Don’t you just love dogs? They are bundles of furry love with doggie breath, and sometimes they like to chew on things. Recently, I was contacted to repair a well-loved quilt that had seen its share of doggy attention.
Two of the corners were chewed off completely. This one was on one end.
This was the opposite corner.
The easiest thing to do was to simply cut off the most damaged area, as there wasn’t any of the original fabric to make new blocks. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, I cut a straight line as close to the damage as possible.
The advantage of this is I now have bits of matching fabric to make the rest of the repairs. I matched the corner color on the top, and the backing fabric on the back, placing the pieces right sides together with the quilt corner. This is the first corner.
Sew a diagonal line across the corner, showing the second one.
Trim the original quilt past the new seam to 1/4 inch, and add a bit of batting to fill the corner.
Then, topstitch to define the corner and stay stitch the repair.
Trim to an even point, using the sides as guides.
The back looks nice too, with matching fabric.
I removed the original binding, and made new binding for the entire quilt, for consistency. This was the quilt owner’s idea, as she wasn’t able to match the original binding color. She had purchased a new purple fabric that worked well with the other fabrics in the quilt.
It was sewed to the quilt front, then turned to the back and machine stitched.
As I was doing the binding, I realized this hole would need to be repaired before finishing the binding as it was so close to the edge.
The top side of this hole didn’t have much damage, just a few threads missing. I hand stitched those, but wanted to add a bit of stabilizer to the back since I could. So, I added a bit of fusible web, and a circle of batting, then trimmed the stray threads.
Using another bit from the piece I cut off, I matched the backing color and made a patch. This was sewn by hand.
All done with the hand sewing, it is barely noticeable. I pressed it from the top side to be sure the fusible web adhered.
The binding went over the edge of the patch as it was so close to the edge.
I then made patches for the other torn areas.
After the patch applique, two more tears fixed on the top side.
Then this one on the back was stabilized in the same way as above.
Here it is after the applique. It really helps to have the matching fabric, as this doesn’t show at all from any distance.
So, now if you really look closely, you’ll see one edge has fewer squares in the border.
But it really doesn’t show to the casual view.
Now there is one more happy lady who has her quilt back. And one more dog that has to find a new chew toy.
What are you working on now?
If you have a quilt needing repair, see my page Well Loved Quilt Repair at the top of the blog.
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