Bringing a well loved quilt from tatters back to usable is always a gratifying project. Recently this one came to me for some tender care. It is certainly well loved, with three sections ripped through to the back, and the entire binding shredded or missing. It wasn’t quilted, it was tied, which does contribute to the extent of the damage as there isn’t a lot of thread to hold it together or provide more structure for heavy use.
The client provided several pieces of fabric to use for the repairs for this quilt, plus one more quilt needing rebinding.
You can see the binding is just disintegrated. I believe this quilt has been washed in a machine a lot of times.
I began with one of the easier spots to repair. The green strip is still intact with the folded over seam allowance still there.
I made a patch for the white, then arranged the green over it in line.
The patch is top stitched in place.
Then on the back, a bit of batting is added to even out what is missing, and a patch placed over it.
It is pinned into place.
Then it is hand stitched in place so this part of the repair doesn’t show on the top side.
Next, the largest repair section needing repair is tackled.
The yellow strip is beginning to ravel, but the green strips again are intact.
I pin the pieces together on the top side, and place a bit of batting on the back side.
Top stitching the strips, it catches the batting at the same time and gives the stitches more to hold onto as the fabric is pretty thin.
On the top, the stitching alone was enough to close the rips.
On the back side, the long lines will hold the batting in place, as well as make the top strips better able to handle the stress of use.
The last hole was repaired in the same way.
I pin down the lifting green and yellow patches, then add a white patch and top stitch the patch.
Then I turned it over.
A piece of batting is cut to fit the space where it is needed, then I fold the edges of the backing over the batting and run a whip stitch around by hand to hold it in place.
A patch is added and hand whipped as before. I found another little hole that I put another patch on as well.
On the top side, I add a bit of stitch in the ditch where it is needed to hold things together.
Next I remade the white binding and attached it by machine.
The last section was to address the appliques. Most of them I could just restitch with a zigzag where they were lifting up. This one was just too far gone to do that, with too many holes to patch individually.
So, I made templates for the petals and center.
Using one of the prints provided, I made another flower and placed it directly over the existing one.
I zigzag stitched it in place, doing each petal individually.
Then the center circle is zigzag stitched covering the middle.
The style and color match the rest of the quilt, so it won’t be noticeable as new.
And there it is, all ready to use again.
If you have a quilt needing repair, please see my Well Loved Quilt Repair page for the latest info. I cannot take anything new right now, but that page will be updated when I can.
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