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Thread: Mending a 100 year old quilt

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    Super Member Deborah12687's Avatar
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    I have been asked to mend a quilt that is 100 years old. I have the fabric that matches it and is that old as well. Any of you have ideas on how to mend it?

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    what is the pattern? What repairs are needed - split seams? Replace worn pieces? Holes in otherwise good pieces?

    I do this kind of work by hand with very fine thread, try to make it as invisible as possible. Re-quilt where needed.

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    pictures always help with those kind of questions, because generically, all I can say is: VERY CAREFULLY!

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    Warning warning Will Robinson.
    Just had a siminar last week at quilt guild.

    "to date a quilt, the time line is as early as the latest age of fabric used" So:
    her example,
    1980's fabric was used on a great grandmother's quilt. The quilt then turned into a 1980's quilt. !! How awful !! So, please, it is up to what you want. A quilt that has warn, even because of the type of process the colors the material deterioted, or change the whole age /worth of the quilt.

    Please, consult a person that knows before working on the quilt.

    Good luck!

    Ell

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    Pictures would help. In agreement with the other comments.

    Pam M

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    I am getting the quilt from the lady next week so I can take a look at it and see what all has to be done. She mentioned that there is frayed blocks were the stitching let loose and also a rip in one of the blocks.

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