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Thread: Vintage Beauties I purchased today

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    Super Member GrannieAnnie's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenni M
    I found these hand pieced vintage quilt tops at a local antique store today. The owner sold all three of them to me for $70. I think it was a bargain and I am excited to have them quilted. One of the tops has some staining on it which I have addressed in the main section and asked for cleaning tips. However, I wanted you all to take a look at these little beauties and tell me what you think.

    Also, would you back them with a simple muslin and bind with a solid color?
    oxy-clean is my answer to all old fabric.


    Soak, squish up and down by hand then rinse until water is clear. dry laid out flat as best you can.

    Actually, what I do is put in my big stock pot, cover with water/oxy-clean and let soak a good while. My stock pot is just big enough that a dinner plate fits in it. I put the plate in (right side up or down--no difference) and push the plate down and let rise, repeat, repeat, repeat, maybe a few more times. Then rinse and dry

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    to stay close to period--------what about just using the muslin to bind with too. Or if you are just bound to use color, maybe dye some muslin.

    And the more I think about it, binding in muslin would not add anything "foreign" to the old tops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenni M
    It looks like the general consensus is that I should completely finish these quilts (layer, quilt and bind) before attempting to treat the stains on the one top. Is that correct? If I use unbleached muslin for the backing on these quilts, should it be washed first for shrinkage before beginning to quilt??
    If it were me----------i'd clean the tops before going any farther. VERY GENTLY! AND wash the backing.

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    I would definitely use muslin. I have some quilts from my grandmother and from my mother in law, they are from the 20's and 30's and they are all backed with muslin.

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    What finds! I cannot believe the work in the most intricate one! All I can say is WOW!

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