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Thread: vintage fabrics

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    Senior Member quazyquilter's Avatar
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    I inherited yards and yards of fabric, i know by the patterns, that some of these are 30, 40 years old, maybe more. most have been stored in tightly wrapped plastic for the past 10 years. I even have fabric that someone told me was printed feed sack fabric. My question is- Is this fabric going to hold up in making quilts? How do I tell if it's got dry rot. They are the most beautiful fabrics. They don't make cotton fabrics the way they used to. These are much thicker, sturdier than the ones we buy today. Thanks for all your help.
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    I have no idea, but it would be lovely to see some photos of it posted!

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    I have no idea either, but like Esq I would love to see some pix.

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    Feed sacks came from the 1930-s 40's.. and were cotton. Fabric 30-40 yrs ago hence 1960-70's is quiet often a blend of both cotton and poly. Its thicker, tougher and does work fine in a quilt I just dont like to work with poly. Feed sacks work great in quilts get softer with time and are easy on the hands to work with.

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    I would say to try it on something small. We have quilts made hundreds of years ago and many are holding up well. I can't see why the fabric alone wouldn't hold. How come I never have finds like that? Maybe I am not looking.

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    Wow, all that fabric must be great. Please post a pic so we can all drool over it.

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    try tearing it, that should tell you if it's getting rotten or not

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    As soon as I can get a digital camera (to borrow), maybe from my Dad, i will post some pictures.My camera in on the fritz.

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    We'll be waiting! I can't wait to see the pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    I would say to try it on something small. We have quilts made hundreds of years ago and many are holding up well. I can't see why the fabric alone wouldn't hold. How come I never have finds like that? Maybe I am not looking.

    Maria
    I agree.

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