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Thread: My Auction Treasures

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    I went to our local aution house Friday evening, and bid on 2 boxes of fabric and some qulted pcs. I won the bid and took both = I have several pictues to share, but being a newbie not sure how to handle the pieces that are completed. Most of the Blocks were sewn by hand, but they all have a bad odor to them. How is the best way to wash these first, so I can try to do something with them.

    I will have several of these pictures, please let me know how best to protect but clean!

    Thanks
    Milene

    There are about 150 plus f these
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    This is how I laid out a few
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    A sample of several together
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    2o plus of these blocks
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    more than 10 of these
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    Several of these
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    This top was also in there
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    some of the fabric
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    More Fabric and I'm still digging into all of this but it is to hot to be outside with it!!
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    Nice.

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    A great find! Will look forward to seeing them all together.

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    How much did you pay for these...just curious here?

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    Is is safe to was the cut pcs in a bag of something to keep them from coming apart? It's ashame they weren't keep in a baggie of something to protect them.

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    I'm jealous of your find. Like so many have said on here if I find quilt pieces or blocks, etc. they are either too expensive for me to be able to purchase or they are falling apart. These are really nice.
    I would probably wash the blocks by hand and either dry them on low in the dryer or on the line outside. You probably need to be pretty careful with them since they're old.

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    You found a treasure. I love to get boxes, then go home & sort
    through them. First, I would spread them out & air them.
    Then see. I would be afraid to wash them, but maybe in a
    mesh bag, gentle cycle, cold water. Better get an expert's
    advise instead of mine. But that is what I would do.
    I really like the green ones.

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    I took some of these to the LQS I have been taking begginer sewing lessons from and she did say they were very old. I am excited to try something, but a little scared also. I know a lot of love and hard work went into these and I want to make sure they get to be finished but I hope right! I know "No quilt Police" But since I've never completed a piece that's where the "right" comes from!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mama's place
    How much did you pay for these...just curious here?
    I bought them for $15.00 a box, couldn't pass it up for that price - I wasn't going to stay but then I saw the boxes hiding under the table!

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    Great find! You will have fun with all of it.

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    How bad is the smell? a little musty-ness? or worse?

    I wouldn't wash the pieced work, for fear of the damage that may result. Start by putting them out in the fresh air and see if that can help. Best if you can lay them singly.

    If you have a clothes line, perhaps pin them onto sheets and let hang?

    See if that helps freshen them up so you can work on them.

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    Put some fabric softner sheets in the bag with them I wouldnt wash them in a machine If you must wash do it by hand I have a friend who does everything by hand and she repairs alot of antique quilts she washes them in buttermilk and rinses them several times to take out the odors

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    Great find

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    Great find, will be interested what you do with them.

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    boy you got a good deal have fun

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    Great deal. I hope you get the smell out and make something beautiful with the blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    How bad is the smell? a little musty-ness? or worse?

    I wouldn't wash the pieced work, for fear of the damage that may result. Start by putting them out in the fresh air and see if that can help. Best if you can lay them singly.
    I have had them laying out all day in the sunlight, strong musty-ness smell. It has helped a bit but not to much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayelee
    Put some fabric softner sheets in the bag with them I wouldnt wash them in a machine If you must wash do it by hand I have a friend who does everything by hand and she repairs alot of antique quilts she washes them in buttermilk and rinses them several times to take out the odors
    I will give this a try also if the fresh doesn't help.
    I would never have thought to wash anything in buttermilk.. how interesting! Thanks for the tips

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancinlady
    Quote Originally Posted by jayelee
    Put some fabric softner sheets in the bag with them I wouldnt wash them in a machine If you must wash do it by hand I have a friend who does everything by hand and she repairs alot of antique quilts she washes them in buttermilk and rinses them several times to take out the odors
    I will give this a try also if the fresh doesn't help.
    I would never have thought to wash anything in buttermilk.. how interesting! Thanks for the tips
    I have heard of using vinegar or dawn - just soak in vinegar for awhile then hand rinse and lay flat - if you have a screen or one of those seater dryers you could put outside to dry. good luck

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    my friend soaks all of her musty smelling quilts that she finds in buttermilk it works wonderfully havent tried it myself she says she puts them in the bathtub overnight sometimes she has to do it a couple of times but not often I would think it would be safer than some other treatments

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    what fun! Enjoy!

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    They sure are pretty, I hope you can make some nice quilts with they blocks, maybe add at least another color with them. Good luck on the smell, if fabric softner sheets work that would be the easiest. Maybe fabreze.

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    Thanks everyone you've given me some ideas to try. Will let you know and keep you posted!

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    WOW!

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    Love to see all the "goodies"

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