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Thread: Help! Quilting disaster!

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    Hello, I am a first time poster, looking for some advice for more experienced quilters than me.

    A couple of weeks ago I made a rather beautiful quilt for myself. I LOVED it and was really chuffed at the pretty prefect finish.

    Then I went out and stupidly left it somewhere the dog had access to. She chewed it, it could have been a lot worse (ever the optomist!) but I still have a hole all the way through (all three layers) and I desperately need advice on how I can repair it.

    I have attached two photos. One showing the quilt finished and complete and the other showing the hole.

    All advice gratefully received. I'm also open to anyone who knows a professional who would offer a service to repair it at a cost.

    Thank you!
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    Awww man that stinks!!!!

    No advice for you, though~~~if it were mine, I'd just patch it and go on loving it, but I know that's not the "proper" answer :)

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    I have a dog who did that when she was a puppy. I dont know how to fix it but I do know how you feel :(

    I will be watching this thread with interest as my dog put a hole in a quilt my grandmother made.

    Beautiful quilt by the way

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    I am no expert, but have a few questions . how is it backed ? is it possible to rip out the damaged section on the front , replace them from the back and cover the back with a label ?

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    I would make a patch using the poka dot, blue, and dark strip fabric and appliqué it over the hole, the fabric patch colors matching the quilt fabrics. I bet it will barely be noticeable unless looked for. Very pretty quilt!

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    i would make 4 new .5 squares and put them properly together, turn under a .25 seam allowance, then blindstitch them over the dog's mouth, er, over the ruined 4 patches, with a teeny, invisible slipstitch, by hand. on the back do the same with a piece of backing, just make a patch, maybe with a frame around it, or make an applique with one of the front colors. in between, i'd carefully pat in batting to match the rest in fullness. you might want to glue the new fabric down with school glue while you work to keep things from shifting. then machine stitch over it all. even a profession will have to patch it. if you stay with the dark to dark and light to light you won't see it unless you know it's there. it's good that it's busy.

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    It amazes me what people are willing to put up with in regards to animals - maybe you need to watch "dog whisperer"...

    I see 4 triangles that can be taken out and replaced, and a patched batting - there's no way you can get around a patched backing but the top can be fixed more or less 'like new'... just get out the seam ripper and work carefully - it will all have to be done by hand tho..

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    My very first was totally destoyed by my puppy, who grew into the most wonderful of dogs. He went through the quilt, blanket, two sheets, and a mattress pad. I came home to find him blissfully sleeping in the middle of all the debris. Butterfly was right on the money about fixing it. When you are done, it will hardly be noticeable.

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    I love your advice.... and especially your sense of humor! :mrgreen:

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    I would second Butterflywings suggestion, but I would use staples on the dog. lol NO just kidding. Does sound like puppy needs some lessons of what is not allowed but that doesn't help your quilt.

    Do you have some more of the fabric to where you can sew same over same? You can add a piece of batting and do a simple cross hatch to keep it in place. Then add a new assembled piece of four over the chewed piece. You can match the quilting by doing it from the back. I think it would be worth a try.

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