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Thread: What in the world to do

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    Senior Member Kehoeta's Avatar
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    My step-daughter gave me this "quilt" to fix for her. Some of the seams are frayed, the batting is all bunched up, It was a tied quilt - but many of the strings have worn and broken. And, I think the whole thing is pretty ghastly.

    How would you "fix" it?

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    I just fixed one much worse because one of my sons insisted, said" that quilt has been around as long as I have been alive, you can't just throw it out" lol.I just hand sewed it the best I could and am now retying it, as you can see it has been well used the last 20 some years and I think after the repair it will last a few more years.
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    Maybe that was her sweet way of suggesting she needed a new quilt and that maybe you might offer to make it for her!

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    I've never repaired an older quilt but it takes a lot of work. I've seen in quilt magazines on how to repair some blocks but it sounds like you are talking about a complete makeover. Maybe some of the more experienced ladies in this department can give you advice. This looks like a very old quilt. Maybe she should just put it up and keep it.

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    I pieced fabric in, tried to straighten the batting and I used a stitch like a blanket stitch and went around the squares or in your case I would go around the baskets. The biggest help was to put on a new binding. I still have one to repair and it seems to be really old, I am still trying to match fabric.

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    I had to fix one for my sister that a favorite Aunt had made in the 70's. None of the seams matched and it was made with random scraps (most poly) and with no overall pattern. I had to take it completely apart, mend all over, replace or repair patches (on both sides), square it the best I could, add batting and quilt. It took me months and drove me crazy. If my sister wasn't so sentimental, I would never done it. But I will never do anything like that again.

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    I agree, it would not win a beauty prize. but, you could cut all the ties, pull out string. open one end & take out all the batting. then re-sew the end. re-tie with embroidery thread. use it without batting & call it a summer quilt.

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    I have taken the rest of the broken strings out. And can pull the ratty batting out. But should I try and do something about the ucky colors? - Maybe pull out the blocks and try and find come kind of matching fabric - something vintage? Or just do the best to fix it with the material that is there?

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    Well loved is right. But at least yours has some semblance of nice colors and well done blocks.

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    Show your step daughter how to fix it, maybe she'll get the bug. I hate repairs and alterations.

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    Yucky colors and poorly made blocks don't matter in this case. She loves it or she wouldn't ask you to fix it. I think you should do whatever you can to restore it to the way it was originally. There must be a reason she loves it just the way it was.

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    Regular people will replace a bedspread every six months to a year but people who have quilts will use them for years upon years. it maybe difficult to fix but it will mean the world to your step daughter! :-)

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    I'd replace it with a nice new quilt. If you are close enough to her, to unpick and repair all of those problems, you'd certainly be getting off easy to give her something new. If she insists that the sentimental value of the old quilt makes it special, let her pick it apart and give it back. Hint: people that think fixing this would be easy, don't sew and don't value other people's time and skill.

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    If it is a special quilt made by a special person, I would try to fix it. If not, I would make a new one.

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    I would fix it, I have fixed worse. A good source of appropriate fabrics for repairs (replacing pieces too worn to salvage) is old aprons from thrift stores. Many times they have been washed and washed until they look about the same as a very worn quilt. You sure don't want to use new fabric for repairs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Yucky colors and poorly made blocks don't matter in this case. She loves it or she wouldn't ask you to fix it. I think you should do whatever you can to restore it to the way it was originally. There must be a reason she loves it just the way it was.
    I agree. I would do the best I can with whatever is salvageable. If you can save the quilt top, simply add a backing and new batting. I've repaired a few that were in pretty bad condition. Using a tight stipple, I machine quilt the top to new batting and backing. To replace any badly worn fabric, I match it the best I can and applique the pieces in before stippling, so that the new fabric gets quilted with the old. Then I put a new binding on. If I'm able to match the worn fabrics really well, I purchase enough for the binding, too. That way the binding matches to something in the quilt. And since it's easier to tell the new fabrics, so this is a way of getting a good match without trying to deceive anyone. I also like to add a label on the back telling of the repairs I made, fabrics used, year, etc.

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    maybe do some "time together" you show and let her help....together time....we all need it sometimes!!!!

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    I would fix it as is...yucky colors and all. Here is what I would do. I would pull out the remaining ties, cut off the binding. Repair the tattered seams. Replace the batting and reuse the back if possible. Stitch in the ditch or send it out to a LAQ for an overall pattern. Then I would replace the binding with something appropriate. Imagine your step daughter's joy at receiving her favorite blanket back better than ever! Relationships are strngthened over things like this!

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    I would sday, " Honey, that quilt is too precious to you for me to try to fix. I just couldn't do it justice!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    I would sday, " Honey, that quilt is too precious to you for me to try to fix. I just couldn't do it justice!!

    Thanks - I really like that suggestion. :)

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    If it was me, it would be out of here. This is not a family heirloom. While she might love it, everything has its life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamstome
    If it was me, it would be out of here. This is not a family heirloom. While she might love it, everything has its life.

    Interesting - I like that approach too.

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    I would ask her if there is a reason she wants it repaired & if it isn't a keep sake thing, I would offer to make her a new one & maybe a pillow case to keep that one in. Then offer to let her pick the fabric & pattern for a new one. Also offer to let her help you make it.

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    I am a Step Mom so understand your problem. I think maybe you could salvage enough to make a small wall hanging of the original fabric, it means something to her, and maybe try to involve her making another quilt.

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    Probably depending on how old she is, I'd have her come to my house, get out a needle and thread and show her how. Then she can do it. I'm assuming she's over 12 so she could easily learn to do it herself.

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    Then offer to make her a quilt, if you want. :) She obviously appreciates this one.

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