Today I started cleaning a set of antique quilt blocks. The pattern is Solomon’s Temple. You can see the post about them here
They are pretty dirty, and I want to get them cleaned up a bit before I sew them together . I always wash my quilts when I am done hand quilting them, and I wanted to be sure they wouldn’t bleed so a rince before I start is a good idea. I use hot water and Synthrapol
a soak in this and then a good rinse in cold water and then I press them flat and dry.
I have 8 done so far
look at the water
Glad that I decided to take the time to do it! It also makes working with the old fabric a lot easier to get it rinsed. 100 years ago when these were being pieced together and pressed the maker used starch (that is not uncommon) and that makes the fabric stiff….and the old starch really holds on to dirt! with the starch and dirt rinsed out they become much easier to work with.
The blocks are pretty impressive to me because of the very small pieces
each 10″ block is made up of 97 pieces!
these are pretty scrappy blocks but the maker kept with the basic color arrangement on each block. Here is one that I drew up and added some colors and one of the real blocks to compare.
When you put the blocks together you get a great secondary pattern
it looks as if there are 2 different blocks that make up the quilt.
I will need to add a border to make it full sized….or maybe just leave it small and call it a lap quilt.