Quilts that are so ragged they can’t be used as blankets anymore are called “cutter quilts.” These are the quilts people buy to cut up and make into something else.
So far I haven’t been able to cut into an old quilt, and I have quite a few, but I love finding things other people have made out of them.
This teddy bear is one. He was probably made in the 80s from a much older quilt.
This primitive kitty is another one. I love her little hand embroidered face, complete with whiskers and her little red tongue.
She’s made from a hand pieced quilt and is a bit misshapen so it appears she was cut without benefit of a pattern. I get the feeling she might have been made by a young girl as an early sewing project.
Her tail was tacked to the body in one spot and when I got her it had ripped away, taking a chunk of the quilt with it. I found a ragged crocheted doily that was perfect to use as a patch. The tail is back in place and the repairs add to, rather than take away from the primitive charm.
She could probably stand to have another old doily or two added to her cheek and shoulder to protect the fraying top layer of the quilt. If I come across the right little doily I’ll make some more repairs and update the pictures.
A few months ago someone gave me an old “cutter quilt”. There’s a lot of red in it so it would make some beautiful Christmas stockings. I don’t need to keep another ragged quilt so it’s time for me to bite the bullet and make something out of it. As Christmas stockings it will have a whole new lease on life and brings smiles and laughter for many more years to come.
What do you do with old quilts?
Do you store them? Toss them?
Or do you cut them up and make something new?