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Thread: Has anyone added on to an all ready quilted quilt?

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    Junior Member Whitney60's Avatar
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    When I brought my quilt home from the quilter and threw it on the bed I realized I should have made it wider so it would hang over the mattace. It's a scrapy quilt. The border has a 2 inch black border and a 2 inch green border with circle quilting to finish it off. It's plenty long, just narrow. There is at least a quarter inch between the circle quilting and the edge of the fabric. Is it possible to attach another border to make it wider? I was thinking of attaching a "piano key" border of a couple colors that are in the quilt, then machine stitch an "X" over each color.. Of course I have to do the back side too. I really don't want to take it back to my quilter...I'm too embrassed.. You quilter's out there always have great ideas. Or maybe I should be happy with the way it is and leave well enough alone. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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    I was wondering the same thing! I made my husband a quilt for Christmas and it is just not big enough. I will watch this topic.

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    If you have ever seen the Cotton Theory technique that might work here. I think you can find videos on youtube.

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    I don't know why you couldn't add more borders on it to make it bigger as long as you have at least 1/4" for the seam allowance. You'd be doing QAYG! Please post pics of your quilt so that we can see it.

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    I did this years ago. My quilt was hand quilted and when I washed it, it shrunk so much that I added 4 inches on each side.
    I had the binding on and just attached a sandwich (fabric~battting~fabric) putting it on like a 4" binding.
    It lasted many years, I had to hand quilt the large binding.
    I used the same fabric as the outter border so it all worked.
    Maybe, if you have to add 4" all around you could take 8" of fabric, fold in half put in the batting between the layers.

    Just do some simple quilting, such as cross hatching.

    the raw edge, that would hook up to the quilt, fold over and make it like your normal binding.

    this may work!
    Enjoy.
    Sue

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    I did add to a quilt once. the woman who asked me this had sent it out to be quilted and somehow, a border that should have been attached was not...so, I took off the binding, added a border that I had already quilting, sewed together with a 1/4" seam on the front, sewed the back side down by hand like you would do with quilting in pieces then re-bound it. When it was done, no one could tell that it had been "altered" so to speak. it's a pain but if it makes you the quilt you want, then the pain is well worth the effort.

    Laurie

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    Take the binding off, put your backing face up, your guilt face up, and your border face down on the sides. Pin, sew 1/4". Pull the backing and border into place then press. Flip the border back over your quilt and lay your batting in, pull the border back in place and quilt. You can either do both sides then the top and bottom or just work your way around the quilt.

    I've quilted whole quilts one strip at a time this way.

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    I agree with Suezquilts. That would work.

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    Yes, I did it once. I made a very elaborate quilt for my parents...it has over 26 blocks of embroidered Hummel designs. Before I could finish it they sold their queen size bed and bought a king! Here is what I did and it worked well.

    I removed the binding from the side and bottom of the quilt. I made an 18" drop out of solid fabric, for each side...I made each piece just like a quilt, batting, backing and FM quilted it on my domestic machine, the sides of each piece and the bottom were enclosed, the top, that attached to the quilt body were open. I then serged, with a 4-thread wide stitch, these pieces to the sides and bottom of the quilt. It worked fantastically, that was 7 years ago, the quilt has since passed to my daughter and is still in find condition. I will post a picture but I do not think it shows the edges I attached.
    Michelle G. in El Paso

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    I'm feeling much better.. There is hope for me.. Thank you sooo much. I'll get before and after pics..This was my fist attempt of posting a question.. will be a first posting a quilt. Be patient... Rome wasn't built in a day..but I'll get there. Thank you! Donna

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