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    Senior Member MrsBoats's Avatar
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    It's been a good Saturday all around. I was at our Habitat's ReStore on Friday buying a sewing machine, and got to talking about sewing with the lady cashing me out.. She told me her daughter runs a quilt shop next town over, which is about 40 minutes closer than the only other LQS I know about. I decided to go today.

    It's a beautiful day, and my car just mysteriously pulled over in front of a yard sale. They had lots of old electronics, mall ninja swords, and antique dolls. (A box full of doll faces is creepy, btw.)

    And a stack of appliqued butterfly quilt squares.

    I hadn't actually intended on going junking, so I had to scrounge in my car for the $2 she was asking, but I found it, and they came home with me.

    There are 19 total. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them--I'm open to suggestions--but I couldn't bear to leave them there.

    The purple ones are unfinished-they're only basted down. The polka dot one is the only one with wing stripes, and some have long antenna, some short. They're 10~ inches; I haven't measured. The backing is a heavier-weight muslin. I assume the butterflies are feedsacking?

    A few questions. Can I wash them? Not washing machine, but a sink full of...what? Some are dirty, and some are water stained. Can I iron them? They've clearly been stuffed somewhere with no respect for ages.

    What would you do with them?

    eta: Oh, and the LQS? MUCH friendlier than the other one I know about. I'll definitely be going back, probably for their Friday night sew-ins!

    3 dark yellow, 3 pink, 2 yellow, 2 orange
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    2 each of the blues, 1 polka dot, 1 plaid
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    1 green, 2 purple
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    look carefully-you can see the thread ends from the basting in the center of the body
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    Wonderful find!!!

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    Enjoyed reading your post. Sounds like a grand day, I would love to be able to stop at garage sale (no one holds them in our neck of the desert for some reason). The blocks are wonderful. I have no real suggestions for washing, sorry.

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    Can't beat your find for $2.00!

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    hand wash dry on towels.

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    yes you can hand wash them - just lay them to soak in a solution of 1 tablespoon bleach to 1 gallon of water - you will be surprised how nice they will come out. I got that recipe from a gal that restores old embroidered pieces - I used it on an old quilt block too, and it worked wonderfully

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    Make that all-fabric bleach - takes out the grunginess of age.

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    great find

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    i'd make a wall hanging and call it an antique. then i wouldn't have to worry about the discolored backing :)

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    Am I understanding you correctly...you purchased a sewing machine at your Habitate ReStore ?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    Make that all-fabric bleach - takes out the grunginess of age.
    Age is grungy?? :mrgreen:

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    Wow, what a great find!!!

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    Love them

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    They are beautiful-remind me of the 30's fabrics.

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    Tell us about your sewing machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees
    Am I understanding you correctly...you purchased a sewing machine at your Habitate ReStore ?????
    Yes, several now. I check on a regular basis to see what they've got. I pick them up for my osmg, who refurbs then sells them. I've gotten a Singer 457 (that was the one I was buying), a 237, a couple 15 clones, a Nelco, and at least one more I'm not remembering the details of.

    Right now they've got a Walmart Brother and a 7-drawer Sphinx (that's missing a slide plate and the shuttle). And a really cool art deco-ish sewing table that I keep telling myself I don't need. :)

    Check yours out! We have two other thrift shops in my little town, and the ReStore is by far the best for sewing machines.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb44
    Tell us about your sewing machine.
    It's a Singer 457, but not actually for me. Our ReStore tests electrical things to make sure they work, and says this motor does. Otherwise, everything else turns easily. It'll go to my osmg, in trade for the work he's doing on my Necchi BU Nova.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb44
    Tell us about your sewing machine.
    Yes, yes....what did you get at the Re-Store....

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    I soaked some of my grandma's in Oxy clean. I just let them set in a tub with that and water and would gently agitate them every so often by hand.Hung up to dry then ironed. I let soak all day just to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willa
    I soaked some of my grandma's in Oxy clean. I just let them set in a tub with that and water and would gently agitate them every so often by hand.Hung up to dry then ironed. I let soak all day just to be sure.
    I also did this with some old blocks. They came out like they were new. One of my blocks also had a bad stain on it. Could not tell it now :D

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    you are so lucky

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    what a hual.

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    Wow! Looks like 30's fabric to me. I'd better finish some of my UFO's or they might end up in a yard sale one day. HA HA

    Check with your local quilt shop about stain removal, there's a product out there that helps to restore older fabric and its safer than bleach. Can't remember what it's called.

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    I just finished reading a book, it was a novel, about a woman who restores antique quilts. She mixed together a qt of buttermilk,a gallon of water, a tablespoon of lemon juice, let it sit for awhile and dabbed it over the places that needed to be cleaned. She didn't rinse. Just let it air dry.

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    Just put them to soak in Woolite and cool water. Rinse and roll in a WHITE towel and wring. Place them flat on another wHITE towel to dry.

    If that doesn't help remove the discoloration. I have found the Efferdent tablets help remove a lot of the old "storage" stains.

    I say white towel because I washed doll dress that was on my antique doll in warm soapy water then rolled it in a very old blue towe. That towel had been washed at least a hundred times. The organza dress had blue spots on it!! The efferdent took them away.

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    Wouldn't it be great to make one more to then have 12 and make a lovely wall hanging. But then you could leave one out and use 9 on the front and have 1 leftover for a label. Maybe find some old fabric to make the sashing and borders and you'd have something very sweet to hang on the wall. I think it would be a very nice project. I would have loved to find this!
    djb51 in CT

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