Completely engrossed in the stack of 1930's reproductions, I didn't hear Alma come in the room. I near jumped out of my shoes when she said, "Sue, I have a restoration project for you."
After regaining my composure and picking the 30's Stack off the floor, I took one look at the so called project and said, "That looks like a Rag." Holding it by the corners, Alma let the top drop to the floor revealing the falling apart seams, missing pieces, gapping holes, puckered piecing and one Petal Piece that sealed the deal for me. Sure enough it was a RAG, "I'll do it if I can keep the Scraps and quilt it on *QuiltALottie."
With that she wadded up 'RaggedyAquarius', tossed it on the table and said, "Do what ever it takes to make at least a throw size quilt. The man that brought it by said it was the last thing his Mother pieced and he hoped it could be saved. I'll see ya later, it's nearly time for Bingo."
This is a TEST, I thought to myself. It's an initiation...more like a hazing...look at this mess. I do love that piece of Zodiac fabric, though. I'm pretty sure I can salvedge a piece of that to add to my Aquarius Fabric Collection. She did say, "Do whatever it takes".....I can do this.
If nothing else...I've created a Rags to Riches Family Heirloom...at least that's what Mr. Bush said.
As a Quilter/Quilt Appraiser, I'm often asked to repair/restore vintage quilts and quilt tops.
Here are a few Guidelines I suggest to clients.
-Consider the sentimental attachment vs the historical/monetary value.
(any changes/restoration affect the historical/monetary value for Collectors)
-Consider the condition, construction, skill level of piecing, and pattern.
-Consider how the piece will be preserved, inherited, used or displayed.
-DoNOT throw it in the washer and dryer. Your Rags to Riches will be reduced to RAGS.
*QuiltALottie...Another Modern Marvel