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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A quilt restoration story

Cat asked me to restore and modernise her Hexagon quilt She made this as a 17 year old studying Home Science at high school when she embarked on her  6th form project. All the fabrics are furnishing weight. Some a little faded but this quilt holds special memories for Cat of Catalina’s Cottage.

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She hand stitched all the hexagons together. These were then machine stitched onto a background. First the hexagon section was removed from the backing fabric. Cat did this.

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My first action was to go around the edge and pull out all the little bits of stray cotton and tailor tack with a bright cotton areas that needed repair work.

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Careful pressing around the edges came next. I made up a starch with cornflour to help to stabilise the edges. Then a good press and starch all over.Cat wanted to bring a little modern quilt style to her old treasure so she asked to have it appliqued onto a dark grey background.This part of the restoration required two steps and lots of crawling around on the floor.

First the main body spray basted onto the background:

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Then beads of glue carefully applied to the edges of the Hexies and all loose threads tucked in:DSCF1651

Next back to the sewing machine to machine applique around the edge. I didn’t get a close up of this but just in case you would like to know I stitched it down with a hemming stitch using Superior’s Silver Bottom Line. This is a superb thread for machine applique as it just seems to blend into the fabric. Then on with the quilting:

Cat likes re purpose and re cycle so the inner is a woollen blanket and the backing a vintage sheet.

Some McDazzle in the border:

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……and just because I can some pools of pebbles:

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Some soft open Paisley started  in the centre:

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Looking good:

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Off the frame ready to be trimmed:

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It has been a challenge but I am thrilled with the end result. For those who like to know I used Superior Magnifico thread colour Shiver # 2164.I have to say I just love this thread. It has a lovely lustre, it seemed to somehow make the Hexis look brighter and looks superb on the grey border.

Ready to go home:

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Bye Hexies…

18 comments:

  1. I LOVE it LOVE LOVE LOVE it thank you so much
    xxx

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  2. Woohoo... awesome restoration. Your quilting has gone to another level!

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  3. Linda the quilting is absolutely amazing!

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  4. WOW, gorgeous job Linda, both the restoration and the quilting! I recently used both of those threads and love them. Well done!!!

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  5. I love your custom quilting and what a treasure. You have the most patience to be able to repair that quilt to all of its beauty! Very nice job!

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  6. That is just beautiful! And I think you just inspired me to try some new thread.

    : )

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  7. Oh my goodness...Its BEAUTIFUL!

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  8. Linda, I know that was a LOT of work, yet you make it look easy. Stunning at every step of this restoration. You really did a fabulous job of quilting this beauty. I'm sure Cat has to be over the top thrilled!!!
    ~Christina in Cleveland

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  9. Beautiful job, both the restoration, and the quilting. How very special that you saved and transformed this treasure.

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  10. This is amazing! You did a beautiful job. Love that quilting!

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  11. Wow!!! Amazing restoration - from the finish photo you would never know this isn't a brand-new Modern low-volume quilt! Your quilting totally enhances its beauty.

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  13. Gorgeous! Your quilting has brought new life to this treasure.

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  14. Wow, what a beautiful job you have done here. I can only imagine the amount of work involved. So beautiful, you just be very proud! Xx

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  15. It's stunning! Beautiful work by both of you!

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  16. What an amazing job. Cat must be thrilled!

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  17. Wow Linda - you have done an amazing job! Would have been super satisfying having it come together!

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