Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Heirloom quilt defined

The last major type of I want to look at is an heirloom quilt. As the name implies, we're talking about a quilt that might be handed down over generations. To me, this might not be the kind of quilt that gets used a lot, but rather is part of the decor or is brought out in pictures and so forth. Because the plan is for it to last for years, it is definitely a place where more time-consuming baby quilt patterns are appropriate.

Good pattern choices
This is the time to crack out any pattern or technique that appeals to you. Feathered Stars, Storm at Sea, multi-layer applique, multiple pieced borders - have at it! The time and effort you put into the quilt should be equal to the time it plans to stick around. Since you expect this one to become an antique someday, plan accordingly.

Again, it's time to crank it up a bit. Buy the absolute best fabrics you can because you want them to last a long time. But here's the interesting question with these. Do you still do the quilt in novelty fabrics or bright colors? Or do you tone it down with things that seem more "antiquey"? I'm not entirely sure there's a right answer there, but I think I'd be inclined to go for classic looks regardless of color.

Yeah!! It's time to break out the feathers and multiple quilt designs. No pantographs for this guy. The sky's the limit in terms of design on this one.

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