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Thread: construction question

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    Super Member Lucky Patsy's's Avatar
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    I am putting a storm at sea border around a panel to create a wallhanging. Unfortunately I cut the panel to the theoretical size, and now that I have completed my units and sewn them together, I find my panel is a quarter inch too small. Okay, lesson learned. If I ever do this again I will wait to cut my panel until I have created the border first, but in the meantime my panel is too small. How should I handle this? Can I just try to stretch the material over a distance of 21 inches, or will that make it look ruffled? Should I try to make my seams larger on the border portion and risk lopping of my points? Thanks in advance for any advice!

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    Is it possible to cut the panel down a bit more, and add a plain border before the pieced one?

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    Wow! My little boo-boo doesn't see so bad now. I'll be watching to see how this is handled. Ya' learn something on here ever day!

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    Can you take in the seams slightly on your border pieces? maybe a threads width here and there will make up the difference without losing your points?

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    Another thought is to use Sharon Schambers starch method of enlarging/reducing blocks... it should work for the border pieces too :wink:

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    I would add a flange and leave a good half inch seam allowance on it. A flange is just a strip folded in half and inserted into the seam. It'll be loose over the panel instead of stitched down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dungeonquilter
    Is it possible to cut the panel down a bit more, and add a plain border before the pieced one?
    I would do this. Just make the plain border thin and it should look fine.

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    I made my seams a shade wider in the storm at sea border, and made the seam allowance of my panel a shade smaller, and it looks to be working out, although I haven't sewn the two rows together yet. Thanks for the advice!

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    can you add more storm at sea blks so you will get a measurement you can add to your border to make them both fit? an inner border works wonders in this type of problem.

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