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    My mother, age 93 (in two weeks), is a quilter and was telling me about when she was a girl. Her mother would have her take off a piece of folded fabric from the top and bottom of a quilt. There would be two sets; one for Spring - one for Fall. When Spring came, Mom would take off the fabric and Grandma would wash it, hang it on the line, take it down and iron and save it for Fall. Then Mom would take the other set and sew them on the top and bottom of the quilt. The way she explained it to me was that it was like a quilt protector, from perspiration or drool or whatever (sorry if I sound gross). Then it would either be tucked under the pillows or turned under the top and bottom of the quilt. The quilt could also be turned over and there would be a clean side. Does anyone know of this - I think it is a good idea because I have noticed that the tops of my quilts wear out sooner than the rest of the quilt.

    Hey, thanks so much for your help. Edie

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    Sounds like an early version of a duvet cover to me. I use them on down comforters, but not on quilts. I spend too much time and effort on making the quilt tops look just right...no way do I want to cover it up with a fabric bag! :lol:

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    So it only went over a portion of the top and bottom?

    Kind of like when you turn the sheet back?

    Sounds like a good idea, but I wouldn't want to hide portions of the quilt either. Mind you, things were different back then.

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    It isn't a duvet, the fabric is about 12" wide and sewn from one side of the top to the other/top and bottom. The fabric itself must be maybe 26" wide altogether and then when it is washed and ironed it is 13" and the one inch is used for hemming just below the binding. I am sorry if I didn't explain myself very well, but then no one can explain me very well anyhow!. Does this help at all? Thanks! Edie

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    Exactly. My husband and I use down blankets so we don't have top sheets. I just wash the duvets every week, but sometimes a quilt is nice over the down blanket too. Edie

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    None of the quilt is hidden. It is an extension of the quilt on the top and bottom. You can fold it over when you use the quilt and then fold it under the quilt or under the pillow when the bed is made. I think I opened a can of worms here. Edie

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    Oh, I get it now, Edie......thats a good idea if you use the quilts at night....I take mine all off or in the winter fold half of it down, so we really aren't using it around our face......

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    I did notice that my MIL pins the sheet to the top of her quilt, the same effect I would think.

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    Thank you, so much, Sewmuch, for getting it. Now what is the name of the fabric that is put on there. Outside of a drool rag, I can't think of anything else. I suppose every family has to have some godforsaken name for something they don't know what it is, eh? Edie

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    That's a good idea too, but we don't have any top sheets! We use the duvets on our down blankets for top sheets. I think I may have solved 1/4 of the problem. I called the Mother and she said "When I think of it, I'll call you." Great! She's almost 93 - it may take a while! She is a feisty little broad and I love her dearly! She taught me everything about quilting. It was my fault that I waited so long to get interested in it. I turned 71 two weeks ago and missed out on so much. Thanks for all your help. Edie

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    i have seen that in museums. it's sewed under to the top edge as though it was going to be a sleeve, but it hangs free. it got tucked under the quilt when the bed was made, but at night it was flipped over the top to protect the edge from the roughness of a man's beard. it was very commonly done.

    another good idea worth bringing back.

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    God Bless You! It makes so much sense. Was there ever a name for it? That's exactly the way Mom described it to me! I am in the process of making a new quilt and this is my idea to do on the quilt.

    Thanks so much for your knowledge on this. I really appreciated it!

    Edie

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    if it ever had a name, i never knew it. i have been looking online to see if i can find anything relating to it, but nothing showed up. glad i could help.

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    How about a "Beard Guard" - I did some googling and found several references to it -

    Who would have thought !! It is actually a great idea.

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    I know exactly what you mean, but I can't remember what that protector is called.

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    I know exactly what you are referencing about the extension which can be flipped either way.

    I have also read (somewhere!) that quilt slipcovers about the finished twelve inch size were made like a long pillowcase and basted to the upper portion of the quilt. It reminded me of dollies made to protect furniture arm rests or backs of chairs at the headrest area. These removable covers were easier to clean than the heavy wool quilts made from suiting samples.

    Thanks for sharing :D

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    I always heard them referred to as a "Whisker Cloth", but here is a reference to them as a "Whisker Guard":

    http://books.google.com/books?id=fiI...0cloth&f=false

    Edited to add: scroll down to page 10 for the text on the Whisker Guard :D

    Here is a Quilters Newsletter with info, directions and a pic:

    http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/we...feature373.pdf

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    What a great idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ERhausfrau
    God Bless You! It makes so much sense. Was there ever a name for it? That's exactly the way Mom described it to me! I am in the process of making a new quilt and this is my idea to do on the quilt.

    Thanks so much for your knowledge on this. I really appreciated it!

    Edie
    so there you go! :lol: :lol: ask and you shall be answered :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    Quote Originally Posted by ERhausfrau
    God Bless You! It makes so much sense. Was there ever a name for it? That's exactly the way Mom described it to me! I am in the process of making a new quilt and this is my idea to do on the quilt.

    Thanks so much for your knowledge on this. I really appreciated it!

    Edie
    so there you go! :lol: :lol: ask and you shall be answered :lol: :lol:

    there is so much untapped knowledge on this board.

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    Well, I did some more checking and with the help of a lot of interested people, we now know it is a Beard Guard, Whisker Guard or Chin Guard, all of which are a heckuva lot more better named than Drool Rag! So, my next quilt will have a Chin Guard on it. I think I will use natural muslin, make two sets and go from there.

    After I got a name for it, I googled it and there is all kinds of information on it. I am still so God-thankful that I can still learn something that is historical and still practical for today. Who would have ever thunk it? A piece of material added on to the top and bottom of a quilt that will protect the quilt itself. I found it most interesting how people back in the "olden days" were so much smarter and inventive with practical things than we are today. In a throw-away society as we live in now, what a nice "green" idea to save something precious like a quilt and keep it clean. I am wondering now if one could use their stash and make a colorful chin guard. Even though, technically, no one will see it except the people who are using the quilt, it is still using up what we probably would have thrown out or given away or something.

    I have a lot of people I can tell this bit of info to and thanks to all of you that helped, we have a legitimate reason to add this to our quilt.

    Thanks again! Edie

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    Ok so now I have a question. I made my first quilt. White on white out of muslin. It has discolored from not having a chin guard. i have it put away. How do I get off the discoloration without ruiening the quilt?

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    I dont know what they are called,but I know a gal that makes a matching pillow cover type thing for her quilts,,,instead of tucking the top under the pillows she leaves the quilt flat and lays the matching piece over the pillows. (it looks like a wide table runner in the same pattern as the quitlt) They look really nice!

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    I was recently looking through a needlework catalog (for counted cross stitch) and they had a product for taking the "yellow" out of antique linens.. the magazine was at work, so I can't just look it up.. I'll try to remember and get the name of the catalog, etc tonight. I know they had a website.

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    I don't know if this will help, but the first nine quilts I made were made out of muslin, except for the sashing, border, backing and binding. I had embroidered on the muslin. I used Warm and Natural batting. I throw them in the washer, hang them on the line and they are good to go! I will use a little Shout on a spot and it comes out! My next quilt is white on ecru with triangles of dark and light fabric (Floating Stars Scrappy Quilt) To be honest, I haven't had any problems with the washing or anything. Good luck to you. Edie

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