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September 16, 2019
Dog Meets Quilt. Visible Mending to the Rescue! from Ann Quilts

I highlighted my first foray into the fun of visible mending just a few months ago.

Visible mending is all the rage these days in the reduce, reuse, and recycle community.  It's a way to mend clothes by adding stitching that adds to the fun of wearing them while keeping them out of the landfill for as long as possible.  It also helps the clothing tell the story of its long life and expresses the appreciation of the person or people who have worn it.

Here's visible mending of a quilt.  A repair student of mine had her ...

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August 30, 2019
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? It Was A Very Good Day! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Where did our week go? Seems like it was just Monday - but here it is, Friday, and you know what that means!  Time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  Are you ready?  I am - so let's go!


This afternoon I was despairing, trying to figure out what I had to whoop about this week - it's been a busy week working on one quilt that I'm not anywhere near ready to share pictures of, and that's about all I've done.  And I didn't have any time to work on a quick ...

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July 16, 2019
Quilts by Aunt Betty from Ann Quilts

I've recently had a lovely woman visit me with her collection of family quilts.  These two were made by her Aunt Betty.  The owner says she only met Aunt Betty a couple of times, but remembers her as a very happy women.  We both think that Betty's quilts display her spirit quite clearly!

This one is a basic LeMoyne Star block.  What I love about it is the happy mix of colors, and the way Aunt Betty played with color placement and combinations in a most enjoyable way.

Sometimes four of the star's points are more prominent ...

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June 26, 2019
In the Press from Ann Quilts

Thanks to Barbara Burnham for writing a kind and thorough review of my book on her blog, "Baltimore Garden Quilts".  There's not much pleasanter than a great and unexpected review!

Barbara shares stories and photos of some really beautiful quilts to illustrate the questions that can arise about how to care for them.  And she ends with this lovely sentiment:
I will highly recommend Ann’s book to everyone with a quilt! Give our quilts the special care they deserve, and help preserve them for the years (and generations) to come.

Lots more information about the book - ordering information ...

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June 24, 2019
Quilt Repair by Hand from From My Carolina Home

Recently I was contacted by a lady who needed a repair of her treasured vintage quilt.  This quilt was unusual in that most of it was in great shape, without any damage at all.  But a couple of the fabrics used in this hand pieced quilt were almost completely gone, leaving patches of exposed batting.   I asked her to take the quilt to her local shop to choose fabrics for patches before mailing it to me.

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She visited a quilt shop in her area and got excellent recommendations for fabrics to send with it.  The colors and values chosen were ...

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May 10, 2019
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Vintage Quilt Restoration is DONE! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Friday!  One of my favorite days of the week!  The weekend is starting, fun times with the grandkids are on the horizon, more time with my hubby - but I get to start it by whooping it up with you guys!  I hope you're ready to get started - let's go!


A while ago, my friend Shea asked if I could take a look at her grandmother's quilt and see if I could repair it.  I told her yes, and we set up a time to meet.  When she brought her quilt over, she told me how ...

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May 7, 2019
Make-A-List Monday - The End is In Sight! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Here we are at Monday again!  And May, to boot - how in the world did that happen?  My grandkids tell me they only have thirteen days of school left, but it only seems like a few months ago that they were starting the school year!  Oh well, there's always summer fun to look forward to, right?

Let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Definitely work on the vintage quilt!
I was SUCH a good quilter this week - I made some serious progress on this project!  Here's where I was at the beginning of ...

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April 15, 2019
Another Dog vs Quilt Repair from From My Carolina Home

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our furry friends can make a mess of a treasured quilt.  This one had been in a closet, but the dog found the door open one day, and began a chewing spree resulting in a lot of damage.  Add to that the wear and tear of a quilt over 60 years old, and it was next to ruin.  But, the quilt was precious, made by a grandmother in the 1950s.  The granddaughter was very upset to find it in this shape, and contacted me to see if it could be saved.  As I haven’t ...

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April 10, 2019
Garden Paths from Ann Quilts

Here's the quilt currently on my work table:

Quite honestly, Grandmother's Flower Garden is not one of my favorite patterns.  And I do get quite a few of them coming in for repair, so I spend quite a bit of time looking at them. 

If I ever make one, which is not at all likely, it'd be like this one.  I like the addition of the tiny diamond paths between the flowers.  These hexies are about 7/8" inch on a side, and the piecing and quilting are quite nicely done.

Also, I really love this particular ...

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April 5, 2019
Mission Impossible: 24 Blocks Completed -- Halfway There! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, you guys -- I just set a timer for 30 minutes because I don't want to fritter the day away writing a novel (again).  However, my mom and I reached my week's goal of finishing half of the blocks for Lars's Mission Impossible: Graduation 2019 quilt yesterday and I couldn't wait to show you how cool those blocks look up on my design wall:

24 Out of 48 -- We're Halfway There!
SQUEAL!!!!  I included the messy ironing board and step ladder in that photo as scale references, so you can appreciate the impact of those ...

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March 20, 2019
Booming! from Ann Quilts

My friend Julia of Basya Berkman Vintage (the person who supplies me with all the fun clothes needing creative repair solutions that you see in these posts) has told me that I need to do this bit of shameless self-promotion.  This is not in my nature.  At all.  But I am following Julia's advice.....

Firstly, my book has celebrated its first birthday.  And there is Big News here in the land of self-publishing:  My book is now on the shelves at both the museum shop of The National Museum of Quilts in Paducah, KY, and the shop at the ...

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March 1, 2019
Something(s) to Show For Myself: Geese Arcs, Vintage Quilt Repair, and Clam Shells from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello, my lovelies, and Happy Wednesday!  I've been "distracted" by work and a series of minor but mildly disabling medical maintenance over the past week or so, but I was finally able to get back to my projects a few days ago and have some progress to report.

Two Arcs Completed, Forty-Six Arcs to Go...
First and foremost, I have actually begun piecing my son Lars's Geese In Circles graduation quilt!  This needs to be completed, as in bound, labeled, and delivered to the church office, no later than May 26th.  I've paper pieced two of the ...

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February 25, 2019
Improved 9-Patch from Ann Quilts

I really enjoyed working on this quilt.  It's a kind of quilt that I have dubbed a "quilt-y quilt" - meaning it personifies what lots of folks think an old quilt ought to look like.  A traditional pattern, scrappy, cozy and bright.

The pattern is called Improved 9-Patch, and with all the curves and narrow points, probably not a beginner's quilt.  The stitching, both the piecing and the quilting, is very well done.

Well at any rate, when I first laid it out to study it and make an estimate, we became friends right away! On top of that ...

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February 15, 2019
Repair of an Extremely Damaged Quilt from From My Carolina Home

Last year, I repaired a Severely Damaged Quilt, showing the steps of that repair on the blog.  I thought that would be the most damaged quilt I would ever see, but I was wrong.  Get ready for a very picture heavy post!!  This one was my biggest challenge yet!

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Large holes were in several places that went all the way through the quilt.  The pink you see underneath the white fabric is actually the new fabric that will become a new backing.

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In places the backing was intact, but the top was just shredded and the batting was gone.

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Along ...

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February 12, 2019
Detour: Exploratory Vintage Quilt Surgery, Or What Have I Gotten Myself Into This Time? from Cheeky Cognoscenti

This quilt belongs to a friend of mine from church choir.  It was made by her grandmother, she has had it since before she was married, and it holds a lot of special memories.  She brought it to me for advice on how she could repair it herself, but I offered to do it for instead.  I knew this was going to be a can of worms and I didn't want to tell someone who is not a quilter how to take apart a treasured quilt that she might not be able to get back together again.

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February 10, 2019
The Melrose Quilt - Statistics and Stories from Ann Quilts


Now that all the excitement and preparations around the exhibit have come and gone, I'm publishing the compilations of statistics and stories I discovered about life in Melrose, MA, at the end of the 19th century.

A previous post describes the exhibit and events.  Links to many chapters chronicling the research process can be found below.  I hope you enjoy the saga as much as I enjoyed it!

Here are links to the data.  (Depending on your browser and browser settings, you may see the pages here or you may find them in your downloads.)

List of Names on ...

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January 29, 2019
Two Family Quilts from Ann Quilts

Here are two heirloom quilts that came to me in need of some TLC.


At some point, someone affixed typed labels that identify the quiltmakers and the quilts' histories.  This is what's called "provenance" in the antiques biz, and is always a good thing!

Quilt #1

This is a six-block quilt, with relatively large blocks and wide sashing.  The sashing is made of pink lozenges with white triangles and white cornerstones which together create stars.  There's a nice interplay between the large stars and the delicate embroidery. 

Mostly the quilt needed some stitching to support torn and weak ...

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January 22, 2019
Quilt Block Surgery: How To Change The Center Patch WITHOUT Taking the Block Apart. Also, I Just Remembered I Love Embroidery. from Cheeky Cognoscenti

You guys -- I am so excited about my Jingle BOM quilt right now that I'm GIDDY!  Thanks to all of you who reached out and shared your opinions about the crooked tree block and my idea about embroidering dates on the front of this quilt.  I especially liked the idea of putting my initials on the front of the quilt somewhere -- MONOGRAM!!  As for the tree -- ironically, it was Frog Quilter who said that I should leave the tree the way it is (rather than frog stitching it) because it "shows character and makes the quilt uniquely yours."  When ...

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January 20, 2019
Dog vs Quilt – Repairing the Damage from From My Carolina Home

Don’t you just love dogs?  They are bundles of furry love with doggie breath, and sometimes they like to chew on things.  Recently, I was contacted to repair a well-loved quilt that had seen its share of doggy attention.

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Two of the corners were chewed off completely.  This one was on one end.

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This was the opposite corner.

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The easiest thing to do was to simply cut off the most damaged area, as there wasn’t any of the original fabric to make new blocks.  Using a ruler and rotary cutter, I cut a straight line as close to ...

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January 6, 2019
Quilt Repair, Lights, and an Infinity Scarf from Fret Not Yourself

Happy New Year! Hopefully 2019 is a year of recovery and peace worldwide; a time for us to embrace the best of our beliefs in common humanity and kindness.

In addition to human grandchildren, I have two granddogs {GD1 and GD2.} GD1 has the charming habit of digging underwear out of the dirty laundry, draping it around his neck and prancing around the house whenever guests are present. {No photos of this; just take my word for it.}

GD2 has a very delicate constitution which somehow still allows him to eat aforementioned underwear, socks, and parts of quilts. The first ...

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