This is a little shag rug that my grandmother had made. I have had it for many years since she died in 1988. The back is burlap and it had ripped. I was not willing to give it up. I needed a sturdy piece of fabric to reinforce it.
As they say, there is lid for every pot. This rather ugly, but extremely sturdy fabric my friend Patti gave me a while ago that she picked up in a give away pile, was perfect.
Since I had my Bernina set up to finish the landscape quilt, I pulled out this old White sewing machine to finish the rug. My mom gave me this sewing machine a few years ago for just this situation when I have my other machine set up for a specific project. It was also my grandmother’s so it really brought back memories.
I finished the rug-although I was reminded several times why I bought the Bernina while working with this machine. Since it had been too fragile to wash before, I had rug washing day and washed all of my handmade rugs.
As you can see, my next mending job may be this hand-woven rug I made in college. Not quite as ancient as the shag rug from my grandmother, it is still older than my fifteen year old son.
On another note, I have been steadily working on a denim leader ender:
It went together almost without effort when I was putting the landscape quilt together. I already have some polar fleece for the back.