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Thread: 100 Year Old Redwork

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    Super Member AnnaK's Avatar
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    I'm with Amma and Olivia's Grammy: I wouldn't wash it until it was quilted. The quilting will really stabilize this old quilt and some gentle washing after quilting will give it a beautiful antique look. good luck. Let us see it when you've quilted it.

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    That is so beautiful and precious.

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    I layered and pinned today. Interfaced the work with a piece of muslin, then batting, then another sheet of muslin for the backing. Because it's not square, I'll have to ease some of the stitching to pull it together.

    My mother's friend, Lorraine, owns this piece. It's her mother who did the work (Marie 1910). Lorraine has absolutely no expectation as to what could be done with this piece. Since she and her daughter neither sew, nor quilt, anything to preserve this would be appreciated.

    The redwork deserves to be finished. I may not be the best person to do this, but I will give it the care and time it needs.

    I'm also a believer that these pieces are meant to be seen, used and enjoyed. I would never put this in a drawer, but rather display on the dining room table, or back of sofa, or as a throw across foot of the bed.

    The squares were machine sewn, but seams are very thin with fraying all around the edges. Next decision is how to attach a border without losing the redwork design for these blocks.

    Will post some pictures later today (since it's already after midnight).

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    Please, please do not use basting spray or any kind of glue on that antique masterpiece, as it might stain the fragile fabric and ruin it forever. Check with your local quilt shop about using Retayne to wash something that delicate in. It is a real treasure and it really, really would be such a shame to ruin it.

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    Oh my gosh! You stumbled onto quite a treasure!
    I do a lot of redwork and here is my take.
    I wouldn't wash it. I would spot treat the stains. I did a wall hanging for my SIL and she washed it. Yikes! The DMC floss bled. I was very surprised, so I would assume that the thread in your redwork WILL bleed.
    Let us know what you end up doing and please post more pics!

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    This is absolutely gorgeous. I don't know how to take care of it however, I do not suggest spray glue. It may damage the fabric being it is so old and the chemicals in the glue may eat the fabric.

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    It's beautiful.

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    Finished basic quilting. What my grandmother called "picture frame"... simply 1/4" inside each seam with a crossover in the corner. Doesn't detract from the embroidery handwork. Now, for BINDING. Grandma would have made it out of muslin, pressed, pinned it in place and sewn through all layers at once. She did very little handwork and loved her old Singer. So, suggestions for BINDING?? Remember, the edges are frayed and not even.

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    Thanks for the close up pictures. How beautiful is that?

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    I'm not sure how it would interact with that old of material, but maybe some fray stop?

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    I would "try" to trim it as even as possible, even if the edges aren't straight. It's so beautifull. I would not use fray check. Sometimes it can stain. I used it on the edge of a dress where the zipper was. Ruined the dress.

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    Keep in Grandmas tradition, machine stitch a white muslin binding on. But maybe after applying the binding, add a decorative red stitch on top next to the binding.

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    Thanks... I like the idea of a red hand stitch on the binding. Back then, they didn't do a lot of "hidden" stitching, so everything was visible. I'll do a test strip today and see if it looks good. Will post pics later today and ask for input.

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    Sparky's idea sounds great...I am loving this thread...watching your progress and the beauty unfold has been really good.

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