Grace has been nibbling my patchwork quilt.
I could replace the damaged patches but as there is only a small amount of damage on a few different patches I am going to add different sized patches over the holes. The first thing to do is measure the size of the holes.
I could have done a big patch to cover all the damage but decided to do it in two separate patches.
Cut a template out of card, making sure it is comfortably bigger than the damaged area.
It is best to use a similar type of fabric to the quilt. My quilt is made up of thin cotton patches so I am going to use a similar weight cotton. I am using a summer dress that is no longer wearable. Iron the fabric before drawing round the template with pencil (or taylor’s chalk if you have some).
This will give you a clear straight line to cut along.
When the patch is cut out line it up and carefully pin it on. Make sure that the pins are only going through the patch and the top layer of the quilt – not all the way through! Keep everything as flat as possible whilst pinning.
I have stitched my patch on with overcast stitch, with cotton thread, that I have gone back over in a zig-zag to prevent fraying. I used yellow thread to match the yellow in some of the other patches.
Next I will do my smaller patch in the same way.
For the smaller patch I have used similar weight cotton. This time from an old skirt.