Is there anything better than a day (or two or three or fifty four) spent working with vintage quilt blocks? 🙂
I bought this quilt on eBay for $33.99, when it arrived I had a pretty good understanding of not being 100% truthful in advertising…but I liked the idea of a grand challenge and this quilt certainly presented one! See the picture captions for information later today I’ll do. Blog post at: RhondaDort.com
Here’s the original quilt, stains and stink galore!
The ivory is a light weight muslin. The quilt is tied with something heavier than Pearl Cotton.
This shows one example of the problems across the quilt. The baskets are all hand pieced and so many of the treads are broken.
Also, the ties seem to be very random, no order or plan could be seen.
So this is what the batting looked like. I’m wondering if many of the quilt stains were a result of the raw cotton? I think this is raw or uncleaned cotton? Anyone have some thoughts and/or experience with this? I realize and seriously do appreciate that the original quilter used what she had available, please don’t think I am faulting her!
Once deconstructed and soaked, many of the stains and 100% of the odor are gone. This is the wet quilt top laid out on my tile floor and left to dry.
Here’s a “before”, below is the “after.
You can see that most but not all of the stains came out. Are you also noticing the piecing? It is interesting…
Lots more to come in the next few days/weeks, all of this quilt has undergone quite a transformation.
Blessings and happy quilting, Rhonda