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Friday, March 27, 2009

Set aside for awhile.... and still a puzzler

This top was brought to me back last fall. It was in pieces. The star points were already made by hand. All I was to do was set it with the corners and side triangles and quilt it. When I put it on the machine the fullness was way, way, way too much to quilt out. Almost a full star point fullness. In other words I could fold up one complete star point before it actually was straight on the machine. The owner agreed to let me set it aside until spring. Spring is here and now it's time to get this one done. Done is good.

This one has me really stumped as to how to quilt it. It looks pretty good just laying on the table. The fullness is not too noticeable.

This is one corner where I have pulled it into straight. That's about a 8 inch fold.

This is the opposite side with it pulled into straight. Another 8 inch fold.

The main problem seems to be in the center and not around the outside. I'm not getting paid to take the whole thing apart, re cut the pieces, piece it all over again, and then quilt it too. Besides, it was made by the owner's mother who has passed away. This is the last quilt she was working on when she passed. If I remake the top it will not be her work, it will be mine. I have to keep her work for the memories. There isn't anymore fabric either.
I'm wondering if I can take the stitching out of the center pieces to relieve the tightness and maybe make a new center? I can do that much if it would work. I have a small piece of fabric in my stash that closely matches the corner fabric that I could use to make a new center. Anyone have any suggestions?


kathi said...

Oh my.... In all honesty, I have not a clue what to do with that quilt. Glad YOU are the expert, and you have it to deal with the poor thing. Yes, it needs to remain the mother's work. Ohh myy. Sending good quilt thoughts to you on this one. the best I can do.

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

You know, that star center should have quite a bit of stretch to it. Could you just try putting it on the machine & roll it up to see what happens? It'd be a pain & might not work, but then again it might. I'd probably warn the customer too that it might not lay flat & square but she probably won't care since it seems to have quite a bit of sentimental value. Probably won't quilt up to your standards but the customer might be OK with it just to have it finished.

Anonymous said...

Actually, if it were mine, I wouldn't quilt it. I would just back it to protect the edges and the seams. The piece is so fluid and precious. Given the shape it is in it can never be hung without stressing the seams. With a backing it could be displayed on a bed and loved.