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inherited quilts

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

After Quilter_Gal visiting a few days ago, I have laid out the quilts I inherited from my mother and realize what a treasure I have. She made many of them but there also several that have come down to me through the ancestors. Some are very worn and fragile. Others have broken threads and are pulling apart here and there. Would it be "sin" to repair these places? Of necessity it would be whip-stitch by hand.

Having been a collector of various genre for almost all my life, I know there are many things that you don't want to repair. Changes the value for future generations. Another of those many questions I think.....I'll ask momma, she'll know.

Going to leave them on the guest bed for a few days to relax the folds. I hate putting them away but there are just so many ways to display and keep them safe.

My sister received a quilt made before the Civil War. She wants to display it as well but we don't know how to keep it from disintegrating. Any suggestions?

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

http://www.restorequilts.com/html/1930s_cottons.html

found an answer to my question

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

That's great Lou. They are such treasures.....

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

NEVER fold those old quilts. roll up a towel, or a "pool noodle" wrapped in muslin and roll those quilts. THe folds will cause them to wear.

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

Where in the world do you store them on a roll? They would be soooo long.

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