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Thread: Reusing antique Feedsack quilt

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    Reusing antique Feedsack quilt

    As a child I slept under feedsack quilts at my grandmother's home in Denver. I was given two of them. They must be from 1910-30 time frame. The pattern is very simple and the squares are random, a mixture of squares and crazy quilting. I like some fabrics more than others. They were created for warmth and utility, not beauty. I really don't like the overall look of the quilts, but the fabrics in them that I like give me good memories. Is it possible to untie the quilts and reuse the fabrics in a more appealing way? I could easily untie the quilts as they are tied with yarn. They have large pieces in them as well as 3" squares. Are they valuable even though so simple and unappealing? right now they aren't helping anyone in my closet, so perhaps nothing ventured, nothing gained (or lost).
    What do you think? I will try to send a picture.

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    no problem reusing the fabric. You may find that the ties left holes in the fabric tho and will have to work around those. As to value. While I'm not an appraiser there probably is not a lot of dollar value in them. And you can find feedsacks to add to what you have if necessary. Prices of feedsacks and pieces on ebay and other sites are way too high but it is possible to find them at reasonable prices. Large qult shows will have vendors with vintage fabric. I even have a couple boxes in the closet. So take them apart and reuse, remake and enjoy.

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    I would keep them like they are if they were mine. But that's just me. It is a real piece that shows how your grandparents lived back then. That's what they had to work with.

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    I don't think I could bear, to undo a piece of family history.

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    Same here I wouldn't be able to take them apart. Maybe you could loan it to a local museum for display?

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    Quote Originally Posted by barny View Post
    I would keep them like they are if they were mine. But that's just me. It is a real piece that shows how your grandparents lived back then. That's what they had to work with.
    Same here. Plus, actually I think they are more valuable (money-wise) as-is. On "Antiques Roadshow" they always talk about leaving antiques in their original condition. Just my 2 cents worth...
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    They are your quilts and you can certainly do what you want with them. However, will your memories be the same if you undo them and remake them? I bet you had some happy times snuggled under them, warm under the quilts and in your grandmother's love. Think first. Decide later. If you're just hiding them in the closet and would like to use them, well maybe it would be better to redo them. Afterall, I'm sure your grandmother would rather you use them and enjoy your memories then just stuff them in a dark closet.
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    We often hear about QB members finding a family heirloom that was basically given away at a dirt cheap price and wonder how a family member can give away something that a loved one made, IMHO this falls in the same category for me.. Once cut up and torn apart it is no longer 'that' quilt you once snuggled under.... I have quilts that are definitely not my cup of tea, i do enjoy the fact that even if I think its ugly it was made from love, a lot of hard work not to mention lots of time that went into making it, even as a 'utility' quilt.. I do use my ugly quilts from time to time when weather permits.. I more afraid of being haunted by her if i don't use it!! lol..

    It is your quilt to do as you please, and if cutting it up makes you happy then do what makes you happy..
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    I don't think there's any right or wrong here. I can agree with both sentiments: leave it as is, and re-use the fabrics to make something you like. It doesn't sound like taking the quilt apart and re-using the fabrics will destroy a quilt that is worth a ton of money and must be left untouched. So I think you should do what will please you the most. Some people would be most pleased with the quilt exactly as it was created, whether it was their cup of tea or not. Others would dislike the quilt as is, refuse to use it, and it may end up at Goodwill, which would be a shame. You sound like you are in that category, and if so, enjoy recreating the quilt into one you like better with good memories built into it from the vintage fabrics you slept under.

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    ~shrug~ Totally up to you, but here's my take on it.

    If you tear the quilts apart and modify them to your own taste, then they are no longer your grandmother's quilts, and IMO are no longer an heirloom that you've been given custody of. They've become your creation, albeit using the fabric that you got from taking apart a creation of your grandmother's. While the fabric may be vintage, the quilts are no longer antique/vintage.

    I don't feel that we can own an heirloom...we're merely given custody of it until it's time for the next caretaker to begin their custodial period. It's like being trusted with a family museum piece.
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    it is YOUR choice what to do with YOUR quilts! if they would be better (re-cycled) there is no reason not to- you would still be using the vintage fabrics and possibly make an heirloom- it sounds as if they are simply utility quilts now- there is nothing wrong with doing what you want with YOUR quilts. some people would keep them as they are- and hide them away for (posterity) where someone else can come along and throw them out...or give them to goodwill-
    if you re-create them - when you are gone someone may want to actually keep them
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    everyone has been so kind to tell their thoughts on my quilts. No one wanted these quilts-even my history loving Aunt-she couldn't see why I would want them.
    So.. I haven't taken them out and looked at them for awhile-I'll do that and decide. If I change them I want to stay near the style and perhaps make wall or lap sized recreations. The fabrics themselves tell the story of life on the farm-hard work, poverty, happiness, family.
    We live in Florida where quilts are bed decorations most of the time, and it would be nice to "see" more of my grandma around me.
    Again thanks for all the advice.

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    Rosie- I would myself leave the quilts as is, because that is how your grandmother made them. I see that in how you describe the story of the farm life they tell, that this is important to you. But you need to do what makes you happy. I am in Florida too, and I tend to use low loft batting in my quilts and we use them all year long.

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    If you decide to take them apart and redo them, take a picture first. Then take a picture after redoing them. Frame the before and after pictures together, then when later they become quilts that you pass on to the next generation, they will be able to see where they came from. Also, be sure and label them, including the time period you think the fabrics are from. I have some of these quilts from my husband's family that I want to "redo" because, like yours, they were utilitarian and they are not in good shape. My DMIL wanted me to do something with them.

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