Remember the poor tattered pupy from this post?
I put off mending him until "after retirement" when I would suddenly have all the time in the world to finish all my projects and then some time left over to read, play piano and nap 😊 So retirement and I have been sooooo busy, but they are days filled with things I love to do rather than that work!
First I stripped off all the tattered fabric. This proved quite a chore and took several days. It was this block plus another where I had used the same fabric for a background.
With that done, the puppy is now naked, rather than tattered.
I pinned a piece of replacement fabric over the block and began clipping away the fabric I did not need, leaving enough to turn under the edge to do needle turn applique. Simple enough, right???? Wrong! This process proved to be something I hope never to have to do again.
Once the applique was done, I had to requilt the block as the newly appliquéd sections were not quilted. So I placed a pin in each corner of the block, carefully turned the quilt over and marked with blue tape the section the had to be re-quilted.
Easy Peazy, right? As a child, and as an adult, I could never color in the lines. Well, this also applies to doing free motion quilting following lines of a previous quilter.
I did my best though, and you know what "they" say, "If it looks good from a galloping horse....." So here is a picture of the finished repair from about 15 paces.
Looks pretty good, don't you think.....and that is as close as you are going to get to the quilting😉
Here is my grandson, Levi, holding his quilt that he has waited so patiently to receive back. He is usually galloping around himself, so doubt he will see I did not quilt in the lines.
I must share a valuable lesson I learned for all of you who quilt with a Janome that has the thread guide thing for large cones of thread. I always thought it had to be fully in the upright position to work right, but my spool of machine quilting thread kept flying off the spindle.
So I tried lowering the thread guide, and lo and behold, no more problems. Now who knew? Probably all of you out there, but I even checked the manual to see if this was in the instructions ( not that I had read the manual when I got the machine) and did not see it there. Maybe I should tell Janome of my discovery or if it is common knowledge, tell them to include it in the manual, that is if anyone takes the time to read it☺️
Thanks for stopping by,