Sunday, 24 June 2018

A Mended Quilt

I made a lap quilt for Lottie six years ago and it is much loved.  It is very much hers and she associates it with sitting on my knee.  If we need to travel or go somewhere with her, it calms and settles her.  She has another quilt and more blankets, but this one is special.  When I originally made it, I combined vintage fabric with Denyse Schmidt and some of the vintage squares in the centre started wearing out a couple of years ago.  I had darned them on the machine but more washing and use meant more drastic action was needed.  So, I pulled together some similar fabrics- DS and other repro styles and made a centre Around-the-World block to applique on top.


Before, a rather threadbare centre...


 Around-the-world mid-construction.  The centre dog is from a  Michael Miller/Tammis Keefe Tribute Dogs fabric from a friend.


These squares were cut the same size as those in the original quilt, but it has been washed and used so many times that the old squares had shrunk and the new additions extended over them when I zip zagged the block edges on top.  I quilted through the new squares to match the previous quilting.


Here she is, just about to snooze.  She's been fortunate to respond to the various heart medications well so we feel we've had extra time.  She's still a happy, silly loving pup, living life to the full.

8 comments:

  1. What a nice job you've done to refurbish this beloved quilt! It looks awesome and ready to use for the long haul! Glad your pup is doing well.

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  2. Little adorable Lottie! You did a beautiful reconstruction on this well-loved quilt!

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    1. Aw, thankyou! She and I are very happy with it!

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  3. Thanks for showing how you did this repair. I made a quilt for one of my sons where one of the batik fabrics is disintegrating every single place I used it in the quilt but all the other fabrics look great. Did you replace any of the missing batting in the areas where you appliqued new fabric, and did you attempt to remove the worn out fabric bits or just cover them up with the new fabric? Your Lottie is so sweet. I'm glad she's doing well.

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    1. I had already sewn over the batting just to hold it in place as the particular fabric squares starting to thin. The new part was just pinned over the top of the worn out part! It gives an extra reinforcement to the area she uses most too. We are so glad she's responded so well.

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  4. Fantastic idea for a repair! She clearly loves her quilt very much!

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    1. She really does, as soon as I touch it or hold it she gets very excited and knows it means we're going to sit down togetherr- although it's a bit hot for that at the moment!

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