Anita's quilts and quilting

A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.

Michelle’s quilt went home

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.

Michelle's quilt 003

The backing was the same.  All around the edges needed repair but the center area was fine.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Michelle's quilt 007

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.

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After that it was just a matter of adding a binding.  Another piece of well washed fabric.

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So here’s the finished quilt.  What do you think?  Did I fix it ok?

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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.



6 comments on “Michelle’s quilt went home

  1. kathi
    June 7, 2014

    wow. A GREAT repair job. I’ve a VERY old quilt, lovely, but most of the INSIDE is what is shredding as well. I am pretty sure it is hopeless. BUT i still hang on to it just in case the “brainstorm” every comes. THIS quilt came out WONDERFUL!!!

  2. Michelle
    June 6, 2014

    Beautiful work!

    • Na Na
      June 9, 2014

      Thank you Michelle. May it keep you warm and cuddly for many years more.

      • Michelle
        June 9, 2014

        My quilt arrived today. Even more beautiful in person. I’m so glad I had you to do the repair. While there’s no sentimental value (was a store bought quilt) I just love the colors and the weight. It’s perfect for summertime on my bed and I was at a loss when I realized I couldn’t use it unless it was repaired. I’m tickled pink to have it back in such beautiful condition.

  3. jeanie in MO
    June 5, 2014

    those borders look like they belong there. You do wonderful work!

    • Na Na
      June 9, 2014

      Thank you.

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