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    Extending a quilt

    Looking for ideas. I have a finished (quilted) square quilt that is perfect for the guest bed. The side to side length is fine. I would like to extend the length of this quilt by about 6 inches so it covers the mattress and has enough at the foot of the bed. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    Is it a quilt that you could just add a row of blocks to lengthen? Strips across the top and bottom that work with the colors is another choice. You could do borders narrow on the sides and wide on the ends.

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    I tried extending the width and length of a quilt without good results. The quilt was birthed, so there wasn't a binding to remove and easily extend the quilt, I just sewed it on the outside of the quilt. I ended up taking off the extension and using them to make a new quilt. If I had to do it again, I would rip out the envelope (edge) seam(s) and add more blocks or borders, zigzag or loosely whipstitch additional batting to the existing batting, and add borders on the back, too. I'm sure it can be done. I just didn't do it right.

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    If the quilt is square, put it on the di-angle on the bed, it will look cute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jbug View Post
    Is it a quilt that you could just add a row of blocks to lengthen? Strips across the top and bottom that work with the colors is another choice. You could do borders narrow on the sides and wide on the ends.
    It is already quilted and bound. I might be able to add a quilted strip at the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charsuewilson View Post
    I tried extending the width and length of a quilt without good results. The quilt was birthed, so there wasn't a binding to remove and easily extend the quilt, I just sewed it on the outside of the quilt. I ended up taking off the extension and using them to make a new quilt. If I had to do it again, I would rip out the envelope (edge) seam(s) and add more blocks or borders, zigzag or loosely whipstitch additional batting to the existing batting, and add borders on the back, too. I'm sure it can be done. I just didn't do it right.
    I actually have another quilt without binding yet that I'm going to add to. Thanks. BTW, what is a 'quilt that is birthed'????

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterCDN View Post
    If the quilt is square, put it on the di-angle on the bed, it will look cute.
    I'm on my way to give it a try!

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    >>what is a 'quilt that is birthed'????<<
    It's one that's made and sewed like a pillow, or right sides together, batting on one wrong side, sewn together (except for the small opening to turn it), turned right side out and the small open edge finished. AKA envelope quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charsuewilson View Post
    >>what is a 'quilt that is birthed'????<<
    It's one that's made and sewed like a pillow, or right sides together, batting on one wrong side, sewn together (except for the small opening to turn it), turned right side out and the small open edge finished. AKA envelope quilt.

    Ohhhh. Thanks

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    birthed quilts are usually tied. you could add a row of blocks and put that area under the pillows (which you made matching shams for). good luck. have fun. diagonal quilts look good on the bed too though.

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    I had a quilt that was a few inches too short on the sides (customer didn't take into account the puffiness of new mattress when she measured) and added a 6" ruffle on 3 sides. I made the ruffle and then sewed right to the binding. The width issues all fixed and the customer loved it....said she liked it better with a ruffle....LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    birthed quilts are usually tied. you could add a row of blocks and put that area under the pillows (which you made matching shams for). good luck. have fun. diagonal quilts look good on the bed too though.

    I do have shams

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    Add a border to the bottom and top of the quilt.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pam1210 View Post
    Looking for ideas. I have a finished (quilted) square quilt that is perfect for the guest bed. The side to side length is fine. I would like to extend the length of this quilt by about 6 inches so it covers the mattress and has enough at the foot of the bed. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    You could make flying geese border with left over fabric scraps and by adding 3" to top and bottom you will have a balanced 6".

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    The ruffle was a great fix!

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    Have enough scraps for flying geese. Love all the great ideas!!!!

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