I am doing a few more repairs now, and recently received this one. The main damage was from being folded in one spot for years. Several of the green squares had holes, and one of the purple sections had multiple areas of damage. The owner wanted to be able to use it again.
The client provided the fabric for repair, as I have found this is the best way for clients to be happy with the choices. I made three large patches for the purple and pinned them in place.
The patches were top stitched on the edges.
I did the same with the green squares that needed them. Some areas looked like the fabric was weakening, so I treated those spots with a fray blocking solution.
Then I turned attention to the edges, and the corner with more extensive damage. After removing the frayed binding all the way around, the edge revealed weakness in the fabric where the binding had been sewn. Plus, there were holes and a tear on this corner.
On the backside of that corner, you can see how the damage extends to the backing.
The best thing is to remove a small bit all the way around the quilt. I cut off just under a quarter inch to remove most of the frayed and damaged section. Now I will be able to replace the entire binding, sewing to more stable fabric in the border and backing. This will make the new binding stronger, and the little bit taken away won’t be noticeable.
On the corner, I sewed an orange patch to the front, and folded it over. Then I top stitched the folded edge. Turning it to the back, I used the edge of the quilt as a guide, and stitched it down to provide a guide for cutting the patch.
Squaring off the excess, the patch is fully sewn.
I made a new binding and sewed it to the back first, then folded to the front and top stitched. I like this method as it allows me to see the stitching on the top and control where it goes.
All done, it is on its way back to the owner now. The lighter purple binding blends well with the faded purple patches.
I recently got a request to do a program on repairing quilts, which has me thinking about that. This is a really hot area for a quilter to make money. Few of us are willing to work on well loved quilts, and I don’t want to do as many as I have in the past. So, I am considering putting together a presentation on how to handle the problems I’ve seen over the past few years, and make it available as an in-person presentation or a Zoom class.
What do you think?
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