Well, I’ve been at it again. Between the Autumn Jubilee quilt along, sew along and stitch along, I have had three more repairs in the works. I’ve had to turn down two more as being just too much for me right now, and I got yet another inquiry this week. The last one was finished this past week, and was a bit more extensive than originally thought. The hole in the quilt you can see to the right of the green disintegrating patch has already had its backing appliqued on the back side before I loaded the quilt on the longarm to do the appliques on the top. I put a scrap of batting on the hole, then proceeded with the top applique.
The owner said there were some strips that needed to be appliqued over, and about 12-15 patches to be done too. But when I got the quilt, I counted 33 patches right off that were too far gone to save. I had already appliqued over the grey sashing in the middle of the quilt when I decided to take some photos. Honestly, I just didn’t think this one was any different than the many I have shown before.
There were a lot of large patches that needed to be appliqued over.
Simple, just cut a square, fold the edges under and top stitch in place. Easy enough, just time consuming. Here I did several in a row, then went back and machine stitched some quilting on top of the appliques to mimic the hand quilting in the original squares.
On one of the nine patch blocks, only the lighter fabric was disintegrating.
It was easier and faster to make a nine patch rather than try to applique five tiny squares.
In some areas, to preserve the original fabric, I would stitch down a tear with a zigzag stitch rather than cover the whole thing.
More large squares needed repair in this section, and it was faster to make a four patch and cover four at once, then do the quilting through them.
Repairing well loved quilts isn’t difficult, but for those who cannot sew, it is a valuable service. I have developed my Well Loved Quilt Repair into a Zoom class for guilds and those who would like to learn to do this in order to start or expand a business. I truly need at least two or three more people to refer to, as I get too many inquiries to do on my own. My previous referral partner cannot take any more, so I am back to needing new people. You need to have a website, blog or facebook page where potential clients can see your work and have a method to contact you. It doesn’t have to be repair work that you show, just something to show your skills. If you already have the skills and a repair service, please let me know that you’d like referrals.
I have pulled together my tips and tricks, organized the program according to the types of repairs, and a discussion on how to approach almost every problem you will see. Everything from small holes, and dog chewed corners up to major damage is covered, with advice on starting your own repair business. The program runs about an hour and 15 minutes with question and answer time to follow. If you are in a guild, see my Speaker Programs page for a contact form.
If you’d like to begin a new business doing repairs, have some quilting experience and would like to take my class as a stand alone class, please comment with the day of the week and time you’d like best. The class will be held on my Zoom account, and will cost $30, which you will make back on your first quilt. Five students are needed to make the stand alone class.
Are you interested in a quilt repair class? Do you already do repairs and would like to be on my referral list?