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Thread: Help! I am new to quilting!

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    Help! I am new to quilting!

    I have never done anything with quilts before (always wanted to, just never have) ... oh course I do all kinds of other crafts... scrapbooking.. sewing.. crafts.......

    Well recently I inherated a ladies craft room... and boy was she a quilter! OVERWHELMED is not even the word!!!! Fabric like you would NOT believe (I would say enough to fill a whole isle in a fabric store) and I would say about 50 "started" quilts. Soooo many started quilt tops.. some tops are finished, but most just partly there... I literally have a whole room full of totes and boxes full.. SOOOOO I have some questions

    Needless to say I am SOO excited about starting to do quilts! My big questions is.. there are a few of beautiful quilt tops started that you can tell have been sitting for YEARS and some have discolored some (like turned a cream color in some areas of the white.. Will those stains come out? Am I wasting my time by quilting them with the stains on them?

    Another Question... There are ALOT of the squares that she has cross stitched (there is 6 blocks of each pattern finished) ... They are the blocks that hace the blue marks that you follow while stitching.... Once I put them together and make the quilt top, and then finish the whole quilt.. will those blue marks come off once it is washed? (Hope that makes sense)

    SO Excited about finding this forum and hearing from you wonderful people!!!

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    I was told at a local quilt shop the other day that the best way to take stains out of old quilts. On a HOT sunny day spread the quilt in the grass and spritz with distilled water and allow the sun to take out the stains. Do not use water from the faucet but only distilled. It is something about the reaction between the sun and the cholophyl(sp?) in the grass.
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    oh and BTW.. she was not only a quilter.. she crocheted .. knitted and all kinds of stuff.. and I got it all! yes overwhelmed but sooooooo excited!

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    I will def try that then! will Have to wait till Summer.. but it is so worth a try! These quilt tops are beautiful to just throw away because of a few stains!

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    I had an old quilt that had yellowed and I washed it and hung it in the sun and that worked great.

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    the blue marks should definitely come out. ask me how i know!!! no, don't.
    have fun!!!

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    I find it harder to complete someone else's work than to start from scratch and make my own. Since you have tons of fabric, I would choose a simple project from the videos at Missouri Star Quilt Co. Jenny has some nice beginning projects to get you started with a project of our own.
    Once you have completed a couple of your own projects, go back and take a look at the partially completed ones and see if you want to attempt one. Congratulations on your new acquisitions!

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    there is also something called retro clean. you can get it in local quilt shop.

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    will those blue marks come off once it is washed? (Hope that makes sense)

    Well, that depends on how old the blocks are. I have a quilt on my bed that is at least 30+ years old that my dear aunt made and it is washed often, and the blue marks are still there. But, I believe that the newer blue markings are made to wash out. So, it would depend on the age of the blocks. My quilt has "blue" markings - the newer ones are more of a "turquoise" color. HTH
    Nikki in MO

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    What an awesome inheritance!! Enjoy all the possibilities it has to offer you.

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