A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
This quilt has been well loved for many years. When a quilt is loved this much it deserves a good repair.
It took me awhile to figure out the best way to repair it. It’s too delicate to take apart. Then I noticed the areas with need of repair are all on the outside edges. None in the center area except for a seam or two coming apart.
The backing was the same. All around the edges needed repair but the center area was fine.
This made the repairs much easier to handle. Next was choosing fabric to keep the integrity of the original fabrics. Modern fabrics would not do. This is what I choose. These are some reproduction fabrics. A few times being washed brought the fabric to a softer feel similar to the originals.
The first area to fix became the first border. I covered the whole first row of the original piecing from the connecting points to the beginning of the original outside border.
Next I added another border to cover the outer blue border. Sorry about the washed out photo but this photo also shows I mitered all the borders.
In order to repair the backing I put a new border on the back which covered all the same area as the front repairs. Yes, there is green thread showing on the back. That was necessary for repair of the front. The back is less important.
After that it was just a matter of adding a binding. Another piece of well washed fabric.
So here’s the finished quilt. What do you think? Did I fix it ok?
It should be handled very carefully when washing and it could last several more years. I hope it brings her many more years of snugly softness.