Nov 15.. an old knit quilt 

My daughter Lynn had given me an old quilt to repair that was her hubby’s ,given to him as a child.  It was a lovely double knit tied quilt made by his grandma. Years ago Lucas’parents bought a farm , in the old barn was this double knit fabric that granny salvaged. The repairs were to redo some seams ,also the ties were either missing or in poor shape.


The knit fabric is in wonderful shape,one would never guess that it has been used hard. When I finished the repairs it looks almost new!


I would guess these knits to be 50 some years old.


I know that knits are not poplar in the quilt world. I have made a few simply because they are tough and hold up to boy abuse…. one I made has held up for twenty one years,and still going strong. 

 
 these I made from old shirts ,dresses, skirts ,and fabric scraps that I would find..In our early years of marriage  money was a little short, which taught me to be creative. There was no rotary cutters or mats then,just cardboard ,pen and scissors . 

Now for an update on the nativity project… two blocks done


And the embroidered block quilt top….I thought was done until I laid it on the couch…oops…


I have it ripped out already for me to sew in right tomorrow.


Lynn sent me this picture last week,she took it standing in their field facing the neighbors. Isn’t  it gorgeous!!

Deb

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13 thoughts on “Nov 15.. an old knit quilt 

  1. thenaughtybun

    Oops indeed! But it will feel so good to gave fixed it. And those quilts are lovely! Something with modern quilting really bothers me, and that’s the waste it makes. Instead of using up scraps, they’re made! Those tutorials where you take precuts and sew a 45° seam and cut off and discard really bother me. But, now that more people are making clothes, maybe more will get back to the use-what-you have type of quilting? On can hope. Bring more quilts made from old tees to the world! 😃

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    1. Deb Post author

      Thank you for liking the old knit quilts,they are worthy of some praise,after all they will outlive a cotton quilt.😊 I so agree on the waste..would love to have some of those quilters scraps!

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  2. KerryCan

    Those double knit quilts do hold up well! I have one that I bought at an auction in an Amish community, about 25 years ago–I love it but it was hand quilted and, because the knits are stretchy, most of the quilting threads have broken. I think maybe I need to tie it like you did.

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    1. Deb Post author

      I can believe it broke the thread ,surprised they even quilted it. I did machine stitch the one ” in the ditch” , that works okay. Tying is usually the easiest for knits.

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  3. blosslyn

    Oh dear, I thought you meant knitted as knitted with needles, now reading through, I understand you mean knitted fabrics….I think ! I love all the quilts, but I like the blue one, because its quite simple and I could do that. Do they have a plain back and then you sew through with cotton and leave the tread hanging…..oh I really need to by a book on quilting the correct way 🙂 But anyway they all look beautiful, like the wonderful rainbow photo 🙂

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    1. Deb Post author

      Yes, I did mean fabric .:) it is a heavy polyester fabric that is stretchy,some more than others. I remember my mom being so happy with this fabric as when you made a dress out of it you didn’t have to iron it! Never mind the fact that in summer you roasted in it. Old slacks were often made with this kind of fabrics. I use a soft backing as the knit is not a soft ,cozy fabric. Soft as in fleece ,flannel minky type material. The tying is done either with yarn or crocheting thread. Crocheting thread is easier to pull through the layers of the quilt.

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