Laundering an antique patchwork quilt?
I purchased a large patchwork quilt at an estate sale, and am not sure how to clean it. It's a little dingy and the house it cam from was not exactly clean, so I'd really like to launder it. The problem is that there are some small holes in the patchwork which I am afraid of making worse. Also, the quilt is patchwork on top of patchwork - there's another older-looking quilt underneath which is visible through the holes of the top layer. I'm guessing the patchwork that's underneath is not in great shape or too stable. How can I clean this quilt without causing further damage?
I have attached a photo (the best one I have) of the quilt, or rather, my kitten wrapped up in it. Anyone care to date it based on the patterns? I was thinking it was from somewhere between the 20s and the 40s. I can try to get a better photo in the next few days if need be.