Old Quilt, New Problem
November 19, 2008 2:02 PM Subscribe
I have a very old patchwork quilt (est 1910) that my mom bought as an antique. It's been stored for many years now, and is looking really stained and sad. How can I bring it back to life?
The quilt is very simple - red and white squares around larger patches of white squares, and an all-white backing. Some of the smaller squares are frayed through to the batting, and the edges are frayed. There is lots of discoloration on the white parts, which are now yellowish from age and/or being stored in a cardboard box.
I took it to a "specialist drycleaner" here in DC and they said it was probably too far gone - I was willing to put up with some additional fraying in the process, but they claim that even immersing it in water would damage the fibers and the thing would just fall apart.
I thought of laying it out on a hot sunny day (next time we get one of those) and letting the sun do its work... but it may not make a bit of difference.