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Do you own a vintage quilt? Let's start a group and show off our ancestors talents. I LOVE to hear the stories of how our 'grandmothers' quilted.

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Latest Activity: May 31

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rescued and great finds

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Storing quilts (old and new)

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Comment by handstitcher/IL on May 31, 2018 at 5:17am

Thanks, PQ and Pam!

Comment by Pam/NY on May 30, 2018 at 4:37pm

Gorgeous handquilter! 

Comment by Pam/NY on May 30, 2018 at 4:36pm

Gorgeous handquilter! 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 30, 2018 at 3:52pm

Another great finish!

Comment by handstitcher/IL on May 30, 2018 at 3:16pm

Finished my vintage grandmother's flower garden quilt last night. I bought the top at a fundraiser for the historical society about 3 years ago. Like snowflakes, I swear that no two hexagons in this quilt are an identical size! Quite a lot of variation there. I also learned that when these quilts have two rows of white between the flowers, instead of one, they are no longer symmetrical, which posed several challenges. But I love the happy prints and the feel of the hand quilting.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 26, 2018 at 2:17pm

Lots of practice at camouflaging my mistakes.  :)

Comment by handstitcher/IL on May 26, 2018 at 8:28am

Two great ideas, PQ! This is why I know where to go for help. Not sure how successful I'll be matching the green, but I'll give it a try. Otherwise, I really like your idea of adding multiple butterflies. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 26, 2018 at 7:00am

Handstitcher, when I was in  home ec, I was cutting out a garment top and accidentally cut a slit about this size in my fabric.  I didn't have enough fabric to cut another piece, so my teacher took a small scrap of the fabric, placed it behind the slit, and carefully reverse appliqued it, making it virtually unnoticeable when the garment was finished.  Is there some way you could match that green and do the same?  

Otherwise I like the butterfly applique idea.  If you feel it would be too noticeable by itself, butterflies could be appliqued randomly on a few other blocks.  

Comment by handstitcher/IL on May 26, 2018 at 6:55am

Can I ask my vintage loving friends for some ideas? Some months back I bought a vintage Dresden plate top. Just recently, I noticed a tear, maybe an inch and a quarter long. What to do?? My first thought was to try to match the background, resew the plate on the new background, maybe even swapping out the block with a corner one to make any color change less noticeable. My second thought was to appliqué a butterfly over the tear. What do you think? Any other ideas for me? 

Comment by handstitcher/IL on May 13, 2018 at 1:50pm

Happy Mother's Day! If you go to the QuiltFolk magazine website, you can get the free link to an interview with Ken Burns about his quilt collection and see many of his quilts currently on display at the International Quilt Museum in Nebraska. Striking quilts!

 

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