The Pleasure in Being Crafty Part Two

One of the benefits of my sewing skills is repair; boy it’s easy to fix fraying towels with a machine!  Then there are the pillowcases I’ve made, sheets put back into rotation with just a few moments under a mechanized needle.  However, I’m in a slight quandary of how, or even if, to proceed with quilt maintenance.

It looks fine from far away, however….

I didn’t make this lovely lap quilt; my sister-in-law bought it at a thrift store, then gave it to me as it was taking up space in her home.  It wasn’t in need of repair until maybe the middle of last year, repeated washings finally taking their toll.  I’ve patched two long rips, easy enough, but now serious issues are emerging.  What to do….

I love this pattern, the hues too. Would patching it maintain the original flavour, or merely be an ugly blot?

I’m of the belief that everything on this planet has its lifespan.  People, quilts, baseball dynasties; we’re all meant for a set purpose, then back to dust we return.  I didn’t make this gorgeous comforter, but as it’s now in my possession, what happens to it is my responsibility.  Maybe I’ll mend jeans until the cows come home, but with a quilt, aesthetics are involved.  I don’t wish to muddy the delicate handiwork that went into this piece, nor do have the fabrics to accurately match the existing cottons.

I can easily mend the rip at the top, but what of the rest of it?

Bleach stains testify to the long life of this quilt; it was well used long before it found its way to me.  I could patch the rips and tears as I have already done, yet that feels wrong to merely place a large section of fabric over such intricate work.  It would take much more than band-aids to set this piece right.

If I had fabric similar to the flower print, I probably wouldn’t hesitate, but I’m not going to shop for a print just for repairs….

I’m seeking opinions about how to proceed; either I fix it in some manner, or sooner rather than later I throw it away.  And honestly, I don’t have a strong feeling about either solution.  If I had sewn this myself, I wouldn’t hesitate to rescue it.  Still, my mending habits call to me; place it under the machine and see what happens!  I certainly don’t lack for scraps.

A previous rip….

(It’s similar to storing old novels in a flash drive, except that manuscripts take so little space.  Goodness knows I have plenty of first drafts waiting, if I ever need something to do….)

An easy, if not somewhat gauche, fix.

There’s a wonderful sense of accomplishment when fashioning a quilt, also when returning something to its former glory.  There is also a time to say goodbye.  Not sure what this comforter requires.  Any and all comments are ever so welcome!

2 thoughts on “The Pleasure in Being Crafty Part Two

  1. laura bruno lilly

    If it were me: 1) I’d analyze what it is about the piece that I want to keep. With this quilt shown, my answer would be the fabulous color scheme and types of patterned fabrics used. A photo would suffice in keeping that info for future projects. 2) The drive to mend it isn’t there for me, so if I wanted to ‘keep it’ I’d check to see if there’s a portion of the quilt that could be recycled into something else. Several options such as a framed cut section used as a hanging picture; section cut to be used in a pillow top; specific cut section stitched into a scrap quilt project adding dimension as well as color and design…
    Basically, unless the piece has a lot of sentimentality, family heritage, etc, I’d not bother with the mending…middle daughter requested I mend her childhood quilt and it took a lot of figuring out which I did gladly because it meant something to her for me to do it!!!
    (wrote about it here: )
    I’m with you, there is a time to say goodbye and multiple ways in which to do so!

    1. Anna Scott Graham Post author

      Thank you so much for all of this; I hadn’t considered how I might ‘recycle’ it, great points there! I’m leaning toward not mending and letting it go its own way, however that ends up being. In another month or two, depending on how long our California winter lasts, I’ll be putting it away, which will provide me with some time to ponder its fate. Ta love for your insights!



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