In addition to Ann's great-grandfather, Marie Webster also lived in Marion, Indiana. Marie Webster is credited with writing the first book on quilt history. She also designed patterns, and created a pioneering woman-run business, selling the patterns via mail order. Her house is now a national historic landmark, and is the home of The Quilters Hall of Fame.
Here are before and after pictures of the fabric damage and the new work that Ann added to the quilt.
Ann's repair process is detailed in several blog posts:
patching the background
She began work in September, 2013, and completed it all in January, 2015. She stitched a description of the quilt and the work that she did to the back of the quilt. That makes this labor of love a part of the entire family story that she is helping to preserve. I think that's a great idea, and I recommend you take a look and keep it in mind as you care for your own heirlooms.
Here's the completed job - such a beautiful quilt! Kudos to Ann!