I found this quilt at a local thrift store. It really caught my eye because of the colors and pattern, but as you can see in the close-up, it needs repair. The pieces look like they may have been cut a little close, but none of it is torn, except one small part along a border is a bit frayed looking. The whole thing is hand sewn, and I did go out and picked up quilting sharps and hand quilting cotton thread.
Some of the stitching makes me think that it may have been done by a person working on their first quilt. That would be just about my level, lol. Even in this condition, it will be displayed in my living room, because it is really beautiful, with not a stain on it. It is clean, so I will not have to wash it or have it cleaned.
I currently have it hanging over a rack with another quilt. I do not have a quilting frame. I could lay it over my dining room table where I have my cutting mat set up (we seldom eat at that table, so it it always occupied with fabric, lol). I have a bad back, so I need to be where I can sit fairly comfortable.
What is the best way to handle this? Should I try to iron the pieces flat and leave them as close to the edge as possible, or stretch them to meet? I will not be using this on beds or as a cover. It will only be displayed for its beauty. The woman at the thrift store asked me to please bring it back to show her when I got it all repaired. Thanks for any advise.