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Thread: 100 Year Old Redwork

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    My mother (86) has a dear neighbor, Lorraine (75). Lorraine had this piece of REDWORK and asked if I thought it was worth saving. Could not believe my luck that today's topic is redwork. Never heard of it before, but suspect that this is made up of "penny squares". Very thin, delicate muslin. Done in about 5 different tones of deep pink/red/burgundy thread. Size is 7 x 9 blocks ... appox 56"x 72".
    Lorraine's mother (Marie) obviously worked on this in 1910. A friend (Niada) helped with the squares.
    NEED HELP to quilt and preserve this beautiful piece of work. My plan ....
    1) spray glue top to unbleached muslin to re-enforce it.
    2) hand launder to remove dirt and stains.
    3) dry flat on floor so that red thread (if not colorfast) will not run.
    4) back with either unbleached muslin or flour sacks.
    5) machine quilt with off-white thread around the blocks which are NOT sewn in straight rows. So I'll have to work this as best I can. Do not want to tie this... would distract from embroidery.
    NEED YOUR SUGGESTIONS / RECOMMENDATIONS. This is much too precious not to preserve it.
    See other new posting "5 Treasures from Grandma".

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    Even if I were hand washing this, I think I would put a color catcher in the water just in case. Color catchers work well and are inexpensive insurance against bleeding.

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    It's so beautiful, a real treasure. I can't recomend how to treat it, I just don't know enough. Perhaps there is a textile conservator on the forum or near you. I'd tend to not do anything without expert advise.

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    I have no advise for you but just wanted to say that it is beautiful!

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    Man O Man what a treasure.. I have no idea what to do with this but yu are a LUCKY woman to have it in your possession!

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    wow that is a treasure, its beautful, sorry I cant help you

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    wow that is so interesting what a treasure

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    WOW!!!!!!!!!!! That is beautiful

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    I have no advise for you but just wanted to say that it is beautiful!

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    that is so wonderful. What size are the blocks.

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    I'm with Lisa on the colour catcher. Hand washing is a good idea too. Not sure I would use spray glue, but then it's hard to see how fragile the material is...maybe hand basting on a white muslin back with a largish stitch?

    Well done on taking up the challenge, this is a really beautiful piece of work. Keep us posted.

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    Personally, I wouldn't finish it - I'd have it blocked and framed and put it on the biggest wall I could find..what a piece of artwork that is.....and in it's original condition...

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    That's beautiful too!
    What treasures you are getting!
    I'd clean it as delicately as possible and then maybe take it to a framing place and have it framed. Too pretty to finish and let it be used.

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    I would suggest NOT to use spray glue. I don't think its been in use long enough to know exactly what it will do to fabric especially very delicate ones

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    I would not wash it until you finish it. I would use a layer of white flannel (wash the flannel) between the batting and the backing. I would use muslin for the backing too. It is a beautiful piece of work.

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    Such a beautiful redwork piece!!! It is stunning :D:D:D
    I would hesitate to use basting spray, it could make the color run, and possibly set it. I would be more tempted to quilt it as is, and then gently wash it using color catchers and maybe Retayne or another product. If the seams are off now, they could further distort and quilting may help keep them in line. Just my 2 cents worth :wink:

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    Lordy isn't that an awesome gift!! I've no suggestions except that I hoped You immediately thanked God for such a precious gift. Love the pictures, please allow us to see it once again once you've completed it.

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    That is very beautiful and what a precious family heirloom. Maybe you could find an antique quilt dealer/preservationist on line or in the phone book that could advise you this endeavor. it would be a shame to harm it instead of preserving it.

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    Think I would have to frame it behind dust protecting glass, and hang as is. If I were going to finish, would have to lightly hand quilt it, to stay with the age of it. Beautiful work.

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    Oh My Goodness!!! How nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melodylamour
    Lordy isn't that an awesome gift!! I've no suggestions except that I hoped You immediately thanked God for such a precious gift. Love the pictures, please allow us to see it once again once you've completed it.
    Yes, please let us see it however you finish it.

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    This is gorgeous! The HOURS of work in this thing- wow! I am jealous. I can see that you treasure it, though, so I won't be tooooo jealous. ;0)

    I agree with the others- I don't think I would use spray baste and I would probably hand quilt it, too. It would be something to do in front of the tv and it could take as long as you want. It's such a treasure and the hand quilting would add to it.

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    I've heard of people framing with plexiglass with an open muslin backing. I agree that some museum people could probably give you the best advice.
    It is truly wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmom
    That is very beautiful and what a precious family heirloom. Maybe you could find an antique quilt dealer/preservationist on line or in the phone book that could advise you this endeavor. it would be a shame to harm it instead of preserving it.
    That is my thought, too. I would be afraid of doing something wrong. But if you go to an outsider, make sure that they are reputable. Ask for references and check them out.

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    What a treasure to have. It sound like you have a good plan to preserve it.

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