Saving pieces of history

As I was running errands yesterday, I ran into my daughter’s school bus driver at the post office. She was mailing off a beautiful quilt she had made to one of her relatives. It was gorgeous; it had several different types of material. The most striking of the blocks were made from salvaged needle-worked linens. (I wish I would have had a camera with me so I could have snapped a pic to include here, but you’ll have to take my word for it.) It just looked so right. The materials were old a new and of different textures.

I couldn’t help but think what a wonderful way to salvage these beautiful pieces of fabric art — to include them in yet another family heirloom that I’m sure will be cherished for decades to come.

She said, “That’s what I do.” … She goes to garage/rummage sales and picks up these old things and reworks them into something “new.”

How about you, Antique Trader readers? Do any of you make something new from something old?

— Karen                  

Karen Knapstein

About Karen Knapstein

Karen Knapstein is the editor of Antique Trader magazine. A lifelong collector and student of antiques, she has written dozens of articles on vintage collectibles and their historical context. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Faye. She can be reached at