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Thread: Yard Sale Find

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    I found this today at one of those perpetual yard sale places...the operator buys storage units. He thought it was just some fabric so it cost $2!

    This quilt top is approximately 67 x 80 inches and is both hand and machine pieced. Old fabric. It is so well done. The border fabric is sort of brittle and in places there is damage.

    How would you finish it? Use the original border, but make it narrow so that damage is removed? Or remove the original border and replace?

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    beautiful!

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    i would remove the border and replace it.

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    Replace border

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    That is fabulous!

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    Beautiful

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    i would remove the border and replace it.
    :thumbup: yep

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    I think the best thing to do is send it to me:):):). I think I would remove the outside border and replace with a reproduction fabric.

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    You probably don't want to hear this but the proper thing to do to restore the damaged areas is to applique a new border over the old. Don't remove the old one unless it's badly soiled by something you can't identify. If you can find a similar vintage fabric to make the repair the quilt will retain it's monetary value as a vintage/antique quilt.

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    Great find!! Did you find it here in Pahrump?

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    Great find!

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    Yes...in Pahrump. The big brown RV garage 'yard sale' that is off of Homestead. Most weekends he has white signs with red letter 'sandwich boards' placed along Homestead.

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    WOW!!!

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    The damage isn't bad, just looks like some clusters of pin holes. There a few in the pieced blocks, but nothing that interferes with the integrity of the block.

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    Beautiful. Lucky you

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    I think I would be tempted to remove the original border so the finished product would last. It is lovely. What a find. And for only $2 Wow.

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    I wouldn't do anything to it. Its so brittle it might just ruin it. If you finish it ,, it will no longer be an antique? It will have a labbel and would make it finished as of Oct 2011..

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    great find.

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    Beautiful find. I agree with others - replace the border. I'm sure that will be a whole lot easier than trying to patch, piece and repair the damage. Enjoy!

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    WOW, beautiful quilt

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    What a beauty. I would sure want to use it if it were me, but I would also hate to lose the value by replacing the original border. I'd be tempted to do the restoration and use it very carefully. But since there are no quilt police here, do whatever makes you the happiest. And enjoy your great find.

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    All good advice. To me the value is $2. I appreciate and admire all the work that went into the quilt top.

    If I don't finish it or have someone else finish it, then it will sit in a chest, unused, as it has for decades.

    Seems a shame to hide this lovely work.

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    I would remove the border - boy what a wonderful yard sale find.... don't have sales like that around here. So happy for you.

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    Nice

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    that is cool

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