Case in point:
The Sunday Morning quilt top laying on top of batting and backing. Before making the backing I measured the top at 67 1/2" x 90". I spent nearly a week making a scrappy back that measures 76" x 98", or a little more. (I didn't think I needed to be too careful about the outside edges of the back being even so some sections extend wider.)
I finished the back today, pleased to have batting on hand, pleased that I could get on with the layering, basting, and finally the quilting, which is what I really want to be doing.
I pinned the back to the floor. I layered the batting on top. I carefully laid the quilt on top. What? How could the back not have 4" all the way around? I measured the top again only to find that the real measurement is 74 1/2" x 90". Disappointment set it. I am so sad.
As I see it, I have three choices:
- Take off the top two layers. Take out the pins in the back. And add a strip of fabric along the width of the back. (I have no interest in doing this. I'm tired of working on the back of this quilt.) Or,
- Remove one block along the width of the quilt top, thereby making it 67" wide. Are the proportions out of whack for a quilt to measure 67" x 90"? Or,
- Quilt it as it is and try not to let the top shift (and add fabric to the back if/when I find it needs it.)
One more quilting lesson -- learned the hard way.