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    That was Beautiful, what a treasure.

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    Do you believe in coincidence? :?:

    I have been going thru everything in the house to get ready to move when our farm sells and this week I am going to do the closet where my wedding gown is.

    I have been tempted to get rid of it because it just hangs in the closet but I could never quite do it.

    :) This idea is perfect and I would never have thought of it in a zillion years.

    I love this board. It has the neatest,most creative people and ideas :-)
    Marybeth

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    MaryBeth,

    My suggestion for what it's worth....

    If you have daughters or grand daughters, give them a chance to claim the dress first. I have precious memories of a hand made voile wedding dress my paternal grandmother wore and (at the time) I thought it was mine to keep forever. It even had handmade lace and a handmade petticoat to go with it (the kind you see in museums today), but someone older than I decided it needed to be tossed and did.

    The very precious memory I have of that dress will always make me want to give the next generation a chance to have a keepsake if they desire it. Hidden very delicately under the lace front were two bound buttonholes for nursing a baby. Obviously my grandmother wore the dress a long time even though it only had a 14" waistline.

    GramMER

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    My mother's wedding dress was silk that my dad brought back from Japan. He was there for the Occupation in the 40's. Couple of years ago, mom cut her gown for 16 silk handkerchiefs (one for each grandchild) and her mother tatted lace to edge them. Each grandchild will get one as a wedding gift. Wish she had done an extra one for me. The dress had been stored for 50 years and wasn't in the best of shape, but she saved what she could. What a treasure to pass down.

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    I really appreciate your advice re: future generations.

    My wedding gown story has an oops to it.

    I was married 32 yrs ago and after the wedding I asked my mom to have the dress cleaned and packed for storage as we were moving to a small apt in another city.

    25 years later while cleaning out my parents house to sell it. I found the dress in a closet just the way I had hung it up. The dress is yellowed and creased from the hanger. Why my mom did not have it cleaned is a question I'll never know the answer. I don' think anyone could wear it in the shape that it is in.

    So. . . thinking this quilt idea may be a way to save part of the dress.

    Marybeth

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    Thats a great idea. What a beautiful bedspread quilt that would be. After years in the closet doing nothing, you could see everyday. I'm going to
    mention that to my daughterinlaw, of course, she might be saving it for
    her girls to use too. Food for thought :lol:

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    Silk is beautiful and so expensive in some countries, but it can deteriorate too, if seams are not wide enough. I actually bought a beautiful silk comforter made of saris from India, and it literally fell to pieces before I ever had it dry cleaned. Fortunately I was able to get my money back, but watching it pull into shreds was heartbreaking.

    Remember too that old cloth and new cloth should not be put together or the "rend" will be greater. Keep the cloth about the same time period. This might require you to shop at a thrift store to finish your project. Depending on how old your dress is, it should be fairly easy to tell what is new and what is older by the style of the dress.

    My best to you,

    GramMER[u]

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    t quilts theese's are so beautiful.makes me kinda sad i don't have a daughter of my own. ..............tia sarah

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    I have made several double wedding ring quilts and had people sign the back - at one shower, I wasn't in the room with the quilt and people signed on the front. The bride loved it.

    This particular quilt was made from scraps and fabrics that identified the donor - cats for the cat lover, baseball for the jock - the background was from a dress shirt from the accountant. Maybe your family could come up with identifying fabrics (or you could) and have them sign in the center of that field

    kcama

    I added a tiny piece of scrap left from making my own wedding dress and any other ones from related people - maybe you could get snippets of siblings wedding attire (from an inside seam or something).


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    I think it would be neat to cut up a bunch of dresses that are never going to be worn again that are too small (usually, :lol:) or too darn ugly.....
    make them all into a big memory quilt! hehehe!

    My wedding dress is dark blue! I got it on sale at Deb in the mall after prom season for $25!!!! It's hanging in the basement....with my gown I wore in my BF's wedding, and my Matron of Honor dress I wore in my sis's wedding....
    I could prob. cut up my wedding dress easier than I could cut up my other ones! aahhhhh!

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    I thought I probably should explain the spelling of my alias.

    When my babies were little, I wanted them to call me Mother and not Mommie. I did my level best to teach them how to say it, but alas it always seemed to come out Mer rather than Mother.

    As my grandchildren began to come along, the first granddaughter called me GramMER rather than Grandmother and the label stuck. You see, I was also a part time English teacher and the name sounded so appropriate even if it were not spelled correctly (grammar).

    GramMER to 15 and one more on the way this month!!!! :!:

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    I had one of my daughters wedding dresses in my closet for a few years and wanted to get rid of it. One of my Aunt's was an excellent seamstress so I asked her what could be done with it. She suggested making pillows for daughters bed. She took the dress and made several pillows that were stunning....she used the beads lace for the edges on each pillow.
    Just another thought on what to do with a wedding dress.
    SewSew

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    Why don't you write a book? What a wonderful, beautiful idea. And with your beautiful work, Oh my goodness what heirlooms you could turn out. Your just such the smart one aren't ya,

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    Rebecca,

    Have we met somewhere? I know there are precious few GramMERs in the world, but lots of grammar teachers named Beth after Queen Elizabeth perhaps.

    I would love to write a book, but nobody would want to read it because it would be mostly focused on my lapfull of babies and the things we do together.

    Today I worked on a quilt for the new grandson. I took the pages of a cloth book and put them into a quilt because one page was missing. Never a dull moment at our house... The book was about Noah and the flood and page 6 was missing. In the quilt top, the missing page will not be noticed.

    The irony is that tonight our streets are flooded nearly to the knees of taller people and to the hip of shorter ones. As we drove home (keeping to the center of the road) we felt truly sorry for the ones waiting for busses and auotrickshaws.

    And my mind went back to my quilt....

    Stay well. Keep dry!!

    GramMER

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    I'm sorry, I thought you where another Beth that I talk with via e-mail, who is also on this forum, She just posted another one of her beautiful quilts. But you know your wedding pillow is still a wonderful idea, and you can still write a book. I'm again sorry, Sometimes it helps if I pay more attention.

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    Rebecca,

    It appears that I was the one confused. That can happen pretty easily lately. :shock: I went back and read the post just above mine and sure enough, there is a BETH there whose signature is very faint (like a forward or a footer).

    You were correct to address her and I was not the one who made the pretty quilt you saw nor the pillow either. That's OK! I will be happy to take credit for all of it. Meantime, you are right on! I hope BETH sees your messge.

    GramMER

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    I've seen wedding dresses made into doll wedding dresses but never the quilts. What a nice idea. Loved the idea of the hankies especially. How nice it would be to have your "something old" be a hankie made from your mother or grandmother's wedding dress.
    Jo

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    Oh! Loretta! If you think they're sad let me tell you my story!

    My dress came from a consignment shop called Something Old and Something New. I went in for one dress and came with a different one (those ladies loved me and kept making me try on dresses!)

    Now it was a little big and needed altered, not to metion I'm only 5"3" and wanted to wear ballerina slippers. The office where I worked told me about this great woman who did all sorts of altering in the next town over. So I get there and tell her what I want done (it had this horrid satin ribbon over the bottom that didn't match the rest of the dress at all). I told her in no uncertain terms to cut that off and leave it off.

    Guess what she told me! "I told her she shouldn't have it on there! But she wouldn't listen!" Huuu? Come to find out the bride that wore my wedding dress had it altered at the same place I did, to have that ribbon put on! Come to find out when I was getting married she was still happily married and had two children with I think a third on the way!

    So the first thing I wanted to do when I got home from my honeymoon was take it back to the consignment shop! I told dh it was a dress that was supposed to be WORN and bring other's happiness. He wouldn't let me sell it so it's wrapped up in the back of my closet. Still to this day Nearly 5 years later he wont let me sell it. Says I might want it for dd one day, who knows that might be true. ;)

    My dress was dry clean only and even then only with extreme care and I just can't imagine having it as a quilt. Shoot what if the cat messed on it!?!?! Ah well that's my house one husband, one toddler and three cats. hehehe, always have to think about the might be messes.

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    For my wedding I asked my mother to use her wedding dress to make me the ring bearer's pillow and my garder. They turned out great!! Oh she also made the bridal dance bag with her dress too.

    Kyia

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    Wasn't it an old tradition to take the wedding dress and make christening gowns out of it?
    That is what I would do with the cost of the dress...
    K

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    I made a christening gown from the mother's wedding gown once. It was stunning, but a lot of work. It seems it takes twice as long because you have to undo a dress before you can make another...

    M

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    Quote Originally Posted by KO24
    Wasn't it an old tradition to take the wedding dress and make christening gowns out of it?
    That is what I would do with the cost of the dress...
    K
    My mother is going to do that for my kids with her own wedding dress.
    She originally wanted me to wear her dress, but it's way too large and way too short. I will either be making my own, or having it made, so I suppose I could use some of the fabric from her dress in my dress, but it's a completely different style...

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    Here are some sites that may help

    http://www.quiltsbycindy.com/weddingdress.htm
    http://www.quiltindex.com/ATQF/QandA_Single.aspx?QAID=5
    http://www.quiltersreview.com/article.asp?rticle=/tip/expert/020325_a.asp

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    I would have no problem using my wedding dress for a quilt. My daughter in law wanted to use her dress to make baby quilts. She's been married 6 years and had a beautiful dress. I have kept my wedding hat with the long tulle in my bedroom next to an awesome double exposed wedding picture. The picture is me looking at my bouquet and the bridal party during the saying of our vows. I couldn't afford the picture when we were married but when the photographer retired he sold every picture in his shop for 1/2 price, so their were many happy people that could finally afford to buy their beautiful display photographs. I was not able to open the second link posted. could someone repost it?

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    I heard of this right after I got married in November of 2006. I came across a website and thought oh, I don't know if I could do that just yet...maybe after a few years. lol. But, they do make gorgeous quilts.

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