Have you ever received a gift from someone that was so special to you that you wanted to pass it on to another person in your family? That’s what we call family heirlooms. It’s hard to measure who a family heirloom might mean more to, the person giving it, the one receiving it, or those that receive it when it is passed on. One thing’s for sure, it touches the hearts of many and leaves a lasting impact.
ONE GIFT – MANY GENERATIONS
Quilts and quilted works of art have become family heirlooms for centuries. Whether created by a family member or purchased from an artist, handcrafted quilts are truly a legacy treasure. Imagine receiving a quilt as a baby and then, as a parent, being able to use it with your baby, and in turn, they use it with theirs. One gift; one investment and countless smiles are created. In a time when capturing images on our phones is the norm, so is reenacting the poses from the past. There are no words for the generational photographs that are created as a result of this!
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN SHARING A FAMILY HEIRLOOM
When you are looking for the perfect quilt that you hope will be passed on from one generation to the next, craftsmanship is everything. Unfortunately, mass-produced blankets and quilts often do not use the same quality fabrics and threads as a quilter would use. Additionally, the time spent creating every stitch after piecing together each part of the pattern ensures a quality unsurpassed by anything you might find in one of those “big box” stores. Knowing your legacy gift includes a one-of-a-kind work of art that won’t be found in anyone else’s home speaks to the love you are sharing. Your gift instantly becomes priceless!
WHEN TO GIFT A FAMILY HEIRLOOM
Quilts are gifted to one another for many reasons. Quilts given as a wedding gift celebrate a couple’s union. Wedding quilts can also symbolize the start of a new family and the hopes and wishes of their loved ones. As their love continues through the years, a baby quilt is given to welcome a new addition to the family. They are often designed with soft, baby-friendly colors and patterns, and they serve as keepsakes from infancy, marking the beginning of a child’s life journey within the family. Quilts have been used to commemorate various life events, such as graduations, anniversaries, or significant birthdays. Commemorative quilts are a way to honor milestones and achievements, and they carry the sentimental weight of the celebrated moments. Quilted art, such as a wall hanging, table centerpiece, or even a tree skirt are wonderful Christmas and housewarming gifts to give.
In the world of family traditions and keepsakes, few items are cherished and passed down through generations as quilts. Quilts serve functional and sentimental purposes in our homes, transcending their practical use as bedding to become timeless family heirlooms. Quilts combine practicality with artistry. They are made to serve as blankets, keeping families warm through cold nights, but they also serve as pieces of art that add beauty and character to a home. This dual purpose elevates quilts beyond mere functional objects, making them true treasures.
The passing of a quilt from one generation to the next is a symbolic gesture, signifying the continuity of family and the value placed on heritage. They become tangible links to the past, and their age only increases their worth as family heirlooms. Help further create your family legacy with one of our quilted works of art!