Over the time that I have done quilt repair, I have noticed that most of the quilts I receive for repair are tied and not quilted. This one was like that and really demonstrates how this method really does not hold up to use. It had the usual splits and fabric tears, and the binding was gone.
Only one spot was really bad, with the fabric badly shredded so it wouldn’t come together in the middle section. This would need a patch.
Popped seams here and there could be hand stitched back together.
The biggest issue was the binding was gone. Plus, since it wasn’t there, the edges of the border fabric were fraying. Another issue was that the batting was bunching up, and in places missing from the edge.
Tied quilts do not provide the structure of stitched quilting, so the batting will bunch up and shred during washing. One way to help avert this if you have to tie a quilt, is to use a batting with a scrim. The batting used here was an inexpensive polyester without a scrim.
On the edge, you can see that it has become lumpy, and in some spots no longer reached the edge of the quilt.
To counter this, I pulled the batting lumps apart where I could, pulling gently to the edge if possible. Where that wasn’t possible, I added pieces of polyester batting, making sure to place it so the edge seam would catch it, and hopefully hold it in place. The excess batting sticking out will be trimmed after it is stay-stitched.
On the backside, a major rip in the backing near a corner would need repair and batting added.
I pinned a section of new backing to the existing backing.
Then I took it to the machine and stitched a seam in just the backing. The new part was flipped down, and the excess fabric underneath was clipped out. I added a bit of batting and stay-stitched the new corner.
New binding was made and attached to the backside first.
Then it was folded to the top and machine stitched.
Here’s that corner all done.
The customer provided a print for the patch on the top. I made the patch to fit the space, and top stitched it in place.
A bit more sewing on this seam, it had enough fabric to turn it under with some careful pressing.
Then it was topstitched to close the seam.
All finished, it was shipped back to the owner. She was so pleased that she has two more quilts for me to repair next year.
If you have a quilt needing repair, click on my page Well Loved Quilt Repair, also accessible at the top of the blog. It has all the information you need to submit and how to contact me for repairs.
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