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Some quilts need a little "face lift" as they get older to help keep them going strong for many years. Others need immediate repair because of the age-old excuse, "my dog ate it". Whatever your quilt needs can be found at Quilted Lovelies. Below is a portfolio of restorations, transformations and repairs. Contact us for a quote if your quilt requires a little (or a lot!) assistance.

Quilting and binding services are also available.

Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt
Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt
Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt
Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt

My grandmother made Flower Garden quilts for all her children when they were newly married. Each hexagon was hand cut, and no two flowers were the same. She used up every piece of scrap fabric she could find, and some of the neighbors' too. Grandmother even made flowers from my grandpa's old boxer shorts! This quilt belongs to my aunt whose is a master quilter herself, and was made before I was born. No pressure to get it perfect or anything!

Damaged flower above. Hand appliqued a new flower over it to keep the old one from further damage. Twelve of the 72 flowers needed to be replaced.

Kansas Sunflower Quilt
Kansas Sunflower Quilt
Kanas Sunflower Quilt
Kanas Sunflower Quilt
Kanas Sunflower Quilt

The 1940s Kansas Sunflower quilt was almost 70 years old and in near-perfect condition. Only a couple of flowers were in need of new petals, and the quilt needed a bath.

Flowers before and after. I replaced the black petals with a 1920s reproduction fabric. Last picture is the entire quilt.

Butterfly quilt before
Butterfly quilt after
Butterfly quilt before
Butterfly quilt after

This pretty 1940s 12 patch butterfly quilt was showing its age terribly. There were holes in places that were from wear, plus rips and open seams. The biggest problem though was that the batting had separated, forming lumps and flat patches. The entire quilt had to come apart, the batting replaced and the quilt restitched by hand. In some places, the fabric had worn away so much that it couldn't be sewn together and had to be patched. 

The new and improved Butterfly Quilt after being cleaned, receiving new batting and being re-quilted, above right.

Grandmother's Flower Garden before
Grandmother's Flower Garden after
Bow Tie Quilt before
Bow Tie Quilt after

Destroyin' Norman, the Labrador Retriever is one lucky dog. When his owner brought me the product of his labor, I wasn't sure I could put Humpty Dumpty together again. The Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt was over 70 years old and fragile. Now a dog had taken a big bite out of it. How is one supposed to age gracefully with a chunk missing?

This is a bow tie quilt that Norman also found irresistible. I didn't have a stripe that looked good with the original fabric, so the client decided that contrast was the order of the day and chose a polka dot. The back had to be replaced too.

Redwork Quilt as bedspread
Redwork Quilt as a wall hanging
Redwork Quilt before repair
Redwork Quilt after repair

The 1907 redwork quilt was a highlight for me because it was an opportunity to turn a plus 100 year old redwork coverlet into a quilt. The coverlet had been in storage for many years, and the owner wanted to display it as deserving of a cherished family heirloom. It had been in her family since its creation, a wedding present from many friends and family members. Each contributor embroidered a muslin square with a picture (usually domestically oriented), the date, the needlewoman's name, and the town where she resided. Later, a ruffle was added to turn the coverlet into a bedspread. The coverlet's third incarnation would be as a quilted wall hanging. A lot of the fabric was disintegrating at the needle holes, plus some embroidery had come apart. It was so cool to figure out how the decorative stitches were sewn in order to duplicate them. Cooler still to know that I was the first person in a hundred years to sew on that fabric, and follow another woman's needlework from over a century ago.

Herringbone stitches between squares coming unraveled, then repaired. I had to sew the stitches exactly as they had been sewn, even if that meant sewing them crooked.

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