Hello to all & a Crazy Quilt Delimma

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Hi everyone, I'm new to this group. I've been sewing/knitting/
crocheting since I was a child, & come from a long line of sewers.
Heres the dilemma:

I've inherited a number of crazy quilts made by my great grandmother &
her daugheter (my grandmother). The problem is that she made them
small, to fit in a crib (and I suspect, she didnt want to spend a lot
of time waiting for the finished project). They are made mostly of
wools & rayons. Well, now some of them are falling apart, & I'm
wondering about fixing them. This would be a perfect time to
deconstuct and sew them together, thus making bigger quilts. Also, I
suspect that these quilts are stuffed with other vintage fabrics,
since she was extremely frugal and wouldnt have bought batting. Also,
her other daughter (my great aunt) worked as a tailor for a well known
department store and would often bring home fabric scraps. I suspect
the quilts are made from these & stuffed with them. We're talking
fabrics from the 1930's to the 1950's maybe early 60s.

What do you more experienced crazy quilters advise? Keep them as they
are & just repair? I'm not finding crib size quilts to be very useful.
Or take them apart & harvest the fabrics inside & resew together to
make a normal sized blankent? I know I'm about to undertake what I
feel is a momumental task and would really appreciate any advise,
comments etc. Thanks....linda

Re: Hello to all & a Crazy Quilt Delimma
I, personally, wouldn't drive myself nuts trying to mend. then.  Just keep
them as they are!
Barbara in FL



Re: Hello to all & a Crazy Quilt Delimma
I vote with Barbara.  You could spend hundreds of hours and wouldn't have
much when you finished except maybe a big old quilt.  Put them away and let
us teach you how to make a beautiful new quilt that's just right for you.
Polly


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Re: Hello to all & a Crazy - Bobbie

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I asked before but couldn't find your reply. Are you the same Barbara that
posts on a Brooklyn and Queens NY Board?


Re: Hello to all & a Crazy - Bobbie
Nope, I just post to this group and also alt.sewing!
Barbara in Florida



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She uses the same name and is also a quilter, that's why I asked. :^)


Re: Hello to all & a Crazy - Bobbie
I always sign my name Barbara from Florida (in the winter) or Barbara from
SC (during the summer.)  I think there are 2 or 3 Barbara's or Barb on this
group.
Barbara in FL



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I asked before but couldn't find your reply. Are you the same Barbara that
posts on a Brooklyn and Queens NY Board?


Re: Hello to all & a Crazy Quilt Delimma
Welcome Linda
I don't know whether you could repair/re-make them to such an extent
that they could be laundered, for instance, with varying fabrics.
However, how about making/getting someone to make! a clip-together frame
(back and front that could hold a quilt when pushed together locking
somehow? or a glazed frame with a hinged and open-able front?).  Then
you could repair the least damaged ones, make these to be the same size,
and show them off in your frame - changing them throughout the year -
with the seasons perhaps?
You could repair them simply as tops, if you were going to show them in
this way.
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Best Regards
pat on the hill

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Have you considered using them as wall hangings?


Re: Hello to all & a Crazy Quilt Delimma
I'm with Patti....I'd have them framed.  I did sewing for a few museums and
it was often the case that as try to mend or repair decomposing or old
weakened fabrics it just falls apart that much more. You have what could be
some wonderful heirlooms. Take them and have them mounted and framed. I
wouldn't even try to repair or mend them in any way. Think of it as
"beautifully unique artistic character" ;)

Val



Re: Hello to all & a Crazy Quilt Delimma
Hi Linda, and welcome to the group.
I'm with Patti and Val on this one.  I'd try to repair the quilts as
best I could using similar fabrics and then have them mounted and
displayed as heirlooms.  I wouldn't plan on using such a delicate
vintage quilt they wouldn't stand up to normal usage.   Make a new one
as Polly suggested for using.
The other thing you could do is see if any museums would be interested
in having you donate your vintage heirlooms if you feel you wouldn't
be able to use them for display.   Just an idea.
Let us know what you decide upon.
Elly-  on the north coast of Scotland where it is nice and sunny and
49F...  positively balmy for us this time of year.

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That's almost criminal.  What a waste. What a shame.   >:^(


Re: Hello to all & a Crazy Quilt Delimma
you are correct, Maureen.
probate happens first with a will.
then the executor is bound by law to carry out the wishes as written in the
will.
no two ways about it.
if there is nothing in the will, that is a whole different issue.

lucky my mom had written up a 'living trust'.
she then transferred all her assets into the trust.
a living trust does not require probate.
the 'trustee' (similar to an executor) is bound by law to carry out the
instructions in the trust.
moms will was short and sweet, putting all her assets into her trust.
the 'living trust' was a much longer document indeed.
the trust was drawn up by a lawyer all legal and above board.
there must be a clause in the trust to cover medical incapacity of the person
who the trust belongs to so the trustee can take care of business etc while a
person is still alive.
the trustee must be someone you trust without any reservations to do this the
right way.
also have a second trustee in place on the off chance the first can not or
doesnt want do it.
the trust sets out all wishes for leaving money etc to whomever you wish and the
trustee is bound by law to do so exactly as requested in the trust.
if they dont, with a copy of the trust, you can then approach the court to
address the problems.
you could get a lawyer but you shouldnt need one (on this i'm not absolutely
sure) as the person is bound by law.
the court would then request the trustee to front up with all the documents
required to show how they have handled the assets and dispersment of said
assets.
a trust must also pay any and all bills and legal fees prior to handing out the
rest of the assets in case there is any problem to attend to first.
a 'living trust' is the very best way to do things, imo.
more than anyone cared to know, sorry bout that.
j.

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Re: Hello to all & a Crazy Quilt Delimma
Depends how much you love the fabrics. taking everything apart is a big job
and you may not like the results. Crazy quilts were seldom made to be really
used, they were more often a showcase for embroidery skills. If these have
lots of fine embroidery embellishments, they might be worth repairing.
Museum-quality repair involves the use of silk gauze carefully tacked over
the holes. It does not restore a quilt to as-new level. Or you could just
mount them and use them on the wall. But if you want a bed quilt made of
wool and rayon, it's not a very practical thing to own! OTOH, I share your
curiosity about what's inside :-)
Depending on their condition, you might also use them as pillow covers.
Roberta in D

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