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Thread: What should I do?

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    Senior Member jeanequilts's Avatar
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    I bought a partially hand quilted quilt. It is a mini trips around the world, made of older fabrics. Some look to be feed sack, but some are newer (1940's). It is about half way hand quilted with poly fiberfill in the middle, and the clinker is they used an old sheet on the back that is terribly stained. The stain is not on the front of the quilt. The quilt top colors are vibrant and bright. The hand quilting is not particularly good. I am tempted to take out the hand quilting to save the top and have it machine quilted with something like warm and natural in the middle and new backing. I have never hand quilted.
    Sorry I cannot post a picture of the quilt. What do you think I should do? I do not know who made the quilt or any of it's history. I just bought it because I loved the bright colors, and I knew someone loved it a lot to make the top.

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    I like your plan .. No reason not to take out the hand quilting and make it yours :thumbup:

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    I would also do that. That way you could get rid of the stained backing.

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    go for it girl you can only improve it

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    I have done the same thing before!
    yes just take it out and make a project you will be happy in displaying!

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    Getting rid of the stain is reason enough for me to consider removing the hand stitching and quilting it in some fashion with a better background.

    Have fun with it.

    Cheers, K

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    Exactly what I would do too! Somebody else let it go, but you love it like it's your own so make it into something you want!!

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    sounds like a good idea to me.

    Quick story about stains... I had several quilt tops given to me by my MIL. Her mother or grandmother had pieced them. She didnt want them because of the stains. I took them to a lady to appraise them (from what is now the International quilt study Center in Lincoln) She explained that it was out of sheer necessity that they used the stained fabrics.... they couldnt afford anything else. I originally had thought it was stained after it was made, but she pointed out that the stains were in the seam allowances and were used that way anyway. She dated most of them to the thirties... the depression era. It gave me more of an appreciation for them. But I understand your situation with a backing... I think with a backing I might do the same thing. The piecing with stains I decided to leave alone... as to tell the real story of why the stains are there.

    Show us a picture when you are done! Wishing you alot of success with your project!
    Peggy

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    If the hand quilting isn't "that good" I would say take it apart. Sounds like the batting and backing aren't as old as the top anyway (especially if it is a poly-fiberfill). You wouldn't be happy hand quilting through a sheet either. The thread count makes it tighter and you would just get flustered.
    Please let us see the before and after pics. We on the board love to see those!
    Good luck.

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    I would definitely pick out the stitching and get new batting and backing. For something that old, I would hand quilt it to keep the 40's look. Don't you just love quilts of that period!

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    Sound like a good plan to me!

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    Its now your quilt, take the back off, be happy!

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    I received several quilt tops some partially quilted the quilting was not good at all. the back had lots of bunched fabric I am glad I did it because now I can make them mine. Even though the tops is finished the FMQ will be mine.

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    Sounds good to me. Go for it.

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    Sounds like a good plan. Maybe it never got finished because of the stain.

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    I think you have a great plan and should go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ersen
    I would definitely pick out the stitching and get new batting and backing. For something that old, I would hand quilt it to keep the 40's look. Don't you just love quilts of that period!
    I sure second that idea. I love the 30's era quilts. I think it would be a good one for you to try hand quilting after you get the backing off.

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    I say go ahead and take the hand quilting out , change out the backing and then have it quilted how ever makes you happy. Please post pics when you can.

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    Great idea. Would love to see pictures. :thumbup:

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    I agree. Take out the hand quilting and give that beautiful quilt a new lease on life.

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    Good plan and this way it not only becomes "yours" it can be used or displayed. Don't forget to take before and after pics and when you put your label on include the quilt's "story".

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    I would go with taking it apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I agree. Take out the hand quilting and give that beautiful quilt a new lease on life.
    This was my first thought when I read your post. You will be happy that you did and will have a beautiful quilt to display as you choose. Anxious to see a pic.

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    I think kathyd is right. I'll bet someone found, bought or inherited the top and decided to try to finish it. Bought some polyfiber batting, found an old sheet and then tried hand quilting. She meant well, but she didn't have a mentor. So now take her intentions and do what your mentors have taught you so that the original piecer of this quilt can be honored. I think your plan is wonderful.

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    Sounds like a good plan

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