My in-laws are moving into assisted living. They have been going through the house and I have accepted a stack of quilt blocks, templates, and fabric that were part of a quilt my MIL had started a long time ago. I have never done something like this before, piecing someone else's quilt top or doing anything with old fabric. The fabric is old but in good shape, cotton. There are a few pieces cut, enough for a Drunkard's Path block, as well as a few squares and rectangles, not sure where she was going with those. There are 32 completed blocks - enough for 5 x 6 plus two 12" pillows. That's my plan. The thing is that five of blocks have been sashed on all four sides already with an off white, which is a good match colorwise but the fabric seems very frail and it is see-through. I hesitate to sash the whole thing with this fabric. On the other hand, I hate to rip because I don't want to damage the blocks. I think I will end up ripping but the next question is will it be okay to sash with today's fabric which is a little more sturdy. She has a solid blue included which I may use for the border but I don't want to use it for the sashing because it doesn't contrast enough with the blocks, which are pink and blue. Or I may use it for cornerstones for the sashing. Anyway, if anyone has any input about this I would welcome it.
I will say she did a very nice job with the blocks. Every one of them is 12-1/2 inches. There won't be any problem putting this together!
I see no reason why you can't use new fabric for the sashing. Hope you post a pic when you finish. I bet it will be beautiful.
I agree, using more modern fabircs shouldn't hurt anything. The only thing I would recommend is that you use a color catcher for the first few washings; older fabrics can sometimes be susceptible to bleeding.
Would love to see the finished product!
Thanks! Good advice!