Since it was a wedding quilt, I agreed to help. The quilt was made with "not the best"quality fabric that was piling. That I couldn't fix. The tears I repaired or appliqued new fabric over then.
Because a polyester thread was used for the quilting, it had deteriorated. Most was broken and missing. So I hand quilted a lot of the quilt in the style it was originally done, 6 - 8 stitches to the inch. It was relaxing to quilt that way. I made sure to use good quality thread.
So I'm just about finished. It was a lot of work, but I'm sure Pat will be happy.
The moral of my story.... use the best quality material and thread you can afford. Hopefully your quilts will be loved and treasured as much as this one is! You want them to last for years to come.