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Thread: Cleaning Grandmothers old quilt blocks?

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    Senior Member diannemc's Avatar
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    When I was at my mothers cleaning out some of her old fabrics...I ran across some of my Grandmothers old blocks...How do I need to clean these..? Thought I would try to put them together somehow and pass them on the my two girls...Any suggestions on how to do this..These are probably 40 years old maybe older!!
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    Here are pictures..sorry!
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    What about putting them together as a sampler quilt and washing after you have finished the quilt?

    Otherwise maybe hand wash gently and hang to dry?

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    I would wait to wash after also. Some of the fabrics may be fragile so be very careful what ever you do. What a great memory quilt it will be for your girls.

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    I have the same dilemma. I have to wash them, so that they can be pressed. I am afraid if I don't, I will press in the stains and they will be permanent :(

    I am going to use a little Woolite and gently hand wash them, let them air dry :D:D:D

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    I'd also wait. Put the quilt top together and quilt densely then hand wash very gently and spread on a sheet to dry. Cover with a second sheet to keep the sun from harming the fabrics. Good luck. You are very lucky to have found these. And smart to want to do something with them.

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    wow how nice is that fined...

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    What a wonderful collection, and memories, I would either hand wash carefully or make the quilt and wash afterwards

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    They are sure nice!

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    Craftybear had listed something on here, but do you think I could find it NOOOOOOOOO-
    Well anyway here is what it showed:
    A container large enough to hold what you need to clean
    fill with water- did not say at what temp
    1 quart buttermilk
    2 tbs lemon juice
    stir
    you can leave in this solution as long as needed...will not harm the fabric

    wash under running water with mild soap until clear and clean of buttermilk-
    Hope this helps

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