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Old 06-21-2014, 06:44 AM
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Last fall we bought a house and land at auction, it had a house and an old falling down house on the property. Both were filled with stuff. In all the cleaning, I was surprised I had never found any quilts. There were signs the elderly lady had sewn when she was alive but no signs of quilts. I assumed when the relatives went through and took the valuables out and that included any quilts.

I was in the old falling down house yesterday with some folks wanting to buy the old built ins, an old dresser and the old kitchen sink. While there, I stumbled upon a box. This is what I found. Two quilt tops.





I don't know what pattern the blue and white one is. The log cabin looks to be made of ribbon? Can I wash the log cabin?

They look to be machined pieced but I'm still a very happy camper to have found both of them.

I plan to try to repair any damage and finished them.
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If the log cabin is so nasty that you have to wash it before you work on it, than lay it on a sheet in the bath tub and fill the tub with cool water. Gently squish the quilt top a bit and let the water out. Let the top drain and press out enough water so you can lift it by the sheet and lay it flat to dry.
HOWEVER I recommend quilting it before you do anything to it if at all possible and not washing it. The fabrics may bleed if washed or disintegrate since some silks break down over time.


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Old 06-21-2014, 06:57 AM
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It was in a house that was falling down and you could see that mice had used the quilts to nest in. There was mice poo everywhere. Kinda why I'd like to wash it.
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Pretty finds! I agree with Tartan.....gentle wash as possible.....
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Don't you just love it when you find unexpected treasures?
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:11 AM
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More pics of the blue and white.


A place where the mice ate through the border. Do I replace the border or just mend it?



A stain in the fabric.


And one tiny hole to repair.

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Wow - those are quite a find. I agree with the others about doing the very gentle wash/soak in the bathtub to get them better smelling. It may take a couple times though. You could always mend the holes. Helps keep the quilts as original as possible.
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I would just mend the border.
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What a lucky day for you !!!
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Old 06-21-2014, 11:25 AM
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Great find. I would mend, but I don't think it matters which you decide on. Being somewhat flip by nature, I would put a mouse applique over the spot on the body, as a reminder of the joyous day of your find.

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