Honest to goodness! I can make the biggest messes. No kidding. Remember when I trimmed the sides of a quilt too close and had trouble stitching the binding on at the frame? If you weren’t reading my blog back then, yep… I really did that.
Sometimes, a quilt needs to be turned to be able to finish directional work. Because my machine only has a 9″ harp, I find that most of the borders I do need to be done on the horizontal plane instead of vertical.
“Bears in the Penthouse” is no exception. I finally finished all the quilting I could do with it loaded like it was so I took it off the frame to trim the sides to be the “new” top & bottom.
Are you afraid to ask? Yep….I trimmed one of the sides right down to the edge of the quilt!
I really need that part back that I just cut off! Since I can’t undo what I just did, I had to put on my thinking cap. Why not just sew a strip to that edge. OK…sounds good, except I want the top edge to lay flat instead of being folded into the seam allowance.
The piece I had cut off was just over 4″ so I cut two strips each 2- 1/8″ wide and sewed them together like I would sew binding strips.
Baste the strip to the BACK of the quilt….NOT the front. You don’t even have to press the seam because when you put it on the frame, the tension will make it lie flat.
Now I have a strip basted to the new top of the quilt which gives me room for my stitching. Notice how the edge of the quilt lays flat. That’s exactly what I needed! I can see the top edge of the “real” quilt and don’t have to worry about bumping into the seam allowance. When I’m finished, I’ll just take that basted strip off and put it into the strips box. (I really don’t have a strips box but it sounded good didn’t it?)
Now, maybe I can get this thing finished. My revised goal for this quilt is to get it off the frame and the binding stitched on tomorrow. 🙂 I’d like to have the binding finished and a label sewn on by Tuesday but we’ll see.