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Thread: Family Quilts (antiques??)

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    I haven't posted in a while. I think that my back is getting better & that I'll be able to sit here at the computer for a little longer.

    These quilts were in my DFL's house so they are mine now. While I was taking care of him I saw some of 'em in the closet & asked him about 'em & all he said was they were "just covers!" So I have no history on these.

    Please be patient with me as I'm slow at posting pictures.

    This one is in the worst shape!
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    Some of the red work has come off here.
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    Wore out binding.
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    Dresden plate
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    This lookes like someones first quilt.
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    Binding
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    more damage
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    This is just a top! I think I'll sandwich it with muslin & quilt it.
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    Sunbonnet Sue
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    Hand apliqued, pieced,& quilted!
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    Some of the damage.
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    Binding from the front to back. I'd never seen this done befor!
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    Quilting!
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    Thanks for sharing ... I'll look forward to seeing the others, and hearing about any stories that you do know about them.

    I have a Dresden Plate from my Mom and Dad's. As kids we knew it as "the company quilt". One that Mom put on her bed when company was coming. Likewise we had "company towels" that were only put out behind the bathtub when company came.

    None of my siblings know anything else ... I suspect it was from when she was married. Though possibly older. And probably was never used other than for company to see.

    I'm now thrilled that I lucked out in getting this quilt ... as opposed to the siblings getting it!! :)

    And I hope you too are enjoying FILs "covers" :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimom
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    MIL was worse. When she knew who she was she Didn't want any thing 'old fashion.'
    Yet these were in they're house??

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Thanks for sharing ... I'll look forward to seeing the others, and hearing about any stories that you do know about them.

    I have a Dresden Plate from my Mom and Dad's. As kids we knew it as "the company quilt". One that Mom put on her bed when company was coming. Likewise we had "company towels" that were only put out behind the bathtub when company came.

    None of my siblings know anything else ... I suspect it was from when she was married. Though possibly older. And probably was never used other than for company to see.

    I'm now thrilled that I lucked out in getting this quilt ... as opposed to the siblings getting it!! :)

    And I hope you too are enjoying FILs "covers" :)
    Stay tuned I'm still adding pictures!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE

    I have a Dresden Plate from my Mom and Dad's. As kids we knew it as "the company quilt". One that Mom put on her bed when company was coming. Likewise we had "company towels" that were only put out behind the bathtub when company came.

    I'm now thrilled that I lucked out in getting this quilt ... as opposed to the siblings getting it!! :)

    And I hope you too are enjoying FILs "covers" :)
    :thumbup:

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    I'll keep checking back ... now the work begins for you to restore and care for them. Be sure to add some labels with what you do know about them ... and the work you do to them.

    Would there be any other family members who may know something? Perhaps from your ILs generation?

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    These look pretty special to me! Wouldn't it be nice if someone in the family could identify where they came from-any old second cousins or?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    I'll keep checking back ... now the work begins for you to restore and care for them. Be sure to add some labels with what you do know about them ... and the work you do to them.

    Would there be any other family members who may know something? Perhaps from your ILs generation?
    MIL's sister says that they're not from her side of the family & there's only a nephew left on FIL's side who sayes he dos'nt know. FIL's Mother may have made these or his great aunt?????

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    I still have more pictures coming! Sorry it's taking so long!

    Ididn't know that "cheaters cloth" has been around so long!
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    Quilting!
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    Some minor damage.
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    Top of Sunbonnet Sue! There must be some damage to the top 'cause this randum piece of fabric goes all the way across the top!
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    Wedding ring with no damage!
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    Hand pieced & hand quilted!
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    Quilting! Some staines here but no real damage!
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    I just love the sunbonnet sue, I am sure you can fix them or at least most of them

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    Lots of treasures here, thanks for sharing your collection.

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    Oh, those are so wonderful. I always picture someone sitting by their lamps in the evening working on projects like them. I would love to have an antique quilt to put on a wall. Great treasures you have there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frauhahn
    These look pretty special to me! Wouldn't it be nice if someone in the family could identify where they came from-any old second cousins or?
    There are none left!

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    Should I cover the Red Work in tulle?

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    You have some real treasures there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    You have some real treasures there!
    Thank you!

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    Wonderful "covers" lol
    How funny!!
    You have some real beauties there :D:D

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    Just covers? My goodness. I would hang on to them for sure. Even without history, they are wonderful.

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    WOW!! What a great collection :D:D:D

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    what treasures you have.

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    I think a lot depends on whether you want to preserve these quilts as historic quilts for collectors, or whether you want to fix them up to actually be used (if even lightly). Since these quilts were not masterpieces and were actually used enough for the binding to wear out, my inclination would be to repair them to be used. However, this could damage their historical value to a collector. You might want to call around to museums to find if there is someone who can tell you whether these would be important quilts to preserve or not.

    One historical preservation technique is to applique fine toile over damaged areas.

    For me, I would probably simply repair any obvious rips or tears with fabric that coordinates with the style of the fabric being repaired. (You could also search out authentic fabrics of the period, but that would take a lot longer.) Bindings can be removed and replaced or you can bind right over the existing binding.

    Once the repairs were made, I would use http://www.retroclean.com to get rid of the stains.

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    You have found a real treasure!

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    What treasures you have, especially the Sun Bonnet Sue and the Double Wedding Ring. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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