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    I'm wondering if its possible to enlarge a quilt by adding another border, after the quilt is finished. I have a lap quilt that measures 36x42 and its just not big enough to suit me. I have been wondering if it might be possible to add a border or two (using Warm & Natural) if I'm careful and get it butted good and tight. Has anyone done this or any other method? Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks. Jan

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    I have a friend that is trying to figure out how to do that also...I will be interested in the responses. I have heard of people doing the Quilt as you Go method to enlarge but I have never seen a picture of their results.

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    Not too long ago I asked the same question. Here is the link

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-111488-1.htm

    June in Cincinnati

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    I'm actually just finishing up a quilt that I'm enlarging. I added four 9" borders so it fits the bed better. I did the quilt as you go method and I'm just finishing the hand sewing on the binding. I could take a pic if you want.

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    I would love to see a picture. I also have a quilt that would be a lot nicer if a bit bigger.
    Quote Originally Posted by NorBanaquilts
    I'm actually just finishing up a quilt that I'm enlarging. I added four 9" borders so it fits the bed better. I did the quilt as you go method and I'm just finishing the hand sewing on the binding. I could take a pic if you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jan
    I'm wondering if its possible to enlarge a quilt by adding another border, after the quilt is finished. I have a lap quilt that measures 36x42 and its just not big enough to suit me. I have been wondering if it might be possible to add a border or two (using Warm & Natural) if I'm careful and get it butted good and tight. Has anyone done this or any other method? Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks. Jan
    I have done that, just as you mentioned. I cut a piece of backing the same size as the border. Sewed it on with the backing right side to the back of the quilt and the border right side of the quilt front. In other words the quilt was sandwiched between the backing strip and the border. Using spray adhesive I inserted the batting and then quilted it. So two long sides and then the two short sides. Bind as usual.

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    I enlarged DGD's baby quilt a few years ago when she got older and needed it bigger, just made her a new one this year, that's what she wanted for her birthday, love those grands!!!!

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    I do this a lot with nursery quilts need to be made into big child quilts, etc. Just measure well and make your front and back, either pieced or not, the size that you want. As mentioned above, put right sides together, front and back and stitch, like you would if you were doing a strip of sashing, etc. Cut your new batting the size you need and whip stitch (or zig zag if using a flat batting) to the edge of previous quilt. Press top and bottom pieces out carefully (don't want to flatten your batting). Baste and quilt and bind as usual.

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    a timely question - I just completed a quilt that seems short & was thinking of attaching a bedskirt for extra drop length.
    The suggestions given here are helpful - thanks to all.

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    All of the above will certainly work. My technique is pretty simple, but labor intensive. It involves a lot of stitch picking. Hopefully, the original quilting was a large meander pattern!

    First thing that I do is examine the quilt to see where I can sew a stabilizing line...could be SID between the quilt body and the final border, or (if no border), create my own by running a fairly tight stitched line all the way around the quilt at approx. 4" from the edge. This line is to ensure that any stitching beyond the line won't pull out once I pick out the quilting between the line and the quilt edge.

    Remove binding and pick out original edge stabilizing stitches at the same time. Then, pick out the quilting all the way around, between the edge and the "new" stabilizing line I add in step 1, to give me a good 4" of working material.

    Once the 3 layers are free again, isolate each layer to add whatever you need (don't forget to make the batting and backing bigger than the top, just like when it was originally made). To add more batting, I simply use a fusible interfacing along the seam to join the 2 pieces.

    Then, re-load the entire quilt on the frame and quilt as normal.

    Again, labor intensive, but you'll never notice that it was done, once the quilt is finished.

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    You folks are wonderful! I'm sure I can do it now, due to your descriptions! ;o) But I do love those pix, if you want to post any! Thanks a bunch for all the suggestions and info. jan

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    [I have done that, just as you mentioned. I cut a piece of backing the same size as the border. Sewed it on with the backing right side to the back of the quilt and the border right side of the quilt front. In other words the quilt was sandwiched between the backing strip and the border. Using spray adhesive I inserted the batting and then quilted it. So two long sides and then the two short sides. Bind as usual.[/quote]

    I've got it! I wasn't thinking about adding the extension to the back at the same time as the new border, then inserting batting. Sounds so easy, thanks to your directions. Can't wait to try it. Thanks again. Jan

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    i love this topic. i have learned so much from y'all. thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    a timely question - I just completed a quilt that seems short & was thinking of attaching a bedskirt for extra drop length.
    The suggestions given here are helpful - thanks to all.
    I did that to a customer's quilt. It was hand quilted and too small for her bed. I can't remember exactly how I did it though. I also made her a bed skirt and pillow shams to go with it.
    Here is a photo of the completed project.

    completed after adding a ruffle on the quilt and with the bed shirt and shams
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    Depending on the quilt and the pattern, you could enlarge it using a quilt-as-you-go technique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Me...
    Depending on the quilt and the pattern, you could enlarge it using a quilt-as-you-go technique.
    Thanks for the pix. I like the ruffle idea, too.

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    I would use the quilt as you go method -

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    I had to do this to one of my quilts this spring. I added two more borders after it was quilted. I cut off the binding and then added the borders like Quilt as You Go, or flip and sew. I needed to make it a Cal Kin instead of queen. It worked out quite well and no-one knew the difference.

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    Great question!

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    My mom had made me a queen sized log cabin for my bed and then I got a king. So she added a couple of borders with batting and backing to fit my new bed. S yes it can be done. My quilt did not have binding, so I believe it was called the birthing method where you sew around and then turn right side out. We cut the edge open and added the new, just like it was part of the quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jan
    You folks are wonderful! I'm sure I can do it now, due to your descriptions! ;o) But I do love those pix, if you want to post any! Thanks a bunch for all the suggestions and info. jan
    OK, here's the one I enlarged for a client. His mom had made this rail fence years before, and he wanted it to fit his queen bed when she passed away. It's hand quilted. Please ignore the blue marker, I hadn't washed it yet
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    Sure, that will work. Just remove the binding and piece the new top border and backing on. Also whip stitch the edges of the batt together so they don't pull apart after quilting. Do the quilting and rebind.

    Sandy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jan
    Quote Originally Posted by Just Me...
    Depending on the quilt and the pattern, you could enlarge it using a quilt-as-you-go technique.
    Thanks for the pix. I like the ruffle idea, too.
    The third quilt I made had a ruffled skirt. It made the quilt too heavy to sleep under. But removing the quilt to go to bed wasn't something I wanted to do every night, and where do you put that pile of fluff? Keeping the skirts unwrinkled was impossible. I ended up giving it away to my sister, but she too wouldn't use it.

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    I took a wall hanging that no longer fit in the room's decor and enlarged it into a lap quilt for Hospice. I saw a video by Sharon Pedersen on THE QUILT SHOW. She sewed the "new back" and the "new front" onto the existing quilt (right sides together back to back, front to front). Then in the existing seam allowance she added the "new batting" by doing a serpentine stitch WITHIN the seam allowance - don't go too wide and go into your new seam. I've done it, it's easy, and it works well. Then, you can quilt your added portion, trim it, and bind. I oversized my added portions so I could trim them evenly afterwards for binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_MO
    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jan
    I'm wondering if its possible to enlarge a quilt by adding another border, after the quilt is finished. I have a lap quilt that measures 36x42 and its just not big enough to suit me. I have been wondering if it might be possible to add a border or two (using Warm & Natural) if I'm careful and get it butted good and tight. Has anyone done this or any other method? Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks. Jan
    I have done that, just as you mentioned. I cut a piece of backing the same size as the border. Sewed it on with the backing right side to the back of the quilt and the border right side of the quilt front. In other words the quilt was sandwiched between the backing strip and the border. Using spray adhesive I inserted the batting and then quilted it. So two long sides and then the two short sides. Bind as usual.
    This is how I do all my quilts....make the center 1st, sandwich and machine quilt, then add borders and quilt then bind.

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