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    Hi guys....have any of you ever had their quilts worn to the bones....lol Well I made this lapsize quilt for my 7 yr old DGD when she was a baby...made with batiks....but little did i know then that she would have so many allergies and that the quilt would be washed almost daily....have i know i would have chosen different fabrics altgough not too many can withstand so many washings...anyway she just loves her quilt and still sleeps with it every night...I had to beg and make promises just to borrow it one night so i could at least put a new binding on it...lol it is faded and has a lot of small holes but it must be saved for her sake...lol guess it is time i make her a new one...only problem i am a very slow quilter and i hand quilt my quilts...maybe i should try machine quilting for once...just scares me somehow....lol well off i go to put on a new binding,,,ty for listening....keep on smilling!!!
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    Isn't it nice to have our quilts loved to death!!!

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    sure is...lol this one won`t make it as a heirloom hahaha!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by isnthatodd
    Isn't it nice to have our quilts loved to death!!!

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    Beautifull quilt and it deserves the time to fix it. As far as maching quiliting, go for it. Start with simple quilting. If stitch in the ditch doesn't work for you, just go with lines across or on the diagonal and as you get comfortable try free motion. I am not great with free motion but I do it on every quilt. What I usually do is try in a smaller sandwich to see if I can get my brain and hands synchronized to do what I have planned- then I go to my quilt.

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    I agree with leakus. Give it a shot!

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    Add the new binding, and let her pick colors for a new one too! How wonderful she loves it so much!

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    My youngest son has one that is basically a rag. It has been patched, darned anything I could do to hold it together. He is now 15, so he doesn't sleep with it anymore, but it lives in a drawer in his room and he has no intentions of parting with it.

    Do whatever you can to fix it. She will love it, but I doubt you can make her a new one. New ones never seem to work.

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    I have a couple that I "fix" for my DD almost every year because they are used daily. The last time the fabric was getting worn in a few places so I appliqued hearts over the spots. They all thought it was awesome! I hand appliqued and went back over it with machine stitching. I usually just go back over the quilting by hand where it's come lose.

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    When there's just a scrap of colour left and she packs it with her to university..............

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    What a LOVE-ly quilt! That's a wonderful problem to have. Let us know what you decide to do.

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    I really love that "loved to death" look! My oldest son presented me with a quilt I made him years ago asking if I can fix it.
    Turns out the muslin is the only fabric that's shot. But there's a lot of it..........sigh...... :D

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    ahh i love the idea of her keeping it forever....that si so sweet
    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    My youngest son has one that is basically a rag. It has been patched, darned anything I could do to hold it together. He is now 15, so he doesn't sleep with it anymore, but it lives in a drawer in his room and he has no intentions of parting with it.

    Do whatever you can to fix it. She will love it, but I doubt you can make her a new one. New ones never seem to work.

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    Nothing better than to see a quilt Grandma made that is worn like this one is. My nephew had a quilt and when he had to give it up it was about 2 inches wide and about 3 feet long.. No kidding, it was litterally a piece of fabric.

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    It's great that it is so well loved, it can be repaired to be loved even more.

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    It reminds me of many of many of the quilts that my kids have worn out. I made a scrappy quilt for my youngest for Christmas and told him to toss the old one. It was not repairable anymore, as I had done so at least a dozen times! At first he didn't want to but finally did! Let's hope the new one holds up as long as the last one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntannette
    sure is...lol this one won`t make it as a heirloom hahaha!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by isnthatodd
    Isn't it nice to have our quilts loved to death!!!
    It already is!

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    If you use a simple pattern you could do stitch in the ditch on the machine and not be too stressed by it.

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    I just repaired on last summer that looked worse than that and the other one my GD has is beyond repair. I love that she has used them up so I made her a new one.

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    The quilt is a beauty and I am impressed that you hand-quilted a batik quilt. Yikes! Maybe DGD is getting to the age where she can enjoy it displayed as oposed to using it. I made a machine appliqued turtle quilt for my sister's first grandson. A couple of the turtles are coming undone (I thought a machine blanket stitch would be practically indestructible!) but the binding (which was hand sewn) is fine. The quilt hasn't been abused, just used, and I am almost proud that it is so well-worn. Odd, huh?

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    I am sitting here chuckling. My DD has a small (recieving size) blanky that her fathers mother made for her when she was born almost 46 yrs ago.
    It has been patched, the original used as stuffing for the new one,(Now that was a battle. "I want my OLD blanky")and she still has it in a dresser drawer. When she is reallly sick, run down- she gets that old thing out & snuggles right up to it. It is made of flannel & still brings her comfort.
    She is going thru a divorce right now, & I noticed it on her bed the other day. It is still working it's magic for her.
    I made her a string quilt for Christmas last year, backed it with flannel, & she loves it. She told me yest. that when husband started packing his stuff, she got that quilt out of his stuff & told him "NO WAY that's MINE" LOL
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    I hope that when it comes to replacing, or whatever you do, that is is a better transition than what I went thru many years ago.

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    I made quilts for all 4 grandkids when they were born, and they all sleep with them (still), take them to sleep-overs with friends. The oldest, my 14 yr. old grandson has "sort of" outgrown that, but if you look closely--it's there at the foot of his bed! I LOVE it that they LOVE them! Makes a Grandma's heart go pitter-patt!

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    Don't you love - Loved - quilts. I always quilt very tiight for quilts for my G-Kids. They seem to hold up better. My DD washes frequently and they seem to be wearing well .

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    The quilt looks pretty good (except the binding) for all the washing it has received. Nice to be loved.

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    What a pretty and well loved quilt :) I'm a hand quilter too, have never machine quilted a quilt either but I certainly do appreciate the beauty and time saved. Maybe you would feel comfortable making her a quilt as you go quilt? I've done one and it was fun & fast. Thanks for sharing a happy story and a great quilt.

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    Nothing like a well-loved quilt. Makes one smile all the way to the toes. Try machine quilting! You can make lots of practice quilts and have fun with them.

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