My sister recently sent me a worn quilt that belonged to her step-daughter. It had been much loved and was in need of repair. Our goal was to fix the worn areas, replace the batting and backing, and make it usable again.

The quilt was originally tied, and a blanket was used for the backing. There were a few seams that were torn and needed repaired.

Ripped seam in quiltThe first thing I did was remove all the threads used to tie the quilt top. Sounds more tedious than it was – they were pretty easy to cut and pull out of the quilt. There was a big pile of threads when I finished.

Knotted Strings

After removing the ties, I cut off the binding and removed the back and batting. I would have rather taken the binding off by removing the stitches, but as you can see in the picture below, the binding was pretty messy. It was difficult to pick the stitches, so cutting it off was the best option for this quilt.

Worn Quilt BindingAfter separating the three layers, I clipped all the strings from the back of the top. After years of washing, there were a lot of threads from where the seams frayed. These needed to be removed before I quilted the top.

Look at all the threads I removed:

Trimmed ThreadsThat part might have been just a bit tedious. πŸ™‚

Fixing the seams stumped me for a minute or two. The seams were ripped, so there wasn’t enough fabric to simply re-sew them. I used a wide zig-zag stitch with a short stitch length and sewed over the seams, joining the two fabrics. There were three different areas that needed the seams repaired.

Seam RepairIt’s not the prettiest repair, but it’s effective and not as noticeable as I was afraid it would be. When looking at the entire quilt, the repairs blend in pretty well, so I was happy about that.

At first I worried about quilting over the dense zig zag stitch, but ultimately it wasn’t a problem. Sister wanted a very big, loose quilt design so it was easy to avoid the repaired seams when quilting.

After the repairs were made, I added Warm & Plush batting and a flannel backing. I quilted it with a really big all over meander, that took just a few minutes to do. Well, more than a few, but it was a super fast quilt job! The picture below shows the size of the quilting (and my foot, used as a deterrent to the wind.)

Quilting DetailOnce the quilting was finished it was time to add the binding. This quilt was the perfect project for practicing machine binding. I’m not a fan of machine binding, mostly because I can’t do it in a way that looks nice. But a few of my quilty friends have convinced me I need to use it more often on certain projects. So I tried it.

The good thing about machine binding this quilt is that the back is flannel, which helps the thread disappear. Here’s the back of the binding:

Maching Binding BackYou can just barely see the line of stitching alongside the binding.

Here is the front:

Machine Binding FrontNot too bad for a machine binding newbie! But I definitely need more practice. And tips – do you have any tips to share on how you do your machine binding?

Overall, sister and I are pleased with the finished quilt. It’s nowhere near perfect, but it’s ready for Jamie and her family to enjoy for many more years. I’m looking forward to sending this quilt back to its permanent home, knowing that it will get lots of use and cuddles. Which is all any of us can ask for the quilts we make, right?

Repaired Quilt

Knowing that this quilt is ready for many more years of love is my quilting crush for this week’s Main Crush Monday. Now it’s time for you to share yours! What has you excited to be in your sewing space? You can share any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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