When the dog eats the quilt, visible mending for the win!

April, grandson Jack’s dog, ate a hole in his bed quilt. Deep sigh. This is the dog-eaten hole. Notice the irregular stitches that I used to sew together the tears on either side of the hole.

Follow the progression of the fix in the following photos. It took about 2 hours plus a few miuntes to machine quilt over the patches.

I meant for the patch to blend but not be invisible and that worked. When Jack and I put the quilt on his bed, we almost couldn’t find the patch—but then we found it :-). Jack was as impressed as a nearly 15-year-old boy can be 🤣🤣🤣.

The moral of the story is not to put off this sort of mending. It goes fast and it’s very satisfying.

Wowie Zowie, from Piecing the POC Way, 2nd ed.— before April ate it.

13 thoughts on “When the dog eats the quilt, visible mending for the win!

  1. Becky, you are a miracle worker! Anyone would have to really search to even find that patch. And another thing, 😀, am in awe that you dug a French drain channel by yourself! When I needed one, a little man came with a machine! Wow..I do admire you ingenuity and muscles!!


  2. Wow! Nice patching. Thank you for sharing since I have a similar issue. Haven’t fixed the issue since I didn’t know what to do.

    And as someone else commented on your French drain, I also admire your garden work as well.


  3. I am so impressed!! There is a solution for everything that goes wrong.
    Years ago I had a quilt at my longarm quilter’s studio when I received a phone call from her. Halfway through quilting, she noticed that one of my blocks was turned the wrong way. I rushed over to see her and took the quilt home. After careful examination, I discovered a second block in the wrong position. Fortunately, I had made some extra blocks beforehand. I hand appliqued two of these blocks over the problem ones and returned my quilt to the studio for completion. Months later I entered this quilt into my guild’s annual quilt show and won an honorable mention ribbon! To this day, I cannot tell where the offending blocks were as it hangs proudly in my home.


  4. I used this same method last week. Only it was on a new quilt that I was in the process of finishing. Oy! But, quilts are, after all, PATCHwork. Are they not?


  5. Great idea, Becky. Thanks for sharing. I have a quilt that I made from old blocks (1880’s) that were given to me by my older sister. I made the quilt in the early 80’s and she had it until about 10 years ago when she gave it back to me. I had made pillow shams with the blocks as well. It has some holes in it from fabric deterioration and you have given me the impetus to get it out and mend it. Will let you know how it goes. Thanks again. Penny


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