There is something about antiques and items from yesteryear that draw me in, be it a faded table runner or quilt, old washtub, or glass medicine bottle.
|Items from my mom’s sewing box.|
When I was a child, my mother loved to go to antique stores. I always grumbled and groaned, as antiques were far from what I was interested in at the time (toys, candy, and animals).
But, it turns out I am my mother’s daughter. As an adult, I enjoy poking around antique stores, looking at jugs and crates, wooden furniture, and steamer trunks. I love holding items in my hands and thinking about their use 50, 100, or more, years ago. It brings history to life.
The same goes for older sewing items. Last weekend I visited my mother, and we went through her sewing box. She has thread on wooden spools stamped for sale for 15 cents, decades-old embroidery needles, and an antique tape measure of my grandmother’s. It was special to see and feel sewing items older than me, used by generations of family.
But I also have a flair for the modern. I love the latest fabrics, in fantastic colors and exciting new prints. I’m drawn to the aesthetic of modern quilt projects, too. I’ll always feel the pull of more traditional, vintage looks, but my eye is equally drawn to the latest styles, patterns, and bold colors.
If you’re looking to be inspired by contemporary quilting, the Modern Patchwork Winter 2014 issue hits the newsstand Nov. 12. There are sections featuring kitchen and dining items, wall quilts, small projects, and more. You can pre-order the magazine here.
What about you? Are you drawn to traditional or modern quilting or sewing patterns? Or both? Do you have some neat antique sewing items with a long or storied past? What about vintage fabrics? I can’t wait to hear.