Tuesday, January 13, 2015
GRANDMOTHER OLIVE TELLS ON REPAIRING QUILTS
Anyway, to start, let me tell you how to care of a quilt. NEVER put a quilt in the washer and dryer. I don't care what the tag says on it or the person tells you when you purchase it. Nothing ruins a quilt more than running it through the wash machine. Maybe if it is store bought, but a home made quilt can be ruined in the washer. Even if an Amish or Mennonite lady tells you can put it in the washer - don't.
First you don't have to wash a quilt unless it is really soiled. If it has a smell you can spray it. If it gets to the point it needs to be washed, wash it in a clean bathtub, I use woolite on mine. Once you have washed it, rinse it with clear warm water in the tub and if you have an outside line hang it outside. If not you can hang it over a garment rack to dry.
Now what if your quilt need repairs. Yes, it can be repaired. I would not use a quilt that is worn out as batting, a new top or backing. I would repair if it at all could be. If there is something that needs replacing in the pattern, it is hard to replace if you don't have some extra. Stores change colors and even if they have the same color, with age the quilt is usually lighter than the new piece due to age.
I would have to see a quilt to see how much repairing it would need. You can put new backing on a quilt, and new batting. Also, the pattern can be reinforced with new stitches or taking it apart and sewing it back together again. There isn't much you can't do in a quilt.
Once there was a lady that was going to throw out her quilt, but she didn't want to. It was her favorite quilt. Her house had burned and she grabbed the quilt off the sofa on the way out. The quilt had been on fire and she finally got it out - only part of the pattern was there. When she went to toss it, I told her to give it to me, I would find a use for it. There were some people there that don't know me and probably thought I was greedy taking that away from her. In fact, right out of her waste basket.
When I got it home, I saved what I could of it. I knew I couldn't duplicate all of it so I made a different background and used what I saved for the center. I got the ladies together and we stitched her a new quilt. After the ladies house was all remodeled after the fire, she was going to have a party. The day before we brought over her new quilt. She couldn't believe how we did that. The lady laughed and wondered what I was going to do with that piece out of the waste basket, She had no idea it would be part of a new quilt.
So a quilt can be repaired, or remade. Never let a good quilt go waste.
Be With God,