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    Refurbished

    So, I was asked it I could “fix” this quilt. It was made by an elderly lady with failing vision and dementia. I will say that I have seen her work before she got to this project and she definitely knew what she was doing but in this case her health got the better of her. Beautiful intention but not a usable quilt. It was quite an untaking but one I am so glad I was a part of. I learned some things as I took apart this piece of history. The quilt was machine pieced and hand quilted which I will say made it easier to rip apart but some the fabrics were fragile (mainly the original background fabric) and could not be salvaged. I took the blocks apart one by one and kept them in their original grouping but did not put them back in their original order or layout due not being able to see the entire quilt in my go-to photo (before). After remaking a usuable template and trimming all the blocks to the same size (the originals were not ...but most were close) I only had four overall pieces that couldn’t be reused. Not to shabby for what I was working with and not knowing what I was getting into when I started this endeavor.


    Long story short. Here is the before and after of the quilt and one of the fixed blocks. I have one last border to add before quilting and giving it back to its intended owner.


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    Beautifully done! A lovely transformation.
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    You did a fantastic job; it turned out beautifully.

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    You did a wonderful job in saving this quilt. Looks great!

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    You did an awesome job! and I know it was a lot of work to get it to look great!

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    Fabulous job! I'm betting your version is what her vision of her quilt was. Great for you to take it to that level.

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    Wow - this is amazing! You did an incredible job, and showed far more patience than I could. That "after" block has such a perfect centre, I had to look really closely to convince myself it was real and not Photoshopped! Your sashing and little cornerstones give it a very modern feel, which I love.

    You should be incredibly proud of this quilt; I hope the recipient appreciates it!

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    Wow... you put in a ton of time and effort. I would have just used it as a dog quilt. Your finished product is just beautiful. Thank goodness the fabrics were salvageable.
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    Thanks for posting this "repair". It looks wonderful. You inspire me to "repair" one I inherited that only needs new binding but I've put it off for years, shame on me!
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    You have done a fantastic job - well done!

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    fantastic!
    taking it apart and re-doing it was certainly a lot of work and a big challenge but what you did is certainly very gratifying. For having taken apart one that one of my friends brought to me once, I know the amount of hours you must have put into this beauty!

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    lots of work there. very nicely done
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    Awesome rescue: better than new!

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    What you did with this quilt is amazing. I am impressed.

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    Wonderful job!
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    What a wonderful person you must be to take on this reconstruction. You did a beautiful job. God bless you.

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    such patience! beautiful finish - she'd be so happy.
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    Wow! Great job, and what a TON of work that must have been. I'm sure she would be so pleased!

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    You did a fantastic job rescuing that quilt! Lovely.

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    Wow! What a save! That is wonderfully done.

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    What an amazing transformation.

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    A true labor of love! What an awesome job you did!
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    Oh, wow, a great save!
    Retired teacher, loving it.
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    I'm sure the original quilter is smiling and nodding "yes"! You did an exquisite job of bring the quilt back to life.....

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    What a transformation!

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