Repair & Restoration Services

Many quilts surviving through generations in a family cannot withstand the test of time and begin to fall apart.  This is where quilt restoration can be a solution so that the quilt may live on to be a treasured heirloom.  I believe that the goal in restoration should be to take the quilt from a compromised state to relative health while compromising it’s integrity as little as possible using age appropriate fabrics.  Attention to detail is paramount as is listening carefully as to how invasive the customer wants to be.  Some want the quilt to look good no matter what the invasion requires whereas some customers want the least invasion possible (only do to it what can always be undone without changing the original quilt.)

Restoration of Crazy Quilt block

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This crazy quilt is from Texas.  It had a rooster in the center that was almost non-existent.  Here you can see how I recreated the rooster square on satin and then appliqued the block over top of the original one.  There were approximately 60 pieces in this quilt that needed replacement as well as redoing much of the embroidery.

Restoration of a Baby Quilt

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This quilt is a baby quilt made in the 1930s.  As was common in that time, it was a preprinted pattern on a white ground.  This quilt had been loved and loved – the customer wanted new fabrics sewn on to make it look as polished as possible.  I put ears and eyes and all kinds of things back onto the elephants, replaced embroidery and added a new binding.

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Restoration of a Baby Quilt

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This baby quilt is from the 1930s.  As was popular in that time, this was a stamped applique kit.  New pieces had to reappliqued on, as well as new embroidery done.  This quilt was in very fragile condition!

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This scrappy 9 patch quilt came to me in very poor condition – almost not restorable.  The fabrics were quite fragile and there were major tears as you can see in the photo.  The challenge with this type of quilt is to effectively restore the “broken”areas which are on  a foundation of weak, thin fabric.  This quilt, although scrappy and in rough shape, had tremendous meaning to the owner and she wanted it brought back to wholeness.  For the restoration, I tried to find fabrics from the period in which the quilt was made that most closely matched the existing fabrics.

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