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.
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’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.
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.
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.
(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….)
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!