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Monday, May 28, 2007

Making It Up As I Go Along.....

Repairing this antique quilt isn't all that different from embellishing a new piece. Each repair requires a different approach.

I started yesterday by replacing these damaged fabrics on the corner:

My Antique Crazy Quilt Repair 1

Here's the "after" photo:

My Antique Crazy Quilt Repair 2

Ok, so my herringbone stitch is a bit smaller! Ya'll know that the herringbone is not one of my favorite stitches! At least I was able to match the color!

The next repair was a bit of a challenge:

My Antique Crazy Quilt Repair 3

I love this little boot but I needed to replace the background fabric. The boot was appliqu├ęd onto the quilt so it was attached to the muslin foundation. I only had one choice here, cut into the foundation fabric. Because this quilt has a backing and I'm stitching through that, cutting into the foundation was not a big deal. I did find that this quilt has a middle layer of gray flannel!

Anyway, I cut the boot off, removed the rest of the damaged fabric and replaced it with a new piece. I then cut the excess fabric away from the boot, as close to the stitching as I could and then appliqued it back onto the new patch. Here's what it looks like now:

My Antique Crazy Quilt Repair 4

My next repair was to deal with this spiderweb:

My Antique Crazy Quilt Repair 5

I'm trying to keep as much of "Evelyn's" work here as possible. Several of the threads on the web were damaged but overall, it was in pretty good shape. Rather than re-stitch the entire web, I decided to simply couch all the threads to the quilt using one strand of sewing thread in a matching color.

Here's what it looks like now:

My Antique Crazy Quilt Repair 6

After that repair, I replaced the stitches on several seams.

So that's what I have to share with you today! A very interesting process isn't it? There's still a long way to go on my quilt but for today, I'll be putting it to the side and focusing on repairing Maxine's quilt which doesn't have nearly as much damage as mine.


Kim said...

Repairing the boot square and the spider web were quite the undertaking! The repairs look great!


Charlene said...

This is a fun process to watch -- easy for me to say since you're doing it; right? Lovely work!

coral-seas said...

I don't know if I can express this very well, but here goes. The original maker breathed life into this quilt and it had a good life. That life could now be over but luckily it found it's way into your hands and you are breather new life into the quilt. It does not matter if your stitches are not identical to the originals, without them the quilt would disintegrate and fall apart.

You are the next chapter in the story of this quilt. Lucky quilt.


loulee1 said...

I'm really enjoying this Pam. It's a bit like watching you create a new quilt, as you slowly reveal all the treasures that need your love and attention. Don't worry if it's not quite the same when you are done, you are entitled to leave your mark on it, you will after all be putting a great deal of effort into it.

Susan said...

It is interesting. Like many things that seem overwhelming, if you just go a step at a time, it becomes very manageable. Thanks for sharing the process!

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