A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
This is the quilt currently on the machine. It was brought to me for repairs. I’m known as the “magic quilt fairy” around here because I take the quilts that other machine quilters won’t or can’t do.
The quilt has many seams coming apart. The black fabric is the trouble areas. It appears to be a combination of difficult pattern, inexperienced piecer, and cheap fabric. Anyway, some problem places are marked with masking tape which is helpful.
Some places are simply open and ready to ravel. See the upper half of the leaf on the far left.
Some places are not very apparent at first. As I work on the quilt I’m finding lots and lots of small places to repair.
Here is another place where the fabric has completely raveled out of the seam. There are lots of these too.
When I was first looking over the quilt, to see what I needed to do, I found way too many places to repair it by hand. One or two places I could probably handle but not as many as this quilt has. Onto the machine is the only option.
So how do I plan to repair all the places I found? Here’s a little hint. Squiggle, squiggle, squiggle. Stop. Turn. Squiggle, squiggle, squiggle. Stop. Turn. Squiggle, squiggle, squiggle.
Yup, I’m doing a serpentine line over every black fabric in the quilt. No need to look for spots to repair. Just do it all.
I know it’s very difficult to see the stitching. That’s the way it should be. Here try another look.
I wanted to repair the quilt without making the repairs very evident. The serpentine line holds the fabric and in appearance it could have been done when it was first quilted. I used clear thread to help hide the stitching. Clear thread won’t distract from the quilt design. Doing it all will prevent the quilt from coming back for more repairs later. Why put a band-aid on it when I can do the whole thing and know it’s the best it can be?