Iris Quilt

When I was a little girl my mother started this quilt. It took her quite a few years to finish it, as she did all the applique and quilting by hand. It is (and was) much loved and used for a decade or two at least. I have not had it in use for several years now as the floss she used for the flowers is wearing thin. I’m afraid to wash it even for fear little pieces will come off and be forever lost in the plumbing somewhere.

So I began re-stitching it. It has been at least two years now since I’ve worked on it but I think about getting it out once in a while and resuming the process.

Here is an image of the quilt:

And here is a better picture of the damage, followed by a picture of some of the repair stitching.

Embroidery is not something I am proficient at but by the time I finish the last stem and flower and leaf I’m sure they will be looking much nicer than these first few! Part of the leaf issue with this example was that the seam allowance on the bit of fabric was pretty much frayed into oblivion. I had considered making new bits for damaged/missing motifs but decided against it. Matching the fabric for both color and “age” would have been a large task. In the instances where I have too little (or no) fabric to repair I will just fill in with some sort of stitch instead.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. BLD_in_MT
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 14:07:19

    That is an amazing piece of work there! Beautiful. And so very special since it was so lovingly handmade by your mother. I can certainly see why you’d be so concerned something might happen to it! Good luck as you continue on the long journey to mend it back to usable condition! I am sure it will be worth the time and energy.


  2. Deb
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 16:08:12

    Thank you for the kind words. It certainly is a special quilt. One of the things I love about my mother’s quilting is how she just does it the way she wants instead of sticking with the somewhat rigid structure that one can come across in the hand quilters guilds. It feels more “homey” I think! 🙂


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