Well, my neighbor just brought over the quilt I made for her for repairs. She had this quilt on her sofa, unfortunately not out of reach of her kenneled dog who decided to have it for dinner. She was too upset to tell me about it for a year, during which time I used the leftover focus fabric for another quilt. During this year, she took out all the quilting on the right third of the quilt and removed the binding. I don't know at this time if that made it better or worse for repairs. I think I have enough scraps left over to make another log cabin and maybe do some repairs. I don't have large pieces of the focus fabric, but if I add some additional gold stripes, I may be able to get it to look pretty good. I have extra backing fabric too.
As sad as I feel about it, I'm looking at it as a challenge. She told me that if I decided to just cut off the damaged third, she'd understand. I don't plan on doing that unless I really screw up the repair. I actually think I may be able to get it looking pretty good. The quilting is another story. I don't know if my LAQer will be able to load the quilt without having any extra fabric along the edges. Maybe I could sew an extra strip along the edge and then remove it after it is quilted. I'll have to ask her about it.
If anyone has any advice, I'd be glad to hear it.