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Author Topic: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited  (Read 302 times)

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I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« on: January 25, 2017, 10:36:38 AM »
it's made from late sixties to eighties fabrics, so it's
at least almost fifty years old in some places...the
fabric.
I love the quilt and was using it on our bed, but it's
becoming quite frayed around the blocks.
She has a nice hand quilted sashing between the blocks.
I thought I could cover it with larger/wider sashing,
but the fabric is so fragile, I think it might just keep
fraying.
I'm not sure, but I also think a wider sashing would
take away from the nice look that she accomplished.
Should I just put it away?
I have a picture, brb.
« Last Edit: January 25, 2017, 10:49:33 AM by Mousie »




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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2017, 10:51:34 AM »
I say put it away.  Take it out when you need to have a great warm comfort moment.
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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2017, 10:56:15 AM »
I think your probably right, Stewy.
Anything I could put on it would only take away
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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2017, 11:02:51 AM »
New material on old fragile material can make the old deteriorate faster.  I have a fragile quilt from a grandmother that I keep on a quilt rack covered in an old cotton baby blanket.  I unfold and refold on different lines 2x a yearto slow the decomp on those lines. I wrap up and nap in it once a winter.
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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2017, 11:12:42 AM »
I want a rack to put it on so we can still see it.
She was laying under it the night before they took her
to the Hospice place and i told her it was beautiful.
I never dreamed it would be ours.
It would be so nice to keep it nearby.
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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2017, 11:39:46 AM »
You can hand stitch some tulle over the worn spots to keep them in place.  Don't use net as it is too rough.  The tulle is very soft and won't harm the fabric.   I wouldn't use the quilt any more, but it can be displayed away from sunlight and heat vents.  These old quilts are very precious.

If you display it on a rack, be sure to cover the wood with several layers of muslin.  Wood and the finishes on it can harm old fabrics.
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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2017, 11:46:55 AM »
I have an old quilt that's in the same shape. I'm going to recreate it and then put it away until I can decide on how to display it.

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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2017, 12:30:16 PM »
What a lovely, soft quilt Mousie.  Thinking that is the one and only  Layla catnapping on it? If it were just the binding that was frayed, I'd suggest putting a new one of the same size over the original binding.  As others have suggested, just the act of taking it apart to put new sashing around the blocks would probably be detrimental to the pieced fabrics in the blocks.  Its very possible that the 1/4" seam allowance that isn't visible has started to break down too.   
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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2017, 10:41:28 PM »
yes, I'm afraid the last two years of winter use have
taken all the "goody" out of this quilt and it's time to
retire it before it just falls completely apart.
Damage was there, but I wasn't noticing it. Once I
did it was all over it  ??? .
I'm so glad i didn't wash it or we'd just have scraps.
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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2017, 11:21:06 PM »
Mousie, I agree with the others.  You know that quilt is full of love and my grandmother was always thrilled when she saw one of her quilts in shreds due to use and dragging it around wrapping up in it.  It made her happy.  I have to admit though that I don't use her quilts anymore either as I don't want to use them up.  If you do want to use it occasionally ( because, well....heck, at some point it will end up as a rag for someone who doesn't love it like you and you won't be around to protect it anymore) I would most definitely use it.  I might stitch some tulle over parts (as suggested).  I no longer save my "good" stuff.  I use the china for us, we use the "guest" towels, I wear my "good" clothes when I feel like it.   What was I saving it for?  I've found stuff I've saved and it now  either no longer fits, isn't in style, isn't the right color for the house...etc.

I would encourage you to make a replica of the quilt so that your DD will have a "new" one to carry on that you made in your DMIL's memory.

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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2017, 09:13:58 AM »
I love the idea of making a replica quilt.  What a great way to honor your DGrandma.  And, I agree, I'd put it away to keep it from deteriorating any worse.  I know that I see quilts displayed under plastic but I'd be afraid to hang your quilt.  The weight might cause it to start pulling apart where the threads are already weak.  Yes, using quilts do give them the honor they deserve but it wears them out as well.  You want to save this one as long as is possible.
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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2017, 11:41:48 AM »
All of the above, it's time to retire.  Maybe you can hang it on a wall where the sun won't shine on it?  Otherwise a quilt rack.  Love the idea of recreating it too.

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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2017, 09:46:32 PM »
You can hand stitch some tulle over the worn spots to keep them in place.  Don't use net as it is too rough.  The tulle is very soft and won't harm the fabric.   I wouldn't use the quilt any more, but it can be displayed away from sunlight and heat vents.  These old quilts are very precious.

If you display it on a rack, be sure to cover the wood with several layers of muslin.  Wood and the finishes on it can harm old fabrics.

thank you, NW, I forgot about the finish.
I'm guessing this quilt is about to fray all over.
I'll keep the tulle idea in mind.




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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2017, 09:49:37 PM »
Mousie, I agree with the others.  You know that quilt is full of love and my grandmother was always thrilled when she saw one of her quilts in shreds due to use and dragging it around wrapping up in it.  It made her happy.  I have to admit though that I don't use her quilts anymore either as I don't want to use them up.  If you do want to use it occasionally ( because, well....heck, at some point it will end up as a rag for someone who doesn't love it like you and you won't be around to protect it anymore) I would most definitely use it.  I might stitch some tulle over parts (as suggested).  I no longer save my "good" stuff.  I use the china for us, we use the "guest" towels, I wear my "good" clothes when I feel like it.   What was I saving it for?  I've found stuff I've saved and it now  either no longer fits, isn't in style, isn't the right color for the house...etc.

I would encourage you to make a replica of the quilt so that your DD will have a "new" one to carry on that you made in your DMIL's memory.

I'm smiling, Patti, bc i have "saved" some things too and
asking myself why.
Great idea on replicating this. I might just use the same pattern,
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« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2017, 08:52:27 AM »
I seem to have come late to this "blessing of the old" story, but will still put in my 2cents worth too.  I agree with all of the above, honor it and preserve it as long as possible by whatever method will do the least damage.
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« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2017, 09:21:58 AM »
I have 2 antique quilts. One is my DH's family quilt. When I recieved it, I mad DH's 2 DB's a replica of the quilt. I was able to peek in the seams to see the original colors. The quilt was made around 1900. I found civil war fabrics!  Any way, I digress.... I keep the quilts in muslin bags in the closet, re fold them 2-3 times a year.
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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2017, 08:13:50 PM »
Well, isn't it just beautiful? I am so glad that ya got it.
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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2017, 02:09:13 AM »
I have 2 antique quilts. One is my DH's family quilt. When I recieved it, I mad DH's 2 DB's a replica of the quilt. I was able to peek in the seams to see the original colors. The quilt was made around 1900. I found civil war fabrics!  Any way, I digress.... I keep the quilts in muslin bags in the closet, re fold them 2-3 times a year.
Do you have a guest bed you could put your Mom's quilt on? Away from the fur babies?

that's such a good idea but my answer is, not really.
I guess I'll just get a rack and fold and refold so I can enjoy it right there
in our room.
She was lying under it the night before she went to the hospice home.
I had never seen it before and admired it and she understood perfectly.
A very nice memory :)




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Re: I Need Advice/Opinions on DH's Mom's Quilt We Inherited
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2017, 02:10:59 AM »
thank you, Bev. DMIL made herself lots of cotton dresses
for around the house and I see many of the fabrics in it.




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