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    Old 03-07-2011, 09:57 AM
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    I am soooooo very sorry. Please don't try to mend this with new fabric. New fabric with old will make a bad pucker or blow out the old. Find some older fabric (I have a vintage flour sack apron that might work) Do you know how to darn? Hand darn? Whip stich? An older floursack towel would work. The batting looks like cotton from here (my mother in law used to tell me stories of her mother using cotton for her quilts (not what we would call batting. If you are interested in the apron, I would be glad to send it to you......wouldn't match but it's old and it wouldn't be glaring. Others may also have older things that would work. Feel free to private message me if you want. I've done a lot of handing mending in my lifetime. If you can find older thread, so much the better.
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    Old 03-07-2011, 10:14 AM
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    Thank you one and all for your suggestions and for your caring!!!!! This site just blows me away!
    I am going to send this to my angel Debbie. Thank you Debbie for offering your services!
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    Old 03-07-2011, 10:36 AM
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    I will even take before and after pictures for you so you have a record of it and send along some fabrics for future repair when you inadvertantly run over it again with your wheelchair. I'll let you know when my visitor arrives. Thanks for trusting me with your treasure.♥♥
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    Old 03-07-2011, 12:53 PM
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    Originally Posted by debbieumphress
    I will even take before and after pictures for you so you have a record of it and send along some fabrics for future repair when you inadvertantly run over it again with your wheelchair. I'll let you know when my visitor arrives. Thanks for trusting me with your treasure.♥♥
    Debbie you are so kind!!!! emmamarie
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    Old 03-07-2011, 01:24 PM
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    David, I'm so sorry that this happened to the quilt that your granny made. My heart went out to you when I read your post. I'm so happy that you have found somone to fix this precious quilt :-P
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    Old 03-07-2011, 01:39 PM
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    One of the special treasures of my life has been the advancing ability, due to just doing it, of mending and repairing beloved quilts and making a pieced top (somewhat like a table cloth) into something useful for the current owners. In addition of .ooking for "old" pieces in thrift stores and yard sales, etc., I found that constantly looking at new cloth, especially in plain colors as well as reproduction prints helps in finding what can be useful. I wash these pieces many times, using bleach to "lighten" and soften specific pieces, to blend in with the original. All the suggestions on how to insert and repair the damage are great.....And please, don't dispair. What better legacy than to keep your grandmother's quilt viable for many years yet.
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    Old 03-07-2011, 03:58 PM
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    Originally Posted by stewyscrewy
    Dont we have the greatest group of kind folks. David I am glad you are going to get Otis fixed.
    Actually he was referring to my post - my name is Otis on the board - I don't know if the quilt has a name but he could use mine if he wants. What a great board this is.
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    Old 03-07-2011, 04:08 PM
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    Daivid everyone has offered great advice.....all I can do is give you a ((((((David))))))) and tell you it will look as good as new when your done. Just think......your stitches along with your grandmothers...can't beat that team now can you? :)
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    Old 03-07-2011, 05:17 PM
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    Originally Posted by Holice
    OK David. Calm down. Perhaps this will lighten up your depression. You will need to remake the torn part. That means taking out the pieces, cutting templates and making new block. The backing would need to be pieced.
    So it can be done. Now to fabric. You can go to Goodwill or Salvation Army and get faded clothing that would match the look of the replacing pieces. OR.......if you ever come down to the $1.99 store and bring it, I could go into my closet and find matching fabrics. Does either of these suggestions lighten up your day.
    David, this is a great idea.
    I do understand how you feel though. But don't worry- you CAN fix it!
    Sending you a HUG :)
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    Old 03-07-2011, 05:35 PM
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    I am so sorry that happened to you David. Recently I helped my daughter "repair" a quilt that her boyfriends grandma had made for him and over the years it had tons of tears in it and she asked if I could help her repair it so she could give it to him for Christmas. Well, naturally I said yes I would help her...man that was a project in itself. But we did get it done, maybe not perfect by no means but it was repaired to the best of my and her ability. We had to replace some of the batting that was inside and we used an old blanket and cut a big huge section and tucked it in as flat as we could, found some fabric from old clothes and things and cut out patches and we just whipped stitched them onto the front and back. This particular quilt was just a nine block so we didnt have to worry about trying to fix a pattern because if it were...we couldn't have done it. She gave it to him for Christmas and he was so grateful. He hadn't even a clue that my daughter "snuck it out" of the house because he had folded it up and put it in the closet so it wouldn't be totally ruined. So now it probably has another ten years or so of life left in it. So there is always hope David. I wish you good luck.
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