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Thread: I want to cry my eyes out :'-(

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    Unhappy I want to cry my eyes out :'-(

    So I am quilting a quilt for a gal, she made back in like 99 and its super pretty but I am thinking they may not make this backing print anymore for material. Anyway, I knew it was going to be tight as far as her backing size fitting the top..............as I measured and remeasured....agh my greatest fear...I am at the bottom now and the backing is 5inches too short!!!!!!!!!!! I want to die, I emailed her and am praying she has more of that backing laying around her house she can sew on, but with my luck she won't and will have to cut the bottom border shorter...at this point it makes me never want to quilt for someone again...the only other option is take what few inches are left along the edges, trim that off and sew it onto the bottom backing, then reload it and finish quilting....and this was a bear paw queen size pattern that she had me do SID on and it took forever now this!

    Has this ever happened to anyone? Please tell me I'm not the only one! :'''''-(
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    I munged up one of my own quilts (making it for myself) in similar fashion. I added a different fabric at the bottom. What's another stripe among friends? Especially if it's on the back.

    Hope you and client find something that works and that makes you happy.

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    Yeah, me too, I am hoping she is ok with me cutting the couple inches off the side edges and using that on the bottom since it will match....I am just a perfectionist and there should have been more fabric I know but she made it soo long ago I was ok, I will do my best to make it fit....she is easy going so I hope she says "yep just do that" then I will be ok...but my fav is just doing my own stuff instead of for others you know. Then you don't feel that pressure.
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    oh my...that is so sad...i always insist on an extra 5" all the way around for backing & batting so i can avoid that situation...if a customer's quilt comes in with the backing too small i let her know & send it back to be 'fixed' I actually have a quilt with the exact problem...it's one of my own & i don't know what i was thinking....i stopped quilting it near the bottom when i realized my error, unloaded it & stuck it in my closet...now i use it to show people when they wonder why i always insist on extra...maybe someday i will figure out a fix & finish it- but for now it's just a sad example. it's too bad your's is a customer one & not one of your own. I hope she has the extra you need to finish it up- it sounds as if the other option (cutting the sides) may be a workable solution too...take a deep breath, many people have done this- you are not alone...but do learn from your mistake & always insist on the extra...and measure, make sure when the quilt comes in so you can give it back if it's not big enough....take pictures of that one so you have an example to show others.
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    Oh yes my dear, been there and done that! I was a good 8 inches short and out of material. I was sure I had measured it twice. I trimed off the sides and added them to the bottom. Lots of work to unload and reload but it worked out great.

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    If she is so laid back about it, I'm not sure why she will mind another color strip along the bottom. Maybe a coordinating color--and there she can center her label. I certainly wouldn't lose sleep about it if I weren't planning on it being a reversible quilt.

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    I haven't had it happen to me...YET. It is one of those things that happens to everyone sooner or later. Think of it this way, you've got your one time done, so it won't happen again.

    I think taking from the extra on the sides would be a perfect solution. It's on the back, and the will keep the integrity of the front.

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    Thanks everyone, thankfully the backing edges had sufficent length there is 3.5 extra on each of those so I know I can get the 5 inches I need for the bottom. Just waiting on her to respond to my email to go forward. I hope this never happens again and I have my one time out of the way. I for sure will take pictures of this for others....it really surprised me how much the backing moved though, wow...
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    I had a similar situation with a quilt for my daughter, what I did was split the backing in half, cut a 7 inch piece off one end and put a complimenting piece on both sides of the 7 inch. So it looked planned, instead of the pure frustration it was. When my daughter saw it she thought I was trying to make it 2 sided. Told her it was my attempt not to take my frustration out with my rotary cutter.

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    I did have that happen and what I did was made a border of coordinating material, sewed it top and bottom and then went ahead and quilted . It looks really nice, I actually got some compliments on it. But, I was soooo upset at the time.

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    You don't have to cut the border. Do a pieced edge and add it to the bottom of the quilt. Ohio Stars, 4P, Tiny dresden plates, Seminole piecing, etc. It would be wonderful, just one edge done this way! I love it!
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    Been there done that - I so know what you are saying. I did a quilt for a friend (I NEVER quilt for anyone else). The backing was very tight and I put the quilt on sideways. What I did was as I have zippered leaders and I had some inches on the side, I took the whole thing off and cut off the extra on the side and sewed it onto the bottom.

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    Something similar happen to a friend. The longarmer told her she was short of fabric, so she sent over some extra fabric of the backing and of some of the front piecing fabric. I guess it was miscommunication, because the longarmer used the front fabric to add to the backing and turned the quilt back to her along with the unused extra backing. My friend's solution was to hand sew the extra backing over the whole length of the finished pieced area. She then hand quilted it from the back side just going through a few layers and matching stitch locations to the machine quilting on the front. Nobody is the wiser, and my friend is happy, although it took a bit of work.

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    In our group the educator says she always double rolls the quilts. This way she is really sure that the quilt is straight and fits.
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    Wondering, what is a "double roll"?


    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat View Post
    In our group the educator says she always double rolls the quilts. This way she is really sure that the quilt is straight and fits.

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    This is what I would do (and have done it!) You said ''bear's paw''--make enough blocks to add a row across the bottom of the backing....maybe smaller blocks than in the quilt top . Doesn't even have to be the same fabrics as the front as long as it is the same block pattern....it will coordinate. I don't let small stuff like this get to me. Of course, I like to piece my backing at the top of the quilt where you turn it back...but bottom is okay too. I would rather see the bear paw blocks that little strips sewn on. Just Sayin'.......

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    Why not post a picture of the material and maybe one of us could help you out?

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    Please don't be upset! I've been piecing backs on purpose for some time now, and it it makes the back so much more interesting. (I'm sure it started when I ran out of fabric!) You don't have to go all crazy with piecing - just a add a stipe or two if the length is too short. As a suggestion, if you do end up adding a stripe, I would suggest cutting the large part of the back into 2 sections -although try not to put the stripe in the exact middle - off center looks a little more artistic. Then add the fabric you need- maybe even several different fabrics that tie into the front, and then add the remaining large piece. It will look like you decided to do that on purpose - not that you ran out of fabric. Good luck!

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    I like to make my backs extra long but on occasion I mess up and have the same issue you had.When I do quilting for others I would hate to have this happen.
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    I'm sure she will be ok with your decision. After all back in 99, 14 years ago? I wouldn't worry too much. Hope you're not losing sleep over this?

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    Just recently I had to add a strip to a center backing for a doll quilt. It was un bleashed muslin so I added a yellow strip in the middle. Isn't it said that cats have a yellow streek down their back ? Hugs

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    Had the same happen on the middle GD's Christmas quilt I was making her last year. Just took some material and cut it to size, embroidered her name the year of the quilt and Love ya Grandma on it, then finished it on my DSM. But its different when its someone elses material and pattern. Good luck and hope it all turns out great for you ....
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    Most of the quilts at my guild have "blocked" backings, or have borders. There is nothing, these days, that says you have to have all the same fabric on the back. Quilters are getting creative with their quilt backs. I like it. More interest and always a surprise when using the quilt, more color, more movement. I don't see the problem, get a matching fabric and put a heavy border top/bottom or all four sides.
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    You mentioned that you were only a little short. When that happened to me, I just trimmed a slight amount of fabric on the other three borders to match. If it involves points, it would probebly be better to lose a bit of the points, than to add on another piece to the border. Barbara from MA

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    Necessity is the mother of invention and it sounds like you have a solution. Hindsight 20-20!
    It may be extremely frustrating for the moment but next time you get a backing of questionable size, I bet you'll figure it out BEFORE you load it and start work.
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