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    Help I did something stupid

    OK, I did something really stupid today.

    I finished handquilting a baby quilt. (Good so far)

    I need to start another one and only had the binding to do. (Good)

    I was going to even it off by tearing it on bias....(only the backing thank God)

    It wasn't straight.

    How can I fix it?
    Vicki W

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    Is it even possible to tear on the bias? I don't think so. You can tear on the straight-grain or cross-grain, but not on the bias. So I'm not sure exactly what you did. Is it just one edge of the fabric that is not straight?

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    I don't understand either. Calm down, take a deep breath, and explain the problem again. Someone will be able to help, quilting disasters are almost always fixable.

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    I was tearing on the grain....sorry...just upset now. Shouldn't have torn...have scissor and cutters. one side is now not wide enough...
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    I have never tried and don't think you can tear anything on the bias. when you tear any fabric it goes to the grain. If I'm wrong, someone tell me.

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    The fabric is probably just that far out of square. Try pulling the opposite corners and see if it will relax itself into better alignment.
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    I agree with Cheryl. But...if that doesn't work, I would cut the piece in half and use a strip of one or more of your other fabrics from the front, sewn into the middle to enlarge your piece. Then square it up and cut to size. They will think you did it on purpose to make it more interesting! Good luck!
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    It sounds like you will need to add a border to make it big enough. Perhaps you can stretch it by gently pulling it corner to corner and it may relax enough to be square. Sorry this happened to you, but I think it is fixable. Let us know how it turns out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I don't understand either. Calm down, take a deep breath, and explain the problem again. Someone will be able to help, quilting disasters are almost always fixable.
    Not only fixable, but a way to add more creativity to your backing. Piece it as someone else suggested. I rarely use a whole piece of fabric for my backing and I never use just one fabric! I like to piece together coordinating fabrics or fabrics from the top. I will even incorporate left over blocks from the front.
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    One of my favorite ways to piece a backing is to make a diagonal cut through the main fabric (not necessarily from corner to corner, just diagonal) and piece a strip of contrasting fabric in-between the cut edges. Creates a slash across the back that is quite attractive!

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    Is it already quilted? If so, carefully add a narrow strip of matching fabric to patch what disappeared. Otherwise, follow the other suggestions.

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    Putting a border on the back is very acceptable. Breathe. It will turn out OK -- maybe better.

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    Yeah just add a strip to that one side..it'll still look good
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    Sorry, I read the original post again and missed the fact that you were tearing a backing fabric on a quilt that had already been hand quilted!!! Can you post a photo of the backing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki W View Post
    OK, I did something really stupid today.

    I finished handquilting a baby quilt. (Good so far)

    I need to start another one and only had the binding to do. (Good)

    I was going to even it off by tearing it on bias....(only the backing thank God)

    It wasn't straight.

    How can I fix it?

    We've got a language problem here. It is impossible to tear on the bias. yYou can tear lenghtwise or across the grain, but tearing on the bias is not happening!
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    I would straighten the backing out then try to match the other side or end. and sew a contrasting piece on both ends.. have been where you are before. It worked out great. Let us know how it turns out.
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    If you have the other part of the fabric, try sewing it back together but add a little insert of other coloured material or such like. You can say it was put there to denote where the top of the quilt is, if it is on the short end. Do two inserts (one on each side) if it is on the long end.

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    Since the fabric is already quilted and now you're just missing what appears to be a diagonal piece along one side, I would definitely cut that side to make a definite angle and attach a piece of the fabric that you used on the front. That will make it look like a design feature. Now breathe.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I haven't had enough coffee this morning, perhaps, but did you handquilt the quilt without the backing? All the answers I see imply that you can piece the backing, which you CAN do, when preparing a backing, but how is this possible once the quilt is quilted?
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    Good advice from everyone, but I especially like the idea of slashing the back and inserting a second color/design to make it big enough for the backing. Show us when you finish.

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    If I am understanding your question.....You have the quilt handiquilted, the backing fabric is now short? I would find a piece of contrasting fabric the same width of the back. I would draw an nice gentle curved scallop edge on the back. I would use whatever method you like to iron the edges over (freezer paper would be my choice) After the edge was all pressed, I would carefully remove the freezer paper and hand appliqué the nice waved edge side to the backing. If needed I would continue the hand quilting over the new backing edge and bind. Relax your little quilt will be saved and you will have added a pretty touch to the back.

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    OH< OH< OH, the cutest border I've ever done was pieced in blocks. I on;u did the top and bottom with solid down the sides, it was sooooo cute!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    If I am understanding your question.....You have the quilt handiquilted, the backing fabric is now short?
    You got it exactly, The backing is on, the quilt is quilted and I NEVER should have tried to take a short cut.

    Now I have a side that is too short. can I piece the other side with a strip too so that they will match and bind?
    Vicki W

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    The bias does not tear! However you can tear length of fabric or width of fabric for very accurate results. I always tear my borders. When tearing fabric you check to see that the grain is straight by folding a diagonal if the grain is crooked your triangle is wonky take the short corner and pull on the bias then check again. Once squared you can add as required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki W View Post
    You got it exactly, The backing is on, the quilt is quilted and I NEVER should have tried to take a short cut.

    Now I have a side that is too short. can I piece the other side with a strip too so that they will match and bind?
    I'm with those who are kind of confused. We're you going to bring the fabric around from the back as a finishing edge? Or are you planning to actually add a separate binding? If you just tore off what you were going to wrap around, not a problem - just use a traditional binding. I guess I don't know how you were trying to tear through quilting.

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