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Thread: Wedding dress quilt

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    I saw a beautiful quilt at a show made from the quilter's wedding dress and thought I would do the same. I got the dress out and now find that I can't quite make myself do it!! Has anyone been able to do this? I thought it would be a great idea for something to enjoy (instead of hanging in a closet not ever being seen) and pass along to my children, but the scissors just won't move toward the dress!!

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    Super Member Quiltforme's Avatar
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    I am going to make dedication gowns for my girls out of mine. I cannot wait!

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-76236-1.htm This is a neat post.
    Maybe buy one at a thrift store and see what you can do with it then get creative with your dress. Be sure to post photos:)

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    Even after 30 years I still have a hard time thinking about doing that. The dress brings back such young care free times

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    I understand as I have the same thoughts. I keep saying I'll enjoy it as a quilt, but just can't quite make it happen.

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    I have thought about doing this too. One day, I will and will have no guilt. I figure that I will never wear it again, my daughter got married years ago and had no thoughts about wearing it, so it is basically gathering dust and taking up space.
    A few years ago, I made a wallhanging out of my mothers vintage hankies. At first I was leary about cutting them up but after the fact, very glad, because I look at that quilt all the time and enjoy it (instead of having them in a drawer).
    Do you have any photos of the quilt you saw. I would love to see them if you do!

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    My Mother in law had given me her dress when they were going to be moving to FL. The dress was in bad shape and Dad put it in the trash. I rescued it, and stored it in my attic for a few years.
    The year after she passed away, her oldest granddaughter was going to be getting married. I layed out the satin dress on the floor and there were very few places that were usable. I made a wedding hanky for each of the 4 granddaughters adding lace from the dress and for the 3 grandsons I made a small hanky square that could go into a tux pocket.
    I embroidered each one...Grandma Carol loves you...and the date of her wedding. My niece carried it for her wedding. Hopefully, my son will take his for his wedding.

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    My sister took her dress apart for me so that I would use it in her quilt. Haven't started it yet and yes, I am a bit scared to do so!

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    I had never thought of a quilt out of my wedding dress, but I really the the hanky idea too. Would love to see pictures of any of these, too.

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    I found it much easier when I asked a friend to take the dress and cut the seams for me. Once it was started, I was fine. I've also taken just the train from friends dresses and made pillows, a quilt, a Christening gown and a bonnet. That way the gown is still there - just without the long train.

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