I am so excited to participate in another Blogger's Quilt Festival!
For those of you who read my blog regularly, this is not a new quilt. I was really hoping to finish a new quilt for the festival, but it just wasn't in the cards for me this time.
Instead, I am linking up our families favorite quilt. I designed it around the idea of using a pile of 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. It worked.
I think I like this quilt more than some of the others I have made because it was a product of truly leftover and used fabrics, more like how quilts used to be made long ago out of whatever fabrics women could scrape together. That fact that it is a bargello doesn't hurt either.
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.
I've washed and used the quilt dozens of times now since I added the applique hearts and it is holding up beautifully and is still the most well-used and well-loved quilt in our house.
I hope you enjoyed my entry to this seasons BQF... and I can't wait to see all the other beautiful entries!