Our bed has a new quilt on it. If you missed the exciting news you can read about it here. It was time to retire the quilt I had made in 2000 as it had rips, holes and tears in it. We, and by we I mainly mean my grandchildren, had loved it to death. It had kept us warm and seen 4 years of little kids playing on it.
I did not want to throw it out or cut it into pot holders. I had hand quilted it and I still had fond feelings for it. I am going to show you how I salvaged a tattered non vintage quilt.
First let’s talk about the tatters. This quilt had serious problems along the top border. I had replaced it once already but my husband still has facial hair and seems unwilling to have it all waxed off on a daily basis.
The side border had been used by my grandchildren as a place to grab firmly and haul themselves up on the bed. I thought they were using the bed frame to step on and hoist themselves up. I didn’t catch on for quite a while.
I braced myself and just cut. Snip snip across the top and along the right side. Then I matched the top and the bottom. Then I found one more frayed area.
I decided to just zig zag it closed. This quilt will match me, it will have a scar. I have one on my elbow, it has one on the bottom.
I had cut off all the binding which was wearing thin anyway. I had yards and yards of binding left from making the new quilt. I used every scrap to make it knowing I would probably utilize it twice.
I finished it and really had no idea what it would look like. I lost 4 or so inches on the top and bottom. I cut off considerably more on the right side, probably 15 inches and another 8 or so to match it on the left.
It now is about 90 inches long and 65 inches wide. Hmm, what can you do with a quilt that size?
Answer, you can nap with it, very comfortably in fact! I was the first to try it out. On back of the chair you can see the old quilt I used to have on the wall behind the bed.
We like to be prepared.
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