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rescued and great finds

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Storing quilts (old and new)

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Comment by diane on February 13, 2018 at 5:35pm

Sash not say

Comment by diane on February 13, 2018 at 5:34pm

Border them with repos and say with muslin and make 9patches for corner stones

Comment by Pam/NY on February 13, 2018 at 4:40pm

Those do look like they’re in excellent shape. I’ve never had an issue with new fabric mix. I like your idea on finishing it. Great find. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 13, 2018 at 3:20pm

I'm working on setting these wonderful vintage Dresden Plates into a top.  

I bought them at a ridiculously low price on E-bay and they were a steal.  So nicely done.  Any thoughts about how to set them together?  They are 16" finished right now.  I could set them together without sashing, but I am considering bordering each one with a 1" border to bring them to 18" finished, and using muslin sashing between them.  

Has anyone had issues with using modern fabric (albeit 30's repros) with vintage fabrics?  These are on sturdy muslin feedsacks (evidenced by the printing still on some of the background pieces, and holes on some of the edges where the sacks were sewn in their former life.  

Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.  I'm excited to see this one on the bed.  

Comment by handstitcher/IL on October 7, 2017 at 12:35pm

Here's the finished butterfly top. It will be awhile before it gets quilted. I also finished restoring a redwork baby quilt. I bought the tied quilt at a local antique store. It had a small hole in the bottom middle embroidered block and a large hole in the bottom border that went through all three layers. I untied the quilt, embroidered a new block for the bottom row and removed the border. I replaced the border with the print fabric, but used what was left for the corner blocks, a new binding and to repair the hole in the back. I also hand quilted it. The green fabric is very tight and was hard to hand quilt, but so soft from repeated washings through the years. I call it my new old quilt. The redwork blocks are penny squares depicted four nursery rhymes.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 13, 2017 at 7:41am

Yep, another sucker here, too.  I love those saves!  What a fun find and a great vintage quilt to work on.  

Comment by Pam/NY on July 13, 2017 at 7:35am
I'm a sucker also!!! It will be gorgeous after you get finished with it! Another treasure saved!!!!
Comment by handstitcher/IL on July 13, 2017 at 6:34am

Very quiet around here! I picked up some vintage butterfly blocks at a flea market a few weeks ago. They're quite large, 25" finished size, so the 9 blocks will make a full sized quilt when I add sashing. It's raw edge applique with a tight buttonhole stitch. The wings are completed, but half the bodies need to be sewn on and antennas embroidered. This is a photo before they were washed. I should have taken the after photo instead!

They're not the most beautiful blocks, but I'm such a sucker for 30s era UFOs. Not like I don't have enough of my own to be finishing!!

Comment by handstitcher/IL on July 3, 2017 at 11:02am
Happy Independence Day! Here's a bit of eye candy for my vintage loving friends...http://www.kansascitystarquilts.com/2014/07/04/happy-independence-day/
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 21, 2017 at 10:42am

I'll bet you didn't do that again, Pam!  :)  I can see how it would have been tempting, though.  


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