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Thread: Very Old Quilt Blocks

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    What a precious............little girl! The quilt is pretty, too!

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    Granddaughters are always precious! Thanks!

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    I have a quilt block that my grandmother made and since I'm 71 you can see it's pretty old. My cousin had them and gave each on of the grandkids one. I have it in a plastic box now but I have always wanted to put it in a frame under glass and hang it on my wall. I don't think I would make a large quilt out of your blocks, the weight might seperate some of the material.

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    oh me gosh - I found several blankets and quilts that mother left hidden under mattresses. This old house does not have closet space. She used wardrobes to hang stuff but no where to lay flat things. Isn't that curious? Thanks for that insite. Guess I have to go to the bank of serta when Iget cold......snicker

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    Maybe, store it in a pillow case. I've heard the fabric is able to breathe that way.

    I'll be anxious to hear what you plan to do with the blocks.

    I have an old, old quilt from my husband's side of the family. It was being used as a packing blanket!!!!! I have rescued it although it is very holey and well worn. I plan to take the best area and frame it under glass. The pattern is Drunkard's Path, red and white. It is another UFO and when I get it done, I plan to post pics!

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    This sounds like the best Idea ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabrat
    Truthfully I would put them together and then hang this item behind protected glass.. make it something to look at but not wash and play with. If your family is larger maybe make four wall quilts not one big quilt and share with everyone a framed piece of the past as a gift at Christmas.
    greaat idea.

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    Ugg, I still haven't got the pictures made yet but I did get them out of storage.

    I plan on making my mother a memory quilt for Christmas this year. I am going to use old family photographs for the quilt blocks. Maybe I could add one of my Great Grandmothers block to to mix....hmmm.

    I do like the idea of making a wall hanging or two. I don't want to make them into a large quilt because I am concerned about the weight.

    I was looking at the blocks last night, her stitching was unbelievable...so perfect and even for doing it by hand and probably, gas lighting.

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    I have some quilt blocks made by my grandmother before 1920 and was advised by a quilt appraiser to not make them into a quilt, but to make pictures of them or something that could go behind archival glass and to store the rest in archival tissue paper.

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    tahnks for the cedar chest advice myself didnt know that so need to say I will be ren=moving them

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    I have some old blocks I bought at a yard sale. They are sewn to newspaper. They date back 12/37. I don't know what to do with them. I don't want to take them off the paper, bc there is so much info on the paper.

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    What a find!! To die for!!! Wow, I'm green. :hunf:

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    I had some quilt blocks made by my grandmother, who suffered from serious palsy. They were simple nine patches and I asked my mom to help me square them and correct some of the seams. Then I found some vintage-looking green and made sashing and borders. The quilt top is a very simple 9-patch. I decided to wait until my hand-quilting improves before I quilt it. Then I intend to get my son and grand-daughter to add a few stitches. I will put a label on back saying it was started in the 50s and finished (?) with work by five generations. For the record, I have been told by quilt historians that it is definitely a problem to store quilts in plastic. Instead, they should be wrapped in muslin or acid free paper and then stored in acid free boxes or in muslin or cotton pillow cases. Some people also store smaller ones between mattresses or stack them on beds, refolding often, if folded is needed. It's fun to fondle them occasionally so re-folding is not a problem.

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    Such sweet memories! I'm green. Again. :hunf: :hunf: You are right about the storage of quilts. I do feel ok when putting them in a plastic box, because it isn't air tight, and will allow the quilt, fabric, clothes, etc. to "breathe". If you wrap in plastic, the fabric can "sweat", and cause mildew.

    According to my Guru.

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    Here are some pictures Great Grandmother's quilt blocks. This is just a small sampling of the blocks. They need to be pressed but I have been afraid to do that.

    I still find it amazing that these are over a hundred years old.
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    Yes it is hard to believe. They are pristine! The pinks are still pink; it's a Treasure.

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    .................and no rulers, cutters, or sewing machines..............

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    beautiful colors and fabrics. You might check in your area and see if there is a quilt guild or a quilt shop with info about quilt restoration experts nearby who might advise you. If you don't have shattering in the fabrica, you can probably handle them---gently, but still handle them. I'd rather have the treasure you found than a silver do-dad any day. Just think your great-grandmother touched those fabrics, sewed those blocks, thought about how to put them together, went through the same processes you are going through. Lovely connections..

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    Beautiful fabrics and blocks and all done by hand. WOW! What a find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nancya
    I will get them out of the cedar chest and try taking pictures so I can post them. I will keep searching. I have been trying to find a thread about it this morning.

    NancyA
    I hope the quilt in the cedar chest is well wrapped. If it touches the cedar wood there will be stains. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabrat
    Truthfully I would put them together and then hang this item behind protected glass.. make it something to look at but not wash and play with. If your family is larger maybe make four wall quilts not one big quilt and share with everyone a framed piece of the past as a gift at Christmas.
    That is what I did with blocks from our Great Grandmother--four sisters so we now each have a wall hanging using those blocks. I found some repro fabric that worked great for the borders. I gave each sister a history sheet, telling who had made the blocks, etc.

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    A note about storing old quilts in a pillowcase. I've read in an article about preserving quilts that this is fine as long as they are new pillowcases. Ones that have been used even though they have been washed still have some body oils in them that could transfer to the quilt.

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    If I had a scanner I could post the article but I don't. Maybe someone could do a search on storing vintage quilts.

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    I love this place and all you people!!!! I feel so satisfied heaaring, reading and looking at quilts and history and family!!! I am in my sewing room and this is just a little bit like heaven!! You guys are like family

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    I have made quilts from old family blocks and each time there were different challenges to meet. One was so old that every time I rocked my needle up and down the fabric split!! YIKES!! So I had to finish the quilt by stitching straight up and then straight down!! Man, I thought I would grow old just working on dthat one quilt!!It was a bunch of beautiful old crazy quilt blocks that I had to square to size and set together with sashing and I quilted it in a huge spider web pattern that my husband helped me map out! It was great fun!

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