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Thread: How Could I Be So Off on my Measurements??

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    Angry How Could I Be So Off on my Measurements??

    I will be the first to admit I am not good in math! I'm at the point of making the sandwich. I laid out the top, then laid the backing on it just to double check everything. I'm about 12.5" too short on the backing!!! What was I thinking? Obviously not much when I cut it!

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    It will be Ok!!! Just piece it!!!

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    Sounds like a perfect opportunity to put a 12" pieced strip on the back. It'll be great!
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Just piece it. It will be fine.

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    I do this kind of thing so often, I expect it every time. It's not a mistake, it's a design decision.

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    I find that I make mistakes if I am tired and stressed out. Don't worry, just add another piece. Good Luck!

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    Yep...happens to all of us sometimes....add another bit and go forward...it will still look good.

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    I only do backs two ways. Too small or way too big. I'm to the point it doesn't even phase me anymore.

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    Do you have any of your fabric left over from the quilt? You could make a nice border on the back!

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    I agree, piece it. What I generally do is to lay out the top then the backing on top. I fold this way, that way and the other way until I figure out which way it needs to be cut. When I get the folded piece figured out, I leave it all laid out as is, then grab the scissors and start cutting/slicing/ripping. Then lay it out the way I think it's supposed to go and hope for the best. Usually works with only one seam. That said, I first figure out sq. in. of fabric needed, convert to yards, add a bit and then buy and do as above.

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    The laws of physics in my guest bedroom, where I measure for backing, are different than those in my sewing room. That's why my measurements never add up properly.

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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    Here's a great tutorial for figuring the yardage for quilt backing.

    http://thebitchystitcher.blogspot.co...orial.html?m=1

    warning: if you are offended by salty language, do not click on that link.

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    there are no "mistakes" in quilting, only engineering changes.

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    I have noticed that when measuring small shapes some people use the lines on a mat. If you look one side goes right to left 1 -- 24 opposite side right to left 24--1. They use wrong set.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    Sounds nice!
    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonomine View Post
    Do you have any of your fabric left over from the quilt? You could make a nice border on the back!

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    There's a free class on Craftsy called Creative Quilt Backs. it's interesting and started me sketching out my quilt backs. I was amazed at the difference, looked good and I wasn't stressed out with it. It's worth a look.
    Annie

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    Loved the link Peckish. Laughed and laughed.
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    you could cut the backing and insert a complimentary fabric color...not in the center, though - maybe a third. you could say..."yeah...i meant to do that!"
    "perfection is the enemy of done."
    "the secret to having it all is knowing you already do."

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    Loved the link from Peckish. Sounds like the same process I go thru (several times) before I hopefully get it right

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    Everytime I have made a pieced backing, I have messed it up! My solution? Now I only buy 108" wide backing fabric! So much easier, no stress.
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    To FINISH is divine.
    http://signatures.mylivesignature.co...4369F3FA17.png

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    My suggestion would be to add the difference divided by two on each side so it balances out. Its called Back Art !

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR View Post
    The laws of physics in my guest bedroom, where I measure for backing, are different than those in my sewing room. That's why my measurements never add up properly.

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
    LOL! Good theory!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dianemarie View Post
    My suggestion would be to add the difference divided by two on each side so it balances out. Its called Back Art !
    I almost always do Back Art...simply because I love it best. But also, sometimes it keeps me from having to buy more fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Here's a great tutorial for figuring the yardage for quilt backing.

    http://thebitchystitcher.blogspot.co...orial.html?m=1

    warning: if you are offended by salty language, do not click on that link.
    This is hilarious...

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    This very problem is what forced me to be creative on the first quilt I completed. I was determined to NOT buy any more fabric so I used fabric from the front and did a clever (I thought) pieced design on the back to make it all work. Since then I try to incorporate something nice into the backing. Have fun with it.

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