Vintage patchwork is very charming, and the myriad fabrics evoke nostalgic memories of clothes and furnishings from the homes in our past.
I launder the patchwork to remove any marks and to freshen it up. I make any necessary repairs/alterations and where possible I preserve the shaped edges by mounting them on new borders. The patchwork is often quite delicate, so to ensure a long and useful life, I back the patchwork with new cotton fabric, sandwiching it with a warm layer of cotton wadding.
Any paper templates are saved, as they often provide a historical document, and I send them to the customer with the finished quilt