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    I'm a painter and a quilter. DO NOT WASH!!!!! They have been shaded and you will lose all the shading, as that paint has been thinned. It is beautiful now,but not if you wash them. I would lay a thin cloth over them and press good with steam, let dry and then do your sewing, what ever you want to do. Also, if you frame them, you do want glass on it. The non glare glass with spacers between the glass and fasbric. If left unglassed, the material will deteriate over time and and the paint would start to deteriate and flake off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bizybess
    I love, love, love your design for your quilt! So simple but showcases the blocks so well it looks complicated.
    I bought some Sunbonnet Sue blocks at an auction several years ago that had been done in the 40's. They were on unbleached muslin and had some age spots. I serged around each square and washed with Oxiclean and dried in the dryer.I wanted them to shrink all they were going to right off the bat to see what I had to work with. Well, some had been appliqued on the squares parralell to the selvage and some were not. After washing and drying my 14" blocks were all sizes, mostly rectangular. Some rectangles were upright some were horizonal. I was able to recut then all to 10" squares.I added 30's fabric and I had enough to make my 2 Grandaughters each a twin size quilt.
    Your back ground fabric lookes like it is a much better quality than what I had to work with but you might want to serge and wash to avoid any surprises after all the work of piecing and quilting.
    I can't wait to see your finished quilt!
    funny you mention SBS...I have a set of 48 SBS blocks that I had bought as an incomplete quilt top. Meaning they had all been sashed and some of the rows put together. However they were sashed in the brightest teal blue poly cotton the TG&Y must have had that year. I paid a lady to take them apart so that I can use the blocks properly. that was 2 years ago. I am still not sure what I want to do with them. Make 1 huge quilt or 2 twins. The SBS are all original 30-40's fabrics done with the finest embroidery around them. They are amazing... and there are 48 of them. They are about 12" right now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirlinAZ
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    Be sure and label the quilts as to their history. Your kids will appreciate that somewhere down the line! These are gorgeous.
    I made sure to get all the info from the ladies daughter, as I want to make sure people who knew her or her family will see it at the fair and now it was her work that inspired me to create the quilt!
    I like your EQ design but find the border a little over powering. I'd recommend a more subtle border, maybe a light colored small flower print. In the 70s we "set" fabric paint by pressing with a cloth soaked in vinegar. If they are painted with fabric paint you probably won't have a problem. Any other kind of paint (and it could be) and all bets are off. The blocks are beautiful. Good luck.
    The EQ design does not really do it justice, because I had to use the colors in their pallette and the flowers in their applique selection. MY flower blocks are very bold, bright and vivid, a pastel color for the sashing would fade away and make the blocks look like bold blobs...I tried that...
    as for the appliqued border, it was the best I could do in EQ, but I am leaning towards some sort of floral print. However, when I took the blocks to the quilt shop, NOTHING worked! It was all way too busy and totally distracted from the floral blocks. They competed too much!

    Going to try and play in EQ and get an attic window setting done and see how that looks. Attic window quilts generally do not need a big border to finish them off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gal288
    They are beautiful.. be sure to heat set the paint,,it could fade if cleaned.


    I would sash & border them in the green


    Lucky you, have fun.
    A pale seafoam sort of green would make these colors really stand out. I would definately hand wash one first before putting all the effort into a quilt only to find out they fade/fall apart. Maybe dry clean???

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    OMG ! Such foolish daughters to not recognize the wonderful gift their mother left them.
    My GM made a quilt for each of her GDs to have after she died, but my uncle gave them all to a friend of his. The one GD who did get a quilt threw it in the back of her van for the dog. How sad!

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    Check, but I think they can be heat set.

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    How beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat Sews
    I think they would look good in an attic windows setting
    I was thinking the same thing. Maybe embellish the flowers with some beading would be pretty. And you could put the name of the flowers on the "window sill."

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    OH WOW!! What a find! Good for you!!

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    So beautiful! Can hardly wait to see what you do with them. Maybe wall hangings that may never be washed.

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    They certainly are beautiful. I'm afraid the embroidered names might detract from their beauty.

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    played with EQ6 today, like I had time,,and here are a couple of other takes.

    this is with a 30's mint green and tiny floral on pale green background for the border!
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    I went to the "magnolia" block and found the pattern is a Quilter's cache one..I just love it...will try to put it into EQ later!

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    I love the third one with the light green shown. The first one with the darkest green is also nice. I don't really care for the middle one with the medium green. From the work you are doing, I'm sure whatever you decide will be just right. I can't wait to see it when it's done!

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    Omigosh, these are STUNNING!! I can see some lovely quilting or embroidery along the edges of the flowers to make them pop.

    I love the top of your three snowball versions. I can't wait to see it finished.

    If any of the sisters still has her blocks and wants to be rid of them, I volunteer to adopt!! :mrgreen:

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    Since the colors are soft I would choose a soft green or blue for sashing. What a great find.

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    wow, this is a master of painting blocks ever! All are beautiful and am glad you got them instead...

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    Quote Originally Posted by busygranny
    I'm a painter and a quilter. DO NOT WASH!!!!! They have been shaded and you will lose all the shading, as that paint has been thinned. It is beautiful now,but not if you wash them. I would lay a thin cloth over them and press good with steam, let dry and then do your sewing, what ever you want to do. Also, if you frame them, you do want glass on it. The non glare glass with spacers between the glass and fasbric. If left unglassed, the material will deteriate over time and and the paint would start to deteriate and flake off.
    The beautiful thing about this site is to be able to learn from so many expertise. I may never have the opportunity to use this knowledge, but have certainly learned from others' needs and appreciate the education.

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    Such a beautiful find. Please show us when you've decided what you're doing with them.

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    I think that would be really nice...like those enveloppes you buy with seeds in them...you are so lucky...thy are really wonderfulll....i love painting....these give me inspiration!!
    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    do you think I should hand embroider the flower name on the block?

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    As too any color's that you use, I would think maybe a wall hanging. There so pretty. Don-isewman

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    I like the framing idea in groupings. Or make small wall hanging in groupings.

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    i wonder if she used tri chem paint? if she did that paint lasts forever i too wonder why the daughters didnt care to keep their mothers blocks to make a quilt for their family to hand down i guess some people dont care but im sure the mother is smiling down at you while you finish it

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    do you think I should hand embroider the flower name on the block?
    That would be really pretty... in either plain black or brown if you end up sashing them in brown. Thank you for sharing. I'll bet it is TriChem, they were in vogue during that time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose L
    Being a cottage style decorator, I would frame them and hang them all together on a wall in a large, even grouping. They would look gorgeous on a green or yellow wall!
    I like that idea, too.

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