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Thread: Given to me today--great grandmother's quilts. Rough shape.

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    Background: My maternal grandmother died in May 2005--just before her 95 birthday. She loved to talk quilting, but never made a quilt herself. I visited her once a week for years and years, and would often take new fabrics and tops to show her. It gave us something to talk about and she'd give me ideas on how to quilt things. Because she's gone is why I need all of you.

    My mother died in 1997 at the age of 61. She was the youngest of three sisters. None of them quilted. The middle sister, Lorna (75 years), is moving for the first time in over 40 years, so the oldest sister, Barbara (80 years), came up from NC to see her before she moved. Lorna called me a few days ago to ask if I wanted some old quilts she had, made by my great grandmother. She always meant to do something with them, but never did. I said sure. She would give them to Barbara to give to me. Well, Aunt Barbara and Uncle George just left and here is what they brought.

    There are some rough spots. Any advice/suggestions anyone can give me would be appreciated.

    I'm a bit teary right now... just missing my mom and grandma. Sigh...

    Lots of stitches!!
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    See the one piece of that same fabric?
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    Yikes.
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    I love the sashing design!
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    It's just this fabric in this quilt that is worn away.
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    I want to tell her I like that background fabric.
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    This is the same design, but the fabrics blend so.
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    Interesting how one fabric all wears sooner. Wonder if it was worn from the start?
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    I love to see how some blocks are more scrappy than others.
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    Such a pretty block with lovely echo quilting.
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    Quilt 1
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    Quilt 2--just like the scrappy strip patterns we do today!
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    Quilt 3
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    So worn out. Tired block.
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    I just have no idea how to fix them, or if I want to. There's something nice about the way they are, something historical.
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    This must have been one loved quilt.
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    The quilts are beautiful. Do you think it would be possible to patch the worn spots by making pieces the same size and appliqueing them on? I don't know any other way of fixing the worn areas. Cherish them, such wonderful memories

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    Nice quilts....Love that they are old and loved and from family.

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    These are the three my dad gave me after Gram died. He said grandma was storing them in his attic. We assume her mother made them--the same person who made the others. These are in much better shape. I keep them covered and hidden. Kind of sad--but I'm scared to do anything with them.

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    This one is my favorite of all of them.
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    What a lovely memory for you to cherish.

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    What treasures!

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    What gorgeous quilts!!! :D:D:D I would be tearing up too (((HUGS)))

    I wonder if appliquing new fabric onto the old would stress the older fabrics more, if you were planning on using rather than displaying them... Other wise, that is what I would do, matching fabric as best as I could.

    Such beautiful heirlooms :D:D:D

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    they are nice though they even look like they were hand quilted i wonder if it was hand piecing too

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    oh how blessed and hand stitched.

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    Beautiful! Be very gentle with them. Reaearch restoring quilts, and then decide which way you want to proceed.

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    what a charished memory

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    Fix them up, that way you will not be afraid to take them out and hug them from time to time. One way to do it is to cover the areas with the bad fabric with top quality bridal veil netting, it will never be noticed, unless you point it out, it is soft and just blends into the fabric.

    The reason that one fabric is so bad is that in some of the old dyes, it made the fabric weak, so it was actually hurting itself.

    I am glad that you have these.

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    These are just exquisite...I can understand how important these are to you. Maybe you could applique some fine muslin over the damaged areas just to stabilise and prevent further tearing....don't know if I would try and replace/match. Before tackling it, perhaps you could seek advice from a conservator.

    Thanks for sharing your family treasures.

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    Karla, I know just how you feel. Gosh, if she had just not worn that dress for the last year before she made the quilt, that fabric might still be intact!! Have the same problem here with quilts that have been passed down to me. I have given some consideration to just doing an applique over the "bad" spots, but just cannot bring myself to change the original. For now I have mine folded in bunches of acid free tissue to keep the folds to a minimum and stored in a walk-in closet. BTW I also have the frames these were probably quilted on hanging overhead in the attic, original tack strips included! I guess someday my children are going to have some decisions to make??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elsie
    they are nice though they even look like they were hand quilted i wonder if it was hand piecing too
    Oh absolutely--all done by hand.

    We're at that stage in life where bedrooms are opening up--so I think I'm going to get a quilt rack and display them in a place out of the sun. There's not one place for a quilt rack downstairs (I've checked so many times!--older home that has very little wall space) but I bet it'd work upstairs. I don't want to use them.

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    You are so lucky to get these beautiful quilts. She put lots and lots of work into these and maybe used some worn clothing that was maybe a lighter weight than the others.
    If it were me, I certainly would try to display them and not try to patch them, nor wash them. Good luck. Good for you to get these.

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    Wow!

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    Karla these are true treasures! Gosh I am so so happy that you have these quilts! Such history there. I wouldn't use them but would have them out somewhere that you could gently pet them and see them. A great idea was given to research how to restore them. Thank You for sharing these with us. I just love older quilts like these. If only these tired fabrics could talk.

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    Magic. You are so lucky to have such treasures. Sorry I can't help with restoration, but they are real jewels..

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    Those are wonderful Karla - such treasures. I saw a show or read an article about quilt conservation once. They did what Pam said - used a very fine, sheer material & stitched it over the torn & worn areas. That would protect them from getting caught on anything, but still let the character shine through.
    ((((((((Karla))))))))

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    Those are so wonderful. So much family history in each of them. I have one quilt that is over 100 years old that belonged to my husband's grandmother. It's in terrible shape, or at least 1/3 of it is very bad. I feel helpless to fix it or even know what to do about it. I almost feel guilty for just leaving it in the trunk.
    Cherish those, at least they are all in one piece.

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    Wow... those quilts are so filled with history. What wonderful stitching! I would either applique the worn spots or treasure them as they are. Either way you are very lucky to cuddle under one of those!

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    They are still beautiful. I have some of my grandmothers. One is in really bad shape with top fabric missing on some of the star points. But I cherish it all the more.

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    They are fabulous, even with the damaged areas. What a treasure you have been given. While you can, gather as much information as you can about each and write it down, along with a picture of the quilt.

    It may be possible to re-attach some of the borders and re-bind some of the areas. If the edges are frayed, just re-binding may be enough.

    For the ones that have holes or missing fabric, try looking for some old flour/sugar/feed sack fabric at yard sales and flea markets (or possible some old quilts you can cut up) to get fabric to repair the holes. I would carefully wash them if they need it, then air dry. Use the fabric and applique over the damaged areas where possible.

    There are people who specialize in re-storing, but I understand they are expensive. It may be necessary to just love them as they are. And they are beautiful.

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    Wow, these quilts take my breath away. All that beautiful hand quilting--your ancestors must have had the patience of a saint! I have no idea how you could fix these, but I think I'd try to get some professional advice.

    I loved your choice of your favorite--I think you have triangles on the brain right now!

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