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    I've Got a Question

    I'm not sure if this idea has been addressed before, or if it is something in my mind bubbling to the surface.
    If you make a baby size quilt to start with, leave an inch of space around the perimeter when quilting the sandwich, can it be added onto later in a quilt as you go fashion? So the quilt will grow with the child? I want to add wide boarders to a baby quilt in fabric that shows what the child interest are at the time, so when they are an adult it will almost be like a time capsule.
    Will it look weird not being quilted all the way to the binding? Thanks, Dee

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    This sounds like a great idea, and you can quilt the borders as they are added if you like. Sounds like a book—“The Grow With Me Quilt”.
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    I like that idea
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    Cool idea! Would it work to just take off the binding and add from there?

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    That is an amazing idea. It could be done by a couple of quilt as you go methods. Cut off the binding and stitch and flip the new border on the edges and quilt after they are added, or make and quilt the borders then do a normal qayg technique w/ a narrow sashing.
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    I have added borders to a quilt after it was quilted before the binding but same idea. I found a tutorial and I put the bottom border and batting under the quilt and top border on top and it worked great.
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    You can definitely add on to a quilt after it's been finished, whether or not you quilt all the way to the binding. Of course the inner part of the quilt may get worn out somewhere along the way if the quilt gets lots of use.

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    I think your idea is wonderful. I do pantographs on my quilts so they are always edge to edge quilting. By cutting the binding off, you will probably lose about 1/2 inch or maybe a little bit more of the last border. It would be cool to have a label on the back for the original quilt, then another one each time you add to it. It's too bad we are going to be years seeing how your project works out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    Of course the inner part of the quilt may get worn out somewhere along the way if the quilt gets lots of use.
    This was my first thought, as well.

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    I like this idea. My only caveat would be to choose a rather plain, unpieced border on the current one, so that you don't risk cutting off any patchwork. In other words, my outer border before the binding would be either be a strip of solid or print, but nothing pieced.

    Another idea is, instead of binding, to use the birthing method. That would save a lot of time in the short run . Again, use a very simple border near the outermost seam so you don't have to cut into precious pieced areas.

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    I think the 'time capsule' idea is awesome. Personally have not done any quilt as you go but can't think of a reason not to... beyond the wearing in the center that someone else mentioned. But if you have good quality fabrics to start, I think you should be fine.

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    Definitely, you can do this. My son (age 36) still has his. It started out as a trip around the world crib-size, and the extra wide borders made it a twin. I think he has it in the trunk of his car, so it's not in the best shape, but it certainly did the job when he was a kid!

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    By George, I think you’re onto something. It sounds like a great idea!
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    That concept would work well if the main part of the quilt is only for looking at and not using over the years.

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    You have a wonderful and imaginative idea and many great suggestions to make it work. Hope to hear and see more as the years progress.
    Last edited by DJ; 04-28-2018 at 09:12 AM.

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    Having made a lot of baby quilts that were out grown I love your idea.

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    Great idea, if you can get the quilt back to work on. I have found that the quilts I give are either used constantly or not at all. As long as it isn't a drag around quilt, it's a pretty neat idea, thanks.

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    You could look up how “potholder quilts” are done, and use that method to add to it as the child grows .If each new piece addresses newer interests of the child as he/she grows, it will become a memory quilt of their childhood. What a neat idea diamondee. It could even follow them to college or further.
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    Some great ideas! Thank You!
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    I'd just make a new quilt.
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    Interesting concept!

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