Old quilts in good condition are a collector's dream, but such finds have become scarcer by the year. Many times, though, aged unquilted quilt tops offer blocks that are begging to be rescued. If you use fabric from the same era that a block was made, you can repair and re-create a block while preserving its historical significance. Remember that scissor-cut pieces and hand sewing by different individuals was normal in the past so off-size blocks are not unusual and should be taken into consideration when re-assembling. Hand quilting lends a meaningful touch to a renewed quilt.

-Christine Carlson

Cumming, Georgia

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