A Quilt Dilemma

[1 Jul 2010 | By | 5 Comment(s) | 2,199 views ]

Ok, for all you quilt experts out there, I have a query.

My mom just sent me up 2 quilts that she’s apparently had packed away in the attic forever.  One was made by my great grandmother, and is in pretty bad shape.  It’s fraying around the edges, and was (I’m assuming) a quilt made for using, not displaying.  The other was made by my Great Aunt Lottie, and it in much better shape.  Both smell musty, even after washing.

So, what the heck do I do with these? (Apologies in advance for the poor photos..) I need ideas! Do I try to patch up the old one? Cover it? Stick it back in a trunk? What about the other one?

Here’s the First Quilt: (click to see larger)

Here’s the second quilt:

I do have a lovely quilt made by my grandmother on display as a wall hanging in the spare bedroom, by the way… So it’s not that I’m lacking quilts.  Pretty huh?

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  • adrienne [] :

    My aunt had some of my grandmother’s worn everyday quilts and some tired chenille bedspreads turned into jointed teddy bears. They are sweet reminders of my grandmother’s beautiful sewing and there were enough for all the grandchildren to get at least one.

  • Tammy [] :

    I’m not sure how to get the smell out. Baking soda? Kitty litter? Just lots of airing out? But I’d want to make them into something useful. How about a table runner? Or into a purse or a notebook cover? Seat cushions, wall hangings. I think there’s lots of things you can do to still keep them around and to look at.

  • Dot [] (author) :

    thanks for the tips :)

  • coryy [] :

    My surefire ways to get smells out of cloth diapers are washing with 20-mule team borax added with the soap, and putting vinegar in the rinse cycle instead of fabric softener. Both are excellent odor removers. You can give that a try.

  • Dot [] (author) :

    Thanks, Cory!