A Border Challenge.....Need Help Please?
I am preparing to quilt a 'vintage' quilt....not sure how old it is but probably about 50 years. It is a star pattern that is pieced similar to a Grandmother's Flower Garden. I added a border by measuring the center of the quilt first. I then added another smaller border the same way. Now, when I put the quilt into the LA machine, I realize there is a LOT of the first-placed border, and it is gathering up in a major way. I did a re-measure and it all computes number-wise, but the edges of the quilt s-t-r-e-t-c-h, obviously cut on the bias. So, what do I do now??? I don't mind ripping out and re-sewing, but the measurements are correct; how do I control the stretch? Bewildered.......and appreciate any suggestions.
Starch can be your friend...
If you stiffen the fabric it will help control the stretch; starch it, or apply school glue (washable), press when dry. You could then staystitch it if more control is needed--just sew a line of stitching about 1/8" from the edge (so it's invisible after seaming).
To get the stretched fabric back to shape wet it, let dry, then press, making sure not to stretch those bias areas. Be sure to take a before and after picture for later evidence of your efforts!