Repairing an old quilt

I have an old comforter that was given to me by my Great Aunt. Her mother made it for her when she was in her early 20’s as a wedding gift. Going back into my genealogy this was about 1920’s. That era. She kept it on her bed until her husband died and then stored it in a closet. It had some holes worn into it when I got it, but I didn’t care. To hold something in my hands that had been made by my Great Grandmother was wonderful. I have kept it unused wrapped in an old sheet(the way I brought it home) for 47 years. It is filled with down feathers and is satin. There are places on the comforter that the fabric has worn from years of use, but I don’t want to “USE” it but I do want to appreciate it. I want to be able to see all the detail. I am thinking that the best way for me to do this is to make a case for it out of an organza as close to the color as I can match to the original. Insert the old one into the case stitch it closed and then hand stitch the design thru all the layers and use it as a wall hanging.

Since hubby doesn’t smoke anymore I figure now is the time to try and do something to appreciate it. We are coming up on it being close to 100 years old.

Does anyone else have any ideas of how I can appreciate the comforter without having feathers all over the place?

Where the feathers are coming out of are on the back side around the corners and edges. It measures 71×71 inches and I love it.

Any and all suggestions will be GREATLY Appreciated.

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5 thoughts on “Repairing an old quilt

  1. I experienced real feather beds and feather pillows as a child because my grandfather raised poultry. In my experience there are always some slipping out! If it’s just around the seams, though, you could try sealing the seams with fray check or a seam sealer meant for making coats more waterproof.


  2. Check in with Carole at She has a page with helps and she has saved many worn quilts. She has stories on several featured that will surely give you some ideas of how to tackle yours!


  3. It’s beautiful! You’re so blessed to be able to have this! I have a duck feather pillow that belonged to my granddaddy and it has a small hole in one corner. I keep it put away so the feathers don’t get all over the place. I’m afraid to try to sew it because I don’t want to ruin it.


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