AROUND THE FRAME
CAUSE OF DEATH
As a quilt restorer, I identify with the pathologists on Crime Scene Investigation (CSI). To determine what caused a quilt’s present condition, I need to examine the quilt and follow the evidence to determine the cause of death (COD). Instead of looking for GSR (gun shot residue) I determine whether a quilt “bled out” due to improper washing, was tangled in the bed springs, chewed by mice, poorly constructed, made of inferior materials, stitched poorly, neglected, or simply loved too much.
You may be surprised to know many quilts made in the 1970s-1980s show greater wear than those made in the 1930-1940s. One of the main culprits is the polyester batting used to sandwich it. Take a piece of cotton batting and rub it against your cheek. Now do the same with poly. Feel the difference? Polyester actually wears quilts from the inside out. You don’t know the damage is being done, until it’s done.
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