Vintage Quilt Renovation & Repair

Vintage Quilt Renovation & Repairs

Please Note: I have been overwhelmed with requests for vintage quilt restoration recently.  In order to give each of the quilts I've already committed to working on the care and attention they deserve, I will not be accepting any additional quilts for repair for the remainder of 2021.  Please reach out to me after January, 2022.  Thank you!  

First, let me say that vintage repair work is time-consuming and tedious more than it is difficult.  If you can thread a needle and have done any sewing at all, you can probably give your vintage quilt the TLC it requires yourself.  I highly recommend Ann Wasserman's book Preserving Our Quilt Legacy: Giving Antique Quilts the Special Care They Deserve, available here on Amazon (affiliate link).  This book will walk you through evaluating your quilt to determine whether and how to safely clean it as well as step-by-step instructions for handling many different kinds of damage.  

If you're more comfortable hiring a profession, read on!  Quilts for restoration are accepted on a case-by-case basis once I've had the opportunity to evaluate your quilt in person, and as my schedule permits.  My repair and restoration labor is priced at $40/hr, per quote, and any time spent sourcing and aging fabrics needed for the repairs is billed at the same rate as stitching time.  Upon examining your quilt in person, I'll give you an estimate of the approximate time and cost involved in repairing your quilt.  Quilts requiring minimal repairs might take 3-5 hours, whereas more extensively damaged quilts requiring a great deal of hand sewing might require 10-15+ hours.  Typically, the vintage quilts I work on come in somewhere between $400-$800.  Clients should be aware that there are limits to what can be accomplished with a fragile, well-worn vintage repair.  The best candidates for repair are quilts that are in fair to good condition overall with damage limited to one or two areas.  When the majority of the fabrics in a quilt are so worn that they are thread bare and/or disintegrating, repairs become cost prohibitive and impractical. No amount of patching can make a fragile antique quilt "good as new" and sturdy enough for heavy daily use. 

This kind of work is a labor of love -- my love of antique and vintage quilt history, the love your grandma or great-grandma put into making this quilt for you long ago, and your desire to share that love with your children and grandchildren by restoring the quilt so it can continue to be used and enjoyed.  Email me with photos and dimensions of your quilt and I'll be glad to discuss some options with you.



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