My Grandmother's Things

Recently my grandmother passed away. She loved to quilt and had three chests full of fabric that she had not used. The fabrics spanned from a number of older patches that were a bit tattered to newer patches that were fresh and clean. She kept everything stored by color. She would make sure her reds stayed with her reds and her blues stayed with her blues.


The chests were water tight and kept moisture out. It was like opening a time capsule. You could tell how much she loved the materials that she would turn into blankets. She made a larger quilt for me when I was young. I got a nice backing and pinned the quilt to it and a very lovely glass display lets people see the quilt. I’m afraid of it getting worn out from use so for now I’ll store this beautiful artifact of my family like this.

One of the things that I had to think about when it came to preserving this quilt was keeping the colors as fresh as the day that I’m putting it into its display. Part of preparing to store the quilt involved cleaning it as well. I had done this with one of grandma’s quilts in the past and it tore up the quilt.

The first thing I decided to do was find a light but color saving detergent. Tide makes a color catching detergent. I avoided the detergents that have anything that’s Oxi (Oxygen) based because I was afraid of it bleeding. In a light wash everything seemed to go smoothly and I air dried the quilt after that.

The case itself is in my area of the basement, away from any direct light. To avoid any fading you can’t keep the quilt in any direct sunlight. There are also sprays that you can use that is supposed to protect your fabric, but I didn't want to take a chance of getting moisture inside of the case or even creating a dirty glass interior that could take away from the nice view of this beautiful quilt.

For those with similar family heirlooms I highly recommend investigating a similar way of preserving their family history and a hobby that someone loved so dearly that she shared it with all of us.

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