Tuesday, April 23, 2013
What Can I Do?
When we took my dad back home last week after his visit to the ophthalmologist, he asked if I’d like one of the quilts my mom made. I said “yes” so fast, I swore it made his head spin. I have a quilt that my paternal grandmother made and several that my MIL made … and now I finally have a quilt that my mom made.
We looked at the quilts, and I chose the appliqued butterfly quilt. He said that it was his favorite, and while I’m not a fan of those old appliqued quilts, my mom liked them … and they remind me of her. So choosing this one was kind of like getting the best of both of my parents.
I didn’t open up the quilt before choosing it, but I did notice a little fraying of the outer border … I thought it would be easy enough to add binding that would cover the fraying.
Unfortunately, I opened the quilt up when I got home … and noticed that the fraying is more extensive than I originally thought. There’s fraying in the top row of blocks, too (that darker gray is actually the batting showing through).
My first thought was “what in the world can I do???” But after some thought, it appears that my two choices are to keep the quilt as is or to remove the top row of blocks and then re-bind the quilt. Neither choice is a perfect one, and while removing the top row of blocks and re-binding the quilt won’t restore it to usable or even display condition, it will at least get it close enough so I (and eventually DD) can cherish this memento of my mom. So that is what I think I will do.