|The Willow Tree Quilt, c. 1815, United States|
Yes, it's that old. It's just been washed. How? Very carefully!! Most of the process involved soaking, very light agitation and multiple rinses, but I also used a little Dawn dish detergent, and later, some sodium perborate while soaking.
Lulu supervised. The quilt was dried flat on large plastic tables upstairs, and by the time it was dry, most of the stains had disappeared.
So, that's why the quilt looked like it was in such fine condition. There is a second Willow Tree Quilt, which was actually the first of the two I acquired. I believe they share origins, they certainly share the important motifs.
|the other Willow Tree Quilt, before washing - this one has fringe!|
If you would like to read more about the the one with the fringe, check out my guest blog at Why Quilts Matter, History, Art & Politics. Click here.