I originally finished and posted this quilt about a year ago. I designed it around the idea of using blue fabrics from my stash in addition to some upcycled fabrics. The quilt includes some upcycled work shirts belonging to my husband, some old jeans and a bunch of non-standard quilting fabrics. Unfortunately, one of those fabrics in particular did not work out as planned.
See that shiny fabric (roughly in the center)? The one to the left of my husband's initials from his work shirts?
It was a Chinese brocade made of polyester/nylon. I knew it probably shouldn't have gone in the dryer, but... well... sometimes these things just happen. And sometimes they happen more than once. I didn't realize when I made it that it would become the house favorite and greatly abused. It has been used as a picnic blanket, a throw, a dog bed, it's gone camping...
... but the dryer has destroyed that brocade and, clearly, it needed a rework.
But what to do? How do you fix an old quilt? I really didn't like the idea of trying to somehow replace all of those pieces. Should I try and patch it? Then I thought about how hideous a patch would be. And then I thought some more... and realized that an applique is basically a fancy word for a "patch." Eureka!
So, I carefully went over the quilt and marked every troubled seam and tear with a pin (and made them really obvious so I wouldn't miss any). Then I dug out the only applique template I own.
After I sewed them all down by hand, I quilted over the top of each applique to help give the underlying fabrics a little more stability. I think it worked.
Did I mention that this quilt is much loved in our house?
When I spread it out in the grass to photograph it originally, I only had about 3.4 seconds to snap pics before my son came running over to make use of it. It sort of became a great big bulls-eye.
Oh. And it also climbs trees.
And just a reminder... the Blogger's Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy's Creative Side, starts on Friday! I'll be working into the wee hours to finish another quilt by then and I can't wait to see what everyone else will post!
I'll be linking this up to all the fun parties on my Link Parties page including Met Monday! Check 'em out!