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    For another thought....read a article on old quilt tops a while ago and their suggestion was to NOT quilt it, but rather but a back on it, no batting, and bind and hand tie it. The reasoning was that you would have less weight and less tension on the threads that way. I did that with a couple of quilts, using flannel as the backing and it worked well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lydia coffman
    For another thought....read a article on old quilt tops a while ago and their suggestion was to NOT quilt it, but rather but a back on it, no batting, and bind and hand tie it. The reasoning was that you would have less weight and less tension on the threads that way. I did that with a couple of quilts, using flannel as the backing and it worked well.
    Tie it - GREAT IDEA!!! - hadn't thought of that. That would also really fit the era too

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    I would hand quilt it as that is how it would have been done had the grandmother finished it. You can quilt it 1/4 " from seams, or to cut down on the quilting, stitch in the ditch by the piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I had 3 from my Grandmother and I hand quilted them. My mom and grandmother always quilted inch out from the seam. So that is what I did. I have also seen some machine quilt these old tops and they look very nice. Be sure to show us your progress:)
    This also is how my family heirlooms are done.

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    Hand quilting would be perfect for this vintage top. I would also square it up to make it more pleasing to the eye.

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    this is a log cabin quilt it is fairly easy to do just seach log cabin patterns on the net and you will find lots happy quilting and yes you could use your 6 fabrigs maybe pair them with some muslis or other light fabvrig for the light side of the cabin you can pm me if you need any help i made a log cabin for hubby over christmas
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    I just saw your message on quilting board........I would love to know what pattern the quilt is you are working with.....Last night at work I had a patients daughter to bring me some material and she had 10 pieces of feedsack fabric in it and I want to make a quilt out of it and don't know what to make for one thing i'm new to quilting............I have six different colors of it

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    Try this again....
    Wow!! This is amazing!!! I have a quilt top We found between sofa cushions in the basement of their home when we were cleaning out after their deaths.... I will try to post the pic for you.... I am wondering what to do wit it as well. Some say not to quilt it and others say have it quilted with muslin, I am in a quandary....each piece is hand done and on a piece of muslin... take a look see tell me what you all think!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbreon
    Try this again....
    Wow!! This is amazing!!! I have a quilt top We found between sofa cushions in the basement of their home when we were cleaning out after their deaths.... I will try to post the pic for you.... I am wondering what to do wit it as well. Some say not to quilt it and others say have it quilted with muslin, I am in a quandary....each piece is hand done and on a piece of muslin... take a look see tell me what you all think!!!
    I meant to say My in-Laws home....

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    I'm with Carol. I'd remove the 2 bottom rows, add another side row to make it functional and use the extras for pillow shams.

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    Another fantastic find (log cabin in in-laws' basement)! As to its future, my comment would question how you intend to use it. If you want it as a keepsake and put away, leave it as is. If you don't care about preserving its monetary value as vintage, finish it with hand quilting. This way it can be handled and enjoyed. I'm not a great fan of muslin backing unless it is to be a wall-hanging and nobody knows what is on the back. If it will be a lap throw/bed quilt, I like a backing with a pattern or tone-on-tone fabric that makes it pretty on both sides. I'd probably choose a tan/ecru tone-on-tone if I could find one that compliments the quilt top. Love the colors in that one!

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    I call that my "regular" quilting stitch. LOL Use cotton batting, waxed neutral quilting thread, muslin backing, quilt a 1/4 to 1/2" from the edge and just enjoy the process. When you are done, I always wash the quilt and the shrink you get will you yield you results that will look 100 years old. You will be amazed at how awesome at what you get. I can see this laying on the back of a sofa, and over me for a nap on Saturday afternoon. I have done a dozen old tops and I love finishing up a project some ran out of time to finish. You will be blessed when you are done.

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    How beautiful!! Lucky you! I have machine quilted an old quilt very similar to yours in a large meander. Hand quilting would have been best.....no time for that and I wanted to enjoy the quilt right away. I use it on my bed and love it sooooo much :-D

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    I like clem55's suggestion, along with your idea to make wall hangings/tabletoppers. I'd do a dark blue border. It will be great when you're done. Be sure to post pix.

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    To quilt or not to quilt an antique top. If you are looking for resale value, then do not. If you want to keep it as a heritage item, then hand quilt it with the 1/4" in the ditch. That is the traditional way to do the log cabin. For the first quilt from the SIL, carefully adjust those squares to the side as suggested, add a solid red with the wonderful fabric you also showed, It will make it a bit larger, still keep the vintage appeal, but get it to a workable size. Even if you do decide to hang it, your quilting will show and all will admire the work of the makers. As for the second, I would not enlarge it. The maker did a great job keeping it square and usable. I would definitely do the hand quilt since hand pieced but do not need a heavy batting. I would put in a light wool batting or a flannel, otherwise it could get to heavy to hang if you wanted to do that. 1/4" in the ditch stitch by hand. I have a couple of antique quilts, and I love to admire them completed. Every once in a while, I will put them on the bed to enjoy them.

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    I have a feeling this top may have not been finished, therefore the odd shape. I would hand quilt, 1/4 inch in. All of my vintage quilts are done that way with 8-10 stitches per in. You could put a diagonal stitching on the center red squares.

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    These quilts cry to be hand quilted! I hand quilted 1/4" on my GGM quilt and my DH GM quilt as I want them to stay in the family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    I'd be tempted to remove the two bottom rows, add those to the side, use the extra for pillow shams, add a pretty solid border and hand quilt with that longer 1/4 inch stitch.
    I agree with clem55 here. Looks like it might be just right laid out in 5 x 5 blocks square. That leaves three extra blocks for pillows, or to hand stich singly and frame to give to relatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    I'd be tempted to remove the two bottom rows, add those to the side, use the extra for pillow shams, add a pretty solid border and hand quilt with that longer 1/4 inch stitch.
    I agree. Could you quilt in the ditch for the narrow strips of the log cabin and put a small design in the center (red) pieces? I would definitely hand quilt this, too.

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    I agree that making the quilt a little more square would look great. I have a quilting friend who was in a similar situation with vintage quilt as you are. She hand quilted it with embroidery floss using a primitive running stitch. It looked wonderful and added to folkiness (not a word I know), of the quilt. She used a light grey, which might work with this project. Make sure if you do use embroidery thread use DMC. Cheap thread will bleed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    I'd be tempted to remove the two bottom rows, add those to the side, use the extra for pillow shams, add a pretty solid border and hand quilt with that longer 1/4 inch stitch.
    Good answer!

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    your 1st pic bottom row center block -lt blue/br./red/white plaid fab is from 1972 I made a dress out of the same fab for home-ec a blast from the past-I seem to forget I'm really not 25 anymore

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    I bought one a finished quilt really similar to that one at a sale. It was tied.

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    only hand quilt.........

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    my grandma used to call those "toe catchers", and laughed at them. i suspect it was a kind of gentle snobbery to think that not everyone was capable of teeny tiny stitches like hers...

    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    I'd be tempted to remove the two bottom rows, add those to the side, use the extra for pillow shams, add a pretty solid border and hand quilt with that longer 1/4 inch stitch.
    DUMB question, but when you say that "longer 1/4" stitch", do you mean the length of the hand quilting stitch??

    I'm so excited to get started. :)
    Not sure if that is what it really is called, but I'Ve seen it quite a lot lately, it is a much longer hand quilting stitch, sort of folk artsy.

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