Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tattered old quilt...fixed




If you can believe it....this quilt use to look like this!!


I was asked by a friend if I could fix this for her friend.  This quilt meant a lot to her.  It was her Grandmas and was used a lot!  I said sure!  Um....why I said that I don't know?  This was tucked away for a few months waiting to be done and when I pulled it out yesterday..I totally forgot what it looked like!  I almost didn't do it.  Then last night I thought..okay...it can't be that hard.  So this is what I did:


I took my 14" square up ruler and cut out as many 14" squared as I could.   Then I cut out as many 7 1/4" rectangles as I could and then I cut out as many 7 1/4" squares as I could.

I was also given some shirts and an old apron that I could use in the quilt if needed and this is what I did:


I cut out a 14 1/2" square, then cut it in half to make two rectangles.  
Then I pieced all my smaller pieces together to form 14" squares.  So now all I had were 14" square to sew together.  This took about 3 hours.  Next was the easy part and that was quilting it and adding the binding...The binding was a light turquoise color I thought worked great.  And there you have it!  

 
I like how I got a bunch of different size squares and rectangles not...on purpose.  And since they were all a bit wonky I thought some straight line quilting would give it some symmetry.

~Jenny~

10 comments:

Char said...

Wow, that's beautiful! I'm sure you are going to make her very happy! That quilt was loved to pieces!

Teeeeeena said...

You did great! I really like it! It sure was sweet of you to help her out! She's gonna be one happy gal!

Carla said...

that is great!

Lynn said...

Very nice! I like that you chose to make a new quilt from the old one, rather than trying to repair the old one.

Andie said...

Oh Jenny! This gives me goosebumps! Really, really lovely and sweet. What a blessing for your customer to be able to have that back, restored and ready to be snuggled.

meme and me said...

that is awesome to say the least!! i love rescuing old quilts from goodwill or whereever, but not sure how to save them~your details are inspiring!! i will totally try it and give back the life to these quilts that they were meant to have and be able to bring delight to another generation!! thanks so much!!

Kathy said...

Brilliant idea!!! I love how it turned out. Your friend is going to be thrilled with how you saved her grandma's quilt.

Caroline said...

OMG! I am so glad I came across this blog! I made my mom & dad a scrap quilt, (20 some years ago) out of 2 1/2" or 3" squares, used polyester batting, and yarn tied it( It was my very first quilt). She gave it to me to "fix" almost two years ago. I looked at it and thought it was too much work. So, instead, I made them a new quilt and gave it to them for Christmas, this past year. Well, I still have the old quilt and came across it the other day. I snipped all the yarn ties and cut the top and backing apart, i threw the batting away. This is exactly what I am going to do to "repair" it. Thank you so much !!!

Jenny said...

Wow- Love what you did to it! It must have just been a quilt top before? This is just so cool. I hope that a label gets put onto the back that tells about the quilt's history. what a special quilt!

Carol said...

To "Other Jenny": it looks like the original quilt was tied in the corners. That made it quite easy for her to cut out the squares from the good fabric. I like that she did do machine stitching in straight lines to quilt all the layers together in the new version of the quilt.