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    Quote Originally Posted by june6995
    A friend asked for help. She does hand quilting and assembled some embroidered blocks into a quilt as per customer's request. Did the hand quilting and bound the quilt. The customer was thrilled.....until she put it on the Queen size bed.
    It did not fit! She wants 8 inches added to each side.

    How would you solve this problem? Would the strip added to each side have to be 3 layers? and quilted. Would you remove the binding? or would you find another way to attach it to the quilt. The owner is buying fabric to make the extensions.

    My solution was to tell the customer to make a dust ruffle to tuck between the mattress and box springs. Perhaps there is another solution.

    Ok, let's hear your solution to this problem.

    June in Cincinnati
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    I just made a pinwheel quilt for my daughter's MIL (also my good friend). She saw the quilt top and said how big it looked, that she didn't want it down to the floor. Later she told me the bed was a full size. So I took a row off the side and shortened it. Added borders, quilted it, took it to her, laid it on the bed and it is too narrow. Barely hangs over the edge. She said maybe I could add on to it. I told her, "Live with it. It ain't getting enlarged". Turned out the bed IS queen size. Oh well, live and learn. I told her to put it under her other blanket.

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    I refuse to make quilts too big to launder. And sweetly explain this concept to folks who don't know the difference between a quilt and a bedspread. The biggest I will make is 100 inches square.

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    Sometimes we do not get good information from the people we work for. Knowing the measurements of the bed would be helpful...as well as how much "drop" there needs be to be make the finished product pleasing to the eye.

    I make quilts for charities, so I do not make them to fit certain bed sizes. They are often made from donated fabric/scraps so they become whatever size they are purely because I run out of blocks. I do add borders to enlarge them to make something more than a lap quilt or wall hanging size, which I think would be useless to someone wanting to keep warm.

    Joyce has years of experience doing hand quilting, but also will stitch for her customers. Hand quilting is "premier" for a quilt to be kept in the family and passed down to future generations.

    Mine are quilts for comfort...and there is a world of difference as those of you who quilt for charity will readily agree.

    Thanks for your helpful answers. Keep your ideas coming.

    June / for Joyce in Missouri

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    Quote Originally Posted by noveltyjunkie
    Use it on a smaller bed!
    lol This is what I would do too. Then make a bigger one.

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    She could buy a nice solid color, lightweight bedspread and lay the quilt on top of the bedspread. Would be a nice back drop for your finished, repeat, finished work of art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by june6995
    A friend asked for help. She does hand quilting and assembled some embroidered blocks into a quilt as per customer's request. Did the hand quilting and bound the quilt. The customer was thrilled.....until she put it on the Queen size bed.
    It did not fit! She wants 8 inches added to each side.

    How would you solve this problem? Would the strip added to each side have to be 3 layers? and quilted. Would you remove the binding? or would you find another way to attach it to the quilt. The owner is buying fabric to make the extensions.


    I had made a quilt which I used on a twin bed. In the move, I went to a full size. The quilt fit to a point. It was a bit too narrow. I added pre-made eyelet ruffling to 3 sides, which made it just the right size. The ruffle went well with the quilt pattern. Just a suggestion. Marge L.

    My solution was to tell the customer to make a dust ruffle to tuck between the mattress and box springs. Perhaps there is another solution.

    Ok, let's hear your solution to this problem.

    June in Cincinnati
    for Joyce in Missouri

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    I agree with everyone here, customer should have made her instructions clearer. It seems to me that she doesn't have a clue has to how much work this is, and it may not look good on the quilt after it's done.

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    I enlarged a finished quilt and it wasn't that difficult. It was long enough, just needed more width. I made a strip for each side, sandwiched and quilted the size necessary. I didn't piece the addition, because the fabric lent itself to my using a strip the width and length needed. I didn't remove the binding, but sewed the strips by stitching on the binding seam. It makes a little added interest to have that line of binding. I am very pleased with the result and it was easier than I thought it would be. Hope I have explained this well enough. (Is it clear as mud?)

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    The sa,e thing happened to me---I did take the biding off, added 8 inches all around ahd hand sewed the extra batting strips on. Now my DIL has decided she wants vines added to the extensions so I'm appliqueing those before I sew the extra pieces on.
    Good luck, Kutnso

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdcakm
    lots of work, but you could........ remove the binding and use quilt as you go technique to add a border.
    That's exactly what I was going to say.

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    I added a lacy ruffle on three sides and it beautiful.
    Naincie/Wyoming

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_MO
    I had the same situation with a customer order. I did add a border for her, but it was almost as much work as making the original quilt. An earlier time the same customer wanted a ruffle added to a finished quilt. I did that, but don't recommend that .
    Unless the work size was your fault, I would tell a bed skirt is the only option.
    I hope you were paid well for the extra work, otherwise you are a saint & a wonderful friend. :-D :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kutnso
    The sa,e thing happened to me---I did take the biding off, added 8 inches all around ahd hand sewed the extra batting strips on. Now my DIL has decided she wants vines added to the extensions so I'm appliqueing those before I sew the extra pieces on.
    Good luck, Kutnso
    Wellll ----- they can never call you the "WICKED" MIL :-D :-D :-D

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    I don't like dust ruffles so I would take the binding off and had some borders.

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    Warning, I am new to posting,
    My answer to a short quilt is to make a pillow cover.
    I make mine 24" by how ever long it needs to be..You can make yours any size you want. It makes it easy to make your bed, you can get rid of all those extra pillows that wind up on the floor. You just move the pillow cover to the end of the bed. And the bolster covers are only good for one thing.
    This also saves money$, if you put a sleeve on the back you can also use it for a valance for window or shower curtain. you can even use it for a table runner!
    You can incorporate the quilt blocks, add applique, beading or you can just use the quilting pattern.
    The french have a very elegant word for this but I don't remember what it is. My GGM had a very old one when i was young, that I wish I had today. Monia

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    Quote Originally Posted by flawhoopi
    Warning, I am new to posting,
    My answer to a short quilt is to make a pillow cover.
    I make mine 24" by how ever long it needs to be..You can make yours any size you want. It makes it easy to make your bed, you can get rid of all those extra pillows that wind up on the floor. You just move the pillow cover to the end of the bed. And the bolster covers are only good for one thing.
    This also saves money$, if you put a sleeve on the back you can also use it for a valance for window or shower curtain. you can even use it for a table runner!
    You can incorporate the quilt blocks, add applique, beading or you can just use the quilting pattern.
    The french have a very elegant word for this but I don't remember what it is. My GGM had a very old one when i was young, that I wish I had today. Monia
    LOVE your ideas flawhoopi :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Good, but the thing to remember is that I love our SON very, very much !!??!!
    Have a pieceful day, Kutnso

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    I say "Just make another quilt"

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    I had the same experience except it was ME! We had a queen size bed, then we got a king size...see where this is going? LOL I loved my quilt so I took off the binding, added extra border and put binding back on. If it would have fit just on the top of the bed, I think I would have put a ruffle on 3 sides with some piping between top and ruffle, but for me, that would have been much more work!

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    I would also remove the binding, which I know is a lot of work , and use the quilt as you go method. Yes I would make it 3 layers like the rest of the quilt. I just think it would look much nicer than a dust ruffle. By that's just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdcakm
    lots of work, but you could........ remove the binding and use quilt as you go technique to add a border.
    That's what I would do, but I hate dust ruffles :)

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    I had to do that once I removed the binding and added the quilted borders to it then to hide that new seam work I hand stitched a 1inch ribbon over that then put a new binding on -and it looked like it had always been that way after 2yrs on a full size bed they got a queen Boy I was glad I over bought fabric for that one Hope it turns out good for your friend

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    I have a (gasp) purchased quilt on my bed right now. It covers the top nicely, but not the sides. So I just stitched in a dust ruffle (even found the matching fabric!) on 3 sides and it works out fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neeng
    I have a (gasp) purchased quilt on my bed right now. It covers the top nicely, but not the sides. So I just stitched in a dust ruffle (even found the matching fabric!) on 3 sides and it works out fine.
    Wow! How lucky were you to find matching fabric??? I have to admit that I have a purchased quilt on my bed too. I have 2 very bad cats who jump up using their claws and I don't want them destroying one of my labours of love!! It's so funny - I make quilts for everyone I know, but have a purchased quilt on my own bed. LOL!!

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    about 11 years ago I bought a comforter which covered the top of the bed and had a ruffle attached to the underside of the comforter on 3 sides. It looked very nice. When I decided to use the comforter on the futon for company, it was too long so I simply removed the ruffle and it works perfectly. I think your suggestion would work well.

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