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Thread: 1888 Crazy Quilt!!!!

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    Senior Member Brazen's Avatar
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    Hi everyone!!! I haven't posted here since last Christmas time (!!!), so I'm sure I don't know so many new members.. But!! Guess what?!

    My mother just tonight sent me 6 pictures of a quilt that she says was made in 1888!! Here's what her email says:

    Thought you might be interested in this quilt cousin john gave me 5-6 yrs ago. Minnie Atkins made it in 1888. I believe she was my great grandmother on my father's side. Maybe you can see the year and she put her initials in it in 2 spots. it measures 85-1/2" x 65-1/2" and is made with heavy cloth. it does have several holes in it. if it's possible to clean it, think it would have to be dry cleaned. but probably couldn't get anyone to do it as it may fall apart!

    [IMG]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...88quilt001.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...88quilt002.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...88quilt003.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...88quilt004.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...88quilt005.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...88quilt006.jpg[/IMG]

    What do you all think?!?! I can't believe I never knew about this quilt in my family! Why did she wait all these years before thinking I might be interested? hehehe

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    That's just awesome!

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    What a gorgeous and stunning quilt!!! :D :D :D

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    Beautiful!

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    I think they recommend you NEVER take a quilt to the dry cleaners. Consult a certified appraiser before taking next steps. I attended a quilt expo over the weekend and sat in on a session with such a person. She also demonstrated ways to mend antique quilts properly. I wish I had known more of these tips earlier. It's gorgeous - enjoy.

    Oh yes - she said if the fabrics are stable, often putting in the dryer on the very lowest heat setting will make a big improvement. Safety pin the damaged areas before "fluffing". She said dust is often the biggest issue and the dryer can help that. Good luck.

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    Glad your posting again. I have been wondering what happen to you and hoping you were doing good.

    How wonderful to have a quilt from a long ago family member and it to be a crazy quilt. I am green with envy. :mrgreen: :D

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    I just can't believe it SewSew!!! I thought I was in posession of the two oldest quilts in my family, made by my Great Grandmother in ~1922. This one has those beat!! :D

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    Wow, what a treasure.
    Muriel

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    Wow, what a wonderful treasure you have!!!! That is simply stunning! The best present EVER!

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    It's beautiful!

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    that's awesome!!

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    Wow! The decorative stitching is beautiful and so is the quilt!

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    What an awesome treasure! It is absolutely gorgeous.

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    That is so beautiful!! :D My
    Mother often talks about the
    older crazy quilts with all of
    those pretty stitches used to
    decorate them. Thank you for
    sharing & WELCOME back!!
    :D :D :D :D :D

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    wow wow wow

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    What a treasure!

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    I am not sure if I'd take this beautiful quilt to a dry cleaner. I have read in several places that the chemicals are very strong.

    I am sorry -- after shooting down the dry cleaner, I haven't a better solution.

    Congrats on the receiving the beautiful quilt!

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    Beautiful

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    Very cool! I loved looking at all the different fabrics. The stitching is amazing!

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    Wow is that nice.

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    WOW what a great quilt.

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    Oh you are sooo lucky! That is gorgeous and yes, glad to see you back.

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    What a beautiful quilt. I am sure there is a proper way to clean and mend it. You could check with the Folklore Museum at Utah State University, www.usu.edu or 435-797-1000. Another place to ask would be a historical society. Most states have them. A professor of home economics, at the state university where you live might have some answers for you too. Most degrees dealing with fabric have some kind of class about preservation and restoration of old fabric items. If all else fails, any big museum (like the Smithsonian) should have a person on staff who cares for the museum's fabric articles. They should be able to help.

    Again, that quilt is beautiful and I agree you should have it appraised and authenticated before making any changes. Then you will need to decide if it is more valuable to you fixed or as is. Sad is the quilt that stays in the closet. Gwyn

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    That's awesome.....Hope you can figure how to clean it...I had an old quilt from my grandmother & I never could get the "old" smell out of it....good luck.. :)

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    What a treasure!

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