Antique Quilt Top

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by , 03-10-2019 at 06:33 AM (122 Views)
I have a hand sewn quilt top from my great grand mother. The top is almost 80 years old. I am going to hand sew it onto all cotton batting and muslin backing. My question is should I pre-shrink the batting?
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  1. sewlilly's Avatar
    I would think it depends on what you intend to do with the quilt once you are finished! I would suggest washing the backing, but not necessarily the batting. Hopefully the top is in good condition and you will hopefully get some gentle use out of it. Maybe putting it in the guest bedroom and removing it ahead of time if children will be staying in that room. Hope you post a picture of the quilt top I'm sure a lot of people would love to see it.
  2. JudieQQ's Avatar
    I would wash the backing, but not the batting. My husbands grandmother, made a grandmothers flower garden quilt. She finished the top, and layered real bolls of cotton in it. I put new batting over those, layered the backing and hand quilted each petal. That was five years ago, and it has been washed frequently. Good luck, can't wait to see the finished quilt.

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