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Thread: Antique Quilt Blocks

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    These are quilt blocks that my best friend gave me!!! I did not press them before the picture as they have been stored for around 85 years, so they are right out of the box they were kept in.

    The block on top and the partial block were hand sewn by her great-great-Granny Wicky.....she was amazing!!! Coming out to the West in the early 1880's, in a covered wagon at age 4, she jumped off the back of the wagon and a rifle was tipped over and it shot her in her right hand...she had very little use of the remaining hand/fingers but she did not let that stop her from doing anything, including hand sewing with it!!!

    The other blocks were made by her great-grandmother (Nana) and were sewn on her first treadle machine.... We believe that these were made around 1925 as a mother/daughter project shortly after Nana was married.

    I am going to carefully hand wash 4 of them and make wall hangings for her, her two children and myself. Her Nana was MY Nana too...so it will be awesome to have a quilt on my wall that commemorates her!!! Her children will get the other two that Nana made as they have wonderful memories of her too, and my friend will get the one that Granny Wicki hand sewed :D :D :D

    The 5th block has what appears to be oil stains on it, so I will wash it but will probably just store it and the partial block as a momento......

    Approx 80 year old quilt blocks, the block at the top and the partial block are hand sewn, the others were sewn on a treadle machine.
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    WOW!!! :shock: These are beautiful and look as good today as they did then. You just can't tell they're that old.

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    Great pattern. What are you going to do with them?

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    Wow, what a treasure!!!

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    I will make 4 wall hangings out of them, one for my bff and two for her kids and one for me :D One block is stained with what looks like motor oil...and I don't think it can be cleaned so it and the partial will be tucked away safely until maybe someday I can get it cleaned.....

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    What a treasure you have there. Great idea to make wallhangings.

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    Amazing gift. Congrats

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    Can you baste the partial one to a piece of muslin and then wash it...
    Kirsten

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    I could have sworn I posted this, but don't see it. So, here's site that has the cheddar fabrics you might like to use:

    http://www.reproductionfabrics.com/

    Good luck - those are really special blocks!

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    Wow. Those are so awesome. Thank you for sharing.

    Joey

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    What great graphic design in those blocks! I've never seen that pattern before.

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    Wow!!!! What a great friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KO24
    Can you baste the partial one to a piece of muslin and then wash it...
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    I might just try that!!! All but one block is mainly just extremely dusty...I was thinking about zig zagging around the edges of the blocks and then soaking them and a gentle rinse and let them air dry.

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    What a wonderful idea to make wall hangings out of them. I love the blocks. What a great treasure you have been given to work with.

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    Wow that is one great story to go with these blocks. What a nice friend to hand over her family treasures like that.

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    Great story and neat blocks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    Wow that is one great story to go with these blocks. What a nice friend to hand over her family treasures like that.
    She does have other blocks besides these :wink:
    She has some that I am trying to talk her into getting out...they are really different...I have never seen the circular centers like them any where before... I would love to try and replicate those :D :D :D

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    Wow! What a treasure! I bet you are excited to make a quilt out of them!

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