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November 5, 2021
More Quilt Repair, and a Class Offer from From My Carolina Home

Well, I’ve been at it again. Between the Autumn Jubilee quilt along, sew along and stitch along, I have had three more repairs in the works. I’ve had to turn down two more as being just too much for me right now, and I got yet another inquiry this week. The last one was finished this past week, and was a bit more extensive than originally thought. The hole in the quilt you can see to the right of the green disintegrating patch has already had its backing appliqued on the back side before I loaded the quilt ...

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October 27, 2021
Three Quilts, Three Generations - The Story from Ann Quilts

I recently had the pleasure of repairing three heirloom quilts made by three generations of quilters. Two are heavy, wool and flannel crazy quilts, and the third is a cotton log cabin.  (You can read about the repairs at Three Quilts, Three Generations - The Repairs.)

Here's how the owner describes the quilts:



The “Greta” crazy quilt, with a date of 1948 sewn in white on a pink panel, is so named for the owner’s mother, whose name is stitched in cursive on another panel.  The quilt has many detailed and individualistic flourishes sewn between and on the panels ...

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Three Quilts, Three Generations - The Repairs from Ann Quilts

The family story of these three quilts is at Three Quilts, Three Generations - The Story.  Here, I will descirbe the repairs that I made to them.

The two crazy quilts were made primarily of wool and flannel fabrics.  One of the crazy quilts has an embroidered date and name, as well as more and more varied embroidered details.  The crazy quilts have some fabrics in common, so it's likely that they were both made around the same time.  The log cabin is cotton and significantly older. 

The repair techniques chosen for each quilt were chosen according to the kinds ...

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September 28, 2021
Preserving Our Quilt Legacy - Virtual Workshop - Starting soon! from Ann Quilts


Hey, hey - I'm starting to get the hang of this video promotion situation! My second video is up and running. It's a little "tour" of a great crazy quilt that I've been repairing. 

And this video is by way, of course, of reminding you that the start date for my quilt care and repair workshop is coming closer and closer. You can register for the whole workshop, or for selected alá carte items. Full details and registration info can be found on my website.
 
Bringing a damaged quilt back to life is such a satisfying endeavor. It ...

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September 9, 2021
Preserving Our Quilt Legacy - Virtual Workshop from Ann Quilts

What do these things have to do with taking care of vintage and antique quilts?
 
Two-step greens?

https://www.vecteezy.com/free-vector/tap-dance" Tap Dance Vectors by Vecteezy
 
Straw needles?

Insect pins?

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Come find out!  

I'm offering a virtual workshop this fall that covers quilt restoration, conservation, and preservation. 

There will be lectures, triage sessions for participants' quilts, how-to videos, samples of repair supplies, etc., etc.

You can attend the whole workshop - five Saturdays October 16 - November 13 - 3 hours per day.

Or you can attend selected lectures alá ...

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August 31, 2021
Preserving Our Quilt Legacy - Virtual Workshop from Ann Quilts

Might I suggest a new quilt adventure for your fall?  I am teaching an in-depth workshop focusing on repairing and caring for quilts.  Here's the scoop:

The workshop covers:
• restoration
• conservation
• preservation
• identification and dating
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• philosophies
• supplies
• techniques


We will start with the basic information in my book, Preserving Our Quilt Legacy, and explore the topics in more detail and with hands-on experience:
• lectures
• discussions
• "triage" sessions for students' quilts
• a library of how-to videos teaching stitches and repair processes
• specialty sessions (including how to run a quilt repair business and yoga for tired hands and shoulders)

Sewists, appraisers ...

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August 12, 2021
Quilt for an 1895 Wedding from Ann Quilts

I love a dated quilt.  I love a dated quilt with a family story (see full story below).  Combined together....well.... it's simply grand.

The fabrics have some preservation issues and staining throughout.  And at some point, a critter chewed a hole in the quilt and almost chewed a second.  The good part of that story is that the critter was polite enough to avoid chewing up any of the embroidered history.


#1


#2

I patched both places.  Here's one.

 

I patched the damaged black squares with an antique fabric (with white swirl print).  And I put on ...

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July 26, 2021
Announcing Well Loved Quilt Repair Program from From My Carolina Home

My new program Well Loved Quilt Repair is ready for presentation! The program is available for both Zoom and In Person presentations. I have pulled together my tips and tricks, and organized the program according to the types of repairs needed. The program is estimated to run just over an hour, with extra time for questions. I’ll show you how to repair anything from small tears and clean cuts…

to dog chewed areas…

and up to severe damage like this one.

This program adds to my offerings of programs now including Scrap Dancing for in-person and Zoom presentation, and ...

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July 25, 2021
Family Quilts: A Quilt from Every Generation for 150+ Years from Ann Quilts

A customer sent me a quilt for repair, and included photos of her collection of family quilts.  She gave me permission to share them with you here.  What a treat to have this many quilts passed down for so many generations!  And only one, the Grandmother's Flower Garden, was in need of repair.

The owner says:  

I have a quilt from every generation down through ones that my mother made for me and for her 9 grandchildren. My family tree goes back to the Mayflower as a direct descendant of John Alden and Priscilla Mullin; it also includes James ...

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July 12, 2021
A Couple of Short Updates from Ann Quilts

 

1.  The Current Quilt Repair Job
What better way to spend some summer days than mending a mostly wool and flannel crazy quilt?  Well...yeah...I know...  I took this in-progress photo just for fun, and have decided I really like the photo as its own little piece of abstract composition.   

The dark fabrics are wool, the check is cotton flannel, and the red and white leaves are a woven upholstery-weight fabric.  It had pulled out from under the binding and frayed.  I took the photo when I was in the midst of inserting a nicely matching piece of wool ...

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June 22, 2021
Broken Star....Mended from Ann Quilts


The color play on this quilt is spectacular!  

This turned patching some of the diamonds into one of those good news / bad news situations.  Good news: the quilt is gorgeous.  Bad news: it really, really needs the perfect patching fabrics so as to not detract from the wonderful color play.

There were just a few diamonds damaged.  So it could have been a relatively quick job, but it wasn't....

I had no problem with the pale yellow, the two pale pinks, or an aged white for the background.  Here's why.

A few years ago, a friend wrote that ...

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June 14, 2021
Green and Purple Quilt Repair from From My Carolina Home

I am doing a few more repairs now, and recently received this one. The main damage was from being folded in one spot for years. Several of the green squares had holes, and one of the purple sections had multiple areas of damage. The owner wanted to be able to use it again.

The client provided the fabric for repair, as I have found this is the best way for clients to be happy with the choices. I made three large patches for the purple and pinned them in place.

The patches were top stitched on the edges.

I did ...

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May 26, 2021
A Log Cabin Quilt with Mystery from Ann Quilts


I really fell in love with this "homey" log cabin.  It's such a cozy look - and feel, too, as the fabrics are well-loved and very soft.

Family history says it was made in Virginia for the owner's mother, at or shortly after her birth, so in 1920-22.  The fabrics support that oral history, and it's a lovely collection of fabrics from the 1920s.

The mystery is that the top row of blocks was cut off at some point, and then reattached.  You can see that the straight furrow design reverses at the top row.  The reattaching was ...

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A Sparkling Crazy Quilt - Part 2 from Ann Quilts


I've just received a wonderful story in my email.  It comes from a woman whose family quilt I've just repaired.  If anyone ever asks why history is important and fun and how quilts can be a part of history, here is the best answer!

Good morning.  Last evening my grand daughters, Desmin 7 and Cecilia 3 were over for dinner and we were sitting in the dining room. Desmin was facing the quilt and Cecilia with her back to the quilt. The girls are usually very observant and notice anything different in our house but had said nothing ...

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May 18, 2021
A Sparkling Crazy Quilt from Ann Quilts

 

This is a stand-out crazy quilt, isn't it?  

I generally think of Victorian crazies as having so many more blacks and maroons, browns and navies, with brighter fabrics and embroidery threads interspersed only now and then. 

So I looked back at photos of other crazies that have crossed my path, and well, was surprised to see how many are very colorful after all.  So what is it about this one that makes it feel so very different? 

This quilt is super joyful!  It is packed of a wide variety of embellishments, all heightened by beading and other creative and ...

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March 18, 2021
A Beauty of a Quilt from Ann Quilts

 Here's a gorgeous quilt.  It's as simple as that.

This quilt came to me for repair.  The quilt dates to c1850.  As old as it is, it is in nearly pristine condition, save for a place in the center where it got wet somehow with something.

Here's how fabric looks in an undamaged block.

You can see that whatever spilled on the quilt ate away at the brown fabric, and also carried some of the dye into the white background.  It's interesting (though sad, of course) to witness how the liquid ran along the fibers of ...

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February 5, 2021
Virtual Quilt Restoration Workshop - Update from Ann Quilts

Here's what my living room looks like when it turns into a video production studio!  

Martha and I are pleased that our February workshop is now full.

The good news is that you can still register for alá carte lectures and private sessions.

You can also add your name to the mailing list in case of cancellations, and to be notified of future workshops.  We are considering holding another in late spring.

Visit my website for full information on content, to register for alá carte items, or to add your name to our mailing list.



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January 22, 2021
Odds and Ends: All the Amazing Things I Forgot to Tell You This Week from Cheeky Cognoscenti

 Hello, my lovelies, and Happy Friday!  We made it to the end of another week!  Yay!

So, you know that drawer in your house, probably in your kitchen, that is full of random things that don't belong anywhere else?  That is your frame of reference for today's blog post.  I have a "junk drawer" full of loose ideas in my head that I meant to share with you in earlier posts.  For instance:

A Ball of Feed Sack String, Next to a Golf Ball

Feed Sack String!!!

In a recent post about a vintage quilt repair that I ...

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January 19, 2021
Learn to Repair Quilts! New Virtual Workshop from Ann Quilts

Hello!  Martha Spark and Ann Wasserman are hereby announcing our brand new Virtual Quilt Restoration Workshop!  

Dates:
February 20 - March 20, 2021
Five Saturdays, 3 hours per day  

 

Times:
Two sessions per day
North American time zones:
    10:00-11:30am and 12:30-2:00pm (Pacific)
    11:00am-12:30pm and 1:30-3:00pm (Mountain)
    noon-1:30pm and 2:30-4:00pm (Central)
    1:00-2:30pm and 3:30-5:00pm (Eastern)

 

Maximum class size: 15. You will get lots of individual attention! 

We will be teaching via Zoom. There will be both lectures and group discussion sessions.  

Topics will include:
-- Philosophies, techniques, and ...

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Well Loved Double Wedding Ring Repair from From My Carolina Home

I decided to suspend my quilt repair service for the time being, at least while this pandemic is escalating. The last quilt I accepted was from a local lady, and I got it from her in early December, letting her know it wouldn’t be done until January. So, I finished up the other customer projects, and some of my own, and was able to get it done this past week. When I began working on it, I was amazed at how well it was constructed. The maker put a layer of fabric between the top and the batting, so ...

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