stains on Grandmother's flower garden quilt

stains on Grandmother's flower garden quilt

Post by Sewgir » Wed, 01 Jun 2011 11:21:53



I have been the lucky recipient of a vintage GFG quilt top.  I had it
hand quilted by some ladies at a church near my mothers, and now that
it is done, I am unsure how to go about dealing with the stains.  Do I
try to hand wash, and with what product, gentle machine wash, or just
let them be?  It also needs to be bound, so should I bind it first and
then wash?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!  Nancy
 
 
 

stains on Grandmother's flower garden quilt

Post by Mary » Wed, 01 Jun 2011 12:20:24


It absolutely MUST have binding applied prior to any attempt to wash
it!  If you don't, it will fray, the batting will shred, and you will
have a mess that you may never be able to rescue.  As to what to use
and how to do it, I defer to the experts who visit this newsgroup.
Best of luck to you!

 
 
 

stains on Grandmother's flower garden quilt

Post by Robert » Wed, 01 Jun 2011 23:53:00


http://laundry.about.com/od/laundrybasics/a/careantiquilts.htm
Some good advice here. Especially the bit about testing for color
fastness first! (Although I apologise for sending you to a site with
so many spelling and grammar errors :-)

Bind before washing, absolutely.
Roberta in D

On Mon, 30 May 2011 19:21:53 -0700 (PDT), Sewgirl

Quote:

>I have been the lucky recipient of a vintage GFG quilt top.  I had it
>hand quilted by some ladies at a church near my mothers, and now that
>it is done, I am unsure how to go about dealing with the stains.  Do I
>try to hand wash, and with what product, gentle machine wash, or just
>let them be?  It also needs to be bound, so should I bind it first and
>then wash?
>Any advice would be greatly appreciated!  Nancy

 
 
 

stains on Grandmother's flower garden quilt

Post by Mary O'Neil » Thu, 02 Jun 2011 09:29:54


Quote:

> I have been the lucky recipient of a vintage GFG quilt top.  I had it
> hand quilted by some ladies at a church near my mothers, and now that
> it is done, I am unsure how to go about dealing with the stains.  Do I
> try to hand wash, and with what product, gentle machine wash, or just
> let them be?  It also needs to be bound, so should I bind it first and
> then wash?
> Any advice would be greatly appreciated!  Nancy

I have a quilt that the top was done by my maternal great grandmother
and then hand quilted and finished by my dad's maternal aunt (my great
aunt). It has some minimal stains.  I just let them be. It hangs on a
wall in my sewing room.
 
 
 

stains on Grandmother's flower garden quilt

Post by Sandy » Fri, 03 Jun 2011 10:33:43


Howdy!

Here's what I do, & I've done this dozens of times:

Finish the quilt, binding & all.

Soak in a tub of cool water w/ some BIZ.

(BIZ is an enzyme cleaner; don't use it on silk.)

The tops I quilt are cotton, quite often 50-80 yrs old.  Cotton.
W/ Hobbs Heirloom batting, cotton backing.
Many of the old tops have spots & stains from starch, which the BIZ
does a good job of lifting off the fabric.  Body oils & dust are usually
the other culprits. BIZ works for me; YMMV.

Usually, I can slip one of the old/new FINISHED quilts into the
washing machine, gentle cycle, w/ a Dye Magnet or Color Catcher.
Rinse thoroughly, gently, pop it in the dryer, or if it's delicate,
I'll spread it out on towels on the vinyl floor, blow it dry w/
the electric fans.

Handquilting means my quilts are just about as tough/durable as any other
quilt.  ;-)
I treat them all w/ respect, which includes cleaning & handling.

That's my routine, w/ good results.  Haven't lost a quilt, yet!  ;-)
Again, your mileage may vary.

Good luck!
And Congratulations on your new treasure.

Ragmop/Sandy

On 5/30/11 9:21 PM, in article

Quote:

> I have been the lucky recipient of a vintage GFG quilt top.  I had it
> hand quilted by some ladies at a church near my mothers, and now that
> it is done, I am unsure how to go about dealing with the stains.  Do I
> try to hand wash, and with what product, gentle machine wash, or just
> let them be?  It also needs to be bound, so should I bind it first and
> then wash?
> Any advice would be greatly appreciated!  Nancy

 
 
 

stains on Grandmother's flower garden quilt

Post by Nanc » Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:57:41


Thanks for all the input.  Sandy, where do you get Biz?  At my local grocery
store?  I remember using it many years ago, but didn't know it still
existed.  I will look for it next time I go shopping.
 Thanks, Nancy

Quote:
> Howdy!

> Here's what I do, & I've done this dozens of times:

> Finish the quilt, binding & all.

> Soak in a tub of cool water w/ some BIZ.

> (BIZ is an enzyme cleaner; don't use it on silk.)

> The tops I quilt are cotton, quite often 50-80 yrs old.  Cotton.
> W/ Hobbs Heirloom batting, cotton backing.
> Many of the old tops have spots & stains from starch, which the BIZ
> does a good job of lifting off the fabric.  Body oils & dust are usually
> the other culprits. BIZ works for me; YMMV.

> Usually, I can slip one of the old/new FINISHED quilts into the
> washing machine, gentle cycle, w/ a Dye Magnet or Color Catcher.
> Rinse thoroughly, gently, pop it in the dryer, or if it's delicate,
> I'll spread it out on towels on the vinyl floor, blow it dry w/
> the electric fans.

> Handquilting means my quilts are just about as tough/durable as any other
> quilt.  ;-)
> I treat them all w/ respect, which includes cleaning & handling.

> That's my routine, w/ good results.  Haven't lost a quilt, yet!  ;-)
> Again, your mileage may vary.

> Good luck!
> And Congratulations on your new treasure.

> Ragmop/Sandy

> On 5/30/11 9:21 PM, in article

> "Sewgirl"

>> I have been the lucky recipient of a vintage GFG quilt top.  I had it
>> hand quilted by some ladies at a church near my mothers, and now that
>> it is done, I am unsure how to go about dealing with the stains.  Do I
>> try to hand wash, and with what product, gentle machine wash, or just
>> let them be?  It also needs to be bound, so should I bind it first and
>> then wash?
>> Any advice would be greatly appreciated!  Nancy

 
 
 

stains on Grandmother's flower garden quilt

Post by Sandy » Thu, 09 Jun 2011 03:11:00


Howdy!

  Yep, the BIZ is next to the all-color bleach, the oxyclean, etc,
usually on the top shelf.  I use it in this HE machine, too.

http://www.bizstainfighter.com/

Good luck!

R/Sandy


Quote:

> Thanks for all the input.  Sandy, where do you get Biz?  At my local grocery
> store?  I remember using it many years ago, but didn't know it still
> existed.  I will look for it next time I go shopping.
>  Thanks, Nancy


>> Howdy!

>> Here's what I do, & I've done this dozens of times:

>> Finish the quilt, binding & all.

>> Soak in a tub of cool water w/ some BIZ.

>> (BIZ is an enzyme cleaner; don't use it on silk.)

>> The tops I quilt are cotton, quite often 50-80 yrs old.  Cotton.
>> W/ Hobbs Heirloom batting, cotton backing.
>> Many of the old tops have spots & stains from starch, which the BIZ
>> does a good job of lifting off the fabric.  Body oils & dust are usually
>> the other culprits. BIZ works for me; YMMV.

>> Usually, I can slip one of the old/new FINISHED quilts into the
>> washing machine, gentle cycle, w/ a Dye Magnet or Color Catcher.
>> Rinse thoroughly, gently, pop it in the dryer, or if it's delicate,
>> I'll spread it out on towels on the vinyl floor, blow it dry w/
>> the electric fans.

>> Handquilting means my quilts are just about as tough/durable as any other
>> quilt.  ;-)
>> I treat them all w/ respect, which includes cleaning & handling.

>> That's my routine, w/ good results.  Haven't lost a quilt, yet!  ;-)
>> Again, your mileage may vary.

>> Good luck!
>> And Congratulations on your new treasure.

>> Ragmop/Sandy

>> On 5/30/11 9:21 PM, in article

>> "Sewgirl"

>>> I have been the lucky recipient of a vintage GFG quilt top.  I had it
>>> hand quilted by some ladies at a church near my mothers, and now that
>>> it is done, I am unsure how to go about dealing with the stains.  Do I
>>> try to hand wash, and with what product, gentle machine wash, or just
>>> let them be?  It also needs to be bound, so should I bind it first and
>>> then wash?
>>> Any advice would be greatly appreciated!  Nancy