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Thread: Grandpa's old quilt

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    Hi everyone I have a questions for all of you and would love some feed back. I have a old quilt that my Grandpa made when I was 16 I am now 46. This quilt has been used by all of my five children and is really worn beyond repair. There are holes all the way through in some spots. I know I should have just put it up but I didn't it has got great use. Well anyway I dont want to throw it out and was thinking on trying to keep what I could and put it into another quilt. There are alot of hst in there that are in wonderful shape yet and some of the flannel backing he used is good. What do you all think?

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    I can't answer your question, but I will be watching to see the answers. I have an old quilt that my late husbands mother hand made. It has big problems in a few spots, but I am guessing it as about 75 years old. People have told me not to repair it, but I would like to give it to his granddaughter, so I will be interested. Good luck!

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    My quilt is beyond any kind of repair and is falling apart.

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    I understand, but there may be some neat ideas out there.

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    How about trying to just duplicate it. Use the same pattern and colors. Maybe use the good parts of the old quilt for a pillow or a wall hanging that won't get any more use.

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    I had one that I had as a child and it was also falling apart. I got a Shadow box at Michaels, they come in several different sizes, and put my baby quilt in it and hung it on my wall. It still looks beautiful in there and safe. I put a piece of cardboard in to drape it over. Now my children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy it as well. A small card in the corner has all the info of who, when and where it was made. Wish I knew how to put pictures on here !!
    Hope this helps.

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    my mom had one that her mother made, somehow got bleach spilled on it, she cut out a piece about 25X25 and gave it to my daughter for a doll quilt, the doll was only allowed to stay on the bed with it! now I have it displayed in my studio. perhaps you can cut out a good section and display it in a shadow box as suggested or get a doll rocker and drape it over the arm.

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    Get your hands on an old window, find a chunk that is in decent shape, and put it in the window. Here is a picture of what I am talking about.

    http://www.aidenloveszoe.com/images/...loralquilt.jpg

    I think this is a BEAUTIFUL way to display what is left of a very well loved quilt.
    You could then find pieces that are still in good shape and use them in a new quilt if you wanted to.

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    Love the window thing. Would there be enough to get a patch for each of your kids out of the old quilt and then make a wall hanging or frame it or even add it to a lap quilt for each kid. Since the kids used it and remember it.?

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    I cut up an old baby quilt and made holiday ornaments out of it. They turned out cute.

    I have also seen them reused as batting for a new quilt.

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    Maybe even a pillow?

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    See this is why I love this board. So many different ideas. You should see some of the material he used in this quilt. Old polyesters and flannels. Looks like whatever he could find pretty much. Alot of the squares are still in tack. Keep the ideas comming I love them all and have not done anything with it yet.

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    Love the glass idea. I myself would hate to cut it up. I have seen pillow cases and cushions made from well loved quilts. I'm sure you will get lots of ideas here.

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    Could you post a picture of the quilt? I like the idea of making something for each of your children out of the good parts of the quilt. Might also add a picture of your grandpa run off on Printed Treasures (or similar), framed by the quilt pieces that are good. I can certainly understand why you would want to keep it!

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    I think I would reproduce the pattern in a new quilt, then clean, fold, and put the old one in a shadow box with some momentos of your grandpa, and pictures of your children using the quilt. I personally feel quilts are to be used and loved. Just think of all the memories tied up in that one quilt.

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    If you haven't already done so, I'd take a picture of the whole quilt as-is before you take it apart. I like the idea of framing pieces of it for each of your children or making them pillows. Something for each of them and something for yourself as well.

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    Great ideas. I'm in the same situation with two old quilts I inherited, one very worn and the other is VERY HEAVY (wool) and UGLY. But, hey, my grandmother's Women's Missionary Union in Hollandale (Mississippi) made it in 1954 so you know I have to do something with it. Keep the ideas coming!

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    Well I think I am going to take it apart and use the good half square triangles. The backing is paper thin you can see through it and there are big holes all the way through all three layers in quite a few spots I am going to frame alittle piece with a picture of my Grandpa. Thank you guys for all your help and ideas. I like the window thing. So thats what I will be doing.

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    Ive seen teddy bears made out them, size would depend on the good parts of the quilt.

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    Would love to see a picture of the completed project!

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    My sister took an old quilt our grandmother had made tht was in much the same condition as yours, she found a simple stuffed cat pattern, and cut out the usable parts of the quilt and made us all stuffed cats out of it. Then she put a little label like a collar on the cat, with the information about the quilt. They are treasured by all of us.

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