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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

T-shirt Quilt Revisited

I washed and dried the quilt and threw it on my daughter, in her bed.  She pulled it up on her and snuggled in for a longer sleep.  She must have been waking up and petting her quilt because not long after I heard her stirring she called out....."Mom, there's a hole in my quilt".

I went in to see what she was talking about.  Of course my heart sank.  What I discovered was two places where I had either missed the edge of the fabric or the thread failed me or who knows that.  I had gaps in the seam.  Something more highly surmountable than a hole in my opinion.

Here is what I saw.



My immediate thought is how do I fix this without making it look like it was fixed.  Whipstitching and top stitching would only enhance the fact that I had to do something to the quilt.  Not how I wanted to start out with this quilt.

I put a call out on the yahoo group Stashbuster and the Facebook group Quilting.  I had several suggestions.  The two that caught my interest were permanent fabric glue and ladder stitching.  Assuming I had enough of an edge on the fabric the ladder stitch should work.  On closer inspection it looked like the blue section would be fine and the red section would be close.  I went for it!  I ladder stitched.  Here is the result.








I think I got a good result and I learned a lesson.  I will be inspecting my seams a little more closely before the quilting!

10 comments:

patty a. said...

So glad you were able to easily fix the quilt.

QuiltSwissy said...

Good catch! I just washed a quilt that my Idiot Child just decided to wake up and say "hey, I'll just chew a hole right HERE!"

I think I still have at least one square of that blue and can patch it.

Ugh........I could have left him at the vet this morning..........

Anonymous said...

Nice job!!

Lori said...

I wasn't trying to be anonymous!!!

Ramona said...

Thankfully you were able to fix the holes in the quilt. The repairs look great! Unfortunately it happens to all of us at one time or another.

Rhonda said...

So glad it all worked out. I'll have to remember that method. Quilters are great big hearted people to share with!!!

Judy S. said...

Nice save! That t-shirt fabric is kind of difficult to work with.

ShinyNewThing said...

Probably the knit fabric curled a bit and you just missed catching enough of it in the seam. I wonder if seam allowances should be wider working with t-shirts? Good repair job. I would be tempted to run a bit of fake 'stitch in the ditch' quilting along the repair on top of the red fabric as an extra bit of strength.

ShinyNewThing said...

Probably the knit fabric curled a bit and you just missed catching enough of it in the seam. I wonder if seam allowances should be wider working with t-shirts? Good repair job. I would be tempted to run a bit of fake 'stitch in the ditch' quilting along the repair on top of the red fabric as an extra bit of strength.

Linda said...

I'm glad you were able to catch this and I hope it's not too much trouble to fix. The quilt looks great and I know your sweet daughter will really love it.