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    Old 03-07-2011, 08:05 AM
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    Those of you that know me know I am just beginning to quilt, and am in the infantsey of teaching myself to sew. This is the quilt I spoke about a long time ago that my granny made for me some 48 years ago. Last night I had it on my lap while sitting in my wheelchair. I went to go across the room and the quilt got caught under the wheel and I heard what had to be the most sickening sound I EVER heard in my life. PLEASE help me fix this!!! I am about to go into a deep dark depression!
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    Old 03-07-2011, 08:14 AM
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    Oh David that is aweful! I wish I could tell you how to fix it. I have a couple of quilts that my DGM made that need fixing but I have put them away until I have more experience. I am sure someone will be able to help you.
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    Oh I am so sorry!! The opnly suggestion I would have would be to pick out a couple fabric that might match and sandwhich them over the torn area. that looks like a pretty nasty tear! Cover up might just be the best idea.
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    Oh my!......Some one please help!

    I would try to whip stitch it back together with matching thread.
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    So sorry...I hope you will be able to find a fix. I have Grandmother's Flower Garden that is old, and I haven't been brave enough to do anything yet.
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    Old 03-07-2011, 08:28 AM
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    First, Put it back together with hand stitching, don't try to make it right at this stage, just get it back together as best you can. Try to make it lie flat as you pull fabrics and batting together. The stitches you put in at this stage are for reinforcement.

    Next, look for fabrics that come close.

    First, whipstitch a patch on the back.

    Second, Find bits of batting that come close to the original. Is it cotton or polyester? It looks like cotton from here. Put them in with hand stitches, kinda like darning.

    Third, Layer in your replacement fabrics, whipstitching them in place.

    All this will take time. Just remember that quilts acquire character, sometimes by accident. You will love it all that much more.
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    This really hasme on the verge of tears, it is one thing I have kept with me everyday since childhood Thank you everyone for your sympathy
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    Old 03-07-2011, 08:32 AM
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    Originally Posted by redmadder
    First, Put it back together with hand stitching, don't try to make it right at this stage, just get it back together as best you can. Try to make it lie flat as you pull fabrics and batting together. The stitches you put in at this stage are for reinforcement.

    Next, look for fabrics that come close.

    First, whipstitch a patch on the back.

    Second, Find bits of batting that come close to the original. Is it cotton or polyester? It looks like cotton from here. Put them in with hand stitches, kinda like darning.

    Third, Layer in your replacement fabrics, whipstitching them in place.

    All this will take time. Just remember that quilts acquire character, sometimes by accident. You will love it all that much more.
    OH Red! thank you sooo much!!! Could you just explain to me the stitches you mentioned ie whip stitch ect
    Thank you
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    David, PM Debbieumphress she repairs quilts for people, she'll be able to help you.
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    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.
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