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« on: November 07, 2009 10:45:21 AM »

So about 14 years ago, my Mom gave us a store-bought quilt for our wedding.  It wasn't anything special, and it wasn't the highest quality.  But it's been useful over the years.  Now it's ripping along many of the seams and quilting lines.  Is it reasonable to just make a new top and sew it right over the old quilt?  I'd probably have to put a new back on it while I'm at it.  The edge is scalloped (double wedding ring), so I guess I might just cut it off straight.  Does all this sound okay?  Will I run into problems later and regret it?  I hate to just throw it away, and can't afford to buy a new batt anyway. 

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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2009 01:14:42 PM »

In the "olden days," loads of things including old blankets and quilts were used as the filler for new quilts.  So you certainly should be able to.

You don't mention anything about quilting the new quilt though, or tying it, etc.  It could get pretty hard to quilt through depending on what was used for the various layers.

I might worry a bit about the scallopped edge too since you'd be left with small "unfilled" areas if you just put a new rectangle top on top of the scallop-edged one.  
You could instead stay-stitch a line or two of sewing along the most "innie" part of the scallops though, then cut the scallop parts off and proceed as you would have for using an old rectangular quilt as your filler.


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