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    I need advice!

    I'm making a king size quilt for my bed. Right now the top is 86"x91". I still need to put borders on. The problem is the the center of the quilt measures 85" and the ends are 86". I know why this happened as there is a lot more piecing on the ends and the center is a panel. A lot of stretching has taken place with so much piecing. What can I do to fix it before I add any borders? Can it be fixed??? Thank you.
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    Don't take my advice; my second quilt was six inches wider one end from the other. My sister told me to reset. Lot of it. But, I think for an inch, I would leave it. Curious about what experts say.

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    Adding The Borders will help. You do have to measure the quilt top "correctly" for determining the length of each border. You measure the length of the top from the CENTER of the quilt. Not the edges! That is your measurement for the borders. Do the same for the width...from the center. You should be able to ease that extra inch into the border. Your pattern will explain this better than I just did.

    your 85" center measurement is the measurement for the border on each side. It is a huge quilt....it should work out fine. I would "ease" the quilt top by sewing the border on to the TOP of the quilt. The feed dogs will do the easing. (Longer piece goes on the bottom when sewing). But keep an eye on it when sewing. I hope that this makes sense.

    I am sure that others will have thoughts.
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    I would ease in the longer sides when adding the borders as suggested by Sandy in the post above. A one-inch difference, eased in for a king size quilt, is very minor. I have done the easing in a number of times before adding borders or binding.

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    Cut a border strip 86 inches but mark the 85 and pin the 2 border ends at the 85 inch mark together. Now pin the center of the border to the center of the quilt end. Continue pinning at intervals along the edge. Place the quilt top on the bottom next to the feed dogs. The feed dogs will help ease the extra into the border strip. When you get to the middle, check the pin there. Are you down to a 1/2 inch out? That should tell you the second half inch should ease in.
    I know most people would say cut the border and ease it all in but I like to give myself the extra fabric just in case you end up about 1/4 inch over. The border being out a little is better than wasting a whole border strip with it being cut too short. Do the other borders and if they all come out about 1/4 inch out, pat yourself on the back and trim off the extra border strip ends.

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    I know that many say to use the center of the quilt for your border measurements, but I use the two sides and the center, then I average those. The average is what I use to cut my borders. Also, if you cut your borders WOF. it will ease better. I just put borders on a quilt this morning, and I cut my borders length of fabric. They weren't as easy to "ease". Be sure to mark the center of the quilt side, and the center of your border strip... pin the center and the two sides, and ease the rest in. After all, the quilt is going on the bed, not on the wall. And no one will ever see that your sides don't match perfectly!

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    [QUOTE=Sandygirl;6233361]Adding The Borders will help. You do have to measure the quilt top "correctly" for determining the length of each border. You measure the length of the top from the CENTER of the quilt. Not the edges! That is your measurement for the borders. Do the same for the width...from the center. You should be able to ease that extra inch into the border. Your pattern will explain this better than I just did.

    your 85" center measurement is the measurement for the border on each side. It is a huge quilt....it should work out fine. I would "ease" the quilt top by sewing the border on to the TOP of the quilt. The feed dogs will do the easing. (Longer piece goes on the bottom when sewing). But keep an eye on it when sewing. I hope that this makes sense.

    I am sure that others will have thoughts.
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    i had a helpful tip told to me to remember " longer piece underneathe" = baggy bottom 😊 helps me haha

    i'm wondering if i can get away with a border cut crosswise rather than longwise on a small lap quilt ( 40" x 50") as i only have a piece of fabric 20" long by wof. ...? Any help on that please?

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    i'm wondering if i can get away with a border cut crosswise rather than longwise on a small lap quilt ( 40" x 50") as i only have a piece of fabric 20" long by wof. ...? Any help on that please?[/QUOTE]
    I have done borders both ways, crosswise and lengthwise. It should not be a problem. Go for it.

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    For only a one inch difference, I would ease in that inch, and it should not be noticeable at all. I was always taught to measure in the center of the quilt to the edge, and again for the long side. I've sometimes taken 3 measurements side to side and top to bottom and take the average between the three measurements. Hope I haven't confused you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbake View Post
    I'm making a king size quilt for my bed. Right now the top is 86"x91". I still need to put borders on. The problem is the the center of the quilt measures 85" and the ends are 86". I know why this happened as there is a lot more piecing on the ends and the center is a panel. A lot of stretching has taken place with so much piecing. What can I do to fix it before I add any borders? Can it be fixed??? Thank you.
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    you measure across the top, middle and bottom. add those and divide by 3 to get just over 85 1/2. that will be easy to fit if you match centers of quilt and border, pin, pin ends and in between. then sew. good luck!
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    I agree with Aria. Measure the center and, not the ends, but at the quarters, then average. That measurement will make it easier to ease the border to the quilt. When I pin, I pin at the center, the quarters, and if it is a very large quilt, I will also pin at the eighths. Do this to the border strip also. This helps to manipulate my ease in each section. I also use a bamboo skewer to help hold down the fabric (and it can also help scrub some extra fabric into the ease without puckers). Hope I explained clearly.

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    I don't know if I dare write this. You can delete it if you wish, but I PULL on both sides of the needle. Yes, I do!
    If one side is longer than the other, I put a pin on the seams that need to match (if you don't, the seams can "pop"). Then I put one hand behind the needle and the other in front, and pull apart as it goes under the needle. The fabric still goes where the feed dogs want it to. Just feed as fast as they want it.

    On borders that are not quite the same length as the quilt, I put pins at both ends, in the center, and then in several places between ends and center, always finding the center of the space that is left. (I fold it in half to find centers.) Then just a gentle pull as I sew gets it perfect. I can get rid of a lot more than an inch that way and it can't be seen.
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    How many borders are you adding? 1 inch may not seem like much for only adding 1 border but that inch can "grow" the more borders that you add. I was taught to measure from the center and that is the length of your border. In fact I only measure the center ONCE and use that measurement to cut the borders. I then match centers, 1/4s and ends of border and top and ease in any excess BEFORE I sew. Also put piece that is too large on the bottom next to feed dogs so they will help ease in any excess. You can also gently stretch the bottom fabric to fit but try to do it eavenly. You can also "shrink" the excess part by spraying well with water and let that dry and fabric should shrink a little Again thart 1in does not seem like lot but borders cut WOF will stretch a little so your 1" too big border can become several inches too big by the time you are done. This may seem picky but as a quilter I try to do the best I can which is not usually perfect.
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    I also, like to add extra on the bourder when I am sewing it. That way if for some reason I have made a miss calculation, the border will still work. Yep, I'm not perfect !!!
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