I was given this #vintage #Sue Bonnet quilt from either
the 1930's to 1940's to make some repairs
to this old damaged quilt.
I thought I took a picture of the damaged quilt but
my files showed none. (This blog was posted and
some how deleted. I am rewriting and reposting.)
It's hard to tell but, a few of the dresses
on the Sue Bonnet quilt needed to be
replaced. Here's one damaged dress.
Before I attempted to work on this quilt I had
to find some matching fabric that would go
with the original pieces. I did find the bright
yellow one you see on the right. It actually was
a reproduction fabric from the 1940.
It was way to bright to use on the quilt so I
bleached the fabric. I would have liked the
fabric to remain yellow but the end result was great.
After preparing the fabric
I carefully removed the embroidery floss from
the dresses, the sleeves and on part of the bonnet
in order to replace it and create a new pattern.
The rest of the embroidery floss was
removed from the bonnet once I started sewing.
I traced the dress onto the fabric I
prepared. The original fabric had the seam
allowance folded under so I just added
1/4" seam allowance to each dress.
I had to reverse one of the pattern
pieces because Sue was facing the other way.
Here you see the dress pinned in place with
the seam allowance turned under 1/4".
I also pinned the sleeve in place.
I matched the color of the original embroidery floss used
and began to sew. In order to make it look right I did
remove the rest of the embroidery floss from the bonnet.
When it came to repairing the larger holes on this vintage quilt I simply took some cotton thread and stitched around the hole to prevent the hole from getting larger. The smaller holes were mended by hand with the same cotton thread to match the fabric.
Here's the end result and the quilt has been restored. Can you tell which ones were redone?
He Has Made Everything Beautiful In Its Time.