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Last month, I posted a picture of one of 11 blocks I'd bought at a flea market. None would lay flat since they all flared out, measuring over an inch longer at the outer edges than across the middle. I was looking for suggestions on how to make the blocks workable. I ended up carefully handwashing two of the blocks, unsewing them from the pieced (and very filthy) background, and hand appliqueing them to a new background. I'm not sure how large I'll want the final blocks to be, so I left lots of white space for now that I can trim down later. Two down, nine to go, plus one to sew from scratch. I'm glad I've been able to salvage the heart of the blocks and should end up with a nice lap or twin size quilt. Here is a "before" picture of one block and an "after" picture.

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Comment by LKC on September 27, 2011 at 4:10pm

 Does look wonderful.

It may be the best method for my mess. 

Comment by Jennie Steward on September 27, 2011 at 7:59am
I am very impressed with your work in restoring these blocks.  Great job!  You have a "star" quilt in your pictures that I fell in love with...it looks to be done in 30's fabrics.  Can you tell me about the pattern or book you used?
Comment by Lori on August 23, 2010 at 2:21pm
How awesome that you have taken the time to save these. It will be a wonderful quilt when you have finished.
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on August 23, 2010 at 6:23am
Looks like you have figured out an excellent solution to your dilemma.
Comment by Sheryl / MI on August 23, 2010 at 5:38am
Okay, now that is impressive!! You did a fantastic job of restoring those old blocks!
Comment by Carla on August 23, 2010 at 3:41am
Wow! What a geat way to salvage them! The after pic looks so much better, can't wait to see the finished quilt.
Comment by Gayle/La. on August 23, 2010 at 1:52am
Wonderful job!!!
Comment by Jennifer Evans on August 22, 2010 at 8:01pm
Wow! What a great way to rescue these! It looks so much better! I can't wait to see the finished quilt!
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on August 22, 2010 at 7:57pm
Wow, did that ever make a difference. They are gorgeous.
Comment by Janet S. - MO on August 22, 2010 at 7:53pm
Wow! What a difference.........well done! Anxious to see the blocks all put together!!

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