Wow, that week went fast - - - and here it is, Friday again! And you know what that means - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!!! Let's get started!!
As you read this, I'm headed down south for a lovely week at the beach with my husband - sunshine, sand, and nothing "required" to do! Of course I'm taking my sewing machine (because a day without sewing is like a day without sunshine!) but spending a lot of time with my toes in the sand will be the number one order of the day. So I'm DEFINITELY whooping it up!!
But I also had a finish this week.....
This lovely old vintage quilt was in terrible shape when it came into my hands! It was so bad I didn't dare hang it up to take a picture, as some of the blocks were gaping open, with dangling wadding leaking out. So trust me when I say it really needed help! But it's such a lovely example, it would have been a shame to junk it. The gentleman who asked me to repair it said that it had been made by his mother sometime around the turn of the (20th) century. It's unusual to see such a well-planned quilt of that age - there is some scrappiness to this quilt, but all the background pieces are the same two fabrics, which I don't see too often in really old quilts.
You can see in this picture the state of the underlying block. I dug pieces out of my stash that would work with the age and coloring of the quilt and hand-stitched patches directly over the badly damaged spots.
Meet my new best friend! I've had a tailor's ham for many years now, but it hasn't gotten much use until now. It was very useful for giving me something to pin my patches onto as I repaired the damaged blocks, since most of them were towards the center of the quilt, making them difficult to reach with my hand underneath. The square directly above the tailor's ham is one I repaired.
Many of the light background pieces, and a few of the bow tie blocks, were showing wear - tiny holes or worn spots that weren't really bad enough to replace, but would only get worse with time. Those I fixed with an overlay technique, using bridal illusion (the fine netting they use for wedding veils) and stitching it down by machine in the ditch of the patchwork. Here you can see it pinned to the patch...
After stitching all around the block, I trimmed the excess netting away using my Kai curved blade scissors. I love those scissors - sharp as can be, and the curve helped prevent cutting the quilt by mistake!
And here's the finished repair. The bridal illusion mostly fades into the background, but it will protect the patchwork piece from further wear and tear. When you have many matching pieces in a quilt that need minor repair and it would be difficult to match it for replacement, this is a great way to protect the pieces. I probably wouldn't recommend washing this quilt (I wouldn't have recommended it before the repair either) but for display purposes, these repairs will protect the quilt and allow it to be handled safely!
So that's what I'm happy dancing about this week! Can I get a whoop whoop??
And now it's your turn!
What's got you whooping it up?
What's making you do a little happy dance?
Share! We want to dance 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!!