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 L. Knapstein is Print Editor for Antique Trader. A lifelong collector and student of antiques, she lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Faye.