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Thread: How I fixed my poor redwork quilt.

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    How I fixed my poor redwork quilt.

    A while back I asked for suggestions on how to repair my handquilting errors. http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...e-t173669.html
    I finally just tucked this thing into a drawer and left it to "think about it's mistakes!" This past month I bit the bullet and undertook to fix the errors of my ways.

    1. I flipped the quilt over and very carefully sliced the back and batting in the three spaces where there was excess fabric. Scary? You bet! I only did on space at a time!
    2. I slipped a scrap piece of batting into the space (after ironing the front flat!) and drew a line along the second side and then trimmed the batting to fit into the space.
    3. Had some iron on tape and so I ironed that little itty-bitty strip of batting into it's space with the tape. Worked just like it was supposed to!
    4. Following the QAYG method (kinda) I attached the bandaid to one side of the split back with the sewing machine and then hand stitched the other side.
    One space done! Time to slice and dice the second and then the third!
    After I repaired the three worst spots on the quilt I just flipped that quilt back over and machine quilted in the sashing as I had originally planned.
    So, what have I learned? Hand quilting touches are added last not first! :~)
    If I do hand quilt I need to keep the backing a tad bit tauter.
    So, would you like to see the results? I'm pleased. Well, after the original mess, who wouldn't be?
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    Sew much fabric! Sew little time!

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    Nice save! Isn't it amazing what we come up with to fix things?!?!!! Unless you confess, no one will be the wiser!
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    Nice save!
    For sure!

    I missed the first thread so just went back and read about your predicament.
    Your solution is actually pretty ingenious.
    Kudos.

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    that is a lovely quilt what size of thread did you use for the redwork??

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    Very pretty, A wonderful fix. Last ten years I started machine quilting, always hand quilted before. I have always started quilting in the center and always quilted next to quilting, still do. Saves alot of headaches.
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    I think you did an amazing job at fixing it! Bet alot of ladies could not have even thought of they way you fixed it. Be proud of yourself!

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    what a lot of patience that must've taken. congrats on a wonderful finish!
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    Way to go! Letting things simmer for a while can help. Reminds me of the way I hang wallpaper--aways save the area behind the door for last, in case adjustments are needed. It also gives me courage to fix a tied comfort I made that developed "dewlaps" on the back.

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    Great save! Way to GO!!!

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    I think the difference between a standard quilter and a spuerb quilter is the ability to recover from a problem! Great job!

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    Great save, you are so smart to figure this out!!!! Lovely quilt!!!

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    Bravo! You really fixed it well. Nice save!
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    Kudos to you for a very creative way to "fix" things! Your blocks are lovely too!
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    Very pretty quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbee3 View Post
    that is a lovely quilt what size of thread did you use for the redwork??
    This redwork is done with perle cotton thread. It was perfect for these patterns since there wasn't anything too small to stitch.
    Sew much fabric! Sew little time!

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    Thank you everyone for the positive feedback. I was so upset when I first looked at my mess I could have cried. So nice to have a turn around. I do think stepping away for a bit really helped. I was bound and determined not to remove any of those hard placed hand stitches! I kept looking at the posted directions for QAYG and finally decided that it "should" work! I have to admit that the first cut into the back was very, very hard!

    I hope no one else ever has to face this disaster but if they do at least now we know the quilt can be fixed and made useable!
    Sew much fabric! Sew little time!

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    Hey was that a cat I saw - they are just so into their little spaces. Beautiful quilt.

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    I love your quilt. Thanks for telling us how you fixed your problem. Good save.

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    The quilt is beautiful, and what a clever save!
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    Wow, beautiful quilt and you did an awesome job. Did you quilt in / around the redwork squares? A friend wants me to quilt her wall hanging size quilt and it has redwork on it. Anyone have any ideas on how to quilt it? I don't want to take the attention away from the redwork. Thanks

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    They say necessity is the mother of invention. You were certainly very inventive here! And no one but you would know it wasn't done on purpose if you didn't tell them. What a cute quilt. And I love your little helper too!
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