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Thread: Vintage Quilt Find

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    Super Member buslady's Avatar
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    Vintage Quilt Find

    Went to an estate sale last week. The lady that owned the house was a secretary at the school when I was in school. Her daughter had hired a company to do the sale. There were three or four quilts for sale and I wondered if Geraldine had made them. Thought it would be fun to have a vintage quilt made by someone I knew. They were asking $35 for the quilt. Daughter tells me that her mother did not sew, that it was made by her grandmother, or possibly her great-grandmother. The quilt is in great shape, only one of the fabrics has deteriorated. It needs cleaned, you can see the fold marks where it is darker. I got some of that Vintage Clean product and am going to try to clean it. Thought I would do it in the bathtub and lay it on towels to dry so as not to cause any damage. Anyway, here are some pictures. I am so very happy with this purchase. I am thinking 1930's due to the fabric used. Anyone with help on dating or any other information would be appreciated. I really like anything sewing related/vintage and this is my first quilt. Thanks for looking.
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    Onalee Rose
    "There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living."

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    Junior Member Akes's Avatar
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    It is beautiful! You wonder how they even had time to work on quilts with all the other work they had to do, and probably without electric. Everything by hand. The workmanship seems to be so perfect. What a great find.
    Ann Scatena

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    That's a lovely quilt and it's great that you will be taking good care of it. So glad you got it!

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    Power Poster mighty's Avatar
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    Awesome, great find!!!!

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    Super Member MaryMo's Avatar
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    Great find and beautiful quilt! Enjoy loving it!
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    Super Member nena's Avatar
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    Makes it extra special that you had a connection with the family. Great find.

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    Your quilt is a real treasure and I think you are correct as to the approx date. Too bad about the one fabric that has worn out. When cleaning you might want to temporarily baste a piece of fabric over the areas that are open so the batting doesn't come out. There are many reproduction fabrics of that era if you choose to repair the worn areas but I wouldn't do so if you are only going to display the quilt. Appraisers will point out that repairing with fabrics of a later date than the original quilt changes the dating of the quilt. If you choose to repair you could search for vintage fabrics of that time period-they are available. I have vintage quilts that I display that I have not repaired any of the damaged areas simply because I don't "use" the quilts and like seeing that the quilts were well used when they were made.

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    Beautiful, you were lucky to get it.
    Another Phyllis
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    it looks like it is in good shape

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    If it goes all the way back to her grandmother, then I would say it probably is from the 30s. I couldn't have parted with it. It's beautiful!

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