Orphan Quilts are now in the Massachusetts Registry of Quilts! (part 2)

This is the second orphan quilt, given to me by my brother-in-law, and taken to the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell for age appraisal. They suggest that the pattern is actually 'sunflower' due to the pointed petals. As you can see, the quilt is permanently soiled, and some threads and fabrics are deteriorating. I saw a pillow made of a similar quilt square in the museum, but when I asked whether they might be connected, was told that this quilt patterns was often sold in kits, with pre-cut fabrics in the thirties, so not likely.

This quilt has minute hand stitching in the center of each plate, and some straight line basting impressions. When I showed this one to another quilter, she said she almost cried at its condition and its beauty. I agreed.

This one, too, is now registered in the Massachusetts Quilt Registry, and for that, I am grateful. I will treasure these 'orphans.'

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Comment by Terry Crawford Palardy on October 10, 2012 at 6:06pm

Thank you, Cheri. I will go to that site and see what they have. I appreciate the suggestion!

Comment by Cheri Foster on October 10, 2012 at 12:16pm

Hi Terry, I found something called restoration fabric cleaner at quilt in a day. It is supposed to be safe for all fabrics and removes a multitude of stains.  I did a search for it on google and found a site where they showed a big yellow stain removed from an antique dress.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on September 29, 2012 at 3:17pm
i will too, shoud have bookmarked the pages w the info. will try to retrace my wandering steps. have a vague idea where i read a post mentioning a cleaner and i wasn't familiar w it, so looked it up. wish us luck, i would like some to care for my antique lovelies.
Comment by Terry Crawford Palardy on September 29, 2012 at 1:02pm

Thank you, rogue quilter! I will look for those detergents online.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on September 29, 2012 at 12:28pm
that is strange that they say subflower due to pointed petals...the new dresdan templates that one can buy now hace both options...in fact, many dresdan tutes on net show theointy method...seems it is easier to fold in sides and press before trying to applique the curces. dunno. interesting though...and a lovely old charmer you have here. do a net search...i saw some post the other day avout a special soap/cleanser to remove stains/"rust spots"/age related yellowing of antique linens. the "rust spots" aremfrom old decaying starxh that was used long ago.

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