Back a week or so ago, I told you about this quilt here.
Because I was going to be in Melbourne last Thursday, Jan took it down to Stitching Hearts, and our friend Robin said she would quilt it for me on her long arm machine. All good so far. However, I had pieced the backing too short. What to do?
Thankfully, a week or so back I had read a post by Carole who blogs at From My Carolina Home. She has a great blog and I always love her posts, many of which are tutorials. She showed a method of fixing a quilt when the entire quilt is completed including the quilting and the binding in a post here. I am deeply indebted to Carole for her wonderful tutorial because I knew exactly what I was going to do to fix the problem.
Firstly I had to cut a strip of backing fabric 6" wide. Fortunately I had enough fabric to do this, but immediately, I made a boo boo. Its a directional fabric, and I made the first cut with the pattern going the wrong way. I could have left it, but I can't. I am just too much of a perfectionist.
The next problem was that the fabric was printed badly, with the pattern not straight. You can see the issue in the photo below.
|Printed pattern is not aligned on the grain|
|Pattern matched on the top edge|
|Pattern match at the bottom edge|
|Can you see the join?|
I suppose I could have just done a meander or tried to simply copy the pattern, but again, I'm not like that. I wanted it to be right and be an exact match.
To achieve that I used some waxed lunch paper which I laid down along the full length of the quilt over one of the pattern repeats on the quilted portion of the quilt. I then used a 4B pencil to trace the existing quilting onto the lunch wrap.
|Preparing to trace the quilting|
|Tracing the quilting|
Now you are ready to quilt.
|Pin the traced design in place|
|Remove tracing paper|
The next step is to bind it. I have machine sewn that on, and will complete the hand sewing over the next couple of nights.
I used waxed lunch paper as that is what I had. It is cheap as chips, comes wound in one long length on a roll, is very see through and comes away easily after stitching. You could use tracing paper if you have that.
You must use a very soft pencil to trace. The paper tears easily so a harder pencil will just make tears in the paper, and will not be visible.
Don't use ball point pens or permanent markers to trace as this could come through the paper and mark your quilt.
I found that my top thread shredded. I was using Rasant thread, which is a good quality thread, but not my favourite on my machine, and a metallic needle which I use for FMQ. I wondered if the shredding was caused by the friction of the needle and thread passing through the paper, and not a fault of the thread.
Take care with the paper as it tears while quilting. I found that my quilting foot caught on the torn bits, so that was an added complication.
I hope this has been helpful to someone, and will put this post into a pdf file and onto my tutorials page in due course.
Til next time.....Keep on stitching.