First the Diamonds are Forever is growing – I didn’t work on it yesterday though as I said I might – instead I worked on the old quilt repair. I didn’t want to move furniture so the quilt is just folded over a bit to show the sides. I just have a tiny bit left to do on the top of the right side then one more row of white I think then I will start working on the other two sides. I am linking up to Freshly Pieced today & Sew Fresh Quilts.
I think some of you think it is harder to repair an old quilt then I do. Once you get fabric figured out it really isn’t that hard – if the spot is small and you want to cover it with an applique flower or something like that -that is what you do – if it is a big spot you still do it the same way just use a larger piece of fabric. You still use an applique technique to do the fix. Now if you want the quilt restored for historic accuracy then go to a historical repair search for quilts, historical society ect do not follow my directions – this is for a family member that wants to use the quilt and is not concerned with value or perfection. She just wants to use the quilt.
Step 1 – for this area with the red in the fabric – this is the new patch. Check and see if your piece will fit and then cut it if needed.
Step 2 – I iron the edges under so the stitching goes easier.
Step 3 – pin in place and use an applique stitch using thread closely matching – take small stitches.
Step 4 – the smaller the stitch the less it will show up (boy I need a manicure )
Step 5 – after you have it stitched in place quilt through the top two layers – not all the way through all layers as your stitches will not match exactly to what is already there from years ago. Try to match your quilt thread to what is already there – most old quilts are done in white so a cream color (aged look) should match. If you pull your stitches slightly it will help the new area to have the same “shrinkage” as the old fabric does.
Obviously not a perfect match but if it is just for keeping the quilt together and not to be displayed in a perfect quilt atmosphere it should do just fine. I am not going to stress over this as I know my sister in law will be happy to get the quilt back and to be able to use it – I’m not worried about it winning any prizes!
Next patch is stitched in place and now needs to be quilted in place and on to the next one. This bigger patch I decided to use the back of the fabric – it is a small flower print with the front being a yellow color so this should look ok. I’m still looking through my fabric for something to cover the long piece of blue print next to it.
Everyone needs to decide how to repair old quilts their own way – in my opinion there is no right or wrong way – just what you like and why you are preserving it.
About the dessert recipe the other day – questions about using frozen instead of fresh: – I use frozen rhubarb because the only plant I have growing right now is too new to use – it was planted last year and I do not know if it will come back and keep growing. I think the cooler summer we had really helped it – it is grown from my daughters plant in Wisconsin – I chopped off a good size hunk of root from her plant last year and put it in a bag of soil until we got home and then planted it here in Arkansas – you do not see it planted here often and I only know of one person that said she has a plant. When we visit our daughter in Wisconsin I get rhubarb from her plant and chop it the day before we leave and get about 4 ziplock quart bags full to put in the camper freezer to take home with us.