I love my family heirlooms. I literally cherish every dented baby cup, every threadbare quilt. But alas, these are in limited supply. Well I’ve just discovered a delightful pleasure- the New Heirloom.
It started with a trip to Tulum in Mexico, where Scott and I became in engaged. We couldn’t resist buying, at a local artisan shop, a beautiful piece of embroidered fabric. It was a raw piece of cotton canvas with elaborately hand- embroidered flora and fauna in a deep moss green.
The fabric sat in the procrastination closet for a year until I finally started to think about how it could become a new family heirloom. I snapped up a simple cream quilt on overstock.com and I took the embroidery up to M&J trimmings and picked out 9 yards of 2″ velvet ribbon for a matching border. All I needed was someone with a sewing machine!
I brought my bag of goodies to Brooklyn Mercantile and Mary and Tamara immediately got was I looking to do. One of their amazing sewers cut both fabrics to size and hand stitched the embroidered fabric to the quilt. He then machine stitched the ribbon to bind the pieces together into a fabulous quilted heirloom.
Scott and I will enjoy it for years to come and we look forward to passing it down to someone in the family.