THIS OLD QUILT
I came across this old quilt top eight years ago at a car boot sale in Cambridge. It wasn't for sale - it was on the (muddy) ground covered with shoes and bric-a-brac. The owner seemed very surprised when I expressed an interest in it, and she sold it to me for £2.
The quilt top is huge and it has been beautifully hand made, with the tiniest stitches I have seen. It is made from old cotton prints, including plains, florals, novelty prints and checks. I think it dates from the 1950s or perhaps earlier. It is one of my favourite things that I own. However...
It has been mistreated over the years and has suffered a lot of damage. Although there are no stains or marks, quite a few of the hexagons and some of the side pieces are completely worn through, and others look fragile.
I've carefully stored the quilt top for years, but I would love to bring it back to life in some way. I'd love to hear if anyone has any ideas on what I could do with it? I thought about maybe cutting it up to make some cushions but it seems a shame. What should I do?