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For example, you may be able to cut off a row of blocks from the top or bottom, or you may make two corner cuts to make a four poster style quilt.
You will, of course, have to rebind the quilt to disguise the part that you cut off.
Document all the work you did to it, too, and any other information you feel is pertinent. If you want to include more information on paper - a genealogy, for example - make a pocket out of the label so the history will always be with the quilt.
To make a fabric label, iron a piece of high thread count muslin to an 8 X 11 piece of freezer paper.
Print it on a piece of transfer fabric paper like Printed Treasures or fabric treated with Bubble Jet Set and ironed to freezer paper.
Try to match the missing piece in value and hue, not necessarily the print. It's also possible to cover badly frayed fabric with a sheer mesh.
Disguise the repair by placing the edges of the patch next to the seam lines of adjacent blocks. Bridal illusion (tulle) or chiffon is an inexpensive alternative to the silk crepeline, or Stabiltex (Terelene/Tetex) used by professional restorers.
If you don’t know one end of a needle from another, though, contact a local quilting guild or fabric shop.
They may know someone who is willing to work on old quilts.
Roll this through your typewriter and type on it, or type it on the computer and use your ink jet printer to print it out.