Date: 04-13-2006, 11:42 PM (1 of 3)
Thirty seven years ago when I was pregnant with my first child I made a crib quilt out of fabric from my nursing student uniforms (pink and white stripe cotton which went through hospital laundries and starch for 5 years). I embroidered a number of 8" unbleached cotton squares with children's designs and alternated with the pink striped fabric squares, bound with pink striped fabric on the bias and backed with a plain pink cotton. I had a boy but eventually had a girl. The quilt was lined with an old wool blanket - one of my mother's suggestions. The quilt was well used and forgotten about. As I am about to have my first (and supposedly only) grandchild when I went through the 'trunk of memories' I have to find special clothes and toys etc, I was surprised to find the quilt and a large ball of left over binding. It was very obviously the first quilt I had ever made and my techniques leave a lot to be desired, but both my children loved the quilt and it was a well used comfort. I started to take the binding that is in shreds off and now wonder what I should do and thus ask for opinions. I could
1. take all apart and remake using the embroidered panels, which are in excellent shape. I would use blue panels as a male is expected.
2. simply reapply binding and repair a few holes. (I would patch with some extra fabric).
3. whatever I do, should I reuse the wool quilting fabric?
Thanks for your input.
FYI: I have in my trunk about 4 other double bed sized woolen blankets, all in excellent shape but no longer in use. I have enough duvets and covers for all my beds. I have already donated a lot of the blankets to charity, but some are ones my mother obtained from saving her and my grandmother's woolen fabrics scraps that she took to a woolen mill and exchanged for new blankets. This was one of my favourite yearly trips with either my mother or my grandmother. I only know one other person who has ever heard of this practice.
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
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Date: 04-14-2006, 09:51 AM (2 of 3)
Sancin, don't really have an answer for you...my concern would be the age of the fabric and will it stand up to a baby and washing? You might try washing the blanket and see what holds up, then reuse those panels. You gave me a great idea though, my mother passed away in July and I have her old nursing uniforms and that is a wonderful idea to use them in a quilt. When I went to nursing school we just wore scrubs. Let us know what you decide to do and CONGRATS on the upcoming grandchild!!! They are tons of fun!
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Date: 04-14-2006, 12:53 PM (3 of 3)
I agree with Lyn...maybe the fabrics won't hold up. It would be a shame to have it fall apart afterwards. Maybe you could take the embroidered panels and make a wall hanging for the baby's room or to make one of those organizers, etc. Let us know what you decide.
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