Last Friday night we went to some dear friends house to visit. and I came out with a couple of baby quilts to finish for them.
Sue asked me if I could repair these quilts for her. So now, I'm doing
my best to get these quilts back to there nice looking self's. The
first quilt I am working on is belonged to my youngest son best Friend
(Tyler) who is Brazil doing Missionary work.
quilt you can tell was well love and used by a little boy, due to the
worn edges and holes in the quilt. The quilt was patched several times.
The fabric has become very thin also. I told Sue that the quilt would have to be trimmed down, she didn't mind.
first thing, I did was to remove all the binding, my goal was reuse
the binding. The removing of the binding took ruffly 3 1/2 hours, do to
all the stitches in the binding. After the binding was removed I then
ironed them out and they were ready to go. there were in good shape.
After that, I then started to remove all the yarn ties that were all over the quilt. Then
I need to take all the stitches that were holding the front and back of
the quilt together out. There were a lot of zig-zag stitches that were
holding it together. Since I knew I had to trim all the edges down, I
cut the stitches out with scissors all the way around, so all I had to
do then is to remove all the basting stitches that were hidden.
that was done I was able to gently remove the the quilt top. Underneath
was a old piece of batting that was very worn and need to be replaced.
After discarding of the batting, I was able to see the backing which was
in great shape, the only holes were where the quilt was tied which were
very small. The back was a old sheet I think, which worked great for
off was to repair the quilt top best I could. I laid the quilt top out
and then cut away the major holes and worn areas around the edges.
The major hole was 5 1/2" in height so I knew one edge would be the
biggest area to cut off. After all the trimming, there were still a few
holes and worn spots. So I then, repaired them with using a zig-zag
stitch to bring the seam together, then I followed that with some fray
check to hold the raw edges together. I also put some zig-zag stitches
around the patches to reinforce them. The top looked much better and
was ready for reassembly.
laid the backing down and found a piece of batting that would work on
top of the backing and then to quilt top into a quilt sandwich. And
with a curved needle and some heavy duty DMC Floss that matched the
quilt. I tied the quilt back together. I have almost tied, so this
weekend I need to pick up more to finish it.
I was almost done with the tying, I decide to go ahead and sew the
sandwich together around the edge, to prepare for the binding. So, all I
have to do now is put on the binding back on and it is finished. In the
next day or so! Then I can get the other quilt repaired.
I hope both Sue and Tyler will enjoy for more years to come with these repairs.