According to Grandma's dishtowels, Wednesday is Mending Day. Merriam Webster says - mend - verb: to free from faults or defects as to set right, correct. In today's world, we don't do much in the way of mending. Oh the occasional button is sewn back on, but how many of us would honestly bother to darn a sock? Or even know where to begin when it came to darning a sock? Heck, on most days I don't even wear socks. But I digress, even in the 21st century there are times when mending is THE only answer.
Not too long ago, Hubby came home and told me that his boss (hereafter referred to as Quilt Owner) has a quilt and was wondering if I could repair it. "Yeah, probably," I said with a shrug. Then Hubby gave me the rest of the story.
Quilt Owner's mother was piecing the quilt for him but passed away before it was done. So in stepped his aunt who finished it. And now the quilt has a tear in it that Quilt Owner would like to have repaired. Uh-oh, I'm such a sucker for an heirloom - but do I have what it takes to do the job and do it right? *yikes* So I said, "Sure, I'll at least have a look and see what I can do.'
Some time passed because of a hectic schedule at work and I sort of forgot about it. Then one day I got some email photos of 'the damage.'
One small tear in the middle of the piecing. Okay, I can do that. I asked if any of the leftover fabric was still available thinking if not, I could put out the Blogger Call. But original fabrics were secured and I started thinking about just what to do.
I started out planning to take out stitches and replace the torn piece. But the more I thought about it, the more I just didn't want to disturb the work that Quilt Owner's mom and aunt had done. When the quilt arrived, I just let it sit in the quilting space for about a week while I mulled over my options and skill. Then it came to me: just make a patch!
That is exactly what I would do if it were my own quilt. Now if it were my own quilt, I would probably just haul out some mismatched chunk of fabric, stitch it down, call it primitive and get on with my day. But that is not every one's cuppa.
So I fussy cut an exact match that would cover the tear and not interfere with the quilting.
Tried it on for size and then appliqued it in place.
A beautifully mended quilt, with all the precious stitches still intact. Quilt Owner is pleased and I am relieved.
We are living in a disposable time. Technology moves so rapidly that it is often more beneficial to replace rather than repair an item . . . . most of the time. Every now and again, it's better to look back to Grandma and her dishtowels for the answer.
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