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I inherited quilts blocks that were already quilted from my grandma. I found remnants of some of the fabric she used and sashes the blocks together and added a border. To make it fit a queen bed I found some Muslim to match what she used and added a final border. I copied the quilt design and used it to quilt the borders. I gave it my mom as a gift. It turned out well. I was able to make a quilt ‘with’ my grandma even though she had passed.
I inherited a feed sack quilt top from my grandmother – scraps left over from playclothes she made for my mom and uncle – it’s queen bed size. I had to repair a couple of the hex pieces, I put fusible bond on the back and ironed it on. Then I needed to repair a few seams – some were handstitched and others machine stitched once she got a sewing machine. Then I put on the batting and the backing fabric from a new material but one that had a similar design to the feed sacks. I quilted it with machine embroidery. I bound it with bias tape, but I only squared up the top edge, and followed the hexagons for the sides and bottom. It looks fantastic, and I’m sure my grandmother would have been pleased that it finally got some use.
doesn’t “stitching in the ditch” technically weaken the seam stitches already laid down ?- it punctures through that thread .
I have a 1930? Quilt that was my late husbands grandmothers which needed repair. I was able to find modern fabrics that closely resembled the old ones and did repair the frayed pieces
Your answer is good, but if it ever needs to be dated, the dating will be based on the newest fabric.
I am making a baby quilt for my great grandson. However, my embroidery machine had a hiccup, and I need to know whether there is a better way to remove these stitches than a stitch ripper. They are so tight that I am having difficulty getting the ripper underneath them to rip out. I will choose another design and hope for the best! Need to get it done before he is college-bound!
not at this time
wont that devalue the older blocks? i have a quilt top from my grandmother that i am afraid to complete, thinking i may do more harm than good my finishing it?
I used embroidered blocks made by my grandmother in wall hangings for my new grandsons. I bordered each square square and used dashing strips to assemble the rows. The borders and sashing fabrics were modern fabrics. My quilter used a crosshatch patterned, which made it stronger, to quilt the piece. I love the way it turned out.
I also received a quilt top of my husband’s grandmother it has Sue bonnet girls Sewn on the feed sack material. It looks very plain so I’m trying to appliqué or add some kind of material to the top I never cut it into it was all one piece if anyone has any ideas let me know I’ve never done an appliqué but I’m gonna try thanks
I inherited some Dresden plate pieces. They were hand pieces about 1936. They appear to be feed sacks fabrics, which weren’t the best quality but still solid. I appliqued them to unbleached muslin and put them together. I’ve never used them as a quilt but only as a wall hanging, which is what I would recommend.
I have restored two heirloom quilts and now have 4 more in various stages of work. I have found that the worn blocks can be stabilized with Heat and Bond. The sashing and borders were not at all useable so am having to replace those parts. I am planning to use fabric as near the original as possibel. One could also use reproduction fabrics to replace parts of blocks. The quilts themselves were backed with some sort of gauzy fabric that is now rotten. The batting is uncarded sheep’s wool, and I also replaced that with a modern batt. The original were tied with unspun sheep’s wool that was hooked through the fabric with a small crochet hook. I am guessing that the quilts were made in the late 1800’s- early 1900’s. I am keeping careful records and photos of each step.
Wow that is awesome and obviously a lot of work.
I have some old hand Embroidered napkins, tablecloths, and scarves I would like to make into a memory quilt. I am thinking it would be best to use pellon sf101 fused to back for support and then border with jelly roll fabric. Any suggestions or tips? I’m relatively new to sewing. Thanks
Using a stabilizer of the fabrics is a great idea! I would also recommend that everything, including the jelly roll fabric, is pre washed prior to using it. This way nothing should shrink more or less than another area-causing ripples or puckers.
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If u have fabric stores like JoAnn or any fabric stores go find if they have classes to take for quilting. I am sure there is a place e to take classes for beginners.
Wanted to ask about laundering jelly roll fabric, I emailed a major supplier and they said not to wash strips, they would disintegrate., well next emai went unanswered when I asked how do you control uneven shrinkage in finished work that needs washing( ie/ table runners, place mats, quilts, etc). What I did do is wash a few strips 10-15 at a time inside lingerie zip bag and then air dry, so far so good.
Using a lingerie or other laundry bag for washing pre cut fabrics is a great idea and what I would have suggested as well!
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I would not wash jelly rolls, it depends the kind of material safe to wash but if not wash them before sewing, that is ok, after you finish sew the quilt, I prefer to take to dry cleaner to do the job without any chemical. I read somewhere recommended not to wash quilts, take to dry clean or set out in sun on clothes line all morning with full sun & turn over sides after 2nd hour of sun. That I remember my aunts & grandmother do that for years & they did wash that time was by hands in tubs.
do I have to have a working Printer to take the classes , mine is not working , at the time ,I have to wait for my Grandaughter to visit me to get it going again
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HELP I have wanted to sew a quilt for many years. I went out and purchased a new machine and I need a simple one to start. I was thinking a scrap quilt but I really need basics and do not know where to start.
Please help me discover the joy of quilting
If u can’t find your old lady neighbor or nursing homes will do quilting in class or their home, or go on google under quilting classes! Or yahoo. I find a lot under either with videos.
Start to do place mate or table runner & go to a place that have classes to learn the basic of quilting.
HELP I have wanted to sew a quilt for many years. I went out and purchased a new machine and I need a simple one to start. I was thinking a scrap quilt but I really need basics and do not know where to start. By the way I suffered a fall 4 years agao and I am legally blind. I need a easy one to start and do not k me to start. PLEASE HELP ME GO FROM HERE THANK YOU SO MUCHnow how to start. what kind would be best for
Hi Sandra. A scrap quilt is definitely a great place to start, and you don’t even necessarily need a pattern for that. Some people construct scrap quilts by randomly sewing together strips of fabric and then cutting that down to a preferred size- like a 6 1/2″ block, and then sewing the blocks together. Another easy pattern that you can start with is a 4 or 9 patch. They doesn’t require large pieces of fabric and are fairly easy to construct. Here is a great video to get you started:
Hope this helps!
Fabric stores have some scrap leftover, when u buy material, I would wash them or any blouses or dress that u don’t wear anymore, cut some pieces u need but be sure the kind of material to match old fabrics. Be sure to iron pieces & also iron every pieces after you sew. It is better to take a class or someone you knew can do seeing, might help you to learn
It would be better to make plate mates to start with then table runner will help to do quilting afterwards & look up newspaper ads to go take classes, it helps me a lot.
Try one with colorful block’s made into four patch blocks. See two strips together (2 1/2″ ) and cut in 21/2″ and join together . Make several in different colors.
where can I find somewhat easy directions to making a sunburst?
Hello, I’m new to this group. My question is this, I have many old hankies from my great grandma and my grandmother. I would like to turn these into a quilt. Any suggestions on how to do this, as some of these are very delicate. Thank you for any help you can offer.
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I found a quilt top that my grandma started before I was born. I arrived 6 weeks early so it was never finished. I found it in a box an she told me this story so I put it up. The quilt top was quite finished so I finished it an quilted it when I was 45 years old.
I have inherited a hexagon quilt top from my mother that was probably hand pieced together in the1940 and 1950s. She did not finish it. I also have some hexagons already cut by her found in a box. I am trying to finish the top. I need the best way to finish this with a binding. I am returning to quilting after being absent for 25 years! I would like to finish this before winter for my older sister’s birthday. Thanks for any suggestions. Jean
Hi, Jean. You can use partial sections of the hexagons to make the edges straight, and then you can finish it with a traditional double French binding.
Here is a tutorial for that: https://www.nationalquilterscircle.com/video/continuous-binding-and-how-to-miter-corners-003954/
My experience is that many of the newer quilt fabrics are from China and shrink more than they did two decades or more ago. That would also be a concern of mine and not just the strength of the fabric. Because of things like this I preshrink my fabrics unless I am using precuts like jellyrolls or charm packs. They I don’t like to preshrink anything. For me it varies as to what I feel I must do to still get a great finished product.