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    Super Member alaskasunshine's Avatar
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    I bought this quilt at a Craig's list sale. I just love the fabrics and colors. It screams the Caribbean :thumbup: The center was torn up by the owners dog :thumbdown: . So I'd love to hear how you would fix this. My husband says I should applique' a large square over the center and do a flap edge. I am thinking a sail boat or something like that. I dunno what I should do for sure. Your thoughts are welcome.
    thanks so much for your help.
    PS I only paid $10.00 for this with 2 standard pillow shams. The quilt is king size :D

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    I think an applique of a large sale boat would look great.

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    Hi AK,
    Nice to see you again!

    I would say applique is your most affordable and quickest option. But I would applique something like a birdhouse..with vines and flowers...with birds, bees and butterflies floating around..I would make it a really nice background for the garden scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    Hi AK,
    Nice to see you again!

    I would say applique is your most affordable and quickest option. But I would applique something like a birdhouse..with vines and flowers...with birds, bees and butterflies floating around..I would make it a really nice background for the garden scene.
    Hey there!
    I should have noted my new bedroom is "beachy" the walls are Seaside Pleasure blue and I hope to use the Caribbean as my palette. Charismah the idea you have would have been perfect for my former bedroom. I had sweetpea flower and morning glories and garland :thumbup: Now that I have filled you in, what are your thoughts? I also love sea thrtles and whales. LOVE whales!!! OH what to do :?

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    Ughhh bad doggie. I am not sure. Maybe cut up the whole quitl and make some cute items out of it?

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    OK well..Then I would make a frame of palm leaves and tropical rainforest type leaves..around the edges...like someone is looking through the rainforest..and then put the sail boat in the middle..so they see the sail boat in the distance...you could also add some beach..water designs in the quilting...it would be fabulous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    OK well..Then I would make a frame of palm leaves and tropical rainforest type leaves..around the edges...like someone is looking through the rainforest..and then put the sail boat in the middle..so they see the sail boat in the distance...you could also add some beach..water designs in the quilting...it would be fabulous!
    I got a visual of what you're thinking. How would I get the depth in there? I can see it in my head but not sure how to translate it to fabric. I'm afaraid I have a mess on my hands. So you think I need to rip out all the hand quilting? Oh barf! Aren't the colors pretty though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BETTY62
    I think an applique of a large sale boat would look great.
    I agree! I love the 'Carribbean' look of this quilt! So summer-y and beach-like!

    You will need some batting under the boat to replace what is missing.

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    applique the patch [beachy thme would look good] on top---put some very light batting between it and the quilt [this would hide the unevenness where the tear is] then quilt arround the design to hold it in place

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    what a find I like the idea of a sailboat and charisma,s idea sounds great

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    How about a coconut tree and tropical flowers :-)
    Quote Originally Posted by alaskasunshine
    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    Hi AK,
    Nice to see you again!

    I would say applique is your most affordable and quickest option. But I would applique something like a birdhouse..with vines and flowers...with birds, bees and butterflies floating around..I would make it a really nice background for the garden scene.
    Hey there!
    I should have noted my new bedroom is "beachy" the walls are Seaside Pleasure blue and I hope to use the Caribbean as my palette. Charismah the idea you have would have been perfect for my former bedroom. I had sweetpea flower and morning glories and garland :thumbup: Now that I have filled you in, what are your thoughts? I also love sea thrtles and whales. LOVE whales!!! OH what to do :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BETTY62
    I think an applique of a large sale boat would look great.
    Agreed

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    Quote Originally Posted by BETTY62
    I think an applique of a large sale boat would look great.
    Agreed

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    Applique would be beautiful in the center. Something light and airy..... like it is floating.

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    wunderful find ,how about some tropical flowers with raw edges .also i think you could place them like you need to to cover all the damage in the mittle.let me know and see the finished product.thanks for sharing

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    It's a beautiful quilt...what a shame it was abused! Be sure to show us the finished product. I love the idea of the sail boat and if you can pull off Charisma's idea, it will be a fabulous quilt. Take your time and most of all enjoy it.

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    i like charismas idea also.....so glad you saved it. it def does have a beach feel...and will be sure to help in the long cold winters up there.
    to give depth you could always shadow applique the tropical leaves/flowers or do them in a dark gray or black

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    Just can't wait to see what you do with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blanka
    wunderful find ,how about some tropical flowers with raw edges .also i think you could place them like you need to to cover all the damage in the mittle.let me know and see the finished product.thanks for sharing
    Raw edge applique', I love that idea! So many wonderful ideas :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: Please keep them coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tealfalcon
    i like charismas idea also.....so glad you saved it. it def does have a beach feel...and will be sure to help in the long cold winters up there.
    to give depth you could always shadow applique the tropical leaves/flowers or do them in a dark gray or black
    Great idea with the dark shadowish effect!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brilliant! We will be heading for the Caribbean next year to celebrate our 35th anniversary! YEAH ;-)

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    I like the sailboat idea too, with what Charismah said. No need to pull out the hand stitching, just quilt the applique! It will look fabulous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskasunshine
    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    OK well..Then I would make a frame of palm leaves and tropical rainforest type leaves..around the edges...like someone is looking through the rainforest..and then put the sail boat in the middle..so they see the sail boat in the distance...you could also add some beach..water designs in the quilting...it would be fabulous!
    I got a visual of what you're thinking. How would I get the depth in there? I can see it in my head but not sure how to translate it to fabric. I'm afaraid I have a mess on my hands. So you think I need to rip out all the hand quilting? Oh barf! Aren't the colors pretty though?
    Well to get the depth you would make the trees, leaves and tropical flowers bigger..and the boat smaller..I would just add some water applique designs around the boat..you can strategically place them so they cover the bad spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    Quote Originally Posted by alaskasunshine
    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    OK well..Then I would make a frame of palm leaves and tropical rainforest type leaves..around the edges...like someone is looking through the rainforest..and then put the sail boat in the middle..so they see the sail boat in the distance...you could also add some beach..water designs in the quilting...it would be fabulous!
    I got a visual of what you're thinking. How would I get the depth in there? I can see it in my head but not sure how to translate it to fabric. I'm afaraid I have a mess on my hands. So you think I need to rip out all the hand quilting? Oh barf! Aren't the colors pretty though?
    Well to get the depth you would make the trees, leaves and tropical flowers bigger..and the boat smaller..I would just add some water applique designs around the boat..you can strategically place them so they cover the bad spots.
    Holy moly girl do you ever sleep :lol:
    There are so many great ideas coming through :thumbup:
    Good morning by the way ;-) and God bless you!

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    Also if you are worried about getting puckers by quilting over the hand quilting to add some water dimension you could always just add a backing..and quilt it on your friend's long arm..that way you can add veins to the leaves...water designs..and define everything a bit more...just roll over the back to form a new binding over the old one...of cut it off right at the binding and re bind it. That would be WAY better than ripping out stitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskasunshine
    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    Quote Originally Posted by alaskasunshine
    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    OK well..Then I would make a frame of palm leaves and tropical rainforest type leaves..around the edges...like someone is looking through the rainforest..and then put the sail boat in the middle..so they see the sail boat in the distance...you could also add some beach..water designs in the quilting...it would be fabulous!
    I got a visual of what you're thinking. How would I get the depth in there? I can see it in my head but not sure how to translate it to fabric. I'm afaraid I have a mess on my hands. So you think I need to rip out all the hand quilting? Oh barf! Aren't the colors pretty though?
    Well to get the depth you would make the trees, leaves and tropical flowers bigger..and the boat smaller..I would just add some water applique designs around the boat..you can strategically place them so they cover the bad spots.
    Holy moly girl do you ever sleep :lol:
    There are so many great ideas coming through :thumbup:
    Good morning by the way ;-) and God bless you!
    Sleep?? What is sleep? I don't compute??
    Yes I slept a solid 4-5 hours last night...I think I am stressed about school. LOL
    Good morning to you! God bless you too!

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