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    Old 05-01-2010, 09:46 AM
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    I have just completed my first quilt top that I did from a pattern. It is close to square, but not quite--it does lay flat--I think. It's a lap quilt, about 54.5" x 59". When I measure it in several places, it can be as much as a 3/8" variation in the length (the width is closer to exact). My question is--should I trim it now, before I baste it, quilt it and bind it, or should I wait until after it's quilted before I work on squaring it? How much leeway do I have with the quilt top? How close to perfect does it have to be before it's sandwiched?
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    Old 05-01-2010, 09:50 AM
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    I sandwich, baste, quilt, and then decide if I am going to trim it up. Quilting can change the dimensions of the quilt, as it does make it pucker/draw up a little.
    If it is that close, I am not sure that I would trim... unless it really bothers you. I would personally call it close enough. Who knows? Maybe after quilting it will turn out to be perfect? :wink: :D:D:D
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    Old 05-01-2010, 09:54 AM
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    That's what I thought I should do, but I wanted to hear it from someone more experienced than me. This list is so great!
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    Old 05-01-2010, 01:05 PM
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    I agree with Amma. Quilt it first, then remeasure. It may be just fine after it is quilted. 3/8" doesn't sound like very much...only YOU will know.:)
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    Old 05-01-2010, 01:10 PM
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    I'd say 3/8 is not enough to worry about!! Like JanetM says - Only you will know - and us - and we won't tell anyone - will we girls?
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    Old 05-01-2010, 01:44 PM
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    IF it lays flat - and seems reasonably straight - I, too, would layer it, baste or pin it securely and quilt it and go from there.

    One can ease in 3/8 of an inch pretty easily over 54 inches of length.

    However, if it's really bumpy/puffy/ruffly in just one or two spots, I would probably try to figure out why it was that way and do what I could to correct it before going further.

    It is a pain to redo a block, but it really is worth it in the long run.
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    Old 05-01-2010, 01:51 PM
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    I wouldn't worry abut such a small amount.
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    Old 05-01-2010, 01:54 PM
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    Originally Posted by amma
    I sandwich, baste, quilt, and then decide if I am going to trim it up. Quilting can change the dimensions of the quilt, as it does make it pucker/draw up a little.
    If it is that close, I am not sure that I would trim... unless it really bothers you. I would personally call it close enough. Who knows? Maybe after quilting it will turn out to be perfect? :wink: :D:D:D

    Ditto.
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    Old 05-01-2010, 07:19 PM
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    Let it go for now. It may correct itself when you quilt it.
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