Taproot Contributor :: Jennifer Casa, Vintage Made Modern

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Jennifer Casa's new books is a beautiful collection of past and present. The projects in this book are inspiring. If you're like me, you'll find yourself remembering favorite fabrics of your childhood and you'll be craving time at your sewing machine!  In Vintage Made Modern, Jennifer shares 35 innovative projects to "transform time worn textiles into treasured heirlooms." Jennifer Casa's love and appreciation for the history and untold stories of vintage fabrics really shines through these pages. With it's beautiful photography and touching stories, I got lost in her book and found myself completely inspired. While reading through her chapters, I pulled out one of my grandmother's quilts and viewed it again with a fresh perspective. Her attention to detail about working with (and care of) timeworn textiles shed light on true appreciation for not just the history but also the women who created these treasures from long ago.  Whether repairing or repurposing, the focus remains on each individual piece and how it speaks to you. Jennifer's book is a treasure. You'll dream of repurposing unfinished patchwork quilts into dolls, hot pads or feed sack charm pendants.  Cutter quilts find a new life as pretty bangles, reusable hand warmers, no-sew wreaths, or a simple shoulder bag. Favorite vintage sheets and pillowcases will extend their life as they become twirly skirts, napkin hampers, and everyday tote bags. Quilt tops and kitchen textiles all have a place in our modern home. Jennifer provides us with the tools and knowledge to move forward with these projects. Jennifer Casa is a maker of modern heirlooms.  Her Hauschen Doorstep pattern was featured in Taproot MEND (issue 11). She has written several books on sewing, vintage textiles, and crafting with kids. You can find her latest book, Vintage Made Modern, at Roost Books. She works with swoonworthy yarn and fabric stash in her studio in Northern Ohio where she lives with her husband and twin daughters.  Learn more about Jennifer at JCasa Handmade. ~meredith