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Topic: Labor of Love--Re-making a Baby Quilt  (Read 964 times)
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« on: January 16, 2018 09:56:49 PM »

A few years ago, my brother's then-girlfriend gave me her tattered, falling apart baby quilt. It had been tied and there were holes where the ties were, most of the batting was gone but for a few bunched up bits, and both the front and back fabrics were paper thin with tons of holes. I pulled it apart, saving the fabric but without a clear idea of how to repair it in a way that would retain the originality of the quilt.

The sad pieces sat in a drawer until a few months ago when I re-discovered them and decided to finally tackle this for my now-sister in law for Christmas.  I contacted my friend who sells vintage fabrics and asked her for a small yellow gingham and/or a tiny pink floral. Happily, she was able to supply me with a yard of pink floral and a 9 inch piece of gingham that was very long (like the length of a queen sized quilt).  I hemmed and hawed for several days with lots of sketches, but together with some Kona Snow I finally decided on a layout. I was able to retain most of the original yellow gingham by just cutting off about a 6 inch strip that had the biggest holes.

Using basting spray, I fused the paper thin old yellow gingham to a piece of Kona Snow. You can see some of the smaller holes from the original yarn ties below where the white fabric peaks through. I think it will be find with how densely I quilted it, and of course the basting spray washed out.

 I created the backside of the quilt with the new (vintage) pink flowers and Kona Snow in a simple checkerboard with the new (vintage) yellow gingham as a border to give it a bit more size. I had saved enough of the pink floral to use as binding.  

My sister in law was completely thrilled and I totally made her cry. This was a nerve wracking project to take on, and I'm so happy she loves it. She was very,very attached to her baby blanket, as she calls it, and she cried quite a bit upon seeing it. I'm just glad I didn't bung it up!

tl;dr I re-made my sister-in-law's 30-something year old baby quilt. It was really nerve wracking and difficult but she loved it.

Original fabrics: (I don't have pics from a few years ago when I first got the quilt), only the pieces I had ripped apart when I re-descovered the bits a couple months ago)

My sil sent me this pic a few days ago with the quilt in the background. I was absolutely shocked that there used to be blue in the backing fabric! By the time I got it, as you can see above, it was paper thin white fabric with a hint of pink on it.

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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2018 06:50:43 AM »

That is so touching and lovely, I can see why she cried all those happy tears. Wonderful work, just lovely.

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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2018 08:30:11 PM »

Aww, this is so very special. The quilt itself is really sweet and the story is nearly bringing me to tears too Smiley. Beautiful restoration job.

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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2018 09:32:38 PM »

It looks like you put so much care into this project, I'm sure that she treasures her blanket in its new form! Very well done.

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