About 6 months ago, my Dad brought me an old quilt that was made by my great-grandmother sometime between the years of 1927-1935. It's the only quilty thing that I have from any previous generations of my family. None of the ladies in my family were big into anything regarding fabric while I was growing up. Therefore, this quilt means so much to me, because it is one of very few pieces that I have that links us together in a creative way. But this quilt is in desperate need of some serious help!
Some pieces are torn, and there are a few stains here and there.
And as you can see, it wasn't quilted but it was tied.
I am prepared to spend a lot of time on this restoration if I have to. I want to try and keep the integrity of this piece in tact! So here are my concerns.
1. It looks like the quilt was made from old men's dress shirts, finding fabric to match might be really difficult. Where can I find the right fabric? Thrift stores, maybe?
2. I would like to cut all of the ties so that I would be able to quilt this, but I am afraid that there would be permanent holes in the fabrics where the ties currently are located.
3. Would machine quilting hurt the quilt at all? Will the quilt top hold up under the stress of machine quilting? Or should I try old fashioned hand quilting?
3. The quilt does not have batting and the binding is folded over from the backing. Is quilt shop quality cotton fabric going to be bad to use for the backing? Will the quilting be difficult with the use of different materials?
The fabrics are extremely thin, so I don't plan on using this on a daily basis. Once it's repaired, I will probably hang it on a quilt rack in my bedroom.
So do you have any advice? Have you ever restored or repaired a quilt on your own? Are there are dangers that are lurking nearby that I haven't thought of? I want to do this right! Feel free to point me in the right direction, because this is uncharted territory.