I decided to suspend my quilt repair service for the time being, at least while this pandemic is escalating. The last quilt I accepted was from a local lady, and I got it from her in early December, letting her know it wouldn’t be done until January. So, I finished up the other customer projects, and some of my own, and was able to get it done this past week. When I began working on it, I was amazed at how well it was constructed. The maker put a layer of fabric between the top and the batting, so as patches disintegrated, the batting stayed put. It is all hand pieced and hand quilted.
I began by making a template of the patch size and shape, and cut out new patches from the fabric provided. The patches are cut with a 1/4-inch seam allowance all around the edge. Then, the raw edge was pressed under to the wrong side.
After doing the last hand repair, I have decided never again. All repairs will be done by machine. This time, I used a zigzag stitch for many of the patches to reduce stress on the existing fabrics and hold down the edges of the patches. The owner said it was precious to her father, and he just wanted to be able to use it again. He didn’t care if the stitching showed or how it was repaired.
A rip in the middle of a large yellow patch was pretty wide. Too much was frayed to be able to put them together again.
So, a patch went over just the rip, leaving as much of the original showing as possible.
I stitched it down with a zigzag stitch.
There were several popped seams, this one may have come open before a washing, as the edges were beginning to ravel.
I pressed the fabric, and it wasn’t as bad as it seemed at first. Due to the shrinkage of the fabrics during washing, it was possible to refold the seam allowance and get one edge folded over the other.
Then sewed with a zigzag stitch. I treated the seam area with a fray blocking solution to prevent it from coming apart.
More patches cover disintegrated fabrics.
In this spot, there is a small hole in the red print. It isn’t bad enough to warrant a full patch, but there is not enough fabric to fold over either.
I treated the edge with fray blocker, let it dry, then zigzag stitched it.
On another seam, the thread broke, but the patches were in great shape.
So this time, I did a straight stitch to minimize the visibility of the repair.
I did the same with another popped seam.
Then a few more patches are sewn in place.
It only took a few hours, and it was done. The customer did such a great job of choosing her repair fabric, it matches the colors in the quilt well. Several patches are in this view, and I have a hard time finding them. They are not the dark blue ones that your eye will pick out first.
It is a beautiful quilt, and now it can be used and enjoyed for a long time to come. I gave the customer a sheet of instructions on how to wash it if it needs it in the future. If you’d like a copy, download How to Wash Your Vintage Quilt.
What are you working on this week?
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