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It took four generations to finish this!

Old 09-08-2008, 10:05 PM
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OK, the story is my mom's grandmother made this quilt top, passed it down to her daughter, who passed it down to hers who gave it to hers (my awesome sis) who finished it! In 1988.

Go Renee!

I'll check to get more of the story.

PS. see that brown stuff on there? She dutifully wrapped it in that acid free paper and every time she takes it out to refold it, it gets bigger!! :evil: :cry: Any ideas for cleaning it up or stopping it from getting bigger?
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:23 PM
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Now that's a family treasure! It's beautiful! Sorry, I don't have any advice about the stain.
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How cool Celeste!!! What an awesome family treasure. I don't have any suggestions on the stain either, do you know what it's from? Regardless, its a beautiful piece!!! Lets not call it a stain, lets call it a historic characteristic :-)
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Old 09-08-2008, 11:17 PM
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what a great story!! So, I am interested in how many years are involved w/the generations starting w/grandma??There has to be a guess of years. And, someone is adding that to the label on the back!:)))Some day that is one we'll prob hear about in a museum walk:))

I know what I'd do if it were mine...is Tide detergent put in a tub of warm (ever so slightly)water...let it soak then gently swish it while there to stir dust and dirt out. Most detergents will soak out a stain in 24hrs...then rinse, rinse...squeeze the excess water out, roll into a clothes basket...hang out on a line to dry. And, I usually hang my larger ones on more then 1 line to take the weight off. The sun will usually remove the slight marking you will still see at this point. I wash many old linens...several quilts, etc. I am not a professional...just a stain hater!:))There is a newer quilt wash to wash and help remove old stains out...I can't remember the name of it, but, wasn't impressed when I used it. I felt the detergent worked just as well w/o the cost.Also...I have heard the stains like these come from storing the object in wood of some type......just my 2 cents...Skeat
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i'd be afraid to put a whole quilt of that age into a tub of water unless i knew it had already been washed at least a few times. one or more of the colored fabrics might run.

instead, i'd use a Stain Stick, Tide Pen, or similar product and apply it only to the stained area. rinse only where you applied.

i used oxyclean to remove similar mystery stains from a friend's ancient quilt. use it only if the tide doesn't work. use the powdered kind and make a paste. apply it carefully and only to the stained area. unless you know the colors won't run, be careful to rinse only the pasted spots.

good luck. that's a beautiful quilt. :P
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:30 AM
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Great quilt. Lucky to have a quilt passed down. Check with your dry cleaners to see if they do quilts not all do but some.
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I would go witht he detergent or woolite with one of those color grabber things it with the quilt it should work great. Good luck and the quilt is very pretty.
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Beautiful quilt and a great job by all. I would contact a museum or a gal that does apprasials on old quilts before you try to wash or clean it. An appraier can tell you the age of the fabric and can tell you howe to care for it. This is on advice from Linda Honsberger, she is a certified appraiser. She is out the Racine, Wisconsin area.
Hope this is of some help to you. Pat
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Wow what a treasure that quilt is. I hope you can get the stain out!!!
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:27 AM
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Oh my. Talk about a treasure.... Its beautiful. No help on the stain tho. sorry
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