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« on: May 08, 2011 05:01:03 AM »

I met a friend for lunch yesterday well out of my usual stomping grounds. We had intended a picnic at a little local park but got rained out. Happily, we went junking instead, and I ran into (and fell in love with!) a crazy quilt top. It's about the size of a generous lap quilt-probably big enough to nap under. Smiley It's in pretty good shape, but three of the pieces are frayed. The top itself is made of biggish blocks of crazy quilt, if that makes sense. From what I can tell, the crazy part has been hand stitched, and hand tacked to the backing fabric, but the blocks machine stitched.

I've got two questions. 1. How can I repair the frayed blocks? I hate to pick out the snazzy turkey track embroidery around it, but I do enough embroidery that I could replace it. Or would it just be better to applique over the ragged spots? 2. How do I go about quilting this? Stitch in the ditch would oversew a lot of the embroidery. Just tie it? With what? (Can you tell I'm kind of a newbie at quilting?)

Actually, make that three questions: How do I wash this thing? It seems pretty clean, doesn't smell old or musty or anything, but eventually it's going to need washed, since I intend to use it. Wash on gentle or dry clean?

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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2012 03:32:03 AM »

www.ehow.com has articles on washing a delicate quilt and repairing a frayed quilt
some of the quilting sites also have advice
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2012 02:36:00 PM »

I would suggest sewing a applique and embroider those ediges, over top of the frayed area. It could prove to be difficult without stitching through the layers, but it can be done. It is a job that requires a lot of patience.

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