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Thread: Family Heirloom Restoration Suggestions

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    Member Windwalker's Avatar
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    May 2010
    I have two quilts hand sewn by my great-grandmother. My dad has been using them as "rags" in his workshop. I just recently found out about them and acquired them this weekend. Originally there were 5 quilts this is all that remains. I am now wondering what to do with them. I need suggestions. I am still working on my first quilt top so I'm not experienced in quilting (yet!).

    I have 4 siblings, do you think I could do something to share with them? Or should I salvage what I have and keep to pass to my kids?

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    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
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    glad you got to rescue them

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    Junior Member bluekrissyspikes's Avatar
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    omg!! rags???? wow.
    i'm not sure what you should do. maybe keep what is salvagable to make into a wall hanging and pass on to your own grandchildren someday. perhaps add a patch on the back with her name and the years she lived and your name the date stating that you came across it and decided to save it. it looks to be in rough shape but it's still beautiful and definitly not a rag. although i'm sure my father would do the same thing with it.

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    I don't have any suggestions, but I'm sure glad you rescued them. Before they were used as "rags" they must have been gorgeous. What was your father thinking?

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    Quilt #1: I would take away the uneven borders, add a pretty even border and use it for a table topper. You could also make a pretty wall hanging. It is too pretty not tu use. Good luck.

    Quilt #2: Since so much is destroyed or soiled, you might make a candle mat, hot pads, napkin rings or a doll quilt or just make a pretty bed for your kitty. Just use it.

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    Do you think your siblings would appreciate having a bit of the quilts? I know my own instinct would be to share with my bro and sis, in a similar situation. I'd ask them and if they wanted a bit, I'd cut well-preserved bits from the quilts and get them bound or framed for each of us to have one to hang on the wall.

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    Super Member CarolinePaj's Avatar
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    Mar 2010
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    I don't know how to help you save them... but I hope you do! I also think that you should keep us nosy parkers (me) updated!


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    Super Member tutty's Avatar
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    MEN sorry that is all I can say ugh

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    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
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    1 looks to be in fairly good shape. I like the idea of framing pieces of it.
    2 looks really sad!!! :(
    Glad you have them though!!

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    In a craft shop yesterday, they took a grapevine wreath and put a piece of an old quilt in the center. Then cut squares of the quilt and made bows using string and glued these around the wreath, painted a square that said "Old Quilts" at the top. It was really cute. You probably can't visualize this from my description but it really was neat.

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