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Oops, The Dog Ate My T-Shirt Quilt!

Parts of a quilt needing repair
Can you – or should you repair a quilt?

Can You Fix My Quilt?

Things happen.  Puppies are teething, and maybe they used your favorite tshirt quilt to chew on.  What we can do?

The quilt on the right was christened by our own Shiner  (a blue heeler) about 12 years ago.  He teethed in several places, but I already fixed the worst holes..  These that are left, just make me go awwwww.

 So, what happens when you have a quilt that is damaged?  Can we fix it?  Well, yes, pretty much anything can be fixed.  However, it might cost a bit.

The Repairs

tshirt quilt needing repair
Tshirt quilt that was made with fabric that disintegrated when laundered. Ut Oh….

Most companies  will say NO!!! we won’t fix that.  What we do is take the quilting stitches out (much easier when the quilting isn’t that ‘scribble’ quilting.…) ; replace the offending block (you might have to provide a new t-shirt) . We then reload the quilt on the quilting machine and quilt the new area.  This all takes time, and is not our most favorite task.  While we do not want to be in the business of repairing quilts, we will repair a t-shirt quilt that we made, and for a reasonable price.

Inside of a quilt
Inside of a quilt that we made. Batting is intact and easily used again

In these two photos, the dog didn’t eat it, but when the quilt was laundered the old blanket they used in two of the blocks disintegrated!  You can see inside the quilt, the stitching and needle holes from where we removed the quilting.  It is an easier job if the repairs are done on one of the side of the quilt, but in this case the blocks were on both sides of the quilt

After replacing the blanket squares, we added the new tees, then quilted it.    You couldn’t that tell we had done any repairs after we were finished.

Note: If the repair needs to be made in one of the borders or sashing, hopefully we will still have the fabrics in stock, buy can’t be guaranteed. Also, the number of times the quilt has been laundered may have caused fading in the fabrics, if not laundered properly. 

Hopefully, the love for your t-shirt quilt will be limited to snuggling and curling up in a chair!

T-Shirt Quilts of Texas is a full service professional business that can help you complete your quilt at most any stage. We also ‘fix’ quilts made by non-professionals. If you get started, and don’t feel you are going to be able to complete your quilt. Take pictures of your quilt in process, email it to us, and we can let you know if we can help you get it finished.

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