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How to brighten vintage quilt blocks

Posted by CoosaValleyQuilter (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 29, 13 at 19:20

I was very fortunate to obtain 12 vintage (1930's or 40's) hand appliqued and embroidered Antebellum lady pattern quilt blocks. The background that was used is very dingy, brownish, and yellowed. Any help in getting these brightened, not white, but off white like muslin as the appliqued ladies' gowns are from vintage feedsack fabric any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Coosa Valley Quilter


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RE: How to brighten vintage quilt blocks

Did you check the quilting forum? Those folks are experts!


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RE: How to brighten vintage quilt blocks

Try a soak in Biz (in a basin, not a washing machine.)


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RE: How to brighten vintage quilt blocks

I second the Biz.... that is all I use on vintage linens and crocheted items. It has never failed to take out old stains and yellowing from age. I soak the items in a big bowl, dish pan, bucket.. just what ever you have on hand. With the quilt blocks I think you should do them entirely by hand. let them soak, then rinse out and roll in a towel to take most of the water out, then lay them out to dry. I would be afraid to wash them even in a front loading washing machine, it might fray the edges.


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