Just before we left for our vacation, I received this pretty appliqué quilt to repair. It didn’t need a lot, or so I thought when I got it from the owner. I figured just a few spots to hand stitch and it would be good to go. But, after looking at it more closely, I realized that these rips would not be strong enough to sew. The fabric is old and too fragile for that kind of repair.
Some of the edges were starting to fray as well. So I decided to do the repair with the tulle again, as well as some fusible webbing.
I cut tiny bits of fusible web and worked them carefully under the tears.
Pressing them carefully, the rips are now concealed.
Small bits were worked under a few rips in the leaves as well, then pressed.
When all the tears were pressed down with the fusible web, I loaded the quilt onto my longarm, and lay out ecru tulle over the top.
Each section was pinned down. Using the longarm, I stitched just outside the ditch around the appliqué motifs.
At the beginning and end of the stitching, the thread tails were buried using a quick-threading needle.
The stitching looks like an echo quilting around the motifs. Inside the motifs, I stitched in the ditch as much as possible.
Then, the excess tulle was trimmed away, leaving about 1/4-inch excess outside the seam line to ensure the stitching held it firmly.
All done, not every motif needed the tulle, so I only did the ones that did. All of those were on a fold line, as this quilt was left folded the same way too long.
I like this technique, because even at a close distance, the tulle is invisible.
So, I delivered it back to the owner just before our trip, glad that I could get it done in a timely manner.
Some of you have asked for a copy of the washing instructions that I give back to the quilt owners when they pick up their repaired quilts. You can download a copy of that with this pdf file – Vintage Delicate Quilt Washing. I will sometimes modify what this says to meet an individual situation, as when I added a line to tell the owner of this quilt never to put it in a washing machine again. If you’d like to see more posts on repairing quilts, see the page at the top of the blog.
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Did you do something fun this weekend?