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Thread: Help with an old quilt

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    Senior Member tallchick's Avatar
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    Help with an old quilt

    The wonderful lady at my post office gave me some old quilts her mother had, since she knows I love them!! This one was hand tied and has no batting. I would like to re tie the quilt but have know idea where to begin. I am afraid my kittens will think the current ties are play things!!! And help would be greatly appreciated!!!
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    Do you have a deck or porch? I would get an iced tea (in a spill proof bottle!) and take an afternoon and remove all the ties. Use a pair of scissors with sharp points and carefully snip the knot, making sure you don't cut the fabric. They are going to go all over, hence the deck/porch question. Looks like it's edged with gathered eyelet, so I would guess the back is joined using a pillowcase method. Find where it was turned and unpick those stitches. turn it back inside out and cut a piece of batting to fit and re turn the quilt. This is also called birthing a quilt. There are lots of videos on this. Once it's turned you can quilt it or tie it again.
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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    You have good eyesight Paper Princess, I hadn't noticed the edging at first. Good explanation you have given.

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    Before going to all that work, I would see how the kitties react. It may not be a problem. What a nice gift you have received though and it is very cherry "coverlet".
    Lisa

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    See if you have a pair of scissors where the points curve up. They're usually made for applique and hand-quilting to avoid sticking the points into the fabric as you are clipping threads.

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    You could use a different color cord to retie it and go ahead and tie it, then snip off the white ones, keeping it together while working on it. You could also tape a small paperbag to your chair arm and when you snip a piece put it in the bag for cleanup.

    Beautiful quilt, hope you enjoy it for many years.

    delma

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