I have a pile of these beautifully worked Dreden Plates that will finish at 16". They were appliqued to muslin feed sacks. Some of the muslin still has faint printing on them. It is quite sturdy (if I can use that as a descriptor) muslin. The blocks are a little musty and smudged from storage and time. Before I trimmed them, some had the old seam holes from where they were stitched into sacks in their previous life. I bought them on ebay at a shamefully low price, so I don't know anything about the quiltmaker, other than she did good work. They are wonderfully flat. My thought was to border each one with a 1" (finished) 30's repro print, which would make them 18" finished blocks. Then set them with muslin sashing to give me the size I'll need for a Queen quilt. I have over 20 blocks (can't remember the exact number at the moment.) They would be beautiful set together without sashing as well, but then I would need to get creative with borders, which is doable. Again, I'm open to suggestions and ideas. I tend to think in simple term. I was thinking scrappy repros for the 1" borders, but I could always stick with a main color or two for the block borders and sashing.
Also, for those with experience working with vintage, have you had any issues mixing newer fabrics with old?