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Thread: GASP! Small fabric piece is now damaged in completed quilt top!

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    GASP! Small fabric piece is now damaged in completed quilt top!

    Imagine my horrors when I went to sandwich my quilt and noticed that a small, 1" square piece, in a block of a completed quilt top had a large hole in it. I don't know what to do! I haven't any idea of how it happened. The 3/4" hole looks like it was made by something poking through it and it is ripped in two directions, both across the grain and also with it. It's too big to just quilt over it. Taking out the piece will be complicated, but possibly doable. It might be easier to put a patch over it. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    ~ Cindy

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    Could you applique a flower or something over it?
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    Hi DC,

    No, it's a "manly" patchwork quilt. There is no other applique work in the quilt.
    ~ Cindy

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    Applique fixes everything. If you don't want a design like a flower or whatever, just applique a piece just like the one with the hole in it. Get some fusible interfacing and stitch it to the right a piece of fabric slightly larger than the one with a hole. Turn it inside out so the edges pull under. Give it a quick iron and stitch around it with invisible thread. Once it's all quilted, only you will know.

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    I agree, just sew another square over the damaged one.
    Got fabric?

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    Applique or fuse another piece of the same fabric over it.

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    It can be fixed. You have to take the seams that touch the bad piece out the 1/4 in. seam allowance, and insert the new piece by hand probably. I had to do this on a wedding ring quilt of my Mother-in-Law.

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    If I had the material, I would take it out and put a new whole piece in. At least, I would feel better about it even though no one would probalbly notice a patch once it was quilted.

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    I usually find that taking out and replacing the offending piece (whether it's damaged or set incorrectly) takes far less time than I have already spent agonizing over it.

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    i agree with dunster. and even though no one else may notice, i would feel better about my work.
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