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Thread: Vintage quilted hearts need ideas :0(

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    Quote Originally Posted by DewDropInn4Coughfee
    they are very precious...and do not need anything...
    I was looking at your Avatar and thinking I might could do something like it with the hearts in a circle in the center.

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    If I had them, I would definitly mount them and frame them somehow because they look quite fragile, to me and would not last long as a runner or topper that would suffer from normal use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blinky
    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    How many do you have? Maybe get an old wooden window with panes and place one in each pane?
    Oh my gosh...how cool would that be!!! I have six! But now where am I going to find an old wooden window.....that would be way too cool!
    We have some in our shed- and I wouldn't be surprised if any old local farmer with outbuildings would have some too. Or try the Re-Store or antique shed.

    Looking at your hearts, it's my guess that someone was going to throw out some old quilts, and someone else said "No- I love those old quilts and I can use them" and started a project she didn't know quite how to finish with the hearts.

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    The more I think about it ....that is probably what happened. Maybe even did a project with their hearts and this is what was left over. I had to redo a little of the hand quilting stitches because they came out ...probably came loose when they cut the hearts out of the quilt. Maybe I should have just left it the way it was...more original but I did try to make the stitches exactly the same bigger and uneven stitching..that wasn't hard for me :0). It's exciting for me to wonder how and who did these vintage quilt projects back then. What was going through their minds. Maybe some day someone will be wondering about our projects! Going to search for one of those windows.

    Quote Originally Posted by JoyjoyMarie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    How many do you have? Maybe get an old wooden window with panes and place one in each pane?
    Oh my gosh...how cool would that be!!! I have six! But now where am I going to find an old wooden window.....that would be way too cool!
    We have some in our shed- and I wouldn't be surprised if any old local farmer with outbuildings would have some too. Or try the Re-Store or antique shed.

    Looking at your hearts, it's my guess that someone was going to throw out some old quilts, and someone else said "No- I love those old quilts and I can use them" and started a project she didn't know quite how to finish with the hearts.
    :roll: :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yooper32
    If I had them, I would definitly mount them and frame them somehow because they look quite fragile, to me and would not last long as a runner or topper that would suffer from normal use.
    I think you are exactly right...because they do seem fragile. I did hand swish them around in some soapy water for a little bit because they were really dirty...the water proved that and layed them down to dry. So I am thinking now that framing them is the better way to go. Hopefully, I can do that with a window frame mounting the little quilt on acid free board. :thumbup:

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    I definitly would frame them. Go to a frame shop (Hobby Lobby) let them help you with picking an acid free paper and then frame them with non glare glass. You want to preserve them not use them. Do them all in one frame or individually, depending on where you have space to hang it/them.

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    I would arrange them in a circular pattern on a pale blue background. Red edges would be too much.

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    I would machine applique them to a piece of flannel or plush and cover my knees with the piece during our cold winters in Wisconsin. What love went into them and now it is your turn to share the love.

    Carol J.

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    I love your hearts! I recently bought a framed heart picture (would that be the right word?). Inside the frame, hearts were cut from vintage quilts and mounted on blue and white ticking. It was then framed in a vintage frame. Your hearts would be perfect for that - you can arrange them the way you want (either vertical or horizontal) and put them wherever you like! Good luck.

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    The blue ticking would be wonderful wouldn't it. I think that is what I will use!! Thank you for the suggestion! Would you layer and quilt the blue ticking once I place the hearts on it?

    Quote Originally Posted by schwanton
    I love your hearts! I recently bought a framed heart picture (would that be the right word?). Inside the frame, hearts were cut from vintage quilts and mounted on blue and white ticking. It was then framed in a vintage frame. Your hearts would be perfect for that - you can arrange them the way you want (either vertical or horizontal) and put them wherever you like! Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blinky
    You all got me thinking....I just thought these hearts were made individual...but maybe someone cut them from an old quilt and did a zigzag stitch around them.....
    They are definitely cut from older quilts and then someone with a "modern" zig-zag machine caught the edges probably to prevent fraying... I think there's a "Wedding Ring" quilt in there by the looks of some of the curved piecing. Not sure they are very old.

    If you have more hearts, then perhaps remove the zig-zag and carefully hand-applique each of them on to a matching red solid background. The shape will still show up; but better yet, a nice neutral would work as well... and look more vintage.

    I'd do a small wall quilt and have it framed. (maybe 24 x 36 inches or a little larger?) It would last longer and look even more nostalgic. Good Luck.

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    Thank you so much for your suggestion! I think I may consider removing the modern zig zag stitch now and appliqué them on primitive red design fabric leaving a 1/4 inch or so of the red fabric around the hearts. And then appliqué the hearts with the small red border around them onto blue and white ticking! Shoot by the time I find an old window I should have the actual hearts put together from everyone's suggestions on the Board! Thank you all so much...I think it is coming together!

    Quote Originally Posted by cpfrog
    Quote Originally Posted by Blinky
    You all got me thinking....I just thought these hearts were made individual...but maybe someone cut them from an old quilt and did a zigzag stitch around them.....
    They are definitely cut from older quilts and then someone with a "modern" zig-zag machine caught the edges probably to prevent fraying... I think there's a "Wedding Ring" quilt in there by the looks of some of the curved piecing. Not sure they are very old.

    If you have more hearts, then perhaps remove the zig-zag and carefully hand-applique each of them on to a matching red solid background. The shape will still show up; but better yet, a nice neutral would work as well... and look more vintage.

    I'd do a small wall quilt and have it framed. (maybe 24 x 36 inches or a little larger?) It would last longer and look even more nostalgic. Good Luck.
    :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    If you only have a small number of them, why not arrange them in a circular pattern for the centre of a medallion quilt?
    Cindy Needham restores old linens into re - vamped quilts. Perhaps you could get some ideas from the way she treats vintage stuff?
    http://www.cindyneedham.com/

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    oh that is so pretty

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    I can see them appliquéd onto a crazy quilt blocks and go from there by embellishing all of the seams in each heart with ribbons and lace and beads since they already seem to be crazy quilted together. Pretty stitches to hold them on or sew them onto a block and cover the edges with old lace or crocheted lace. That way they would not have to be laundered like a regularly used quilt since they look delecate with age already, and it would really show them off as a pretty wall hanging. They really are beautiful with age and appear so soft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blinky
    I purchased these vintage quilted applique hearts at a Quilt Show in their gift shop many years ago. They measure about 6.5 inches wide and 5 inches tall. I need advice for background to either put them in a large picture frame or wall hanging. Someone in my Bee suggested a cream Irish Chain background or a traditional block similiar to the Irish Chain. I am thinking of appliqueing the patchwork hearts on to a red heart so there would be maybe a 1/4 inch of red framing each heart block to define the heart on the background. Should I frame them in rows or arrange them in a circular? The background can't be busy I don't think because the patchwork heart is busy. I may be making too much of these hearts...but they are so old ....and cherish them even if I don't know the lady who made them. I love vintage things. So any ideas would be appreciated :roll:
    They would be beautiful placed on a blue background and framed. All of the hearts share the color blue. Please post after you decide and finish. I love old quilts!

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    An old friend gave me a bunch of hearts like these and she put one ea. on a little note card. They are so cute!!

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    These are so precious.. what a beautiful wall hanging they will make. I like the red idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Christmas tree ornaments. My mom did that with an old quilt of hers. She used the best parts of the quilt and made them into hearts. She then gave the hearts out as gifts to her family and friends on the Feast of Saint Nicholas.
    What an awesome idea! I have an old "cutter" sitting here and I was waiting for an idea and here it is! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blinky
    The blue ticking would be wonderful wouldn't it. I think that is what I will use!! Thank you for the suggestion! Would you layer and quilt the blue ticking once I place the hearts on it?

    Quote Originally Posted by schwanton
    I love your hearts! I recently bought a framed heart picture (would that be the right word?). Inside the frame, hearts were cut from vintage quilts and mounted on blue and white ticking. It was then framed in a vintage frame. Your hearts would be perfect for that - you can arrange them the way you want (either vertical or horizontal) and put them wherever you like! Good luck.
    The ticking in my frame is not layered or quilted. But you can use a shadow or memory frame if you would like to mount them in that way. My picture only has 5 hearts, so there were arranged 2, 1 and 2. You have many options with six! Good luck.

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    I took remants of a log cabin quilt to a framer and had them double matted with acid free matting board and framed behind glass. This is the best way to preserve them from any further deterioting. That was 24 yrs. ago.

    Good Luck...Andie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blinky
    You all got me thinking....I just thought these hearts were made individual...but maybe someone cut them from an old quilt and did a zigzag stitch around them.....
    exactly ,a nice little earner!

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