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« on: August 12, 2017 07:55:04 PM »

A friend was given a quilt on their wedding several years ago and wanted to use it but it had some problems.

Problem #1 it had no backing. The lady who made it didn't seem to know a lot about quilting and "finished" her quilt without actually finishing it.

Problem #2 The lady decided to use the wedding veil in it and ended up just haphazardly sewing it over the tree. There were pins left sewn under it and it was a stabbing hazard. It was also covered in small gems that stuck out and made it a lumpy surface.

Problem #3 It just didn't look nice, poor sewing, poor design, poor craftsmanship etc but the thought was nice.

Fortunately because the backing was nicer sewn on I was able to update it a bit to suit them a little more. Let me tell you though, it is hard to redesign someone else's work! Matching styles is hard enough but this one was a Doozie!

After some careful thought I removed the blue edge, removed the veil and gems and added tree branches and turned the mushroom like tree into a green batik one. I also added some falling leaves to counteract the large open white space. I finished it with a dark brown on the back to tie into the tree on the front. Overall I am satisfied with the end result but more importantly the owners can use and enjoy this quilt with 2 sets of memories for years to come!
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2017 06:24:42 AM »

That is absolutely amazing, what an incredible transformation!
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2017 07:26:53 AM »

I know your friends appreciated the effort and sentiment of the woman who made the original quilt, but you, must be a dear friend...what a lovely way to honor the first quilters efforts while adding your obviously more experienced design and quilting abilities!

It is lovely..a lot more color, depth, and functionality!  I love how you kept the birds and the trunk...and now, as you said, they have many more years of happy memories!

Well done!  The way you did the leaves is my favorite...
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2017 09:12:09 AM »

Oh, you did a wonderful job! Great re-do!
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2017 01:59:53 PM »

Beautiful job on the quilt transformation, and yay for correcting Problem #2 especially.  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2017 07:40:41 PM »

I have reworked pieces before (NOT ON THIS SCALE) and it's always so challenging! Kudos for being so respectful to the previous maker.  Your solutions for the tree and empty space are really stellar.

The layers on the tree, reaching out over the base is lovely.


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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2017 08:48:09 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2017 10:20:04 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

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