” quilt I have is one that was made for me when I was born by a close friend of my mom’s. I hope to make quilts for my children when I have some that will be used but also something that they will keep as a reminder of me.

  564. terri mac says:

    I have a quilt that I bought from a neighbor at a garage sale. It was the first ‘big purchase’ that I made on my own- 10 whole dollars! It’s been with me at least 25 years. I think my mother is still in touch with those neighbors, I wonder if they remember the story behind the quilt….

  565. Erin says:

    My ex-boyfriend’s family used to make quilts for everyone and eventually I got one of my very own…it was the most comfortable thing EVER. It was so great that I used it to death and now it’s just a bunch of filthy rags – I still have it though.

  566. Jessica says:

    Do I have heirloom linens? Sheesh, we’re crazy with them! My favorites are a set of hand-embroidered handkerchiefs from my Nana and a crochet tablecloth from my Grammy. Love that Denise Schmidt “Single Girl” patter and the new AB tunic!

  567. Ariana says:

    No heirlooms here.

    I did start to make the zig zag quilt and I hope it’s around for my baby for many years. :)

  568. Bean says:

    Oooh, I love the new prints!! We don’t have any heirloom linens that have been passed down, but I do hope my daughter keeps and cherishes all of the doilies and quilts I’ve made (and plan to make!) :)

  569. Liz Johnston says:

    I’m finally done with school! So sewing will now have time in my life, sign me up for free fabric!

  570. amy says:

    me me me :)
    pick me
    lovely lady!

  571. dianne says:

    I still have the quilt my mom made for me in high school – I will have it forever. I can look at it and recognize all of the outfits she made for me or my dolls – it’s amazing. If ever I learn to sew straight, I plan to make a quilt for each of my girls to keep forever.

  572. gayle says:

    I found an old pale quilt when I viewed a house years ago. I bought the house and claimed the quilt. It has been used for years but is now falling apart, so I am working on it to rectify it. I love it so much, I have to run my hands over it if I walk past it. It is so understated, but when you look closely you see the amount of work that went into it. I am just starting to sew, but I have been collecting material and old linens for years. I do need something a bit bright though, so if my name comes up I’ll be delighted.

  573. Kristin says:

    LOVE the single girl pattern!!
    I inherited an embroidered tablecloth and a few pillow cases from my husband’s grandmother. She had them put aside for her eldest grandson’s wife before I was even in the picture. The tablecloth is really lovely and I use it often because it washes really well. The pillow cases are on temporary loan to my mother.

  574. Michele says:

    Oh, they’re all so pretty. Especially the new quilt patterns (excuse my partiality). :-)

    For Christmas I made two quilts as gifts and am especially excited about the Cathedral Window quilt I gave my sister. Cathedral Windows are made all by hand and took me a couple of months (and alot of sweat) to create. I think/ hope she and her family will cherish it for years to come.

    Also the Advent quilt I made this year for our family. My children are already “arguing” over who gets it when I die (and I’m not YET 40!!)

    I have (shoddy) pictures if you scroll down to December on my blog. One day I’ll learn how to do a “permalink” thingy, but for now…:)
    http://vaughanville.blogspot.com/

  575. Alissa says:

    I just finished my first quilt block ever yesterday. I guess depending on how it turns out, it’s something I’d like to be around for a while. My kids are little now, and will remembering growing up and having it around, which is a pretty neat thought to me.

  576. Amy says:

    We are redoing a bedroom for our little one rightnow. She will be three soon and is ready for a big girl room. I am making a comforter for her new room from old khakis and pretty red and orange fabrics. I hope it turns out as I have planned and I hope she will cherish it!

  577. Georgiann says:

    My mother was quite the crafter, and I have her things displayed all over our home. Last year on her birthday, I posted about a quilt she and my grandmother had started before mom died — if you would like to see it, it’s here:
    http://oldsweetsong.blogspot.com/2007/08/happy-birthday-mom.html
    My mom loved fabric and passed that on to me. She surely would have loved SMS!

  578. Marlana says:

    My family doesn’t really have any heirlooms, but I have a bag of my great grandma’s old embroidered hankies. They were probably made between 1910 and 1940.

  579. Sandra :) says:

    I don’t really have any heirloom pieces, but one of my favorite quilts is one I made for my dad for his 75th birthday in 2006. He passed away in 2007 and I got my quilt back – it isn’t fancy but I know he loved it because it came from me, and it makes me happy to fondle it :)

    I’d be very happy if my quilts (gifted to family, friends, shelters) get worn out from being used and loved and dragged around – that, to me, is a happy ending!

  580. cass says:

    ME, ME, ME!

  581. Dawn says:

    I have inherited my grandmother’s quilts. I remember when she quilted a couple of them…stretched out on a frame…with her friends gathered round, stitching them. I was a little girl at the time. My grandmother was born in 1894. That would give you an idea of how old some of the quilts are. She seemed to gravitate toward the Irish Chain and Wedding Ring designs. I feel blessed to have them in my care. I could not choose a favorite. I love them all.
    Thanks for having this little giveaway.

  582. Lynn says:

    I don’t have any heirloom items, but I am knitting a blanket that I hope will be around for a while. I am also have a quilt in progress that I think will be well loved and hopefully will last.

  583. sara says:

    No heirlooms but I’ve started making quilts…all of which I hope will be around for a long time. (Love those new Alexander Henry prints!!)

  584. Mrs. H. says:

    I have a 75 yr. old heirloom quilt made by my great-great aunt. It is a Star of David quilt, and you can tell that it was made of clothing scraps, probably from family members. The background and backing fabric are old flour sacks. They are so soft from washing that you wouldn’t know what they were, except that they have the printing still on them. It is truly a treasure in my home, and is on display at all times. Actually, I still use it, but gently.

  585. ambre sautter says:

    i just received a quilt from a great great relative of some sort. it’s in really bad condition, so i hope to be able to take it apart and make something new!

  586. anita says:

    I have two vintage quilts made by family members. I love both of them! One is red and white and the other is white with multi-colored accents. I think both are hand pieced and hand quilted, something that I don’t have the patience for at this time. I’m a machine piecer and quilter at this point in my life.

    Happy Friday!

    Anita

  587. kara says:

    Love those baby berry fabrics!

  588. Avlor says:

    My grandmother was a quilter too. But I wasn’t fortunate enough to end up with one of her quilts. But I have a quilt my Auntie had made for my wedding (all white with doves and rings). And my daughter has the last quilt my Mother-in-law made before she passed away. Both are cherished and will be passed down with the stories that go with.

    Fabulous fabrics! It would be SO hard to choose one!
    (Right now I’m in the middle of sewing a “grocery bag” – gotta get back to it and finish before have to pick up my son from school.)

  589. Holly says:

    I have my own baby quilt that my mother made for me. It is tattered and worn (having been used by five siblings after me!), but it is precious. I’m always on the lookout for vintage fabrics that match so I can authentically repair it. In fact, our house is full of heirloom blankets, although my baby quilt is the oldest. My daughter has many beautiful crocheted/knit/quilted blankets, two of them from her great-grandmother; my husband has the last quilt his grandmother made (which we use every day, with care); we have a beautifully knit blanket from a dear friend who has passed on, and an amazing crocheted afghan from an elderly, ailing aunt. Oh, my. You’ve made me think. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such evidence of love.

  590. Mandy says:

    My mother has a double wedding ring quilt that my grandfather (her father) had carded the batting for when he was about 8, during the depression.

  591. Deana says:

    Due to my Grandma’s older age, she no longer crochets and she had ONE last unfinished blanket sitting for several years at her house. During a visit while pregnant a couple years ago, I added a few more rows to it. Following my mom took the blanket home and finished it for my then unborn son, while added some of her own yarn into it. My son now sleeps with the blanket from his Great-Grandma, Nana and Mom everynight. (Man I still well up with tears when explaining that blankie!)

  592. adele says:

    Ooh, I can totally see that Amy Butler tunic being sewn up in the Butterfly fabric. Delicious.

  593. Joy says:

    Love the new Alexander Henry prints!!!

  594. Susan says:

    My grandmother recently passed away. She was a seamstress in the old country. She used every bit of fabric she could find. We never threw away clothing. My grandmother used our old clothing for all of our quilts. Now the quilts she made were not those decoration kind. They were to use in the dead of winter to keep us warm. After her death, I took those old quilts out to look at them and was reminded of that cotton commercial. “Cotton, the fabric of our lives” Well, those quilts were and are the “fabric” of my life. I can look at them and tell you who wore what and if it was a suit or a dress. It truly brings back memories of my childhood.

    You know, I think I’ll go look at them again. Thanks Sew Mama Sew!

  595. Jen says:

    Yes, please! The new prints are beautiful.

  596. Sarah says:

    I love love love that butterfly print!

    I don’t have any heirloom linens, and I’m a beginning sewer, so I haven’t created any yet, either. I do have a quilt that my aunt made for my wedding, so I hope that will become an heirloom. And I’d love to make some heirloom-quality quilts when I get my act together!

  597. Mama Urchin says:

    I have some baby items that were my dad’s and blankets made for me by my great-grandmother. Also some handkerchiefs.

  598. Andi says:

    i love alexander henry fabrics…can’t wait to see if i get lucky this time!

  599. Meredith says:

    Ooh, fun new stuff!! Pick me please!!!

  600. Emily says:

    I have knitted and crocheted blankets from my grandma, mom, and sister. I love it! A little bit of love to wrap yourself in. But I don’t have anything that’s been handed down two generations or more. I would cherish something like that!

  601. Andrea says:

    I have just started my collection of fabulous fabrics for creating kids clothes and quilts. I don’t think any of them are heirlooms yet but hopefully they will be some day.

  602. angela says:

    My grandmother gave me a yard or so of gorgeous pink and black Harwood Steiger fabric – “summer rain” is it’s name. I love it and have yet to come across the perfect use for it.

  603. Cathy says:

    My mother is a quilter and I have many many of her creations. I’ll pass them down to my children and hopefully they will do the same. She has inspired me to quilt as well. My favorite is one she made for me when I was a child. It was her first twin sized quilt and it lived on my bed for many years. When I was sick I wore it around the house like a robe. Nothing made me feel quite so loved as being wrapped in that quilt. It has been washed and used so much that some of the fabric has worn through. My mother always says that quilts are meant to be used, not just looked at. This one certainly has been.

  604. maya says:

    I don’t have any vintage fabrics or items, sadly, but maybe some of the stuff I make will be vintage one day–right now I’m trying to choose a pattern for my expected baby boy…nothing with a baby theme!

  605. Andi says:

    Both my grandmothers have given me linens. I have two quilts and table linens. Also, an aunt has given me many table linens, which aren’t heirlooms yet, but they will be for my future children and grandchildren.

  606. Christy says:

    My boyfriend’s friend’s mother gave us the most beautiful quilt as a graduation present. It’s blue and yellow, and has the tiniest squares of fabric making up larger diamond shapes. I can’t imagine how long it took to make!

  607. Carrye says:

    What a great tunic top- I would love to give it a go. I am fairly new to the designer fabric world and have recently been introduced to Alexander Henry fabric. I have to say I’m addicted already!

  608. Kathy says:

    I have heirloom linens from my husband’s great grandmother. We have a beautiful hand-stitch cloth that we use regularly as a drying dish towel. It is one of our best as it leaves no lint on the dishes.

    We also have a set made by the same great grandmother. She must have spent hours hand-embroidering the tablecloth and 10 matching napkins!

    Thanks for all the great products and ideas, Sew Mama Sew!
    Kathy

  609. Bethany says:

    I don’t have any, but my mother has some beautiful quilt from past generations. I hope to get them one day and use them. One of my favorites is a sweet baby quilt that my daughter loves to use when we visit Gram’s house.

  610. Ellen says:

    Free Fabric. Sign Me UP!

  611. Anna says:

    I have the red and white checkerboard quilt my mother made me for my first “big girl bed” over 30 years ago. She machine quilted diagonals across the white squares and hand quilted hearts in the red squares. It’s interesting — most of the machine quilting has come apart after 100s of washes, but the hand quilting is still in good shape.

  612. Fabulous. I love good fabric!

  613. Esther says:

    We have 2 quilts that my fiance’s grandmother from Wisconsin made. they are pretty raggedy at this point but I am hoping to deconstruct them and re-use what fabric I can salvage-into a new quilt, hopefully to be passed down. :) One is buttery yellow, one is red, green and blue with yellow trim.

  614. Tabitha says:

    I have an granny square afgan that my great-grandmother made before I was born. The background is black with bright granny insides, it’s itchy acrylic that probably squeeks, but I love it. I taught myself to crochet just so I could make a blanket like that–maybe with some better yarn, though.

  615. Maggie says:

    I have an afghan that my great grandfather crocheted for me. I am planning to make a quilt for my son that I hope he will cherish a long time. He had a collection of t-shirts from different cities and I want to use those so he can keep his collection all together.

  616. Meg says:

    I’ve just recently moved into my step-grandmother’s house and inherited a whole closet full of vintage linens. I haven’t gone through the entire closet yet, but from the poking I’ve done there are all sorts of treasures; pretty and practical 50′s half aprons, dainty embroidered hankies, old linen table cloths still in their packages… My favourite so far is a little white half apron with an appliqued and crocheted pink flower with bright green leaves in one corner. So pretty!

  617. Kristin L says:

    I’m lovin’ the dots! As for heirlooms, my parents are still using most of them ;-) I have a harvest gold and chocolate brown afghan that was my grandfather’s. It reminds me of him every time I look at or use it.

  618. rachel says:

    We have two really pretty quilts that my husband’s grandmother made. They are both really special to us, but one is very worn after my husband using it throughout college as his bedspread!

  619. Jaime says:

    I have an old around-the-world quilt that my mom had gotten from her grandmother, all vintage material (well not when it was started but ya know what I mean!). It was started in the 30s, so all the fabrics have that particular coloring to them that just really tickles my fancy! My mom got the top and finished it a few years ago, after having it in storage many years… quite special.

  620. Several years ago, both of my grandmas gave me a stash of aprons that were theirs or their mothers. My most treasured is a “canning apron” – a print with all sorts of canning paraphanalia on it that I wear when we preserve food in the summer.. it was my great-great aunts. Also an impossibly sweet Easter one.

  621. froghair says:

    We have a quilt that my husband made with his mom when he was a kid. Maybe not “heirloom”, but it’s so special that I do think of it that way. Love the new patterns!

  622. Lesley says:

    My favourite thing has to be a tablecloth made by my Mum over 30 years ago. I remember so clearly her carefully handstitching the hexagonal patchwork pieces and then applique-ing them onto the cloth. Her initial plan was a king-size bed cover. She ended up with a tablecloth!!
    However she entered it into the handycrafts section at a local agricultural show and won first prize!!

  623. mj says:

    I love those Alexander Henry butterflies. I have a crocheted blanket from my grandmother that I hope is around for a long time. I want to use beautiful heirloom things, but I also want them to last a long time, since they’re extra-special.

  624. hannah m says:

    I love the quilt my mom made for my daughter–it has scrap pieces from my grandma’s fabric stash incorporated. So special.

  625. Kate says:

    My favorite blog! I love the new Alexander Henry.

  626. Ann says:

    My grandmother was a quilter, so I have a couple quilts she made for me. One is old and ratty and falling apart, but I love it and use it all the time.

    I’m hoping I’ve inherited Grandma’s quilting skills. I’m in the process of finishing a wallhanging of my grandparents’ house as well as starting my first full-sized quilt. That free fabric would sure come in handy! *fingers crossed*

  627. Emily V. says:

    I don’t personally have any heirloom pieces, but my mom has some lovely things of her mother’s and grandmother’s. Someday perhaps I’ll have them. I hope that when I have children the blankets or quilts I’ve made that hopefully will become part of our family couch cuddle/picnics/whatever will be treasures to them because of the memories.

    By the way, I love the fabrics and patterns you have. I’ve already maxed out my fabric and craft spending for this month, but as soon as possible there are a couple patterns I have on my list to buy… you win a lot of customers with your awesome blog!

  628. Darlene says:

    I found your blog by doing a “sewing blog” search on Google and added a link on mine. I checked in today to find – “Free Fabric Friday”. LOL. score.
    Anyway, I made a civil war reproduction quilt with all civil war reproduction fabrics in a shoo fly design for my sister in law for Christmas. I hope it will be around for a while.
    I love to work with modern fabrics though too.

  629. Alison says:

    I have a hand-knitted afghan that my great-grandmother made for me that I will always love. It’s a simple two-color pattern that is timeless and gives me such fond memories and great warmth. I hope to eventually make one myself in a size large enough for my bed. (The one she made is twin size.)

  630. Emily says:

    My mom had many quilt tops from her mother that she was unable to finish before she passed. So my mom asked my other grandmother/her mother-in-law to finish the quilts. Now I have quite a few quilts that are very special to me because both of my grandmothers contributed to the finished product.

  631. Sarah says:

    No heirloom quilts, but I have one of my mother’s first quilts. It is Christmas tablecloth that she made from a quilt of the month club from her LQS. The back is a fall print. I bring it out for Thanksgiving and flip it over for Christmas. I love it.

  632. Gina says:

    I actually just “inherited” a whole basket of vintage linens–mostly handkerchiefs, napkins and placemats. I am not even sure what to do with them yet! I need some inspiration. :)

  633. Stephanie says:

    I have no finished heirlooms, but my Grandma gave me a huge bag full of scraps from projects she’s made that I’m diligently trying to use.

  634. Cindy Rutledge says:

    I have two quilts and a quilt top that were made by my great grandmother. They are about 60 years old. They are not show quilts but I love them. My grandfather gave them to me 15 years ago and that was my inspiration and motivation to start quilting. I am excited about Quilting Month here. I recently discovered this site and blog and truly enjoy it.

  635. Angela says:

    My grandmother wasn’t a quilter, but she was a crafter. She died in 1972 and left behind an assortment of gingham aprons and crocheted chicks that fit over plastic Easter eggs. I love bringing those out every year. Even though they’re not as complicated as a quilt, they are still charming and cherished.

  636. Christin Lott says:

    Love the new Alexander Henry prints!

  637. cindy says:

    the new alexander henry prints are really cute! :)

  638. mama k says:

    Oh those AH prints are darling! So sunny.

  639. Jessica Knight says:

    I have a quilt that my grandma made me. I slept with it everyday. When i got my first dog she slept with me and used it as well. When my dog passed away that was what she was laying on. It started to fall apart so my mom framed it and it is not hanging at my parents house.

  640. Elizabeth says:

    My grandmother was very crafty (something I actually didn’t find out until very recently – she passed away 5+ years before I was born). It turns out that all the embroidered linens we have packed away in our sideboard were her work. It’s not that we don’t like them (really, they are beautiful – a creamy white with red details), it’s just that we have little use for formal linens (my grandfather was a politician and salesman, and they held what I’ve heard were some crazy parties back in the 50s and 60s). So they sit packed away at least for now. I’m hoping some day to be able to take all of the linens, the old silver, and the formal dining set (that we haven’t used since I was a baby) into my own home.

  641. Carrie says:

    I’ve made a few quilts as wedding presents for friends and relatives – I hope that they will become heirlooms!

  642. Terri Cochran says:

    My one and only heirloom is a quilt my grandmother made for my father when he was very young. It was given to me many years after she died so I didn’t have a chance to ask her any details. Now that I’m a (young) grandmother, I enjoy making blankets and other items that I hope my kids will want to keep until the babies are grown.

  643. Christie says:

    Oops… I was so excited I forgot to answer the question: I have a baby quilt that my great grandmother made when I was born… it’s always been special. I hope to make a quilt for each of my children to pass on to their children.

  644. Sarah H says:

    I made a fleece throw pillow with my friends’ names inside a heart hand-embroidered on one side. I gave it to them over the holidays and one said, “Awww, we just got you a bottle of wine, and you made us a heirloom!” I was quite proud of my work and I hope it can stay with them for a long time.

  645. Sally Hess says:

    Oh my! I love the Denyse Schmidt Single Girl — a clever take on double wedding ring, eh? I just inherited a huge load of heirloom (and other OLD things) from my great-grandmother. Her mother owned a fabric store in southern California in the 1940s and she still had a lot of the inventory from when the store closed. Think rick-rack. 1000s of yards of rick rack! I have no idea what I’ll do with all of it!

  646. amy says:

    count me in!!

  647. Christie says:

    Wow! I would absolutely LOVE to win! Whoever ends up winning is going to have an incredibly hard time picking a favorite! Thanks for the opportunity!

  648. Dana says:

    Actually, I just used my heirloom linens…as I put my baby down for her nap, I tucked her in under the very same quilt my mom used with me. It is a cute lemon yellow gingham backed with solid yellow and a sweet little gingham eyelet border. My grandmother made it for me, uh, er, uh, several years ago. I hope it is arond for my little girl to use with her little ones.

    A yard of cheerful fabric would brighten my day! :)

  649. Jackie says:

    I have a lot of my grandma’s tea towels or dish towels on which she embroidered the days of the week with pictures and also some have “crystal”, “silver”, etc. or “cool as a cucumber” type sayings. They are wonderful and I won’t ever use them, but they’re great to have out for decoration!

  650. Rosalie says:

    Ooooh, I love this blog…..I check it all the time and there are so many great ideas and suggestions!

  651. Janice says:

    I am so stinking in love with that denyse schmidt pattern! Favorite heirloom? A wool blanket. The sheep was sheared on my great grandmothers farm, and knitted into a fabulous patterned blanket. It is amazing and is being given to me when my mother passes. It is the one item she wishes to stay in the family.

  652. Great Alexander Henry fabric – I’m feeling the Asian inspiration – Indochine Oasobi Red is my favorite.

  653. Celeste says:

    Well, I my grandmother gifted me her fabric stash a while back–quite a few nice vintage pieces. I’m developing that ever-handy reputation as the “relative who sews,” so I hope there’s more coming my way! :)

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