A friend of mine asked me for my help. She said - Katrina I have a quilt, that my Grandmother made, that is badly damaged. I know I should throw it out (she doesn't sew) but I love it so much! Can you take a look at it? Of course I said yes!
Well, the quilt was old, frail, and, badly damaged. This quilt has been well loved, and, well used!
There are several smaller holes like this one.
And one massive one!!!! Ohhh man!
I said - my dear this is an heirloom quilt! I shouldn't touch it! She said - I want to use it. I love it - I don't care what you have to do I want to use this quilt again. Every bone in my body was screaming - no, no, no!!
She trumped me - she said - well, I guess I should just throw it out then. At that point I said - let me see what I can do - sigh.
She said - I have extra pieces that her Grandmother didn't use in the quilt - oh this is getting better I thought!
Turns out she had extra pinwheels! The quilter had matching stitched the hand turned pinwheels onto the quilt - joy! I can do that!
We talked about it and she said - just put these over the holes and do the best you can - I want to use the quilt again. She kept stressing how much she loved the quilt and wanted to use it again. Long story short - this quilt is going to be worn out from loving it. That's what made me take these steps to repair it as best I could.
I should have taken more photos but I appliquéd the wheels down after whip sticking the holes closed. Not ideal; but, the quilt can be loved again!
Personally I love the scattered pinwheels and I love that they are original (albeit left-overs) to the quilt!
Before anyone jumps down my throat about working on an heirloom quilt like this; please, take a look at the damage and also note that this quilt was destined to be possibly thrown out b/c she thought that it wasn't good anymore. This way the quilt can be loved and used - like a hug from her Grandmother :-)