Friday, November 4, 2016

Another Sue To Restore.

 I was very lucky to be gifted this cot/doll sized Sunbonnet Sue quilt by someone who knows I love to repair vintage and antique quilts. It's from the 1940s and had been finished as a quilt by turning the backing over to the front. It's been sued and really is a utility quilt which must have been well loved in its day. There was quilting around each of the figures and outlining the sashing, with a flannel batting.
 The button hole stitching on the two centre blocks had worn away and there wasn't a lot of stitching keeping them in place. The button hole stitching was replaced on this block and the next one shown.

 The button hole stitching was intact on the rest of the blocks but had stretched out of shape so I stitched it back into position using thread and working from the back after I took the quilt apart.
 The quilt had sashing between all the blocks and around the outside with the exception of the top of the quilt where the backing had been stitched down over some of the applique. The sashing and blocks varied somewhat in size and I recut them and removed a rust section on one of the sashing pieces.

 I didn't have enough fabric to make complete sashings for all of the top so I cut the sashing in half lengthwise for the top and bottom sashing.

You can see the finished blocks I've repaired here. It's ready for quilting and now I just have to decided whether to hand or machine quilt it. I have decided to use plain white homespun for the backing and save the vintage yellow fabric for more repairs on other quilts. If the fabric is fragile I often machine quilt so I don't add stress to the fabric.
 It's been a fun little project to bring her back to life.
Many thanks for your kind comments on my last post. Jo, I am giving it some more thought as to whether or not to remove the fabric with stains. The pieces all need to be restitched by hand so I will be removing them anyway but will give some thought as to whether or not to keep their history.
Hugs, Jan Mac


Melody said...

So wonderful to see an old quilt come back to did a great job

Linda said...

You must have a lot of patience as well as expertise to attempt this project. I wouldn't know where to start!

Maria said...

You did a fabulous job of restoring the lovely Vintage Sun Bonnet Sue..

Jo said...

It is good to see the work you have done. You are amazing with the time you are putting in to it. Well done...

marijke Kleefman-Sandee said...

You did a great job Jan to restore this quilt .love it .