Monday, February 9, 2009
Making Lemonade out of my Lemon
I just returned from teaching for the past week in St. George, Utah for Superior Threads' seminar. I must have been gone for a bit too long as my husband called me one evening to tell me that our beloved dog, Miter, decided to try and make a poncho out of my very first linen wholecloth quilt. I have about a 4" hole, several teeth marks and a missing corner and a few bits and pieces that were salvaged. After the initial shock wore off I decided I needed to make this part of the history of the quilt and am needing some opinions! I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR FEEDBACK ON WHETHER I LEAVE THE HOLE AS IT IS OR COVER IT WITH A SMALL DOILY AND EMBELLISH IT?
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Leaving the hole as is might invite additional raveling and/or enlargement of the opening?
I guess I would have to honor the space(s) ~ inserting a companionable piece to fill up the gaping open space and embellishing the connection of the old and new with fancy trim and/or stitches. I suspect I would also work the word Miter into my stitching near the teeth marks.
Best wishes and do share the results with us . . .
Oh my...bad doggie...I would cover it with a doilie perharps with a spray of flowers as if you planned it...I don't know...
I look forward to your class at MQX!
GEEZE!!!!!! That's a tough one to patch up. Isn't there an "anti-fray" that you can put on the fabric? That is, if you decided to keep the damaged look. My friend Annie uses a fray block on her cotton shirts when cutting them up. I feel as if trying to cover it would look weird just because of the position they're in. I'm so sorry!
Cindy, I would definitely cut linen to cover the area with just enough to turn under for applique. I would do this top and bottom with batting in the middle. Then I would quilt over it to make it match the rest of the quilting. I've actually done this on a printed fabric and was able to match it perfectly. It's hard to even see where the hole was. It will not be invisible, and it will be a part of the history of that quilt. Good luck.
We do love our dogs dont we? As I assume he is still a member of your household. I would Use the pictures to show the damage and repair the quilt to show how awesome your technique is!!!!!
I'd take a photo of your little "Angel" Miter and transfer to fabric and applique to the back side of the hole...
To make it look like Miter is peeking through the hole. (It would also stabelize the hole)
If you can get a picture of your dog looking guilty, that would be better.
My dog likes to do the same thing to our quilts, so I try to keep the ones I love away from her, but I know she's going to get one someday....
Quilts are tasty...
Jacqui Kamlet in MA
Be glad it's a quilt and not 2 couches and 1 love seat, lost count of how many pillows. I think my husband is on his 8th pair of work shoes!!! That dog will teach him to put his shoes away.I don't know how many pairs of under ware!!!! My little darlings will go down into laundry area and pick someones to chew if they are left alone to long. Now they are locked into the kitchen after I put the garbage can outside.I have 4 and they are mighty lucky I love them all. I would reinforce what they chewed and leave the hole in it. what a conversation breaker!!!! Patty
Ditto to Jackie's comment!!! That's a fun idea! I could take a pretty guilty pic of him for you! :)
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