Did you know you can create fabric on your computer? Scan the fabric you want to use into your computer.Print it on a piece of transfer fabric paper like Printed Treasures or fabric treated with Bubble Jet Set and ironed to freezer paper.You could also lay it out on your lawn on a clean sheet, with a clean sheet on top of course, to protect from the sun. More information on wet washing your quilt is available here. You can repair small areas by simply appliquing a patch over the spot.Do not wet wash your quilt unless absolutely necessary. Replace the damaged fabric with vintage fabric if possible, or use a modern reproduction fabric.Roll this through your typewriter and type on it, or type it on the computer and use your ink jet printer to print it out.
If your quilt is badly damaged, you may be able to cut off one section and use the fabric from that section to repair other parts of the quilt.
You could also add a piece of flannel or cotton as a beard guard to cover over the top row of damaged blocks in your quilt.
Better a wall hanging that you can enjoy than a quilt in a drawer that makes you sad every time you think of how damaged it is.
Damage can be caused when by the suction of even a low power vacuum.
If you quilt is just smelly, try airing it by draping it over a railing (on a sheet or large towel) on a breezy day. The stress of hanging over a small piece of rope may cause damage. If it is an important piece, seek the advice of a professional first.