|Really blurry shot! Sorry! I must've sneezed or something. LOL|
When I think of all the hours I put into this, not to mention the cost of the fabric, batting, and quilting it adds up to $550 (using minimum wage, no benefits) and I'm probably underestimating. So it is worth trying to salvage. Most of the quilt is in good shape; most of the damage is in the middle. For reference, it is a queen size quilt.
So far I have replaced eight or nine of the 3-1/2" background squares and I have removed four entire blocks. To do this, I have had to pick out all the quilting stitches one at a time, then pull out the seam stitching to remove the patches or blocks. I was SO lucky to find a yard and a half of the background fabric in my stash (LESSON: always buy more than you need, because you will never find it again); I could not find anything remotely similar in the fabric stores. I had to make four new blocks and they are fitting in just right. As you can see, the stars are made with navy/dark blue fabrics and I still had some of these left in my stash.
It's likely I will complete the job before the snow flies, but now my dilemma is this: should I give it back, in light of the abuse it has suffered?