Friday, June 22, 2018

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Vintage Reclaimed!

Hi, all!

Can you believe that it's Friday already?  And the first Friday of summer, to boot!  Well, we all know what that means - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  Are you ready?  Let's get started!


But before we get started, here's a HUGE WHOOP - there's a fix for the Blogger comment problem!!  Go to this blogpost and follow the directions she provides - I've already done it and it works!!!  HALLELUJAH!!!!

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Several months ago, a friend of mine brought me a top that her grandmother had made.  She had fond memories of it from her childhood and wanted to know if it could be repaired so she could use it again...


This was a really big coverlet - about queen size - and in pretty rough shape, so I couldn't get a picture of the whole top laid out.  This was the best I could do!  The top was raw edges on the back, no batting or backing.


Cute turtles, right?  They were appliquéd on all manner of fabrics - cottons, polyester double-knit, even lining fabric.  The lining fabric didn't hold up so well when my friend washed the top before bringing it to me.  Neither did that green fabric bordering each of the blocks.


My friend loved the gingham, but it was faded a lot, and in patches, so we decided to replace it with new red gingham.  We also needed to replace the green fabric, which was a loose weave that didn't hold up well, and my friend chose a blue chambray.

Lots and lots of frog-stitching (does it count as frog-stitching if you didn't do the original stitching?) and I had the gingham and green fabrics off of the turtle four-patch blocks.  That was when I realized that the four-patch blocks weren't square, or even the same sizes!  So I took them apart, squared up the turtles to the same size, and appliquéd some of those turtles to new fabric where their background blocks were frayed or damaged.  Whew!  That's better!


And here's the completed top, spread out on my queen-size bed.  When I quilted it, I used a wide flannel instead of batting, so it has weight, but not thickness.  It's actually more like the bedspread it was originally, just without the raw edges.  Quilting is a random meander everywhere except over the turtles.


Here you can see the backing I found at that great Joann's sale a little while ago - isn't it perfect?

I really do love the way this turned out!  There's something so satisfying about taking an old and well-loved piece and turning it back into something useful.  I hope this will last for many years to come, and allow my friend's grandchildren to form a whole new set of fun memories surrounding it!


So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?

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And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up this week?


What's making you do a little happy dance?

Share!  We want to dance right along with you!

And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!!

Hugs!

Sarah




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39 comments:

  1. Cute memory quilt, and a great way to give second life!

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    1. Thanks! It was an honor to be part of its history!

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  2. You get a HUGE whoop, whoop for this!! Awesome finish! I have two patchwork quilts from my mom that we used for beach quilts over the years. I washed them and need to repair them too - maybe a winter project. So many different fabrics in these - and no squared up patches :)! Still deciding how to repair - they hold such special memories and fabric pieces!!

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  3. Talk about turning a sow's ear into a silk purse- wow. Great job!

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  4. What you did with this quilt is amazing! I know your friend is well please. Great job!

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  5. Oh My! How sweet did that turn out! You are awesome Sarah! WHOOP WHOOP!

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  6. I just love those turtles! The quilt turned out great.

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  7. Amazing save on the vintage quilt, Sarah. I'm sure it will endure many more years of love.

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  8. The amount of work you needed to put into saving this quilt must have seemed daunting as you started. This is definitely a happy ending for a well loved quilt.

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  9. What a wonderful labor of love on the turtle quilt! Since I like turtles a lot, I agree that it’s worth the effort for more years of enjoyment.

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  10. Sarah, you have given your friend and her family such a gift. This is such a precious quilt and now that it should last many more years is so wonderful. Great finish!!

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  11. Wow! A great save. It really is a cute quilt. You've done a terrific job with it!

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  12. The turtles are absolutely adorable and bringing this special quilt back to life is priceless! AND A BIG THANK YOU FOR THE LINK TO "FIX" THE COMMENTS!!!!!!

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  13. That was so worth all of your efforts ---- a great save!

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  14. How wonderful to save this much loved coverlet and make it even better than the original!!! Great job!

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  15. Just too darn cute!! And thanks for the blogger comment fix link - so hoping it works cause I miss those email conversations!

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  16. Wow, beautiful work in rescuing that quilt top! This gives me hope that one day I may be able to rescue an old feedsack quilt from my grandmother. The batting has wadded up and so it's a lumpy mess. I know there would be lots of frogging involved but now I know it's not an impossible task. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Summer!

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  17. Sarah - also thanks for posting the link to the fix for blog comments.......it worked for me too!

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  18. That was a lot of work, it looks great.

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  19. This so reminds me of the quilt my grandma made for my sisters and me but instead of turtles ours were Sunbonnet Sue. No batting no quilting, just appliqué and the bottom was open to put in or take out a light blanket. You did a lot of great work to preserve this treasure!

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  20. So happy to see an old quilt can get a new life. I rescued a quilt once, and the owner was really happy. And I felt as a part of the country's culture story.

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  21. Thanks for the blogging tip. I've done it, and fingers crossed that it works. It's been a frustrating few weeks.

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  22. I really love how that turtle quilt turned out. You did a great job bringing it back to life for many more memories yet to come!

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  23. The turtle quilt looks great! How special that it can now be enjoyed by another generation.

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  24. It's amazing how much better the turtles show up! I love it! Great choices!

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  25. The turtle quilt turned out super cute!! Great fix on this one.

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  26. Now I want to make a turtle quilt! Great save Sarah!

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  27. Thank you for passing on the link to the blogger fix. I'm trying it now to see if it works for me!

    Congrats on finishing the turtle quilt.

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  28. The turtle quilt looks wonderful! I’m so glad you saved it and more people get to enjoy using it. Hugs,

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  29. That is just BEYOND WONDERFUL!!! Definitely a Whoop! Whoop! How marvelous to have turned such a well-loved but shabby piece into a truly vintage keepsake!!

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  30. Wow, Sarah, you did an AMAZING job with reworking your friend's quilt! Love the new gingham and background fabric for the turtles. And that backing IS perfect! Whoop-Whoop, for sure!!

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  31. Okay...now I want to watch that movie!!LOL!!! LOVE this finish Sara.

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  32. That was a massively huge project for you but you did a great job and it can now be loved for many more years to come. Nicely done.

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  33. Great job on repairing that turtle quilt.

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