A couple of weeks ago, I mended this quilt for a friend. He had mentioned this quilt to me...saying it had just one hole in it and he'd love to know how to repair it. Oh, my goodness gracious. This project had my name all over it. Because I knew I could actually 'rescue' this quilt and it wouldn't take a huge amount of time to do it, I asked if he'd like me to do it. With stipulations....he would have to trust me with his lovely quilt, I would have to do it as I saw fit, and I would have to be creative with the fabrics used to mend it, as I have a few, but not a lot of fabrics from the 30's. A trusting soul, he agreed to it and I brought it home.
It's a wonderful vintage DRESDEN PLATE quilt.....and in great condition...well, except for that big, glaring hole right there!
I just wonder how that hole got there, don't you?
I'm sure there is a story there somewhere.
All I can say is we were lucky the hole is where it is.....if it had been in the sashing of this quilt, it would be much harder to mend so it wouldn't show....but, as it is...well, these print fabrics can hide a multitude of sins......including this hole. I went to my 30's fabric stash (which is slim) and chose a pink fabric to use. Also, a piece of white for the background. A bit brighter than the original, but the closest I could get to matching.
Oh, and let me say, that one white piece on the right side of the plate....isn't a faded piece or a mended piece. The quiltmaker actually did use a white fabric for that. It's odd, I think. Maybe all she had. Sometimes we have to do crazy things to make something work out. I'm glad it worked for her, as her quilt is beautiful. I tried to make the mend as invisible as possible. If you look closely though, you will see the mending.
So, look closely. The white patch on the background. And, a pink piece between the yellow and lavender pieces. See it? I unsewed* the lavender and yellow pieces (old torn piece was a white/blue print) removed the white/blue altogether, mended the white background, and then appliqued the new pink along with those on each side to finish the top. I then, added some batting and patched the back of the quilt, returned to the front and requilted where necessary. And, there you have it. Done.
And, here is the back. You get to find the patching here yourself. Not perfectly done. But, pretty good. And, now the quilt is whole again. And, ready to use. Charles, I hope you enjoy owning (and also using) this beauty!!!
Another rescued quilt. I love it!!!
* Let me say....I prefer "unsewed" over the word "unpicked." I can't exactly say why, but maybe because I think it's almost as hard to unsew as it is to sew it in the first place. And, oh my, I also love to unsew as much as I love to sew. To unpick, well, it just doesn't sound fun to me. That's just me though, so I say suit yourself. In any rescue work concerning a textile, there will be lots of sewing,unsewing and resewing. All can be challenging and tedious, but also FUN!
My next post will show you a very happy quilt top. I think you will enjoy seeing it!
until next time
BIRD NEST COTTAGE