Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
What do I do with an "old" quilt >

What do I do with an "old" quilt

What do I do with an "old" quilt

Old 01-17-2010, 08:35 PM
  #1  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 2
Default

My name is Linda, I live in Monument, Co. I have a very old, very tattered, very worn quilt. I hate to just throw it out, but I don't know what I could use it for. The edges are ripped and many of the pieces are so worn that the batting shows and some the batting is worn also and the backing shows through. Any idea?
monument4him is offline  
Old 01-17-2010, 08:39 PM
  #2  
Power Poster
 
amma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Out searching for some sunshine :-)
Posts: 58,857
Default

Hello and Welcome :D:D:D
Can you cut smaller squares out of it, and make a wall hanging? Add more to it for a lap quilt?
You could always use it in a Quilt As You Go pattern, and replace the backing on the squares, too.
amma is offline  
Old 01-17-2010, 09:06 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Livonia, MI near Detroit
Posts: 627
Default

Somewhere I saw where a quilter cut out the best blocks (ouch!) and incorporated them into pillows. Course being so fragile you probably wouldn't want to use them but they would be pretty on a chair or sofa, especially if the quilt had sentimental value. I have several old quilts that are in pretty bad shape that I should do something with but just can't seem to cut into them. One my great-grandmother made and the other is from my grandmother. Right now they are sitting in a closet. If I cut and framed them or used them somehow, I could see them but... Maybe someday.
Wendy
sunkistmi is offline  
Old 01-17-2010, 10:35 PM
  #4  
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Camarillo, California
Posts: 35,241
Default

Welcome to the board from Southern California!
Jim's Gem is offline  
Old 01-17-2010, 10:39 PM
  #5  
Super Member
 
sawsan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Jordan
Posts: 1,703
Default

You can batch it over one layer of new cloth add some new flapped triangles around it in between after removing the edges which is not good .
For the inside you batch flowers or birds as applique.
sawsan is offline  
Old 01-18-2010, 12:29 AM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: CO., USA
Posts: 590
Default

I made teddy bears out of mine.
The great great grandmother (82yo) of one of my friends made each of my DD one when they were babies. She stuffed them with cotton out of a mattress. I broke several needles trying to sew through some of the cotton.
They are raggy but they are cute.
Bettia is offline  
Old 01-18-2010, 05:12 AM
  #7  
Super Member
 
dakotamaid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: South central Nebraska, US
Posts: 5,367
Default

My sis and I laid out one from our grandma and decided where to cut out a "good" square for both of us to frame.( behind glass). It was hard, the quilt was so worn. The squares we ended up with still had spots worn thru to the batting but it only adds to the charm of the piece. When I get my camera back I'll take a picture of what we did.

PS: we still have the rest of the quilt, one of us is going to reproduce it sometime in the future.
dakotamaid is offline  
Old 01-18-2010, 05:14 AM
  #8  
Super Member
 
mary quite contrary's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 2,524
Default

I made placemats.
mary quite contrary is offline  
Old 01-18-2010, 05:34 AM
  #9  
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 64
Default

I have an old "sweet Heart "quilt my grand mother made- I'm over 70-That I am trying to reproduce because I've never seen the pattern anywhere. Its a UFO If I ever get it done I'll get someone to post it. This gives me inpiration to a continue
unfinished business is offline  
Old 01-18-2010, 09:50 AM
  #10  
Power Poster
 
dunster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Lake Elsinore, CA
Posts: 14,202
Default

Before you cut it up, you need to decide whether the quilt has sentimental value to you, or (in the case of a really old quilt) is it historically worth saving. If either is true, take it to a quilt guild or to a preservation specialist and ask for recommendations. It might be fairly easy to restore it as a quilt, which is what it was meant to be. I would only cut it up as a last option.
dunster is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
DianaSwi
Main
4
02-15-2011 02:24 PM
vickster
Main
14
12-20-2009 04:08 PM
gramfel
Main
9
10-12-2009 07:22 AM
janRN
General Chit-Chat (non-quilting talk)
35
10-08-2009 06:01 PM
Boston1954
Main
7
08-28-2009 05:35 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.