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Thread: What to do with a really ugly vintage quilt top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by msuewhite
    Tell you what I'm going to do with one I have like this. (It could be a dead-ringer for yours! LOL)

    I am going to divide it into shawl-width pieces and applique vines, leaves, and flowers on it. I will then quilt, add a yarn fringe on each end, and give them to my three sisters, keeping one for myself!! Christmas!! Using all solids for vine, leaves, and flowers the background sqs. will be perfect! What do the rest of you think of this idea?
    Oh, no. It would be much better to send it to me! LOL!

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    You know I kinda like it. After you quilt it you could overdie it with tea or with a soft green or soft pink or light orange. Sometimes that gives a cool effect.

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    I've never seen an ugly quilt so I wasn't sure what you had. I love the string piecing and have done several myself. I agree with several other ladies, didn't like the boarder. I would leave it plain or add black. I hope after 14 pages you are convinced that it is a keeper.

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    We call these scrappy quilts where we come from too and they are always made with love. That's what the "old time" quilts often looked like and with all those kinds of materials. Make sure you give it a label that was hand made by your MIL with love, see if you can find out when she made it and save it. I promise - it will become a treasure. I made one for my husband and he loves it. It reminds him of his grandmother. the old saying goes "One person's trash is another's treasure" and yours truly is a treasure from the heart - what greater treasure can you ask for? From Amarillo, TX

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbartnick
    Car quilt is perfect and if she asks where it went off too tell her that she could save your life in a winter jam with that nice warm comfy quilt in the trunk of your car!
    I like that idea too! It can also be used as a picnic blanket in the Summer! Keeping it handy in the car trunk is an excellent idea!

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    That sounds wonderful! I have 3 sisters and I always make them something for Christmas to go along with whatever I have put in my "stash of whatever" that I pick throughout the year. One year I made them all purses and they thought I was wonderful!!!!! This year I have bought a pattern to piece to make a wall hanging that says "Jesus" that looks like a puzzle or something or other and then, when you see it, you don't know why you ever thought it was a weird looking puzzle hanging on the wall!

    Quote Originally Posted by msuewhite
    Tell you what I'm going to do with one I have like this. (It could be a dead-ringer for yours! LOL)

    I am going to divide it into shawl-width pieces and applique vines, leaves, and flowers on it. I will then quilt, add a yarn fringe on each end, and give them to my three sisters, keeping one for myself!! Christmas!! Using all solids for vine, leaves, and flowers the background sqs. will be perfect! What do the rest of you think of this idea?

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    Scrappy Quilts can allow you to do so much more with it then you realize. How about doing a Crazy Quilt with all the different stitches in your machine. Those you thought you'd never use. Then add even more in embellishments, speciality threads, buttons and the list goes on. I actually enjoyed the border you added and the quilt does grow on you with time. My Dad used what was available to him and in most cases it was gently used Flannel shirts. Got one of his handsewn treasures hanging in my living room now. The quilt does need some work but I will probably leave it the way it is, it carries alot of memories that way to me. Either way, enjoy the quilt for who made it and gave it to you. As we all know, quilts have something to offer to each of us individually. Thanks for sharing.

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    Your quilt looks like something my mother or I might have made. They were utility quilts made to keep one warm when the north winds blew and we sometimes woke up with snow in our beds.

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    I'm like the others - it isn't so bad. You could always put it on the bed under the bedspread, that way it would still be used but wouldn't be the focal point of the room.

    If you have young children or grandchildren you could begin a tradition of snuggling under it and making up stories about what each piece of fabric was originally used for. I'd bet it would be a favored game.

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    I just thought of something else - you could name it Charlie Brown (in honor of Charlie Brown's poor little Christmas tree)!

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    I feel like most everyone else. I like it. It isn't a "show stopper" but I would bet there are some stories behind it. You might ask her where some of those fabrics came from. Any of my 4 grown sons would be happy to have it. It looks warm and cozy and that's all they care about. You can quilt it and send it to me!!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by msuewhite
    Tell you what I'm going to do with one I have like this. (It could be a dead-ringer for yours! LOL)

    I am going to divide it into shawl-width pieces and applique vines, leaves, and flowers on it. I will then quilt, add a yarn fringe on each end, and give them to my three sisters, keeping one for myself!! Christmas!! Using all solids for vine, leaves, and flowers the background sqs. will be perfect! What do the rest of you think of this idea?

    I think this is a brilliant idea! You people are so clever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tortoisethreads
    Oh I love my mother in law dearly and the more the quilt sits on the bed the more I'm diggin' it! It's got attitude:))
    I love the quilt! I think you will too once you quilt it. It's unusual and that's it's charm!
    Kind Regards,
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    This is the kind of quilt I would put in my car to use if it gets cold, or if your car 'dies' and you need it for warmth.

    Or keep it for a quilt for the park, beach, etc.

    I make scrappy string quilts exactly for the purposes above to give to my kids. They are nice and big and if something spills on it, most likely it isn't noticeable and can be laundered. The grand kids love em.

    If your MIL comes to visit and you have prior notice, just fold it up, maybe drape it over some furniture or railing so that she can see it.

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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    Looks like something that I would do if I needed to get rid of some of my stash.
    Sometimes the grand kids would pick a scrappy, over one I spent a lot of time on.
    No quilt is to ugly to keep you warm. ;)

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    Well when winter sets in and if you get as cold as I did last year, you will be wanting that quilt. I had a heated mattress pad and still begged hubby too get more blankets and put over my legs and feet cause they were so cold. I thought I would freeze too death before winter got over.

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    This is a beautiful quilt, and apart of your childrens history, If you don't like it, finish it and put it away for you kids, make sure you document the history of it for them. God bless.

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    I really like it, what you would call an attractive ugly. I do not like the border. Try a narrower piece of very small dark print in black, navy. If you still do not like it after finishing, display it in the BR or LR for a few weeks and then replace it with another. Then everyone is happy unless....she makes you another one.

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    Did your MIL make it? I kinda like it and it will probably never wear out.
    Mary

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    Did your MIL make it? I kinda like it and it will probably never wear out.
    Mary

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