When I first started quilting in 1999 I made 5 quilts out of flannel scraps that my Grandmother had made flannel shirts and flannel pj's out of for her children & grandchildren. Each quilt is made of 6 inch squares. At that time I only knew how to tie quilts. As the flannel is old and brittle - some fabrics possibly 45+ years old, and my seam allowances were not yet accurate many pieces are coming apart or just plain shredding where they were once sewn together. Does anyone have any good ideas to repair these quilts before they get worse?
My Mom suggested zig zaging over to hold the pieces together however I know this is going to cause new brittle areas and create more shredding areas quite quickly.
I was thinking of slipping some heat and bond between the batting and fabric and ironing it back in place and then doing some sort of repair stitching. The batting is Warm & Natural so I wouldn't be worring about it melting.
Or, do I do some free motion quilting over the tops to keep them from ripping any further and otherwise leave them alone?
Any other ideas? Here is a link to the picture with 3 of the 5 quilts: http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/jenbuettn ... cffre2.jpg
My Quilts - http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/jenbuettner/my_photos
2007 Challenge: 6/52 Quilt tops for Project Linus. 14/144 Pillow Cases for Soldiers.