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Old 09-26-2010, 07:44 AM
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I was given a very old Grandmothers Garden quilt. It is going to require a lot of repair work. I have never worked with hexagons and a lot of the seams have come apart. This quilt was all hand quilted. Any ideas on how I can go about repairing this. The woman was in her 80's and the way she used her colors is just wonderful. I don't want to discard it.
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:46 AM
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I can't help, but I will be watching with interest. I have a quilt made by MIL more than 75 years ago that I need to fix also.
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:59 AM
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You can hand stitch the pieces back together with the same stitch you use for hand hemming or for attaching the binding to your quilt...it is much like a small running stitch. I like to do a backstitch at the intersection of blocks for stability.
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:01 AM
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Are the fabrics still mostly good?

Resewing seams is time-consuming, but manageable.

Reconstructing/covering/repairing worn out spots is something else.
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:06 AM
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I was just given an oldie small hexagon LQ that was all hand stitched and tied in the center of each full block. Some of the small hexagons are worn and torn thru to the batting (an old blanket) otherwise it has held up..Now to try to patch the torn blocks..Hmmmmm
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:08 AM
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Most of the material is okay. I had to totally remove some of the hexagons because they had holes in them. Is there a particular way to sew hexagons though? Maybe I am just having a hard time because I have never worked with hexagons. This quilt was never finished. How do I finish the sides, top and bottom off?
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:26 AM
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I'd check out some of the posts for English paper piecing and also have a look for hexagons here on the board. If you can find fabrics that are sort of in keeping with those in the quilt you're probably good to go for replacing the 'holey' hexagons. Definitely a hand sewing labor of love................ I think you can finish up with half-hexagons and then border or bind as usual. Probably way more expert advice coming your way. Good luck!
Hope we get to see a picture.
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Old 09-26-2010, 09:02 AM
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This site has an amazing tutorial i believe it is the 3rd link she makes it look like childs play :) Good luck!
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:41 AM
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I starch the fabric until it is stiff as cardboard. You can then fold it along the edges of the hexagon template. Pull out the template and press it with your iron. It will stay creased while you sew it into the quilt :D:D:D
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:05 AM
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What if you do have a quilt that was hand made and machine done but the fabric is ripping in the middle of the pattern? Is there any way to fix this?
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