Legacy Threads can give your treasured items new life so they can carry their stories forward, preserving memories for years to come. Your mother’s apron can become part of a new apron for your daughter. Grandma’s hand-embroidered tablecloth can become the centerpiece of a beautiful new tablecloth for your niece’s shower gift. Grandpa’s ties can be used in a wall hanging depicting a checkerboard in memory of all the games you played together.
If you are interested in having a piece refashioned/created please contact me to start a conversation. Generally we will have an email exchange or two, followed by a few phone conversations. I will need a digital file during some point of the initial consultation, and after we have agreed on some ides for moving forward you will send the item to me. Throughout the creation process I will work closely with you as the design and construction of your new piece evolves.
Items that can be refashioned/incorporated into new pieces include:
- Scarves, doilies
- Doll clothes
- Baby clothes
- Panels from vintage clothing or quilts
- Photos (as patterns for silhouettes in wall hangings)*
- Any small item or piece of fabric that evokes a memory
New items that incorporate treasured items can include:
- Tablecloths, place-mats
- Pillows (pillow coverings)
- Silhouette wall hangings
- Other possibilities we think of depending on the original piece!
As each piece is custom designed and executed, there are not set prices. I will work with you to determine what accommodates your budget, and I give a price based on a combination of my time and the complexity of the pieces, as well as materials. Typically the following ranges apply:
- Small to medium silhouette wall-hanging: $75.00 to $150.00
- Wall-hanging: $175.00 to $500.00
- Apron: $60.00 – $80.00
- Tablecloth: $125 to $200
*Original photos remain intact and are used only as a pattern.
I am now taking quilt tops to finish on my Gammill longarm. I can do edge to edge (pantographs), free motion stippling, free motion swirls or meandering, and some ruler work. I’m happy to discuss possibilities if you are looking for more custom work.
For more details on pricing and how to prepare you top for longarm quilting please see the Longarm Quilting page.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t sew. My grandmother and oldest sister were my first teachers. I made many of my own clothes throughout junior high and high school and continued to sew garments as an adult. At the urging of my sister, I took up quilting about 16 years ago and was immediately hooked.
When my mother moved from her Oregon home of 50 years into assisted living, I packed her set of china and sent it to myself wrapped in several aprons and tablecloths that had belonged to her and my grandmother. Once I received the box of dishes in Vermont, I realized I didn’t want to throw out these fabric items although many were not in good enough shape to actually use. This became the inspiration for Legacy Threads. I took my mother and grandmother’s aprons and remade them into aprons for my sisters and nieces. The new pieces were a huge success, and I loved the process of recreating something from a treasured family item.
For 25+ years I worked in higher education administration, retiring in 2013 to focus on Legacy Threads, my family, and my community. I live in Northfield, Vermont with my husband, in a 150 year-old house that has been in his family about half of that time. We have three grown sons, two granddaughters, a dog and a cat, and lots of vintage items!