Quilt repairs. Never a pretty sight. Takes a long time and no one likes to do it. Yet if the quilt is a treasured heirloom, well then repairs must be done.
I like the story of one quilt that I saw recently at Quilt Canada. It was a beautiful quilt. Red background, hand quilted and hand appliqued. It was HUGE. The pattern is Aunt Millie's Garden by Piece 'O Cake.
|Aunt Millie's Quilt|
|Joan's story about her quilt|
|First prize in her category|
Do you agree with her? Absolutely - 100%! If someone I knew wanted a quilt and had pets - I'd made a quilt with 6 inch squares and an overall design. End of story!
Now let's have a look at the repair that I'm doing. I had removed the binding and time to trim. There were about 5 or 6 spots along the edge that needed repairs. I wanted to trim them all away, but that would have cut too much of the border away. I ended up trimming between 1/4" and 1/2" off the edge of the quilt and that eliminated all but one problem area. The border wasn't trimmed even the first time and that's why what I trimmed off was wonky, but the border is straight now!
|What got trimmed away|
The binding was only 2" wide which is too narrow for my liking, but NO CHOICE. I took a much narrower seam than I normally do.
|Sewing on the binding to the front of the quilt|
|One area that still requires repair|
|The teeth marks are still in the batting!|
I took a small scrap leftover from joining the binding and laid it underneath the tear in the top. Then a small bit of fusible on top of the scrap. Then it got ironed together.
|Repairing the hole with fusible and a scrap|
|Sewing the last side|
And this is how much I was short. The distance between the arrows.
|Short of binding|
But WAIT! There was one more small piece that I didn't join because it was only 8 inches or so. However it was necessary to use it. It looks like it might just solve my binding shortage problem. The top arrows show the extra piece, the bottom arrows show what I need plus two joins.
|One extra piece of binding - will it be enough?|
Once I joined that piece and sewed it onto the quilt, I measured the overlap to make the final join. NO WAY!!!! It was a PERFECT fit. Well I could have trimmed 1/8" off!!!! That was just luck! Absolute LUCK!
|Just enough to make the final join!!!!|
However, I decided that I didn't need to be quite so neurotic with my hand stitching and the bigger stitches (not so big, but bigger), are not noticeable and I was able to get TWO sides of the binding hand stitched down in ONE EVENING. WOW - that's a record for me!!!
|Contrasting thread - can you see the stitches????|
Here is the back of the quilt. I laid it out to see how many holes went through the backing. About three!
|The back of the quilt|
|The front of the quilt|
Now how big is that quilt??? Any guesses????? It's 106" square!!!!! I know - I didn't realise that it was that big, but no problem - I'm still good with my quoted time. OK, maybe a bit more time to do this hand stitching than I originally estimated, but not much. I'm good with that. It's another good learning experience.
Don't forget to pop out to see the Quilts at the Creek this weekend. And why not stop by at 2:30 for my walking tour. Yes - it's going to be hot, so take it slow, drink lots of water, wear a hat. We're going to be fine!
Speaking of the heat. I'm at the gym this morning for a spin class, although I remember that often there isn't a class on Fridays during the summer. No worries - I need to get on the bike to loosen up my knee which is feeling pretty awesome these days. Yep - no class. Oh boy - I've got to keep myself motivated for an entire hour with nothing - no music, no videos, no one to chat to. I'm by myself in a room with 70 spin bikes. So I rely on the numbers. Can I crank out 30 K in 60 minutes? That's 1 KM every two minutes. I didn't start out that way so once I figured I could do it, I had to hustle to catch up to myself. And yes - I did cycle 30 KM in 60 minutes. I was hot, sweat was pouring off me and my face was like a tomato (that's normal for me) and I accomplished what I wanted. All in preparation of being outdoors this weekend in the heat!
On that note, have an awesome day!